I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around this is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown

In '65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come to my hometown
My hometown
My hometown
My hometown

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown

Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
This is your hometown



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    General Comment:I love how he brings the beginning into the end in this song.. he starts off reflecting on his child life, and then comes the line... "son take a good look around this is your hometown" and then at the end, he mentions his kid, and sings, "Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
    This is your hometown" I think that is awesome... im 16 years of age and I LOVE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN! he really is THE BOSS!!
    x
    simon_dayshon July 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song is very American. There are so many towns and cities like this. Cities do change and sometimes more quickly than you might expect.
    stoolhardyon March 01, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:This seems to be one of Bruce's more personal songs. Every time I listen to it I get a chill - I don't know why, it's just such a sad song.
    jkisauon March 27, 2010   Link
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    Memory:As a person who is 4th generation Freehold Boro person, first race riots were not common in our quiet little town. The racial tension was actually caused by a group from out of towners called "Concerned Citizens". They bussed people in to create problems. Freehold was a great town to grow up in and Bruce's grandmother and his aunts, cousins and my family grew up together. Bruce actually has been known to go into Freehold and walk around and stop in Joe's Barbershop and visit. He actually was walking up McLean Street, Freehold with his first wife showing her where his family members lived and some still lived. He regularly visited his maternal grandmother. This song brings back memories. Yes there was a shooting at Park Avenue and South Street, yes there was some racial tension at FHS, and yes the rug mill closed down putting my grandfather, uncle and many others out of work. When all is said and done I am a proud child of Freehold and miss going to the newsstand, going to the fire house and other stores in town.
    FreeholdAnnie53on December 20, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:I got to listen to Bruce and his original band the Castilles on friday and saturday nights at the local
    YMCA on Throckmorton Street in Freehold and I think it cost me a dollar each night. lol The mayor of Freehold played in the other band when they had the battle of the bands.
    FreeholdAnnie53on December 20, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:I don't think it necessarily has to be about his own personal home town, just inspired by it. This song is more about how the times changed and it could be talking about almost any small(ish) town in North America. It could also echo how he sees the world with more reality and less innocence as he grows up and grows older. First he's an eight year old boy, then a high school student, then an unemployed husband and father with a son who is presumably about the age he was at the start of the song. He wants his son to remember where they were both from as the family will probably be moving away to find work somewhere else.
    dangeruson January 10, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:Seems like when he was a boy, his hometown was a good place to live. His dad would take him there to instill pride in him about his hometown, wherever it is.

    Then, his hometown became more dangerous. He ended up taking his kid to his hometown, but it seems like that was more to show him what a terrible place he came from, and how his life will be (is?) better.
    jcarteron January 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I don't think that he takes his son back to his hometown, I think that he has a family there. "Last night me and Kate we laid in bed talking about getting out...." They are thinking about leaving the town, times are changing and there are few jobs left. The town isn't the same as it used to be, but I think he's trying to say that even though the town has really gone down hill he's still proud to have growin up there and he wants his son to be too.

    That's what I got out of it.
    Lynnmetcalfe23on January 26, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:'My Hometown' is obviously about Freehold, NJ where Bruce was born and raised. His high school was Freehold Boro high school. Back in the 60s, race riots were very common, but it's pretty calm now. The textile mill he mentions is the Freehold Rug Mill. Recently, it's been converted into apartments for the poor. However, Lynn and jcarter are both wrong. He didn't come from a terrible place and his hometown is hardly dangerous. He does, however, no longer live there. He lives in Asbury Park.

    This is my all-time favorite song by any artist, because Freehold actually is my hometown. Bruce was born and raised 5 minutes from me, so he's a local legend. This song takes me right back to Main Street and the train tracks through the center of town. God, I miss Freehold when I'm at college.
    PSYCHOSPICYon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think "born to run" is a continuation of this song. makes sense because it continues along with the broken dreams sort of message. bruce really is THE BOSS
    vipergt196on June 26, 2005   Link

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