Cops And Rockers

MR. STATE TROOPER Bruce Springsteen's historically amicable relationship with law enforcement took a turn for the worse after The Boss brought up the Amadou Diallo episode in a new song he performed live last week in New York City. But 41 Shots/ American Skin isn't his first tune to bring up the police:

SONG: Highway Patrolman ALBUM: Nebraska LYRIC: "I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville, barracks number eight/I always done an honest job as honest as I could/ I've got a brother named Franky and Franky ain't no good" SLANT: Pro-cop

SONG: Johnny 99 ALBUM: Nebraska LYRIC: "Johnny's wavin' his gun...

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