There are colors on the street Red, white and blue People shufflin’ their feet People sleepin’ in their shoes But there’s a warnin’ sign on the road ahead There’s a lot of people sayin’ we’d be better off dead Don’t feel like Satan, but I am to them So I try to forget it, anyway I can keep on rockin’ in the free world x4I see a woman in the night With a baby in her hand Under an old street light Near garbage can Now she puts the kid away, and she’s gone to get a hit.
I can sort of understand misunderstanding some other songs – to be honest, I can’t even understand most of what Bruce Springsteen is saying in Born in the USA – but here the lyrics are sung extremely clearly and even the music is kind of ominous instead of cheerful or rousing. You have to be trying not to understand it. Hell, as a jingoistic 20 year old I knew it wasn’t a patriotic song.
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