The song addresses the harmful effects of the Vietnam War on Americans and the treatment of Vietnam veterans upon their return home. It is an ironic retort to the indifference and hostility with which Vietnam veterans were met. This song was written in as the title song for a film that Paul Schrader was contemplating making and that Springsteen was considering starring in Light of Day starring Michael J. Casual home demos were made later that year, following the completion of The River Tour. A more formal solo acoustic guitar demo was made on January 3, at Springsteen's home in Colts Neck, New Jersey during the long session that constituted most of the Nebraska album released later that year.
Born in the U. It was released by Columbia Records on June 4, It produced seven top hit singles and was promoted with a worldwide concert tour by Springsteen. It has also been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album received a nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. They are " Born In the U. You want another one, you write it. The Born in the U. It is not accurate to separate these from " Nebraska "; two-thirds of this album was recorded in the same time frame, and consists of the songs that were recorded successfully with the E Street Band during that period January-May This encompassed the most prolific point of Springsteen's career.
In addition to my years of Springsteen reporting, including five interviews with the man himself, the book draws on over 60 hours of brand-new interviews with musicians, producers, and other collaborators from throughout his career including Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, Tom Morello, David Sancious and many, many more. In , Bruce Springsteen had every intention of dodging the draft. His efforts to convince a Newark, New Jersey, selective service board of his abject unsuitability for combat in Vietnam apparently extended to claiming he was both gay and tripping on LSD, but none of it was necessary. He flat-out failed his physical, thanks to a concussion he suffered in a nasty motorcycle accident the previous year. Springsteen was relieved — elated, even — but years later, he would admit to occasional pangs of guilt. Soon after Springsteen picked up the book in an Arizona drugstore, Kovic himself happened to roll up to Springsteen by the pool at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles.
This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR. If you're listening closely, the lyrics of " Born in the U. Listen only to its surging refrain, though, and you could mistake it for an uncomplicated celebration of patriotism. You wouldn't be the only one. NPR's American Anthem series is about songs that Americans embrace in ways that reveal who we are — and of these songs, "Born in the U. And it starts out as something just called 'Vietnam. That early attempt at the concept survives as a rough demo. In "Vietnam," a veteran arrives home and tries to get back his old job, but the administrator who greets him can only shrug:.