EIGHT years ago, the then-Democrat candidate for the US presidential election, John Kerry, came charging across Boston harbour in a patrol boat.
Kerry was making his grand entry for the Democrat Convention being hosted in his home town.
Blaring from loudspeakers affixed to the boat was Bruce Springsteen's No Surrender.
Kerry, who was wounded and decorated for bravery in Vietnam where he skippered a swift boat, was seeking to unseat George W Bush after one term, and Springsteen was backing him.
As well as allowing Kerry to use his song, Springsteen appeared at several rallies with Kerry, warming up the throngs with his acoustic guitar.
Unlike Kerry, Wayne Swan has invoked the Boss for political purposes without his permission - but he is by no means the first.
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