Give Bruce Springsteen a kiss

The Boss pays lyrical tribute to women's liberation.

Topics: Broadsheet, Bruce Springsteen, Love and Sex,

Peanut butter and chocolate, blue jeans and T-shirts, rock ‘n’ roll and feminism … classic pairings, no?

But check out the lyrical addendum to Bruce Springsteen’s ballad “I Wanna Marry You,” as he performed it in concert in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday night. He may be the only crooner in rock to fantasize more about getting into the pants of single working moms than, say, underage models.

Belting out his desire for the woman he sees dragging her stroller down the street every day, Springsteen sang: “I wear my love darlin’, without shame/I’d be proud if you would wear my name … hyphenated.”

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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