Bruce Springsteen Debuts New Song at Ohio Political Rally
Bruce Springsteen unveiled a new tune during a get-out-the-vote rally Thursday in Parma, Ohio, a working-class suburb of Cleveland.
Springsteen didnât announce the tongue-in-cheek dittyâs title. He joked about it being a rejected theme song for President Barack Obamaâs reelection campaign, whose âForwardâ slogan was the basis for a playful call-and-response number:
“I kissed your sister then I kissed your mama (Forward!) / Usually this time of day Iâm in my pajamas (Forward!) / Letâs vote for the man who got Osama (Forward!) / Forward and away we go!”
Several thousand fans packed the field house on Cuyahoga Community Collegeâs Western Campus for the free event, organized by the Obama campaign. POTUS himself did not attend, although there was hardly a star-power deficit. Unfortunately, opening act Bill Clinton didnât bring his sax, dashing any hope of a âBorn to Runâ summit jam with the Boss.
Springsteen took the stage shortly before 1 p.m., accompanying himself on harmonica and acoustic guitar for a stripped-down âNo Surrender.â
In a similar vein, he channeled Woody Guthrie for folk-inflected renditions of âThe Promised Land,â âYoungstownâ and the politically charged âWe Take Care of Our Own.â Springsteen also had the crowd singing along with a cover of Guthrieâs âThis Land Is Your Land.â
Between songs, Springsteen stated his case for keeping President Obama in the White House for another term, echoing the sentiments of a message posted Wednesday on Springsteenâs website.
âThe future is rarely a tide rushing in,â Springsteen said. âItâs often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe we are in the midst of those long days right now. Iâm here because I believe President Obama feels those days in his bones for all 100-percent of us. And I believe heâs got the strength, the commitment and the vision to live these days with us and to carry the standard forward toward a country where . . . nobody crowds you and nobody goes it alone.â
A poignant âThunder Roadâ capped his 35-minute set.
The performance marked the first direct involvement in the 2012 presidential race by Springsteen, who campaigned for Obama four years ago and for John Kerry in 2004. Earlier this year, Springsteen expressed reservations about hitting the stump again.
Nonetheless, from the battleground state of Ohio, he was off to another Obama rally Thursday afternoon at Iowa State University.
Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform a New Song in Ohio