Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Springsteen Lyrics Of The Week: "Jack Of All Trades"

"If I had me a gun, I'd find the bastards and shoot 'em on sight
I'm a Jack of all trades, we'll be alright."


Singing about social injustice is nothing new for Bruce. Hell, it's one his trademarks. But his most recent album, and in particular this song have a different feel to it. No longer is Bruce just singing the praises of the working class and the dignity and self satisfaction that comes with honest labor. Now, Bruce is still doing all that but he's clearly labeled who the enemy is as well. And it's not enough to simply label them as enemies, sometimes we need to take matters into our own hands. 

I'm not sure I like this side of Bruce, his anger and bitterness is very divisive. But I know I'm in the minority here, everytime Bruce sings this particular lyric it gets one of the loudest cheers of the night.