Torture me with Born in the USA, please

"Born down in a dead man's town ..."

"Born down in a dead man's town ..."

I find this funny.

Several pop and rock musicians are protesting the U.S. government’s use of popular songs as a way to torture detainees at places like Guantanamo Bay.

According to published stories, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” is one of these, along with tunes by artists like Britney Spears and Rage Against the Machine (a natural pairing if ever I’ve seen one).

What makes it funny to me is that my wife, Brooke, has probably considered “Born in the USA” to be torture for some time.

Somehow (there’s some sarcasm here), mysteriously, it’s become Dylan’s favorite song. In fact he knows the words so well, if I try and slip the acoustic version by him, he recognizes it as well.

In fact, it’s only one among several songs that he likes that she could do without. He’s also a huge fan of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”

Brooke … she hates it, especially when it’s played over and over (Who would do that?).

And he loves anything by Johnny Cash.

Fine by me.



That would be Celene Dion.

One Response to “Torture me with Born in the USA, please”

  1. so maybe now you can blog about what Dylan wants downloaded to his i-Pod … Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen (Born in the USA, Old Dan Tucker and the “fast song”), Veggie Tales Christmas and Werewolves of London (Warron Zevon). I guess I can claim having influenced him in his love of …uh … hmmm. Books? Hating football? argh. He’s all yours …

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