After Yachting With Obama, Springsteen Releases Anti-Trump Protest Song

Bruce Springsteen has had a busy week. After vacationing with Oprah, the Obamas and other celebrity guests aboard billionaire David Geffen’s yacht, the man of the people released a protest song calling Donald Trump a “conman.”

Following the inauguration, songwriter and Springsteen pal Joe Grushecky penned the tune as an act of resistance, titling it “That’s What Makes Us Great” (clearly intended to spoof Trump’s campaign slogan.) Then, he reached out to The Boss, who gave it the “Bruce treatment.”  

Lyrics include: "Don't you brag to me that you never read a book / I never put my faith in a conman and his crooks," and “It's up to me and you / Love can conquer hate / I know this to be true / That's what makes us great.”

As an article published in Yahoo! News noted, Springsteen’s songs have “often told the plight of working-class Americans of the type who provided crucial support to Trump.” But the liberal singer is no fan of the president.

On November 7, the artist performed for a pre-election Clinton rally. Then, prior to the inauguration, he sang for a party commemorating the Obama administration.

Just over one year ago, Springsteen also made news for his adamant opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 bathroom bill, which has since been repealed and replaced. Commenting that “the fight against prejudice and bigotry” was “more important than a rock show,” the star cancelled a scheduled Greensboro performance “to raise my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards.”

Sarah Stites
Sarah Stites
Sarah Stites is a writer and research analyst for MRC Culture.