Death to My Hometown

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"Death to My Hometown"
Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Wrecking Ball
Released May 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Rock, folk punk
Length 3:29
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s) Ron Aniello, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau (executive prod.)
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Rocky Ground"
"Death to My Hometown"
"High Hopes"
Music video
"Death to My Hometown" on YouTube

"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.[1]


"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.[2][3]


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 allegedly 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.[4]

Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 51



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