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Bruce Springsteen writes a majority of his songs about prolific times in the great American past which most Americans have vowed to forget He stresses the importance of the mindset we must have as Americans throughout harsh and painful times we inevitably endure Not many people find comfort in reminiscing about the many innocents killed in Vietnam or the souls destroyed by racial profiling in the race riots of the 1960s In Born in the USA No Surrender and My Hometown Springsteen engages the listener in a patriotic mode and makes us Americans proud to be who we are Vietnam was a War in America that many want to forget It was a war plagued by unexplained deaths and fought by innocent and mentally unprepared civilians Got in a little hometown jam so they put a rifle in my hand Sent me off to a foreign land to go kill the yellow man Many suffered extreme losses Had a brother Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong Theyre still there hes all gone Springsteen knew Americans needed a sense of patriotism when discussing times of negativity such as Vietnam Throughout Born in the USA Springsteen reaches out to his listeners because both he and us were Born in the USA Us Americans need to feel as if we are that cool rocking Daddy in the USA in order to change our moods and focus on other aspects of life such as rock and roll rather than War In Springsteens No Surrender references are made to Vietnam War yet Springsteen forces Americans once again to feel patriotic Tonight I can hear the neighborhood drummer sound I can feel my heart begin to pound Drum rolls are necessary in funerals of those who die serving our country He recognizes Americans feel our situation in Vietnam is worthless and recognizes many of the soldiers are indeed tired and scared yet Springsteen lets them remember We made a
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