The outspoken singer discusses his approach to writing political songs in a new interview with Jon Stewart for Rolling Stone.
Springsteen explained that criticism of politicians and bankers on his new album We Take Care of Our Own is a continuation of the philosophy he's advanced for over 30 years on albums like Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad.
"Lately, it seems as if the polarization of the country has gotten so extreme that people want to force you into being either a phony 'patriot' or an apologist," he explained to Stewart. "Nuanced political dialogue or creative expression seems like it's been hamstrung by the decay of political speech and it's infantilized our national discourse."
Springsteen added: "I can't go for that and I won't write that way!"
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee previously suggested that Wrecking Ball is "as direct a record as [he's] ever made".
Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently in the midst of their first North American tour in three years.
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