100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time
Born in the U.S.A., 1984
Springsteen recorded this defiant anthem at the very end of the Born in the U.S.A. sessions, but he was hesitant to include it on the album, feeling its lyrics were misleadingly romantic. "You don't hold out and triumph all the time in life," he said. "You compromise, you suffer defeat." But Van Zandt convinced him otherwise. "It had a little bit of the 'Born to Run' swagger, if you will, and he was concerned he was being a little bit redundant with it," he said. "I just said, 'Look, there are certain things, certain themes, certain emotions that it's OK to be redundant with. . . . Rock & roll is redundant by definition, to be honest.'"
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