This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR. If you're listening closely, the lyrics of " Born in the U. Listen only to its surging refrain, though, and you could mistake it for an uncomplicated celebration of patriotism. You wouldn't be the only one. NPR's American Anthem series is about songs that Americans embrace in ways that reveal who we are — and of these songs, "Born in the U. And it starts out as something just called 'Vietnam. That early attempt at the concept survives as a rough demo.
Born in the U. It was released by Columbia Records on June 4, It produced seven top hit singles and was promoted with a worldwide concert tour by Springsteen. It has also been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album received a nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. They are " Born In the U. You want another one, you write it. The Born in the U.
I was born in the U. Born in the U. Got in a little hometown jam So they put a rifle in my hand Sent me off to a foreign land To go and kill the yellow man Born in the U. Come back home to the refinery Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me" Went down to see my V.
In addition to my years of Springsteen reporting, including five interviews with the man himself, the book draws on over 60 hours of brand-new interviews with musicians, producers, and other collaborators from throughout his career including Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, Tom Morello, David Sancious and many, many more. In , Bruce Springsteen had every intention of dodging the draft. His efforts to convince a Newark, New Jersey, selective service board of his abject unsuitability for combat in Vietnam apparently extended to claiming he was both gay and tripping on LSD, but none of it was necessary. He flat-out failed his physical, thanks to a concussion he suffered in a nasty motorcycle accident the previous year. Springsteen was relieved — elated, even — but years later, he would admit to occasional pangs of guilt. Soon after Springsteen picked up the book in an Arizona drugstore, Kovic himself happened to roll up to Springsteen by the pool at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles. They became friendly, and Kovic connected him with activist Bobby Muller, cofounder of the struggling Vietnam Veterans of America.