War and Love Two Faces of the Same Coin in Bruce Springsteen’s Songs

One of the themes used in Springsteen’s album “Born in the USA was on issues of high unemployment and welfare cuts, which caused Americans to face a huge financial crisis.
These people held this song close to their hearts because they were able to identify with it since it spoke of the things that were happening to them. Hence they considered the song to be a token of National pride. The album was put together in 1984 and though it proved to be a runaway success, proved to create a controversy in the field of politics because the opposite party used the song during the election campaign. (BBC.co.uk)
Bruce Springsteen’s music has had a great impact on the genre of Rock and Roll. “The Rising” which was his 2002 release, however, moved his music from the life of the working class rendering a more human touch to it. The themes used in the album were based on the 9/11 September 11th attacks and the songs resonated with firemen, policemen, and families who were all suffering victims of such heinous terrorism. The themes were based on rage, redemption, patriotism, and hope. Springsteen pays homage to the people who lost their lives in this blasphemous act of terrorism through his songs in “The Rising”.
The lyrics in “The Rising”, is a requiem and a prayer for peace and unity in the face of high stakes which sparks not only a focus but “a challenge to throw away identity associations and accept collective responsibility”. (Loder)
The album is in the typical Rock style which has blatant and outspoken lyrics with an extremely energetic rendition. “Born in the USA” speaks of a Vietnamese veteran who is unable to get a break from his work to spend some time with his family, though he is living in “the land of great opportunity”.&nbsp.This song was penned just at a time when America was facing a deep crunch by way of unemployment and welfare cuts. This song had helped to boost the flagging spirits of many people who had experienced this pressure.

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