Song of the Day: Bruce Springsteen – “My Hometown”

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the wildly successful album Born in the U.S.A., which went on to sell over 30 million copies. Seven of the ten songs on the album were released as singles, with this one being the last of the bunch. The song reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Springsteen’s first and only song to reach No. 1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. The song paints a powerful and still very relevant picture of the rise and fall of an American working class town: “Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores/Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more/They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks/Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain’t coming back to your hometown”. It’s subject matter that nobody can address quite as effectively as Springsteen.

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