Story 1978-08-25 New Haven, CT
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25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´Factory´
´´I grew up in this small town, it was about 10,000 people….uh….and I used to see my old man twice a day….once was at night when I´d come in….he´d be sitting in the dark at the kitchen table with a six-pack of beer, smoking a cigarette….and I always remember in the morning, my bedroom was out over the backyard and….I´d hear him at 6 a.m….popping the hood of one of those 200-dollar junk cars he used to buy….trying to get it started laying on the cold ground trying to get to work…..and he did that for a real long time….I wrote this song for him…..”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´Heartbreak Hotel´ (after ´Factory´)
´´It makes you so lonely you could die….”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´Racing in the Street´
´´This is uh….here´s a song, I went to California recently about (?) and my folks moved away about ten years ago when I was 18, it was, I guess, it was a different situation at my house, like, my parents, they moved away from me, it´s like, they left, they went out to California and I hadn´t see ´em in a long time and I hadn´t seen my little sister, she´s like 16 years old, you know, and she got her license and she comes up to me, she says ´Wanna go cruise El Camino ?´…like, El Camino, that´s like the strip out there so, so I´m sitting like in the passenger seat of all things and my 16-year-old sister, right (chuckles) and like uh…..(?)….(?) ….I don´t know like when my, when my car breaks down, like I am like….Alice in Wonderland under the hood, you know (?)….(?) you can still go racing in the street….even if you don´t know what a distributor cap is (chuckles)….”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´Last summer me and Steve and two friends of mine, we drove to Salt Lake City, we bought this 900-dollar Ford Galaxy and drove from Salt Lake City to Reno, Nevada…..and it was along the highway, we came upon….there was this house this indian had built, this indian had built from stuff he´d scavanged out of the desert….and out in front he had a…..had a big picture of Geronimo and it said ´Landlord´ on top and he had a big white sign, painted in red it said ´This is the land of peace, love, justice and no mercy´….and the sign pointed down this dirt road that said ´Thunder Road´…..”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´For You´
´´(?) This is a song that, uh, I lived in Asbury Park in 1973…..and I remember (?) this place, why I always remember this place ´cause it´s the, it´s the first place I saw Bob Dylan (?)….it was about two years ago (?)….it was 1973 and I was in Asbury Park….I was listening to…. ´Sooner or Later One of Us Must Know´ which is one of my favorite songs (?) and…..”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´It´s Gonna Work Out Fine´
´´(?) ´Can you please say hello to Abe and Debbie (?)….who met at the Performing Arts Center in August ´76….(?)…they´re getting married September 10th 1978´….alright, this is, this is a song for, uh (?) gotta do ´em a song….like this is, we´re doing a getting married song, this is for Abe and Debbie, it´s an old song….(music begins)….sit down, we´re gonna play all night, sit down, sit down….alright (giggles)….I remember….sometimes I sit down and I think what happened (?)…first guy, a guy that was in my very first band….now, we had this one guy, his name was Vinny ´Skibobs´ Maniello, ´Skibobs´, that was a nickname, he used to always wear these nylon socks that you could see his ankles through and stuff….I remember we were 16….let´s bring it down a little bit….(chuckles)….we were 16, and like he, he disappeared for about a week, didn´t come to band practise or nothing, you know, and he comes back and he was going with this girl Bobbie….I don´t remember her last name, anyway, ´Skibobs´ had this old ´55 Chevy, took, eloped and got married, came back, didn´t tell nobody, right….so he comes back (?) got married and….this happened the other day…. and he did ok, there was this other guy, it was the rhythm guitar player George and George, he was the guy with the pretty face, you know (chuckles), all the girls used to, like, love him ….he used to….and he got married, he was going out with this one girl, he got married and I was at his wedding, I was about 18, I think….and then this other guy, our bass player, Curt, he got married….who´s married here ? how many folks ? who´s married ?….all you other guys still fooling around, right ?….(?) girls too running loose….today….the good girls gonna go bad….and the bad girls are gonna get worse, alright (chuckles)….anyway, this is for…. it was, let me get that right, I´m gonna make sure (?)….Abe and Debbie, Debbie tell me….tell me if this is the way that he came up to you and (?)….alright, here we go….”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´Sandy´
´´Alright, while….while we´re in the lovers´ mood (chuckles) this is uh (giggles) this is Fourth of July in Asbury Park…..”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, intro to ´Growin´Up´
´´There I was…I remember…I remember one night I was…first full moon after my 13th birthday….I was standing outside….and I started to feel a little strange….went to my brother-in-law….and after a long…scientific experimentation in the basement of his mobile home…. we discovered….that for some reason or another….I….was….the teenage …. werewolf….(?)… and I remember I went to school….sat down, ate my arithmetic book and pissed in my desk ….the Sisters, they told my mother that I needed psychiatric attention for sure….my mother, being a good mother, took me downtown to a doctor…sat on the doctor´s couch and he said ´Son….when did you first….start acting like this ?´…I said ´Well, Doc….I´m glad you asked me that question….I´m glad you asked me that question because one night….one night I was all alone….matter of fact….about 3,000 nights I was all alone (chuckles)….and….but there was this one moment, Doc, wasn´t like any of the other ones, I remember I was outside…. and I looked up….and for just this one moment…..
(…..) This went on for years….every full moon….I had this hair grow all over my face ….my fingers´d get longer….a gold guitar´d pop out of my left side….and finally…my mother got together…and my father got together with the local police and they decided …. that I was much more than a public nuisance…I was definitely a big pain in the ass….so they tried to track me down, they caught me one night at the top of the ferris wheel in Palace Amusements…jumped down onto the roof, down onto the Kingsley Avenue …. hussled down to Asbury Avenue, up to the Route 35 circle….(?) I had the whole Asbury Park police force on my tail…hussled down Route 33….past the Freehold circle….burning towards the New Jersey Turnpike….they called out the state police….they called out the national guard….they called out the United States army….they called out the U.S.marines ….they even called out the navy….and now I was just about a mile ahead of ´em….burning up the turnpike, they were just about to catch up to me when all of a sudden….a black Sedan pulled over…I looked inside….and on the frontseat….I saw a saxophone….the driver rolled down the window, he said ´Kid, I don´t know what you did….but how´d you ever get your hair to go like that ?….I like your style, come on, step inside´….so I got inside and Clarence slammed it to the floor and we started burning up the New Jersey Turnpike, we were doing, we were doing, we were doing…..55 !….and all I can hear….as I rolled down the window….stuck out my head…. wa the chief of the Asbury Park police force saying ´Somebody…..stop that son of a bitch with the gold guitar !….”

25.08.78 New Haven, CT, middle of ´Backstreets´
´´Hey baby….hello, little girl….it´s good to see you back again….and baby, you´re looking fine….don´t you know I remember you…..little girl, I remember you…..standing on the corner of Richmond Avenue….with your piled high and that look in your eye for every boy that was passing you by….and back then I swore….back then I promised…..I´d drive all night….. anytime, anyplace….I´d drive all night….anytime, anywhere…..I´d drive all night….anytime, anyplace….. I´d drive all night….anytime, anyplace…..just to buy you some shoes….and to taste your tender charms…..to have you hold me in your arms…..and for just one kiss….. baby, just one kiss…..and a look from your sad eyes…..you had such lonely sad eyes….and all the time they were crying….all the time they were crying, crying, crying, crying…..baby, crying, crying, crying, crying…..crying, crying, crying, crying….baby, crying…..I didn´t know ….oh, you didn´t tell me that them pretty eyes…..baby, they were lying…..(?) they were lying ….didn´t you know….they were lying….(?) you were so young and you could tell such pretty lies, you were so young and you could tell such pretty lies….you were young and you could tell such pretty lies….you were young and you could tell such pretty lies….and now you´re back…..well, baby, I´m back too…..and me, well, I was your fool…..I thought that maybe I could stop your crying….´cause I´ve been out…..and I´ve seen some things….about me…. about you….girl….we´ve got to stop…..little girl, we´ve got to stop, little girl, we´ve got to stop, little girl, we´ve got to stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, STOP…..”

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