Well, no cannonball did fly,
No rifles cut us down
No bombs fell from the sky,
No blood soaked the ground
No powder flash blinded the eye
No deathly thunder sounded
But just as sure as the hand of God
They brought death to my hometown
They brought death to my hometown, boys

No shells ripped
the evening sky
No cities burning down
No armies stormed the shores
for which we'd die
No dictators were crowned
I awoke on a quiet night,
I never heard a sound
The marauders raided in the dark
And brought death to my hometown, boys
Death to my hometown

They destroyed our families, factories
And they took our homes
They left our bodies on the plains
The vultures picked our bones

So, listen up my sonny boy,
Be ready when they come
For they'll be returning
Sure as the rising sun
Now get yourself a song to sing
And sing it 'til you're done
Yeah, sing it hard and sing it well
Send the robber barons staight to hell
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

They brought death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown, boys
Death to our hometown

Lyrics submitted by shannakett99

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  • +2
    General Comment"Death to My Hometown" alludes to the current global financial crisis.

    Mr. Springsteen uses Celtic rhythms (even a touch of an accent in his voice) to give the effect of an old war anthem, while pointing out that while "marauders" come in different forms than you are used to, the result is the same: death to your hometown.

    You've been warned.
    franklintitanon August 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song (in my opinion seems obvious) concerns the recent housing debacle, and all the foreclosures that are going on destroying neighborhoods and homes all over the United States. That homes and towns are vacant, when there isn't a war or other catastophe to blame. That the bankers who committed the current housing crisis have committed crimes, yet its been covered up, ignored and un-punished. Very good catchy song. Thoughts?
    tanelicuson March 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a guy named James Johnson who is still walking the streets with Barney Frank and Barack Obama. There is a war raging and most don't know or won't care until they have to move out of their own Detroit.
    deegeejay333on December 30, 2013   Link
  • -3
    General CommentNot Bruce's best work - this song is far too strident in its faux-populist self-righteousness. He's better sticking to songs about the human condition and leave all of the politicking behind. And incidentally, there is someone to blame, and that's our elected officials in Washington, the ones who have systematically run down our economy and country.
    lebigmacon May 25, 2012   Link

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