100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time


"American Land"

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Wrecking Ball, 2012

Originally recorded during The Seeger Sessions in 2006, "American Land" turns a poem written by a 19th-century steelworker (and set to music by Pete Seeger) into Springsteen's version of a Pogues song. It's a rowdy Irish jig celebrating the American-immigrant experience, the Celtic strain in the roots-rock tradition and the unbridled joy of performing, in this land or any other.

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