Story 1980-12-31 Uniondale, NY

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Night”
“Ready to send out 1980? (crowd cheers)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, after “Spirit in the Night”
“Alright!…all ready for New Year’s? (crowd cheers)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “This Land Is Your Land”
“We got New Year coming in pretty soon (crowd cheers) everybody, I guess tonight everybody, tonight’s the night when everybody hopes for the best, tries to…tries to see the promise a little bit…I remember when I was growing up…I lived…I remember (?) day after day I’d watch, watch my dad and he…when he was a real young man, he got, seemed like the, the things that were best, best about him and the things that mattered the most to him somehow either he let ‘em slip away or they got beat out of him every day as the world does to you…and…there was a point where this next song he, he forgot…that…this is a song by Woody Guthrie, it’s called “This Land Is Your Land” but (crowd cheers) he forgot that you gotta, you gotta fight for that title, that nobody’s gonna ever give you that, never (crowd cheers) and every day people gonna be trying to take it away from you and every day you gotta fight for it…so this is a fighting song for you in the New Year (crowd cheers)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, after “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, E Street Band, Big Man (crowd cheers) we’re gonna take a little break and be back in a little while, alright? (crowd cheers) we’ll play another whole set for you, see a little later (crowd cheers)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Cadillac Ranch”
“Alright, this is for (Mrs Potemkin??), wherever you are…”
"I wanna yellow convertible
Four-door de Ville
Continental spare
Wire chrome wheels
Stereo tape-deck
and a phone
So I can talk to my baby when I'm driving all alone"

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Merry Christmas Baby”
“Bring it down, band…I just came here tonight to say…I just wanna say…I just wanna say…Merry Christmas, Baby…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Sandy”
“Alright, I’d just like to…I wanna thank everybody for coming down to the show and (crowd cheers) I’d just like to, to ask you one thing: if you came tonight, it’s New Year’s Eve, I know, and if you brought any fireworks or anything, please don’t set ‘em off, please keep ‘em in your pockets or…bring ‘em back home…because with, uh, so many people, it’s so easy for somebody to get hurt or you could hurt yourself so if you brought, if you brought some fireworks, I think you guys can make enough noise without ‘em so …so I’d appreciate it if you, please, if you brought any, please don’t set ‘em off, please, when, when New Year’s comes, please don’t set off fireworks, thank you very much…and this is…it’s for Ritchie, am I right? (chuckles) alright…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Rendezvous”
“This is a song we did, uh, I don’t know if we did it on the last tour, did a long time ago, never recorded it…it’s called “Rendezvous” (crowd cheers)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “The Price You Pay”
“This is for Drew…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Two Hearts”
“Gotta trust somebody sometime ‘cause two hearts are better than one…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “You Can Look”
“Gotta less than ten minutes to go (crowd cheers) alright, “You Can Look”…are you ready, boys?…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Held Up Without a Gun”
“The time is?…who’s got a watch?…how much longer we got?…five minutes…(crowd cheers)…alright…we’re digging them out of the pit now, alright, this, this is a song that is on the flip side of the single “Hungry Heart,” this is called “Held Up Without a Gun” (chuckles)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “In the Midnight Hour”
“How much time we got now?….huh? how many minutes? three minutes?…gotta play two minutes…wait a minute, whose clock is right?…he says “One minute”…alright, “Midnight Hour”…
(…) Bring it down…forty-one…two…alright, guys – ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year! (crowd cheers)…here it is, 1981 (crowd cheers) you’re looking good (crowd cheers) Happy New Year! (crowd cheers) (the band goes into “Auld Lang Syne”)…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, middle of “Rosalita”
“On the piano…for the first time in the New Year…Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the guitar…the magnificent…the magnanimous…the inimitable…the disgusting, no, the wonderful Miami Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass guitar, from Neptune, New Jersey…weighing in at 145 pounds…a man whose mother was a Tallent…his father was a Tallent…his great grandfather was a great, great Tallent…on the bass, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums from South Orange, New Jersey (crowd cheers) uuuh, the Mighty Max (crowd cheers)(?)…on the organ…from Flemington, New Jersey…Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers)…oh yes…and now…and now…and now…from Norfolk, Virginia…via Sayreville, New Jersey…and what a trip it was (chuckles)…how can I say it?…should I say king of the world? (crowd cheers) should I say master of all things? (crowd cheers) should I say emperor of the entire universe? (crowd cheers) oh, he’s faster than a speeding bullet…he’s more powerful and badder than a locomotive…he can leap tall women, oh no, I mean tall buildings in a single bound…is it a bird? (crowd: “No”) is it a plane? (crowd: “No”) then what is it?…Clarence Big Man Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers) now I hope you took out your insurance …because now we got to hurt you…
(…) Well, this is his last chance and you can tell him, baby, I ain’t no bum…’cause me and you, we’re gonna make it…in 1981…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
“Here we go, last time…last time tonight, anyway (chuckles)…
(…) There he goes…brought us all presents, gotta go home now, wait till next Christmas…I can see him flying, he’s flying over Michigan…he’s flying over down South…he’s coming up through Philly…flying over New York (crowd cheers) he’s flying down the Jersey Turnpike (crowd cheers) see you next year, Santa…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Jungleland”
“Thank you…I’d just like to take a second, this is, I think this is about 47th show so far tonight and, uh (crowd cheers) and there’s guys that come in early in the morning, they put all this stuff up so that when we come out here you can hear real good, you can see real good (crowd cheers) I’d just like to, please, give a big hand for the guys that are in my crew ‘cause they’re the best (crowd cheers) thank you, this is for all, this is for all you guys…”

31.12.80 Uniondale, NY, intro to “Raise Your Hand”
“[The exit music has already started playing]…(crowd cheers) You don’t wanna go home? (crowd cheers)…”

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