After writing a long statement on his website explaining why he was supporting Barack Obama, Bruce BROOOOOOOOCE Springsteen appeared in Parma, Ohio today with Bill Clinton to do some stumping for the president. "Speaking after President Clinton is like going on after Elvis," Springsteen said before launching into a seven song acoustic set that was interspersed with some serious talk about the state of the nation. Springsteen also unveiled his jokey, just-written campaign song for Obama, "Forward And Away We Go." You can watch the whole event below.

First up was Clinton's introduction: "This is the first time in my life I ever got to be the warm-up act for Bruce Springsteen," he noted.

Springsteen started his set with a wonderful "No Surrender."

Then he launched into a sincere speech about the importance of voting for Obama:

I remember President Obama's election night. It was an evening when you could feel the locked door of the past finally being blown open to new possibilities. But then, then comes the hard daily struggle to make those possibilities real in a world that is brutally resistant to change. We've seen that over the past four years...But I came here today because I'm thankful for universal health care, the lack of which was for so long an embarrassment to our country. I'm thankful for a more regulated Wall Street. I'm thankful GM is still making cars. What else would I write about? I'd have no job without that!

I'm here today because I'm concerned about women's rights, I don't have to tell you the dangers to Roe v. Wade under our opponent's policies. I'm also here today because I'm deeply concerned about the continued disparity in wealth between our best off citizens and our everyday citizens. That's a disparty I believe our honorable opponent's policies will only increase, and it threatens to divide us into two distinct and foreign nations, until many of us will end up like a song I wrote in the 1980's, "Jackson Cage:" just the scenerey in another man's play.

Listen to the whole speech below, or skip to 4:40 to hear him play "The Promised Land."

Then he launched into his jokey attempt at writing a campaign song for Obama, based around his "Forward" slogan: "It's better than backwards!" Here are the lyrics to it (without the crowd refrain of "forward, and away we go"):

I kissed your sister then I kissed your mama
Usually this time of day I'm in my pajamas
Let's vote for the man who got Osama
Forward, and away we go

I came to Ohio looking for a date
We kissed and I said it was a hell of a state
We made love but it wasn't so great
Forward, and away we go

Smiling Joe he rarely bought the drama
Tuesday Romney was schooled by Obama
[Then I couldn't find another word to rhyme with Obama, so that was the end of it]
Forward, and away we go

"I sent it in, but they rejected it," Springsteen added before performing the stark "Youngstown."

Next up were an intense take on "We Take Care Of Our Own," and a more joyous version of "This Land Is Your Land."

And Springsteen concluded the whole thing with an audience singalong of "Thunder Road."

Aboard Air Force One earlier today, Press Secretary Jay Carney and Deputy Assistant to the President Jennifer Psaki noted that Obama will be in New Hampshire today, missing what was going on in Ohio.

Question: Do you think Springsteen will outdraw the President? (Laughter.)

Paski: I think that more American people have seen Bruce Springsteen over the years than have seen President Obama, and that's a pretty big feat, because the President has had some pretty big crowds. But Bruce Springsteen has had a pretty significant career, and we think he'll draw a good crowd today in Ohio.

Carney: I just want to note for the record that when Jen referred to the not-so-young people who are fans of Springsteen, she was looking at Nakamura, not me. (Laughter.)

Question: Jen, has Bruce Springsteen been practicing longer for tonight than the President has been practicing for tonight? (Laughter.)

Psaki: I don't think Bruce Springsteen needs a lot of practice. I think he's got his shtick down.