Friday, January 23, 2009

I Have Got To Stop Writting Under The Influence

So I just figured something crazy out. "Born In The USA" (The song, not the entire album) is as completely accurate as it was when it was written. Change some words around here and there and you have yourself a stirring anthem about the late 00's. For example:

I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now

Change Khe Sahn to Kandahar, Viet Cong to al-Queda or Taliban. Then switch Saigon to any American city. And the rest takes care of itself. I mean the song is about a man who goes to war he didn't see the point in and comes home to find the economy down the shitter, how is that not exactly what is happening now?
When you were in school did you ever ask your teacher why you had to learn History? Like what good does it do us to listen to you blab about dead guys and shit? And the stock answer was always: Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Well my new question is for all the history classes we've all had, how come we are repeating history to the point where 25 year old Bruce Springsteen lyrics are still a stirring social commentary on current events?

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