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Springsteen: Bring Em Home

by Pamela Leavey

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.”

Hat tip to CrooksandLiars for the Springsteen news. There’s more video of Springsteen and band on Conan performing “Pay Me My Money Down” available here.


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Springsteen at the Grammy’s: “Bring Them Home”

30 Responses to “Springsteen: Bring Em Home”

  1. We should leave after all of Zarquis minions are dead,not a day earlier.

  2. Under your plan we will be there forever.

  3. So be it,We need to steel ourselves as a people that this maybe for at least a century.It’s the West and Isreal vs Radical Islam from here on out.

  4. Darth

    Thin ice here today with you… don’t drop red koolaid talkingpoints all over the place.

  5. I doubt it will be a century–unless the Republicans stay in power and continue the “war on terrorism” for their own political gain. If we are going to win it will not be from attempting conventional warfare everywhere there appears to be a threat from “Radical Islam.” If we try theat far more threats will pop up than we can handle.

  6. Pamela,I am far from a kool-aid drinker,everytime the RNC sends me a fundraising letter,it goes to the circle file…..Ron I think even the most dovish Dem will be forced to fight.(except Kusinich:))

  7. Darth

    You wouldn’t know it from the talking points you drop. We’ve already made one convert here – if you think you’re not so much of a repub, maybe you should stop dropping TP’s and join the reasonable party.

  8. Pamela I am a conservative who votes Republican to get things done.I could care less what happens to the party and I withhold support when they stop being conservative.Many conservatives will tell you they simply use the GOP as a way to get their ideas through,but there is no love for it…..I would make a lousy Dem:)I am too right-wing and it’s a wonder yall put up with me……which I thank you!

  9. Darth,
    Why aren’t you over in Iraq fighting for your beliefs right now? It’s easy to talk as long as someone else is doing the fighting!

  10. Les ,I was in Desert Storm and now in the Guard……I stand by my beliefs.

  11. Darth

    Can we get a list of your top 5 “conservative issues”?

    Just curious.

  12. Darth,

    “I was in Desert Storm and now in the Guard……I stand by my beliefs”

    Then what do you think of all those chicken hawks in your party?

  13. Ron

    Good question.

  14. Darth,

    “I was in Desert Storm and now in the Guard……I stand by my beliefs”

    So what’s stopping you from going active. You might save us from Radical Islam and might spare some poor soldier from his 4th redeployment.

    You are right about one thing though, conservatives get things done. Here’s a list of things Bush has accomplished with a loyal conservative congress.

    Centralizing power within the executive branch to an unprecedented degree

    Starting two major wars, one started with questionable intelligence and in a manner with which the military disagreed

    Placing on the Supreme Court two far-right justices, and stacking the lower federal courts with many more

    Cutting taxes during wartime, an unprecedented event

    Passing a number of controversial bills such as the PATRIOT Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Medicare Drug bill, the Bankruptcy bill and a number of massive tax cuts

    Rolling back and refusing to enforce a host of basic regulatory protections

    Appointing industry officials to oversee regulatory agencies

    Establishing a greater role for religion through faith-based initiatives

    Passing Orwellian-titled legislation assaulting the environment – “The Healthy Forests Act” and the “Clear Skies Initiative” – to deforest public lands, and put more pollution in our skies

    Winning re-election and solidifying his party’s grip on Congress

    I’d say that’s a pretty impressive list of “getting things done”!

  15. Pamela I’ll give you my top 5 issues 1.Crush Islamic Terror 2.Good conservative judges 3.oppose abortion 4.Cut Taxes 5.Pro-Death penalty….Les I served 10 years in the Air Force from 87 to 97 and just got back into the Army Guard.Its been a culture shock so let me get my bearings 🙂

  16. Ron,Thatcher was never in the military but she led Britain to victory.

  17. Darth

    So you are one of those prolife hypocrites that supports the death penalty. Wow, so impressive. 🙄

  18. Darth,

    Thatcher also didn’t get how many deferrments like Dick (I have other priorities) Cheney or use family connections to get into the National Guard, and then fail to complete his time like Bush.

  19. Pamela,I believe the innocent should live and the Ted Bundy’s should die.I think it’s liberals who are hypocritical. Tell me why abortion is sacred ,yet sending Tookie williams,John Gacy,and Andrea Yates to death is against “Human Rights”.

  20. Ron,I think the world of “Lord Dick”Defermants or no defermants.Someone has to keep GW from going wobbly!

  21. Darth
    Oh ya, Cheney’s good. He cooked the evidence and lied us into war. Everyone of those families of the 2500+ dead American soldiers should have a chance at retribution!

  22. Darth

    I’m a mother with a daughter who I believe should have the right to make a choice – for a multitude of reasons. I also don’t believe that men have a right to tell a woman what she can do in any regards.

  23. Pamela,how about the death penelty?

  24. Darth

    On a whole, I feel that someone found guilty of committing a heinous crime should spend their life in solitary confinement in jail.

    There have been occassions that the wrong person is convicted for a crime – our judicial system is not perfect.

  25. Darth,

    It is obviously possible for there to be people who are both anti-abortion and pro-dealth penalty. Such views are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but those who hold these views and claim to be “pro-life” are playing a Frank Luntz game rather than accurately naming their position.

    The “pro-life” label has also been critizied as the same conservatives typically support the use of torture. In this case we don’t necessarily even have a conviction and those just suspected of a crime are often subjected to it. While there are people falsely convicted and executed, I would bet that the number of innocent people tortured because of looking like the enemy, or being falsely turned in by another, is far greater.

  26. I know we can’t sway each other on abortion,but I am a proud to be pro-life.I am also quite content to see convicted murders get their reward……Ron if Zarquwi were still alive I would want him tortured until he cried out to give up his momma……That is the pro-life kick ass conservative postion.

  27. Hey Darth, put your lightsaber away and don’t mess with me. I am Spiderman.

  28. Oh no Ron!Not spidey!…..by the way Mary Jane is hot!

  29. Darth,

    You have concern for the unborn but no concern for the death of thousands of children who die under the rubble of their own homes from the bombs of your good buddy Cheney. I find that disturbing!

  30. Darth Malice Says:
    June 28th, 2006 at 4:01 pm


    Do you even begin to understand how freaking sick and demented your words are? Don’t abort that baby, bomb it if you’re gonna get rid of one, a bomb is just the right touch. Now is that not what you really wanna say? Oh and lets not forget the torture you want to do so bad.

    Hell Darth, why don’t we give our constitution to Iraq to speed things up over there, because we are not using it!! Bush has seen to that, with his sick and diseased parrots like you and your ilk!! 👿