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Hey, Wal-Mart: These Are American Workers' Songs

Stocks in this article: WMT COST TGT

Bruce Springsteen/Factory

Bruce Springsteen tends to sing about the working man a lot. Workin' On The Highway, The River, My Hometown, Youngstown, Ghost Of Tom Joad and other Springsteen songs go into great detail about U.S. manufacturing, but maybe they just didn't make it sound as idyllic as Wal-Mart had hoped.

It's hard to get the Olympic crowd all fired up when they're reminded that not only did companies like Wal-Mart take a whole lot of jobs overseas just to save some cash on wages and health care, but they weren't all exactly treating Americans like gold when they were stateside, either.

Through the mansions of fear, through the mansions of pain

I see my daddy walking through them factory gates in the rain

Factory takes his hearing, factory gives him life

The working, the working, just the working life

There's a reason Springsteen is most popular in East Coast and Great Lakes Rust Belt towns, and it's not because a disproportionate amount of people there were baseball players back in high school.

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