Springsteen drops video for Obama 2012 song: ‘We Take Care of Our Own’

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, February 10, 2012 12:39 EDT
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Singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen, in his video for "We Take Care of Our Own." Screenshot via YouTube.
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A Bruce Springsteen song that’s been selected by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign now has a sing-a-long video to go with it.

In the video “We Take Care of Our Own,” Springsteen plays in what looks like a closed down warehouse. Black and white images of economic degradation, people of various ethnicity walking through the streets or focusing on tasks at work scroll by, with the lyrics subtitled across the screen.

“I been looking for the map that leads me home,” he croons. “I been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone / The road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone / We take care of our own / We take care of our own / Wherever this flag’s flown, we take care of our own.”

The other songs picked by Obama’s reelection team include “I Got You” by Wilco, “Roll With The Changes” by REO Speedwagon, “You’ve Got The Love” by Florence + The Machine and, of course, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.

The campaign released its playlist Thursday on Facebook, in a format compatible with the music app Spotify.

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.’”

Springsteen’s live tour begins in March this year with a show in Atlanta, Georgia.

Watch the video below, published to YouTube on Feb. 10, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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