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Artifact of the Month — September 2021

Springsteen Handwritten Lyrics to “All Man the Guns (For America)”


In the late 1960’s, during the Vietnam War era, Bruce Springsteen wrote the song, “All Man the Guns (For America)”. It was written about the boys who went off to war and promised to return and for their girlfriends who vowed to wait for them.  The song was performed by his band Steel Mill on 14 Aug 1970 at 7th And Marshall Street Parking Deck in Richmond, Virginia and perhaps at a few other locations during that time. It was never formally recorded. These are the oldest handwritten Springsteen lyrics preserved in the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.