Outrage After Bruce Springsteen Sings Antiwar Anthem At Veteran’s Day Concert

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November 12, 2014 10:45am PST

Bruce Springsteen is under fire after singing an antiwar anthem at a Veteran’s Day Concert on Tuesday night.

Springsteen was performing at Concert of Valor, a concert organized to support veterans and soldiers fighting in Iraq. There, Springsteen disrespected veterans everywhere by singing “Fortunate Son,” an antiwar song from the Vietnam War era.

Some of the lyrics to the song are as follows:

Some folks are born made to wave the flag
They’re red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”
They point the cannon at you

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
Lord, don’t they help themselves
But when the tax men come to the door
Lord, the house look a like a rummage sale

Yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes
They send you down to war
And when you ask them, “How much should we give?”
They only answer, more, more, more

And the chorus:

It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no Senator’s son 
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one

In the clip above, Springsteen sings that he “ain’t no military son.” This lyric struck a cord in the patriotic crowd filled with hard-working Americans who would be proud to be the son of a soldier.

The backlash has been swift, with many criticizing Springsteen’s choice to sing that song on Veteran’s Day.

“The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at ‘the red white and blue,’” the Weekly Standard wrote. “It was a particularly terrible choice given that Fortunate Son is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

What do you think of Springsteen’s song choice? Was he disrespecting veterans, or are people overreacting? Sound off in the comments below!

H/T: Washington Post

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