Last to Die

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  • This song refers to a John Kerry quote on ending the Vietnam War: "We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Emily - Toronto, Canada
  • This anti-war track was covered by The Pet Shop Boys for their 2013 Electric album. Neil Tennant of the band explained why they chose this song to Spin magazine: "My favorite records by Bruce Springsteen are pop records: 'Dancing In The Dark,' 'Tunnel Of Love,' 'Streets Of Philadelphia.' I think the cover we've done of the Bruce Springsteen song on this album makes it into a pop song," he said. "But we haven't changed it any way at all. It's just done in a pop style rather than his E Street Band style. We could do a lot of Bruce Springsteen - not that we will. They're very powerfully written songs with good melodies and quite simple chord changes, more simple than our chord changes, so they take to the electronic treatment."

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