No Surrender (song)

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"No Surrender"
Promotional single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Born in the U.S.A.
ReleasedJune 4, 1984
RecordedLate 1983
StudioThe Hit Factory in New York
GenreRock and roll[1]
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Born in the U.S.A. track listing

"No Surrender" is a song from Bruce Springsteen's album Born in the U.S.A.. It was only included on the album at the insistence of Steven Van Zandt, but has since become a concert staple for Springsteen. Though it was not one of the seven top ten hits of the album, "No Surrender" nevertheless charted on the Mainstream Rock chart, peaking at No. 29.[2] It returned to prominence during the 2004 United States presidential election when John Kerry, the Democratic candidate and a fan of Springsteen, used the song as the main theme song for his campaign.

Live performances[edit]

During the Born in the U.S.A. Tour, "No Surrender" was rarely played, instead of having a full band version the song was a slow acoustic guitar and harmonica version.

The song was played occasionally in the Reunion Tour, The Rising Tour and later tours, including the Magic Tour and the River Tour. The song has been performed about 230 times through 2008.

It appears on Springsteen's London Calling: Live in Hyde Park DVD, performed with Brian Fallon of fellow New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem as special guest.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2008, Hot Water Music recorded the song on their B-sides and rarities album Til The Wheels Fall Off.[3]

In 2009, Jill Johnson from Sweden recorded the song on the cover album Music Row II.[4]

In 2009, Two Cow Garage recorded the song for the A side of Vol. 9 of Suburban Home Records' "Under the Influence" 7" covers series. Side B of the 7" features Jr. Juggernaut covering "Trouble" by Cat Stevens.[5]

In 2013, Mark Salling recorded a cover of the song for the TV show Glee as a tribute to cast member Cory Monteith who died suddenly earlier in the year. His version of the song was featured in the season 5 episode "The Quarterback", a tribute to Monteith, and his character Finn Hudson, who had recently died.

In 2017, Australian country music singer James Blundell recorded the song as a duet with Paul Costa on his Campfire album

In 2017, at the No Surrender Festival in Vilanova de Bellpuig, Catalonia, 1000 musicians recorded a live version of the song.[6][7]


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  2. ^ Whitburn, J. (2008). Rock Tracks 1981-2008. Hal Leonard. p. 320. ISBN 9780898201741.
  3. ^ Till the Wheels Fall Off (Hot Water Music album)
  4. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas
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