Like with other artists, I have yet to write one post to summarize Bruce Springsteen songs. His passion and lyrics about subject matters that touch us all makes it hard to limit them to a few. So, I have written occasional reference posts to “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “The River” geared to discuss a subject matter. Given the season and the poverty problem we have in America and around the world, I felt the need to highlight another personal favorite of his called “Land of Hope and Dreams.” This song begs to be heard as his live versions exude the passion he has for the less fortunate and the disenfranchised, so please click on the link below.
Listen to the whole song, but the chorus makes the point loud and clear:
“This train carries saints and sinners, this train carries losers and winners, this train carries whores and gamblers, this train carries lost souls.”
We are an imperfect lot. We are all fixer uppers. We are prone to mistakes and make them. We make decisions to survive and feed our loved ones, that we may not make in times of plenty. We should not think we are better than someone based on where and to whom we were born. We should not think our imperfections go away when we become pious. We should try to do the right thing and treat others with respect and dignity, as we would want from them. We should do our best to walk in their shoes.
There is a movie out I want to see called “The Book Thief” about a young girl in Nazi Germany. A summary of the movie caught my attention. It noted there were many Germans who did not like what was going on with the Nazis, but did nothing to stop it. They were good people like many in the world, yet they saw and let liberty die at the hand of the Nazis. They may not have known about Dachau and Auschwitz, yet they saw their Jewish and educated friends of all religions taken away. I mention this example, as we have a tendency to make self-preservation decisions that we may not be proud of nor would not dream of making in other circumstances. So, we are all saints and sinners to varying degrees. If you don’t believe me, the Christian bible says there has been only one perfect man on earth and we know what we did to him.
If you know the song, please enjoy it with me. If you don’t, you are in for a ride with The Boss. Give people a break and try to understand what they may have been through.