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The Battle Hymn of the Republic (Revised and Updated)

We don’t care who ***wrote it. We want to know who is singing along.

[*** Just to be clear, I know and I witnessed –over many years– how Springsteen broke his promises. I did not. Nor should you. Everybody needs to stand up and advance. If this gives one more person the courage to do so, I’ll appropriate this ten thousand times over. Not everybody in 21st century America is ready to be rocking to that one-hit-wonder Julia Ward Howe.]

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  • Dirk October 29, 2021, 11:51 AM

    Can’t handle this Marxist, well communist shill. Saw him in Sacramento few years back, retard lectured us on how the rich keep us lil people down. Us in the crowd who made good money choices should be ashamed.

    Our group walked out. Show wasn’t any good anyway. When a multi millionaire lectures us had people, what a hypocrite

    • The john October 30, 2021, 10:48 AM

      Check out Arron Lewis song..” I can’t be the only one” ..f@ck joe Biden f@ck Springsteen

  • ghostsniper October 29, 2021, 12:12 PM

    Glad to see you’ve finally moved up from your dock hor position.

    Fagsteen? Never made a red centavo off’n my ass.

  • Joe Krill October 29, 2021, 12:56 PM

    By saying, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic (Revised and Updated)” sung by an ass wipe lunatic, you are making mockery of one of America’s most beautiful Hymns.

    • Veeze October 29, 2021, 1:54 PM

      Well said, Joe.

    • Vanderleun October 29, 2021, 3:39 PM

      Sorry. I take the useful art over the crapular artist. I have no illusions about BS, but that includes no illusions about how many of his songs can rouse the masses.

      I’m not here to sell tickets to BS. I’m here for the appropriation.

      PS: Yes the BH is a great hymn and I wrote about it and its origins and fate at length some 15 ore more years ago on ye olde American Digest.

      Rebel/Revolutionary/Reactionary: “Hey guys, I just found this weapon that will help us win this war but it was made by one of the enemy and left lying around on the battlefield.”

      Umpires of the Right: “Are you kidding? You just thrown that weapon that could help us win away. I:t was made by the unclean and we won’t use any weapon soaked in pig’s fat.”

      PS: It ain’t “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” that he’s singing. Just sayin’.

      • James ONeil October 30, 2021, 10:07 AM

        Good on yer Gerard.

        The song doesn’t work for me but I understand what you’re saying.
        The refrain, n’retreat, n’surrender, with Brucie’s tone and melody just lacks fire. I looked for other versions on youtube, Dropkick Murphy’s, Glee, Jill Johnson’s, alas all faithfully follow Bruce.

      • Glenfilthie November 2, 2021, 4:42 PM


        I can’t think of a better way to flip off a shitlib “artist” that has made a living off of flipping the bird at us. Up your ass Springsteen.

  • Mike Austin October 29, 2021, 1:32 PM

    Mr. Springsteen can sing all he wants about America. He can have a huge American flag at his concerts. He can pose as a spokesman for the working man. He can write all the songs he wants about the Midwest. What he cannot do is escape the truth about his past.

    “Bruce Springsteen said writing his song “Born in the U.S.A” helped him cope with his mixed feelings about dodging the draft during the Vietnam War…”I had some friends, very close friends of mine…guys who came home in wheelchairs, and then, I didn’t go,” the singer told Tom Hanks at Tribeca Film Festival event Friday, “I was a stone-cold draft dodger.”

    So who died for you in the rice paddies of Vietnam you Goddamned son of a bitch?

    • Sisu October 29, 2021, 2:37 PM

      I have no respect for springsteen; and I no longer enjoy his music.

      Over too many decades I’ve heard others somehow see their cowardice as a virtue; none can understand that it might have been them who saved the lives of others had they not run to Canada. Cowardice can only fear for itself. … They do not see self-confidence in stressful situations draws strength from others who are more fearful, and thus assists all manage their fear.

    • Vanderleun October 29, 2021, 3:49 PM

      Sigh. This ain’t about the singer (a piece of shit) but about the song. It’s useful.

      I quote: “We don’t care who wrote it. We want to know who is singing along.”

      I think that Austin should be able to dig up that bit of thinking about approriating the media and the culture that Lenin sent out to help put the Bolsheviks in power.

      Control of the cultural high ground and the language.
      Catching pop cultural songs, scenes, and symbols.

      We have none of the above in significant quantities. We do not even know our local nomenklatura.

      Better get busy getting some strategy, tactics, cultural control, and organization.
      Otherwise… we lose.
      You don’t want to lose a war. Ever.

      We need to up our game. And if we gotta learn how to steal…. well, how else are you going to finance the Resistance?

      No retreat, baby, no surrender.

      Works for me. I think I’ll put it on a t-shirt.

      Without attribution.

      Twenty bucks post paid. You in?

      • Mike Austin October 29, 2021, 5:07 PM

        Wow Gerard! Quite the “sturm und drang” you ignited. I see your points of course.

        I did not like Springsteen’s music long before I knew anything about him. When I found out what sort of creature he was, that just added impetus to my opinion of his music. Not entirely rational? Sure. Some people can keep such things separate—the man and his art—but I cannot, at least not yet. That’s just me, and I certainly would not tell anyone else how to feel about art because of some shortcomings—real or imagined—of the artist.

        But I must admit I am selective in my moral outrage. For example, I admire Jacques-Louis David, but the man himself was despicable. And I admire Tolstoy’s short stories, but he was an arrogant weirdo with delusions of earthly godhood.

        Even—especially—world class literary types have their moral failings. Mario Vargas Llosa, in his introduction to his novel “The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta”, (1986) for some reason gave his opinion of Gabriel García Márquez. It was not good, and Llosa said that his opinion of Márquez ruined for him the works of Márquez, including “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. Turns out that Llosa had punched Márquez in the face ten years earlier. Hmm…I wonder if that had any effect upon that opinion? Llosa sounded like an outraged schoolgirl.

        Looking through my vinyl collection—1000 beautiful records—I wonder how many of those artists were in life real pieces of shit. I had better not investigate that. Except I already know about Richard Strauss, he of “The Ring Cycle” fame. He almost makes Springsteen look like an honorable man. And you are right about “appropriation”: Creep though he was, our side still finds use for his music.


        Come to think of it, I have an AK WASR-10, a marvelous killing machine developed by our once enemies, the Rooskies. I find that device quite useful, though its original intent was to shoot capitalists. Appropriation level: 100 percent.

        Let us select from anyone and anyplace. It if aids in victory, then it is good.

        As for Lenin: after the manifest failure of commie economics, he “borrowed” capitalist incentives in his “New Economic Policy” (1921) thereby saving the Bolshevik Revolution. He was aided by the Americans who, in an astounding inability to discern friend from foe—in other words, grotesque and utter stupidity—sent enormous amounts of aid under the “American Relief Administration”. Lenin laughed, and claimed that “one day the capitalists would sell Russia the rope by which they would be hanged.” Appropriation indeed.

        • Uncle Mikey October 30, 2021, 7:12 AM

          Entirely reasonable and, as the Russians say, Operativ.

      • CA October 29, 2021, 8:17 PM

        10 shirts. XXL (like ’em loose).
        Prefer black Ts with white letters, but will back any play you make.

        • Chris October 30, 2021, 5:12 AM

          I’m in for 5. 2XL, and 3L. Email z for directions.

      • RM October 30, 2021, 2:49 AM

        You’ve captured my mood Gerard. 1 Large, 1 Medium Thank you.

  • gwbnyc October 29, 2021, 4:51 PM

    guy has a coin-operated brain, seen recently fellating Obama as restitution for his whiteness.

    needs the synthetic shit kicked out of him.

    his presence in the post has me ladling wide of that turd in this punchbowl.

  • Auntie Analogue October 29, 2021, 7:17 PM

    Sorry, Mr. Van der Leun, but with this post you hit a terrible clinker.

    Learn from your – our – enemies, one of whom wrote with crystal clarity: “You cannot dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools.” Which is counsel that Springsteen and his Woke ilk have put into practice.

  • Bruceph October 29, 2021, 7:30 PM

    An aunt of mine, 3 or more generations removed, “Ms. Howe” she’d likely go by now, wrote it.

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
    He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
    He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword
    His truth is marching on.

    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    His truth is marching on.

    I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
    They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
    I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
    His day is marching on.

    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    His truth is marching on.

    I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish’d rows of steel,

    As ye deal with my condemners, So with you my grace shall deal;
    Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel
    Since God is marching on.

    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    His truth is marching on.

    He has sounded form the trumpet that shall never call retreat
    He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat
    Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
    Our God is marching on.

    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    His truth is marching on.

    Ln the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea,
    With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
    As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
    While God is marching on.

    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
    His truth is marching on.

    I didn’t like Bruce until the River, which I thought excellent, with a sprinkling hits to follow. The rest, like most musicians, was ok. Rock and roll… It has its own ceiling. Anyway, there’s a lot of steaming venom in these responses, I assume a lot have taken the entertainment thing to heart, “got off on that revolution stuff”, and now find the whole thing to have been a loss. That could be a good place to start.
    In a very real sense, biography is history, so much to be sifted through in order to understand what’s really going on now, as well as then. We will all have our ledgers read so enough. Stay confessed I say, stay confessed. And fight the good fight. But first, name your enemies, and they are Legion. (Luke 8:30… Mia culpa, mia culpa, mia maxima culpa.) Bruce was a fashion. No need to resent him, pity perhaps, and prayer. He’s devoted himself to the wrong god.

    • Mike Austin October 30, 2021, 12:31 AM

      Wise words. In fact Confession is today at 3:30. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

      While reading your Aunt’s words, I could almost envision Sherman marching from Atlanta to the sea. Glory Hallelujah!

    • Spingerah October 30, 2021, 11:05 PM

      Dang dude !
      You write just as good as your great auntie.
      Poor old bastard Bruce, he is of his times
      Although I still do like pink Cadillac
      Ms. Howe will echo forever.

  • Minimalmed October 29, 2021, 11:48 PM

    I’m in for 20 as well, like CA said, black with white letters but I’ll take em as you make em. But, 5M, 5L, 5XL, 5XXL. Email me details, payment details, etc

  • Wilfred Ruffian October 30, 2021, 1:21 AM

    Hated him the first time I heard him,hated him more the first time I saw him. Don’t know why. Haven’t had the same reaction to any celebrity before or since,including alec Baldwin.

  • Russell G. October 30, 2021, 3:54 AM

    Pardon me for being simple minded and pragmatic.
    I only bought a Springsteen album because the hottest of hot woman I wanted to bang liked it and it worked.


    The t-shirt that is shown puts you in no camp. It applies equally to Bernie Bros and Goths and illegals.

    #FJB has inertia and is already marketed by the pissed off masses.

    Or, “Enjoying Communism?”, such as the one I wear, will elicit spontaneous “Hell No’s” in the parking lot of the Dollar Generals. I guarandamntee that.

    That is all.

    • Spingehra October 30, 2021, 11:12 PM

      Got an # FJB shirt from a GAB seller going to wear it tomorrow.

  • LadyBikki October 30, 2021, 6:04 AM

    Black w/ white lettering, hoodie or sweatshirt ( willing to pay twice the T-shirt price ).
    Northern Maine in winter isn’t T-shirt country.
    Two – 2x

  • Pierside October 30, 2021, 6:33 AM

    Our side has its pop cultural songs … just listen to Rush, or read some Neal Peart lyrics. Start with “Anthem” and then go to “Farewell to the Kings.” And then we always have Aaron Lewis, whose most recent song mocked Springsteen unmercifully.

    It’s a work in progress but I’m trying to divest myself of companies that hate me and eradicate the arts that mock me. It’s easy to say “f*ck them” – much harder to actually shitcan them and find alternatives. But it’s doable. And when you have a bunch of young people over to your house hearing Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down” for the first time, hope blossoms.

    As for the Battle Hymn, we southerners have a hard time with it, as with all things Lincoln related. I hear the Battle Hymn and can only think of the sanctimonious self-righteous Puritan do-goodery that put the Republic on a perilous path to progressivism. So “America the Beautiful” for me and mine.

    • Mike Austin October 30, 2021, 7:58 AM

      First, my “street cred”: My family on my mother’s side fought with Marse Robert almost until Appomattox. So there’s that.

      “I hear the Battle Hymn and can only think of the sanctimonious self-righteous Puritan do-goodery that put the Republic on a perilous path to progressivism.” It was a Southerner, one Woodrow Wilson, who began the descent of America into progressivism. Lincoln had nothing to do with it. And “sanctimonious self-righteous Puritan do-goodery” describes Wilson perfectly.

      “…Wilson, more than any of his predecessors, took steps towards the creation of a strong federal government…He is generally regarded as a key figure in the establishment of modern American liberalism, and a strong influence on future presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.”

      It was Wilson who cursed the nation with the Income Tax and the Federal Reserve. Next time you pay your taxes, I doubt you will think of Lincoln.

    • Bruceph October 31, 2021, 4:29 PM

      Believe me when I say I know next to nothing about history, but I’ve taken away some impressions over the years. You are spot on in your reaction to the ‘hymn’ I think. The South had reasons besides slavery to secede. And as they would rightly point out, slavery was not anti-biblical. A lack of charity is however. And I would observe that the lefties had a head of steam up centuries before Wilson, the civil war, the DOE, and so on. Right now somewhere, someone else is writing another manifesto… But I’m encouraged, almost to tears, by two men whose shadows grow larger with the passing of time; and who sat together to end it all at the wars finish. Would that there would be two men like Lee and Grant alive today. What they might say… what they might say.

  • ghostsniper October 30, 2021, 6:36 AM

    Looks like Gerard needs to set up an online store.
    Books, garments, swag, mud cups, posters, etc.

    I was sitting with a friend in a bar, Keg South, the first time I heard springsteen.
    The voice was atrocious and I said so, to the friend, and he agreed.
    Neither of us had heard him before.
    I’m a guitar player and the friend shreds a bass and both of us sing far better than that asshole but we normally don’t. You just can’t wail properly on 6 wires AND vox at the same time, something always loses. His first wife was quite the looker though, from a .38 special video, but he just couldn’t work her effectively – dumb ass.

    • Georgiaboy61 October 30, 2021, 11:14 PM

      Re: “His first wife was quite the looker though, from a .38 special video, but he just couldn’t work her effectively – dumb ass.”

      How the New Jersey-born rock star “handled” his separation and divorce from his first wife, Julianne Phillips, reveals a great deal about what a worthless jerk he really is. Phillips found out she was no longer his gal not in person, but by seeing it on the news. Springsteen and his new paramour, current wife Patty Scialfa, stepped out on Phillips together in public, conspicuously taking a room together while both were on his concert tour.

      Springsteen claims to represent all of these wonderful values, but in reality he is just another punk who made it big by climbing to the top on the backs of the bodies of those he has discarded. He’s rich, but about as intelligent and insightful as a box of rocks.

  • Steve (retired/recovering lawyer) October 30, 2021, 6:54 AM

    For anyone who a) still regards Springsteen as some kind of working-class hero, and 2) has a sense of the absurd and ironic (as well as a strong stomach), I recommend the following:
    Here’s the punch line: “Growing up in New Jersey, it was a very normal upbringing,” she told World of Show Jumping in 2019. “I think it was clever of my parents to have us raised there. As a child, it was nice for me to have something that I was so focused on and worked really hard with.” Yup, just a normal New Jersey working class lifestyle on his 380 acre horse farm in Colt’s Neck. Right next door to the cops, firemen and sanitation workers who also own 380 acre horse farms in his neighborhood, whose kids ride million dollar horses for funsies.

    • gwbnyc October 30, 2021, 8:09 AM

      yeah I grew up in horsey NE Ohio, dressagimist country. The old Lake Erie College days where a degree in Vapid was available.

      so young Springsteen followed in the cultured shoeprints of Becky Moore- Mike’s spawn rumored desaddled by PETA as her mounting a horse was deemed abusive.

      looks plausible:

  • Hoss October 30, 2021, 6:57 AM

    T-shirts, yes. Springsteen, no.

  • Uncle Mikey October 30, 2021, 7:15 AM

    Agreed, G-man. Reflexive loathing really closes the mind sometimes

  • Jay bee October 30, 2021, 8:01 AM


    On the liguistic angle. I think Some of of you hang out @ cfn.

  • Fat Dave October 30, 2021, 10:19 PM

    There is another way to look at this. These progressive entertainers loose their tiny minds their songs get used by “conservatives”. I love the idea that this twit wrote a song that resonates with people he despises.

  • Nobody Uno October 31, 2021, 6:48 AM

    Gerard, i don’t know how much work it is, but please set up an online shop for those shirts … we will buy at least 2.

  • Frank October 31, 2021, 2:31 PM

    Sorry, I don’t care for Springsteen or the Battle Hymn. Mrs Howe was rightly against slavery, the underlying cause of the war. But the proximate cause of the war, the right to secede was a noble cause that was unfortunately crushed along with everything else south of the Mason-Dixon. “Trampling out the vintage” is a very genteel way of saying kill everyone and destroy everything, and some took it more literally than others in using their “terrible swift sword.” Killing for Jesus is a dangerous course to set upon, and I cannot understand why people honor this song as patriotic.