By Jazz Monroe.
Bruce Springsteen has reunited with longtime collaborator and Houserockers frontman Joe Grushecky for an anti-Trump protest song, “That’s What Makes Us Great.” You can purchase the track, which premiered this morning on SiriusXM, on Grushecky’s website.
“I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking,” Grushecky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “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.”
The song’s lyrics target various aspects of the Trump administration. Springsteen sings, “Don’t tell me a lie/And sell it as a fact/I’ve been down that road before/And I ain’t going back.” Later he sings, “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.”
Grushecky told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Trump “lost me the moment he started making fun of special needs people. How could a person like that be president of the United States?” Springsteen’s anti-Trump efforts include topical covers in concert and a performance at a Clinton rally. In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, he commented, “The republic is under siege by a moron.”
This story originally appeared on Pitchfork.
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