by Gregg Chadwick
(Song by Song Review of Bruce Springsteen's New Album - Wrecking Ball)
In 1958, The Coasters slyly sang in Yakety Yak about bringing in the dog and letting out the cat. In Bruce Springsteen's Easy Money (Listen Here), off of his new album Wrecking Ball, a couple finds themselves letting out both the dog and the cat on what might be their last night on the town.
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A percussive stomping beat drives the song, playfully making light of the downtrodden couple's last ditch attempt to pull off a score:
There's nothing to it misterYou won't hear a soundWhen your whole world comes tumbling downAnd all them fat cats they'll just think it's funnyI'm going on the town now looking for easy money
Like bluegrass played on a summer's night, fiddles and acoustic guitar swirl and twang. But the song turns ominous when Springsteen sings:
I got a Smith & Wesson .38I got a hellfire burning
This .38 is pointed at a bigger mark than the couple imagines. Wall Street is the target of Springsteen's venom. Class warfare has never sounded so soulful, as Easy Money builds into a sort of Irish soaked, down home sing along.
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Like William Powell in the pre-code comedy, Jewel Robbery, the would be gunman in Easy Money seems destined to turn the tables on the wealthy fat cats. Robbery in this instance seems to be no more violent than a bad loan or a defrauded investor, but the human cost remains to be tallied.
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"Bruce Springsteen's widescreen vision of America on Wrecking Ball is filled with terror, tension, tenacity and above all else, triumph which may not replenish your bank account, but it will replenish your soul."
-Anthony Kuzminski, Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball, antiMusic