That’s What Makes Us Great – Radio Ningunaparte

In 2017, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers and “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen joined forces on the passionate protest anthem, “That’s What Makes Us Great.”

From David Brooks’ interview with Springsteen (June 23, 2020) “Bruce Springsteen’s Playlist for the Trump Era

Springsteen: Joe said to me, “Gee, I wrote this song. It’s called ‘That’s What Makes Us Great.'” And this was right around the time of the MAGA movement. I said, “Well, that’s a great title.” And it is. And he said, “Why don’t you sing it with me?” And so we sang it together.

From the April 18, 2017 article, “Grushecky, Springsteen raise their voices on Trump protest song

“The two musicians, who have been friends since the mid ’80s, first collaborated in the studio when Springsteen produced Grushecky’s 1995 album ‘American Babylon.’ Springsteen won a rock performance Grammy in 2005 for a live version of ‘Code of Silence,’ a song they wrote together in 1997.”

“This duet, a gritty rocker in the vintage Houserockers/E Street vein, takes on the Trump administration over immigration and alternative facts.” …

“Asked what specifically sparked the song, Grushecky, who taught in schools for decades, said, “[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? Regardless of all the other [stuff], that to me is appalling. I have special needs people in my family and in my neighborhood. I worked with special needs people my whole life and I was really offended by it.”

Rev. Keith A. Gordon writes on ThatDevilMusic.com that this “incredible duet” is “a call to arms for those resisting the loss of our country to greedy businessmen and craven politicians, the slipping away of the American dream to jackboots of fear and hate as refugees in need are turned away in our ignorance and the country itself seems under siege. The words are sung passionately, Grushecky and Springsteen’s voices surrounded by chaotic instrumentation, clanging guitar licks sounding like the Liberty Bell ringing the chimes of freedom.”

“Both men realize that we’re collectively witnessing a brutal turning point in our nation’s savage history, the song asking ‘is there a difference I can make,’ its creators choosing love above all else in what may be Springsteen’s most overtly political statement yet (and I’m sure that I’m not alone in wishing that Bruce would record a full album with Joey G and the Houserockers) …. ‘That’s What Makes Us Great’ is an unabashed rocker with a political edge that pulls few punches…”

Springsteen’s new gig is the host of “From My Home to Yours” on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio.

From his June 17, 2020 show (59 second mark): “Now I had another show prepared for broadcast this week on this strange and eventful summer, but with 100,000 plus Americans dying over the last few months, and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’ve been simply pissed off. Those lives deserved better than just being inconvenient statistics for our President’s re-election efforts. It’s a national disgrace. So instead of celebrating the joys of summer today, we will be contemplating on our current circumstances with the coronavirus, and the cost that it has drawn from our nation. We will be calculating what we’ve lost, sending prayers for the deceased and the families they’ve left behind. So if you are ready for a rock ‘n’ roll requiem, stay tuned. I’m going to start out by sending one to the man sitting behind the resolute desk. With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a f—ing mask. This is Bob Dylan with The Disease of Conceit.”

Lyrics: Disease of Conceit

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“That’s What Makes Us Great”

[Verse 1]

Joe:
They come from everywhere
A longing to be free
They come to join us here
From sea to shining sea

Joe & Bruce:
And they all have a dream
As people always will
To be safe and warm
In that shining city on a hill

[Bridge 1]

Joe:
Some wanna slam the door
Instead of opening the gate

Joe & Bruce:
Aw let’s turn this thing around
Before it gets too late

[Chorus]

Joe & Bruce:
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great

[Verse 2]

Bruce:
Don’t tell me a lie
And sell it as a fact
I’ve been down that road before
And I ain’t goin’ back
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

[Bridge 2]

Joe & Bruce:
I won’t follow down that path
And tempt the hands of fate
Aw let’s turn this thing around
Before it gets too late

[Chorus]

Joe & Bruce:
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great

[Verse 3]

Bruce:
In the quiet of the night
I lie here wide awake
And I ask myself
Is there a difference I can make?

Joe & Bruce:
Is there a difference I can make?

[Chorus]

Joe & Bruce:
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
And that’s what makes us great
That’s what makes us great
That’s what makes us great
That’s what makes us great


See also:

Joe Grushecky
Bruce Springsteen


Originally posted on Joe Grushecky’s YouTube channel That’s What Makes Us Great

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