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Bruce Springsteen: “Last To Die”

by Pamela Leavey

Stuart Levine reviewed Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s new album, “Magic” for MSNBC , a couple of days ago. Levine notes, “The most political song is clearly “Last to Die,” an ode to what John Kerry said as American troops were leaving Vietnam.” Not to get picky here, but Levine should have said that the “Last to Die” line was from Kerry’s Fulbright Commission testimony on April 22, 1971.

Springsteen toured in 2004 in support of Kerry’s bid for the presidency and the two have clearly made a connection that has lasted long after the election. It’s another hard rocker that feels urgent in Springsteen’s deep-throated vocals.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will be on the Today Show on Friday morning. Matt Lauer says Springsteen is “the real deal.” I agree. Tickets go on sale for his L.A. show on Saturday and you can bet I’ll be getting mine!

Bruce Springsteen – Last To Die (Audio only with “Magic” album cover):

LAST TO DIE©(Album’s version)
by Bruce Springsteen

We took the highway till the road went black
We’d marked, Truth Or Consequences on our map*
A voice drifted up from the radio
And I thought of a voice from long ago

Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake

The kids asleep in the backseat
We’re just counting the miles, you and me
We don’t measure the blood we’ve drawn anymore
We just stack the bodies outside the door

Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake

The wise men were all fools, what to do

The sun sets in flames as the city burns
Another day gone down as the night turns
And I hold you here in my heart
As things fall apart

A downtown window flushed with light
“Faces of the dead at five” (faces of the dead at five)
Our martyr’s silent eyes
Petition the drivers as we pass by

Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who’ll be the last to die

Who’ll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Darlin’ your tyrants and kings fall to the same fate
Strung up at your city gates
And you’re the last to die for a mistake

David Hinckley reviews Springsteen & The E Street Band’s rehearsal show this past Monday night at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall. And Tim Grieve has an even better review of “rehearsal night” at Asbury Park on Salon’s The War Room.

Early on Monday night, he played “No Surrender,” the hold-your-dreams-tight rocker Kerry chose for his campaign theme, then followed it with the mournful, Iraq-tinged “Gypsy Biker”: “To the dead, well it don’t matter much ’bout who’s wrong or right … To him that threw you away, you ain’t nothing but gone.”

Finally, a look back to election ’04:

John Kerry and Bruce Springsteen are BOTH the “real deal” in my book… I know Kerry is a Springsteen fan and personally, I think it’s a great honor that The Boss has paid him such a great tribute with this song, “Last To Die.”

3 Responses to “Bruce Springsteen: “Last To Die””

  1. Excellent post! No one can get to the heart of the matter and stir your conscious like Bruce Springsteen can. Him and Senator Kerry make a good team.

  2. The Boss has turned into a money grubbing a**hole…using his phoney anti-war crap to sell his music that cannot stand on its own..pathetic

    JOM

  3. Pretty sure he already has the cheese bud. Isn’t it the nature of a musician to be political in their art? Seems to me many of our great musicians have harness the attention their music draws to make political statements. I smell a bitter republican and his handle starts with J and ends with M, and i believe there is an O in there somewhere. You certainly dont have to agree with anyone’s views (the beauty of our country), but i dont believe it is fair to cut down the musical credibility of one of the greats of our time based on the fact that you disagree with their beliefs.