One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, "Death To My Hometown" (2012)

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Imagine towns both small and large, all across a country. Their essence has been drained by “progress” and blind greed, the result being the disappearance of factories, home foreclosures, and all manner of economic chaos. Those in power do their best to look the other way. Worse than that, they try to convince everybody else that the blame should not be directed at the institutions who are so obviously at fault. It’s political sleight of hand.

But the people are not fooled. And their collective anger rises as they can see that their futures have been compromised, only to pad the futures of the others.

This is the stuff of all great protest songs. In the spirit if Woody Guthrie, but soaked in hopeful Celtic bravado, “Death To My Hometown” raves on at the needless (and heartless) destruction.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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