Story 1980-12-28 Uniondale, NY
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28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Merry Christmas Baby”
“Bring it down, band…alright, how did Santa Claus treat you? (crowd cheers) ok? yeah?…now listen…I just wanna say…Merry Christmas, Baby (crowd cheers)…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
(following “Two Hearts”)
“I’m talking about two!…I mean ten!…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
“Thank you…this is…this is the first place that we played in 1978 after, after we got done with the lawsuit and everything so…here’s for all you guys that were at that first show, alright (crowd cheers) …”
[Actually the first place was Buffalo, NY, on May 23rd, 1978 – Uniondale was June 3rd.]

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Independence Day”
“One, two…getting electrocuted here tonight (feedback from the mike) one, two…is this the same mike, C.J?…(intro music starts) alright, who ate dinner home with their folks? (some cheers) that’s all? (chuckles)…I can remember when I was…my parents moved out to California when I was about…19 years old and, uh…it’s funny, I was that age where, where I never missed them too much, you know, after they left…you know, I had the house…and the band moved in, we all lived there together for a while…and after a few years, me and this friend of mine decided we were gonna drive, drive across the country, it was right around the Christmastime… and we got into this little station wagon…and…and in about three days we drove out, out to California…I remember we didn’t get there by Christmas, we were on a…we were somewhere, we were like in Arizona on Christmas night…and there’s nothing, there’s nothing as lonely as like if you’re ever out on an interstate highway on Christmas night…anyway…we got there the day after and…had Christmas dinner with my folks and stuff…like everybody always gotta leave home sometime…but…but you always gotta go back too…even if it’s, even if it’s just to see that it ain’t there no more for you…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “This Land Is Your Land”
“This is, uh…there’s a book out right now, it’s called “Woody Guthrie - A Life” and, uh…it’s by a fellow named Joe Klein…and I didn’t…I didn’t know much about Woody Guthrie till I, till I read this book, I, I’d heard a whole lot about his music and uh…it’s just a beautiful book and, and, and this is a song that, uh…was originally wrote, was originally wrote as an answer, as an angry answer to “God Bless America” and, uh…since then…it’s been used for a lot of things…but, uh…if you get a chance, you ought to pick up this book and read it ‘cause it just tells you a lot about…about the country you’re living in… ”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, after “Thunder Road”
“That’s the Big Man (crowd cheers) E Street Band (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take a short break and then we’re gonna come back and do another whole set for you so (crowd cheers) we’ll see you in a little while, ok? (crowd cheers)

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, after “Hungry Heart”
“That’s Flo and Eddie, Flo and Eddie (crowd cheers)…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Sherry Darling”
“Alright…if you got a girlfriend whose mother can’t stand you (crowd cheers) and the feeling is mutual (chuckles)…this is for you, alright (crowd cheers) ready, boys?…everybody count “One, two, three, four,” here we go, one (crowd: “Two, three, four”)…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Fire” (following “Sherry Darling”)
“One, two…oh…oh, she tired me out…ok, this is for you, ok?…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Sandy”
“Anybody from the Shore make it up here tonight? (crowd cheers) that’s a lot…this is, this is for these two guys down here (?) alright… ready, Dan?…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “For You”
“This is from “Greetings from Asbury Park” (crowd cheers)…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Rosalita”
“The night was clear and the moon was yellow…and the leaves… came tumbling…down…
(…) We got with us…to the far left of the stage…on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) we have on the guitar, a man who brought you such great hits as “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”… “Sweeter than Honey”…“This Time It’s for Real”…“Some Things Just Don’t Change”…Miami Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, representing all and everybody from South Orange, New Jersey (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah (chuckles) on the organ…coming to you directly from the same town that gives you that “Flemington Furs”-commercial on television…Dan, Phantom Dan Federici on the organ (crowd cheers) and last but not least (crowd cheers) do I have to speak the words? (crowd cheers) do I have to say his name? (crowd cheers) is it a bird? (crowd: “No”) is it a plane? (crowd: “No”) what the hell is it? (crowd: “Clarence”) alright!…Big Man Clarence Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers)…
(…) Well, this is his last chance to let his daughter have some fun… ‘cause my brand new record, Rosie, made it all the way to number one, one, one, one…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“I guess he already came but we’re gonna play this song anyway (crowd cheers)…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Born to Run”
“I’d like to thank everybody for coming down tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers) if I don’t see you, the best of the New Year to you (crowd cheers)…”

28.12.80 Uniondale, NY, middle of “Detroit Medley”
“Wait a minute…I don’t think I can stop…(band stops)…now a one two three (band kicks back in)…I see a train coming on ‘round…I see a train comin’ on ‘round…coming and it’s gonna take us to some other town…I hear a train coming along…I hear a train, train, train, train coming along…well, it’s coming, it’s gonna take us, it’s gonna take my whole band home…I hear a train…coming around… train, train, train, train just coming around…it’s coming and it’s gonna take us, it’s gonna take us and bring my baby down…I hear a train (crowd: “Woo-woo”) I hear a train (crowd: “Woo-woo”) I hear a train (crowd: “Woo-woo”) I hear a train (crowd: “Woo-woo”) alright…
(…) All aboard…(?)…got a long smokestack…conductor dressed in back…Ann Arbor, Michigan, all aboard…going to Chicago…all aboard…Portland, Oregon…all aboard…going up to St. Louis…all aboard…San Francisco…Los Angeles…Dallas, Texas…Baton Rouge, Louisiana…Philadelphia, PA…Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…New York City, New York (crowd cheers) Providence, Rhode Island…Long Island, Long Island…going through New Jersey…Long Island, Long Island…Long Island, Long Island…”

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