Friday 22 February 2019

Born to Run 2014: Bruce Springsteen parodies himself with Jimmy Fallon in reworked version of classic hit

Fionnuala McCarthy

Bruce Springsteen appeared on US TV last night and sang a reworked version of his classic song lambasting Governor Chris Christie.

Late night TV host Jimmy Fallon opened the slot, dressed as  Springsteen in a sleeveless denim shirt, red bandana and aviator shades, strumming a guitar and singing to the tune of the Born in the USA hit.

The song renamed ‘Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam,’ pillories the New Jersey governor who is at the centre of a scandal after it emerged his staff closed down multiple lanes on the George Washington bridge, to hurt a political rival.

The song included lyrics like, "They shut down the tollbooths of glory 'cause we didn't endorse Chris Christie."

Jimmy Fallon parodies Bruce Springsteen as he sings, before the Boss walks out into the spotlight, dressed identically to Fallon and takes over the singing.  

"Man, I've gotta take a leak, but I can't," the Boss sang. "I'm stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jaaaaam."

Last year,  New Jersey Republican Governor Christie, a lifelong fan of  Democrat Springsteen, was delighted when the singer embraced him publicly as they helped in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  He has admitted to seeing Springsteen perform over 100 times. 

However, he is unlikely to be a fan of last night’s performance when Springsteen sang: "You're killing the working man/who's stuck in Governor Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam."

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