The Boss to North Carolina, “My Love Will Not Let You Down”

It’s probably no cosmic coincidence that I heard this song not too long after Bruce Springsteen decided to cancel his show in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 10th in protest over state’s new “Bathroom Law.” The newly enacted law requires individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate, and has drawn fierce criticism for excluding legal protections from gay and transgender people.

Bruce Springsteen’s statement:

As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

“My Love Will Not Let You Down” lyrics:

At night I go to bed but I just can’t sleep
I got something running around my head
That just won’t keep
In the silence I hear my heart beating, time slippin’ away
I got a time bomb ticking deep inside of me
I gotta tell you what I want to say
I keep searching for you, darling
Searching everywhere I go
And when I find you there’s gonna be
Just one thing that you gotta know
My love will not let you down
My love will not let you down

At night I walk the streets looking for romance
But I always end up stumbling in a half-trance
I search for connection in some new eyes
But they’re hard for protection from too many dreams passed by
I see you standing across the room watching me without a sound
Well I’m gonna push my way through that crowd, I’m gonna tear all your walls down
Tear all your walls down
My love will not let you down
My love will not let you down

Well hold still now darling, hold still for God’s sake
‘Cause I got me a promise I ain’t afraid to make
My love will not let you down
My love will not let you down

The Boss is the boss.

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