... this trope has played out during every campaign season like a broken record. Sometimes the disputes go unresolved. Artists can take legal action when a politician uses their music in a campaign advertisement without permission, but they have little recourse against candidates who pump the singers’ hits at public appearances — aside from shaming them in the pages of Rolling Stone.
When the song was first recorded by Dave and myself, it was pulled off the market because it had such sexual orientations," he said yesterday. (Sample lyrics: Reach out to me for satisfaction / Call my name now for quick reaction.) "I don't want to get graphic with this, but how do you take a song about getting girls and turn it into a political thing? Somebody's really desperate!
It wasn't clear which song, or songs, Reagan meant (and there's no record of Reagan's campaign actually playing the song), but many assumed he was referring to "Born," the title track of Springsteen's best-selling album at the time. The song, of course, is about the opposite of hope; it's the anguished cry of a Vietnam veteran, returning home to bleak prospects ("I'm ten years burning down the road/Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go"). Springsteen later expressed irritation at being made an implicit part of Reagan's morning-in-America reelection rhetoric.