Sunday, February 10, 2008

Reagan and Springsteen Revisited: John Mellencamp Tells McCain to Stop Playing His Songs

Back in 1984 Ronald Reagan famously misused Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA” as a jingoistic song saying:

“America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about."

The reality is that it dealt with the effects of Vietnam on Americans and so, in this sense was a veiled protest song.

Wonders never cease !

John McCain, Reaganite, Vietnam vet, is a man who either does not understand irony or employs really bad aides . He’s done excactly the same thing as his hero, with another mainstay of Heartland rock: John Cougar Mellencamp.

It seems McCain has been playing his two songs, Our Country and Pink Houses, hoping to increase the jingo value of his own meetings. His Right Wing Christian supporters will be quite surprised if they had a look at the lyrics more closely:

There's room enough here
For science to live
And there's room enough here
For religion to forgive
And try to understand
All the people of this land
This is our country
From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country
That poverty could be
Just another ugly thing
And bigotry would be
Seen only as obscene
And the ones that run this land
Help the poor and common man
This is our country

John Mellencamp has asked him to stop immediately.

Who should John McCain turn to next. John Hiatt: Master of Disaster ? Bruce Hornsby The Show Goes On ? Bob Seger Beautiful Loser?

Image: Courtesy Mercury

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