BADLANDS: “Get Your Facts Learned”

Every movement needs an anthem — or many anthems, actually. As an opening bid, we would like to nominate “Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen for your consideration. This choice was inspired by the anonymous tweeter at Badlands National Park who went rogue by posting actual facts about climate change in defiance of an Administration-ordered shutdown on the flow of public information.

This is what resistance looks like, and the song itself is so spot on that it almost seems like it was written for this moment. Not only does it speak to the denial of facts and the desires of rich men — but the Badlands themselves are in North Dakota, just a proverbial stone’s throw from the Standing Rock demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that was just advanced by Executive Order despite massive public protests against it. So here is our nomination for inclusion in the pantheon of soundtracks for the uprising:

Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen (1978)

Lights out tonight
trouble in the heartland
Got a head-on collision
smashin’ in my guts, man
I’m caught in a crossfire
that I don’t understand
But there’s one thing I know for sure, girl
I don’t give a damn
For the same old played out scenes
I don’t give a damn
For just the in-betweens
Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul
I want control right now
You better listen to me baby
Talk about a dream
Try to make it real
you wake up in the night
With a fear so real
Spend your life waiting
for a moment that just won’t come
Well don’t waste your time waiting

Badlands, you gotta live it everyday
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you’ve gotta pay
We’ll keep pushin’ till it’s understood
and these badlands start treating us good

Workin’ in the fields
Till you get your back burned
Workin’ ‘neath the wheel
Till you get your facts learned
Baby, I got my facts
Learned real good right now,
You better get it straight, darling,
Poor man wanna be rich
Rich man wanna be king
And a king ain’t satisfied
Till he rules everything
I wanna go out tonight,
I wanna find out what I got

I believe in the love that you gave me
I believe in the faith that can save me
I believe in the hope and I pray
That some day it may raise me
Above these badlands


For the ones who had a notion
A notion deep inside
That it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive
I wanna find one face that ain’t looking through me
I wanna find one place
I wanna spit in the face of these badlands


All we need now is for The Boss to play this tune during future impeachment hearings, and we’re all set!  In the meantime, we can at least take some solace in the fact that not everyone has capitulated to this farcical regime. These small moments can add up to help resist a POTUS who is most definitely NotUS! From a musical icon to an anonymous bureaucrat, every voice matters now…


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