Bruce Springsteen Totally Angling for an Inauguration Gig

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"Oh, that? It's just my Hopemonger Hypno-Lamp." Photo: Getty Images

The Boss performed “Working on a Dream” while campaigning for Barack Obama, and the song's lyrics, appropriately enough for an unresolved race, are inspirational and vague: “Though sometimes it feels so far away / I'm working on a dream / I know it will be mine someday.” But even if that dream has come to pass, the freely downloadable title track from his album due in January is probably better for not being about Obama's Cabinet choices and search for a hypoallergenic dog. It's not “Born to Run” or even “The Rising,” but Springsteen delivers some of his sweetest vocals in the uplifting chorus, and he even whistles.

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