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“They bring you up to do, like your daddy done”: En analys av Bruce Springsteens låttexter och hur användbara de kan vara i undervisningen
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"They bring you up to do, like your daddy done" : An analysis of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics and how appropriate they could be for teaching situations (English)
Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats syftar till att undersöka hur man kan analysera och tolka två av Bruce Springsteens låttexter, för att visa på hur lämpliga de kan vara som underlag för att i undervisning beröra de viktiga livs- och identitetsfrågor som nämns i styrdokumenten för högstadiet. Frihet kan anses vara en särskilt viktig livsfråga och därför undersöks skildringen av frihet i låttexterna närmare. Dessutom undersöks hur genus, klass och ålder skildras i relation till makt. Låttexterna som analyseras är ”The River” och ”Land of Hope and Dreams”.

Analysen visar att ”The River” skildrar en mörk, nostalgisk bild av hur dystert livet kan bli som konsekvens av ett för tidigt frihetsberövande. Den belyser hur faktorer så som klass, ålder, kön och etnicitet samverkar och tillsammans påverkar människors livsöden, samt hur de livsödena i sin tur hör ihop med frihetsbegreppet. I ”Land of Hope and Dreams” skildras istället en ljusare, mer positiv och hoppfull bild av Amerika, livet, himlen eller vad man än väljer att tolka låten som en symbol för. Låten skildrar en framtidstro, optimism och tanke om solidaritet, medmänsklighet och jämställdhet som alla lärare borde sträva efter att förse sina elever med. I ”Land of Hope and Dreams” skildras de fördelar som frihet innebär på ett positivt sätt, medan de nackdelar som en brist på frihet innebär skildras på ett mer negativt sätt i ”The River”.

Utifrån analysen av de båda låttexterna kan man dra slutsatsen att de visar hur frihet är av ytterst stor betydelse för samhället i stort och människan som enskild individ, samt att de även berör många andra viktiga livs- och identitetsfrågor, vilket gör dem användbara i undervisningssituationer.

Abstract [en]

This essay aims to examine and show how two of Bruce Springsteen’s songs could be analyzed and how useful they could be in teaching situations, to touch upon some of the important questions that are mentioned in the curriculum. The main focus of the analysis in the essay is questions regarding life and identity. Freedom could be considered an especially important question and the depiction of the concept is therefore analyzed closely. Furthermore, the depictions of gender, class and age are analyzed in relation to power. The songs that are analyzed are “The River” and “Land of Hope and Dreams”.

The analysis shows that “The River” depicts a nostalgic image of how dark life can become as a consequence of loosing freedom at an early stage in life. It illustrates how concepts such as class, gender and ethnicity affect the destiny of life, as well as how that destiny is affected by the concept of freedom. “Land of Hope and Dreams” depicts a more positive and hopeful image of America, life, heaven or whatever one chooses to interpret the song as a symbol for. The song depicts a belief in the future, optimism and idea about solidarity and equality that all teachers should aim to pass on to their students. “Land of Hope and Dreams” depicts the advantages of freedom in a positive way, while the disadvantages of freedom are depicted in a more negative way in “The River”.

Based on the analysis, one can conclude that the songs illustrate how freedom is of outmost importance to society and to individuals, and that they touch upon many other important questions about life and identity, which makes them appropriate to use in teaching situations. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Bruce Springsteen, The River, Land of Hope and Dreams, song analysis, freedom, teaching situations
Keyword [sv]
Bruce Springsteen, The River, Land of Hope and Dreams, låtanalys, frihet, undervisning
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Humanities Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38391OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38391DiVA: diva2:869089
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Swedish
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: Swedish (330 ECTS credits)
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