Born in the U.S.A., 1984
"I used to think that once I got out of town, I was never going to come back," Springsteen said of his native Freehold, New Jersey, where he grew up. "I realized I would always carry a part of that town with me no matter where I went or what I did." Springsteen was living in California when he wrote "My Hometown," a scathing indictment of post-industrial America. Originally titled "Your Hometown," it was demo'ed as a speedy rockabilly tune.