Bruce Springsteen has joined with Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky for a new anti-President Trump protest salvo called "That's What Makes Us Great."
The hard-rocking, pro-immigration anthem was written by Grushecky, who Springsteen has worked with frequently over the years. "Some wanna slam the door, instead of opening the gate," the western Pennsylvania bandleader sings, with his band the Houserockers backing him up. "Aw, let's turn this thing around, before it gets too late."
Springsteen takes over on the second verse of the impassioned rejoinder to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
"Don't tell me a lie, and sell it as a fact
I been down that road before, and I ain't goin' back
And don't you brag to me that you never read a book
I never put my faith in a con man and his crooks."
Later, The Boss issues a call to action, penned by the friend with whom he wrote the Grammy winning "Code of Silence" in 1997. "In the quiet of the night, I lie here wide awake / And I ask myself, is there a difference I can make? / It's up to me and you, love can conquer hate."
During the presidential campaign in 2016, Springsteen told Rolling Stone that "the republic is under siege by a moron." The Jersey rocker, who stumped extensively for Barack Obama, including a free voter registration show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2008, performed at an election eve rally for Hillary Clinton at Independence Hall in November.
“I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking," Grushecky, a former schoolteachers, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Scott Mervis about "That's What Makes Us Great." "I sent it to him and he liked it. I said, ‘What do you think about singing on it?’ He gave it the Bruce treatment.”
"That's What Makes Us Great" is available as a paid download on Grushecky's website. As of Thursday morning, it was not yet avialable on iTunes or music streaming services.
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