Live 08 Dec 1995 version
[Spoken intro:] Uh, this is a song that uh, I read a lot it has been misunderstood. And uh, and so I'm sure it's only misunderstood by these goddamn republicans, alright? I'm sure we don't have any republicans tonight. But uh, uh... Democrats got a bunch of ??? too, I know, it shouldn't ???. But uh... If so, I guess sorta've been the tradition of, you know, "Louie Louie," "This Land Is Your Land," uh... And, I mean I'm sure that everybody here tonight got it. And uh, if not, if it's... if there's any misunderstandings out there, all I can say is my children thank you. Because that's where the big money comes from. But uh... but the songwriter always gets in, he gets in the last show and so, let me see if I can get it right this time.
Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up
I was born in the U.S.A.
I got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go, to go and kill the yellow man
Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man says, "Son if it was up to me"
I went down to see V.A. man
He said, "Son don't you understand"
I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off them 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
Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years burning down the road
Got nowhere to run, nowhere to go
The above lyrics are for the live 08 Dec 1995 performance of BORN IN THE U.S.A. at Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, during The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour.
A selection of four studio tracks from The Ghost Of Tom Joad album (see track list below) intercepted with interview segments with journalist Bob Costas were originally broadcast on the 21 Nov 1995 edition of the syndicated Columbia Records Radio Hour radio show which aired on U.S. album oriented rock stations. Costas conducted the interview with Bruce Springsteen that same day (21 Nov 1995) either prior to or following Springsteen's public warm-up show at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. A total of 35 minutes of the 90-minute interview were used in the radio show.
Additionally, two songs from Springsteen's 08 Dec 1995 show and eight from his 09 Dec 1995 show at Upper Darby's Tower Theater (see track list below) were broadcast on the 14 Dec 1995 edition of the Columbia Records Radio Hour radio show.
The complete Columbia Records Radio Hour show was officially issued in December 1995 on cassette and reel-to-reel tapes for promotional use in the United States. Six of the ten live tracks from part 2 of the radio show (the 14 Dec 1995 broadcast) were never made available in commercial form.
Part 2 of the Columbia Records Radio Hour radio show (the 14 Dec 1995 broadcast) was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.
List of available versions of BORN IN THE U.S.A. on this website:BORN IN THE U.S.A. [Album version]