Born in the USA

Today, we’re watching Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” (video below). Watch the video and take notes of things you notice – the clothes, the lyrics, and the music. Next, do your best to answer the questions below:

  • The first line of the song is, “Born down in a dead man’s town.” What do you think this means? 
  • This chorus is repeated throughout the song. Why this repetition? Do these words seem to “go with” the rest of the lyrics, or contrast with them?
  • Is this song patriotic? Why or why not? 

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