Bruce Springsteen and his “Seeger Sessions” Band were on Conan Friday night performing a couple of tunes from the their widely acclaimed Seeger Sessions Tour. With a message aimed at the Bush administration about our troops in Iraq, Springsteen and band performed “Bring Em Home.” Watch it here:
Springsteen’s “Bring Em Home” message couldn’t be more timely in the wake of the political games being played by the Republicans in recent days. The news today, that General Casey had “privately presented a plan for significant troop reductions in the same week” that Senate Democrats present two separate plans, brought sharp attacks from the Dems, directed towards the Republicans for thwarting the effort to set a timetable for withdrawal (John Kerry’s reponse to the news is available here).
Springsteen’s version of “Bring Em Home” is a take on Pete Seeger’s orginal version penned during the Vietnam War — “Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)”:
Penned by Pete Seeger during the Vietnam War, “Bring Them Home” quickly acquired anthemic power in the anti-war movement. Springsteen first recorded the song in January 2006 and added a final lead vocal during his European tour, at a studio in Oslo, Norway. His poignant rendition, performed frequently on the Seeger Sess ions tour, adds several new verses and connects the song to a much earlier topic al song, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” “Bring Them Home” was written in 1965 and originally released on Pete’s 1971 Columbia album, “Young vs. Old.”
Bruce Springsteen was also on CNN last week discussing the “Seeger Sessions,” the media and Ann Coulter — Watch the interview here.
If you haven’t picked up Springsteen’s “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions,”, it’s on the top of my highly recommended list. The entire compilation, as I have said here before, is a “rare and wonderful meld of folk, blues, country and zydeco.”