Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Kerry To Tap Springsteen Song For Campaign

Apparently, a candidate's acceptance speech at national convention also includes the unveiling of a campaign theme song. In 1992, Bill Clinton famously reinvigorated Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow". What song will Kerry choose?

Salon.com's Eric Boehlert suggests that John Kerry will enter the Fleet Center in Boston to Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender".

The band of brothers-sounding anthem matches well with the Kerry campaign's focus on military service.

On a personal level, I remember this song as one the few Springsteen tunes my sister enjoyed singing.

Here are the lyrics:

NO SURRENDER
We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter's night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
I'm ready to grow young again
And hear your sister's voice calling us home across the open yards
Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There's a war outside still raging
you say it ain't ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover's bed
with a wide open country in my eyes
and these romantic dreams in my head

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