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Bruce Springsteen's 'We Take Care Of Our Own': VIDEO

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Marriage equality supporter and Obamafan Bruce Springsteen has released a video for "We Take Care Of Our Own," one of several songs selected to serve as theme music for the POTUS's reelection campaign, according to Raw Story. The song sounds about right for the purpose. It never changes keys, and barely deviates from its anthemic, endlessly repeated central chord sequence, which means it can be sliced and diced at will, looped or elongated, so as to last precisely as long as it takes a candidate to make his way from a geenroom to a podium.

From Raw Story:

It’s not the first time Springsteen has been prominently featured by a Democrat running for the presidency: He famously appeared with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in 2004, drawing a massive crowd in Cleveland, Ohio days before the election. Four years later he appeared with then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) in the same city, backing his bid for the presidency in 2008.

Explaining why he endorsed Obama, Springsteen wrote: “He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where ‘…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.’”

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  1. I preface: I love my Boss. The man is a rock God, and one of the most important musicians of the past 40 years. I love and admire his songwriting, his politics, his humanity, his decency, his kindness (he donated "Cover Me" to Miles Swain for use in the gay road movie "The Trip"), etc. He's also a testament to aging well (can't think of many other sixy-ish men I'd bed in a heartbeat). And his list of classic, anthemic songs is legendary and immortal.

    Having said that, I am sometimes reminded of Bette Midler's crack about when Bruce started hitting the gym in the 80's: "Hell, I remember when his arms were as skimpy as his chord changes." :)

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 11, 2012 1:30:09 PM


  2. Allow me to be shallow: MY GOD HE LOOKS SO HOT.

    Posted by: name | Feb 11, 2012 3:04:17 PM


  3. Agreed ! It could be a great anthem for the showdown between Right and Left that is surely coming.

    Let the games begin.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 11, 2012 3:20:38 PM


  4. tears up...

    Posted by: starquisha | Feb 11, 2012 3:31:41 PM


  5. I've never seen Bruce Springsteen at a gay pride march. Nuff said.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 11, 2012 5:12:14 PM


  6. Jason you ever been to one??
    You might have a good time

    From the gay community to all str8 men and women: thanks for the support. It helps

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 11, 2012 5:43:14 PM


  7. I would love to have been able to make those points indirectly yet strongly as he did. Surrounded by Republicans at work, maybe i can use the Boss to get my licks in.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 11, 2012 6:14:53 PM


  8. This song is disturbing because i I like Springsteen. This sounds like a very dated musician/artist with a song that could easily be a theme for Republicans - he sounds dated and a little late to the party

    Posted by: Bystander | Feb 11, 2012 6:29:56 PM


  9. The comment regarding Mr. Springsteen as 'late to the party' could not be further from the truth. It makes me wonder at either the age of the commentator, or his attention span during the past thirty years.

    This man has serious cred - especially with those of us who became voting adults during the 80's, when there was a deep need for someone to speak to power. Mr. Springsteen did that for us with a kind of dignity and honest love-of-country that made us almost forget about the absurd, jingoistic patriotism we'd been exposed to during the Vietnam war - almost. There were the great protest songs of the 60's and 70's, but they were almost antique by the time Ronald Reagan came along and failed to mention AIDS. But Bruce Springsteen, in a kind of folky code language, started to tell the stories of working class people and their struggles - and joys.

    In any case, for a great part of an entire (voting progressives) generation, he remains not only a voice of our education, but of the moment, as well.

    Posted by: ACTUPPIERTHANTHOU | Feb 11, 2012 9:24:17 PM


  10. Oh, and I failed to mention that no man in the rock and roll world has a sexier guitar stance.

    Posted by: ACTUPPIERTHANTHOU | Feb 11, 2012 9:29:55 PM


  11. Billy Zoom...Billy Zoom has a sexier guitar stance. Actually X (billy is their guitarist) should put their 4th of July up for a track for the Dems.

    Regardless, this is some great songwriting. Nicely rousing but still he pulled of the strong silent American (?!? - go figure).

    Posted by: tim | Feb 11, 2012 11:46:49 PM


  12. His heart is in the right place, he is generous and seems relatively down to earth for someone who has been famous for so long. Unlike many, he hasn't turned into a right wing asshat with age.

    That said, the song is a re-tread and he doesn't generate even half the heat he did when he was young. Bruce on the album cover of Born to Run in the late 70s, Bruce in concert in the 70s and 80s sizzled. When he was in his 20s/30s, that sexy guitar stance sent volts of electricity through anyone who saw it. Now, like most of us old enough to remember him back then, meh.

    Posted by: Matthew | Feb 12, 2012 8:19:03 AM


  13. The Boss is true as ever and proves time and time again just how wrong the "right" is.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 12, 2012 11:13:04 AM


  14. Bruce still rocks! Great song and he looks hot!

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 12, 2012 10:44:39 PM


  15. Have to give Springsteen credit: at least he's stepping up, and coming out in support. Most other bands seem scared to death.

    Here's another new protest track, this one a cover of the fist-shaking 60s protest / garage rock anthem “NOTHING CAN CHANGE THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME”: http://tinyurl.com/7p93vvm

    The lyrics are all too relevant:

    “There’s a new sun rising up angry in the sky.
    There’s a new voice crying but not afraid to die.
    Let the old world make believe it’s blind and deaf and dumb
    BUT NOTHING CAN CHANGE THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME.

    There are changes lying ahead on every road.
    There are new thoughts ready and waiting to explode.
    When tomorrow is today, the bells will toll for some.
    BUT NOTHING CAN CHANGE THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME.

    The future’s coming on sweet and strong,
    And no-one’s gonna hold it back for long…

    There are new dreams crowding out old realities.
    There’s revolution sweeping in like a fresh new breeze.
    Let the old world make believe it’s blind and deaf and dumb,
    BUT NOTHING CAN CHANGE THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME. “

    (BTW, the whole album is pretty decent, if you are into that vintage 60s garage rock thing. It's a free download http://tinyurl.com/7od26by)

    Posted by: wildshovel | Feb 13, 2012 3:59:47 PM


  16. WOW! THIS ARTICLE HURTS MY FEELINGS. I NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED Bruce Springsteen SUPPORTS "gay" MARRIAGE. WHY ARE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR MINDS?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 3, 2012 2:21:41 AM


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