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Time for the boss: Happy Fourth

By Alexander Carpenter
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U. S. A.”

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
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
Come back home to the refinery Hiring man said son if it was up to me Went down to see my V.A. manHe said son, don’t you understand
I had a brother at Khe Sahn Fighting off the Viet Cong They’re still thereHe’s all gone
He had a woman he loved in Saigon I got a picture of him in her arms now
Down in the shadow of the penitentiary Out by the gas fires of the refinery I’m ten years burning down the road Nowhere to run ain”t got nowhere to go

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