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Exclusive Stream: Bruce Springsteen's New Song 'Shackled And Drawn'

Listen to a cut from Springsteen's forthcoming 'Wrecking Ball'

Bruce Springsteen, 'Shackled & Drawn'
Danny Clinch
February 21, 2012 12:05 AM ET

Bruce Springsteen's new album Wrecking Ball focuses on characters whose lives were destroyed by the recession. The country-folk stomper "Shackled and Drawn" has lyrics that could have almost come from the Woody Guthrie songbook: "Gambling man rolls the dice, workingman pays the bill/ It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill/ Up on banker’s hill, the party’s going strong/ Down here below we’re shackled and drawn."

Wrecking Ball hits stores on March 6th, but you can preview "Shackled and Drawn" exclusively at RollingStone.com.

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