Bruce Springsteen debuted his own campaign song, ‘Forward and Away We Go,’ in support of President Obama during rallies for the President in Iowa and Ohio. Springsteen joked that it was a little hard to come up with more verses for the song because not many words rhyme with ‘Obama’. Joking aside, Springsteen has a serious message for his followers who also care about his political opinion.
“Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some, whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military. For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together. We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in.”
Although Springsteen made a song for the campaign, he said he doesn’t expect to be actively campaigning for the President through fundraising and other political events. Springsteen has shown support for the Democratic Presidential candidates in the last couple elections, but politics is a more recent activity in his career. As Ultimate Guitar points out, Springsteen did call out President Reagan for using his song ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ on the campaign trail in 1984, especially because the song is a war critique about Vietnam veterans returning from war and readjusting to society.
Check out Bruce Springsteen’s website to read more notes from the road and the live performance of the campaign song below: