Bruce Springsteen Can Predict the Future, Says Australia's Deputy Prime Minister

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Ever since World Cup-predicting Paul the Octopus went to that great fried calamari appetizer in the sky, the world has been adrift and directionless. How are we to know what is supposed to happen? Ask a tic-tac-toe-playing chicken?

It turns out that the answer has been in front of us all along, singing into a microphone alongside a man with a nightgown wrapped around his skull. Yes, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Wayne Swan, says that Bruce Springsteen predicted the U.S. economic crisis way before loser economists who play concerts for only, like, three hours before giving up.

"You can hear Springsteen singing about the shifting foundations of the U.S. economy which the economists took much longer to detect, and which of course everyone is talking about now," Swan said, according to The Guardian.

Swan cited Bruuuuuuce's song "Badlands" as an example of this, particularly the lyrics, "Poor man wanna be rich/Rich man wanna be king/And a king ain't satisfied/Till he rules everything." This highly specific prediction is far more clear than any of the gibberish Nostradamus snarfed out in his day and very clearly refers to the collapse of 2008. But this can't be a fluke. What other world events has The Boss (no relation to Rick Ross) predicted in his songs?

Well, Swan, who can be seen below in his primary role as Australia's chief knife identifier, hasn't said so far.



But a quick flip through Bruce's catalogue proves to be a veritable codex of our shared future. Some examples:



Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
When Springsteen released this song in 1973, there was no way for him to have known that the Twin Cities Metro Transit bus number 4 would eventually stop at the 82nd Street Transit center as the terminus of its route. And yet, somehow he knew.



Born to Run
Bruce put this one out in 1975, an astonishing 11 years before the birth of Usain Bolt. Though Bolt set his school's record in the 100m when he was only twelve, there was still no obvious way for Springsteen to know how good of a runner Bolt would be before he was born, except if he were clairvoyant.
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