That Springsteen song is atrocious. He should should be hung for that along with everyone that helped record it.
musically, it is too slick. I'm guessing he recorded a more middle of the road version in order to get his message onto radio stations. I could see some XM channel picking it up. Because it has a flag in it and talks about "taking care of our own," even some clueless country DJs on XM will play it. They will think it is about self reliance rather than our collective responsibility for each other.
Sad to hear no Danny Federici or Clarence on the tune. A sax could have given it some cajones instead of the strings. I'm guessing the live version will be much more memorable when the guitars come forward and there are more horns added.
Also, did you notice the Calvary / Cavalry slip up? If it were intentional, I think he could have worked Calvary in better.