Bruce Springsteen – The River

Well, heartland rock fables about cars and girls and jobs, at the edge of town, have been well-worn in songs, even by The Boss. But this is a famous song of his about the challenges of facing adult responsibility. In particular, Bruce sings about having dreams dashed by larger forces, such as the economy, in recessionary times – 1981. It doesn’t help that the narrator impregnates his high school sweetheart, suggesting that multiple factors are involved in holding back the social and economic mobility of the lower class. Officially, these can include gender, race, whether you’re an immigrant, education and geography.

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