Death to My Hometown
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|"Death to My Hometown"|
|Single by Bruce Springsteen|
|from the album Wrecking Ball|
|Genre||Rock, folk punk|
|Producer(s)||Ron Aniello, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau (executive prod.)|
|Bruce Springsteen singles chronology|
"Death to My Hometown" is a song written and recorded by American musician Bruce Springsteen and was the third single from his album, Wrecking Ball. It is a thinly veiled protest song, as well a prominent example of Springsteen's experimentation with Celtic rock rhythms.
A music video for the song was released through Springsteen's website on April 13, 2012, and was compiled from live performances and rehearsals at the Apollo Theater, Atlanta, and SXSW featuring Tom Morello.
"Death to My Hometown" became a staple of the Wrecking Ball Tour, usually being played towards the beginning of the sets. The tin whistle riff from the album version was handed over to the newly assembled 5-piece horn section during the shows. The song has been played at every Wrecking Ball show as of June 11, 2012.
The song is an allegorical protest song concerning the causes and fallout of the 2008 economic crisis. Springsteen uses archaic imagery to show how "death" came to his hometown not by war, but by reckless economic practices. He also references the lack of accountability for the practices by bankers that allegedly lead to the crisis. "The greedy thieves who came around/And ate the flesh of everything they found/Whose crimes have gone unpunished now/Who walk the streets as free men now," he sings.
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- Bruce Springsteen – lead vocal, guitar
- Ron Aniello – bass guitar, keyboards, loops, backing vocals
- Art Baron – euphonium, tuba
- Kevin Buell – drums and backing vocals
- Matt Chamberlain – drums and percussion
- Charlie Giordano - organ
- Rob LeBret - backing vocals
- Clif Norrell - backing vocals
- Ross Petersen – backing vocals
- Soozie Tyrell – violin
- Video on YouTube
- Plunkett, John; Karlsberg, Jesse P. (March 28, 2012). "Bruce Springsteen's Sacred Harp Sample". The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter. 1 (1).
- "Ultratop.be – Bruce Springsteen – Death To My Hometown" (in Dutch). Ultratip.