Story 1981-01-26 South Bend, IN

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, intro to ´Independence Day´
´´I remember when I was growing up….my….my old man used to always lock up the frontdoor so we used to have to go around the back porch to get in the sidedoor there and he´d always be waiting for us there in the kitchen….and I used to come in….I remember I used to stand out in the driveway….and I used to slick my hair back real tight so he couldn´t tell how long it was and….he´d always be sitting there in the dark with the lights out….and I used to pray that I´d be able to get up, get through the kitchen and make it up to my room before I´d hear him call my name so….he´d always wait till I got to the, to the bottom of the stairs, he´d call me back to come and sit down with him and I´d sit there in the dark…..and it seemed we only talked about the things…..that, that mattered to both of us either when he´d been sitting there in the kitchen drinking too long or when I was real angry….and it wasn´t until, it wasn´t until I got….till ten years later, ten, eleven years later that we ever got to sit down and try to figure out what was the matter back then, why, why we could never get it to, get it to work….and those days I used to go up in room, I used to sit in bed and I´d put the transistor radio underneath the pillow….and that was the only place that I could find, could find something that was telling me that there was more to life than the way that I was living, the way that my father was living, the way that my mother was living….and it was never in what they said, you know, it was just in the way they were saying it and….I made up my mind when I was real young….after I´d gotten real scared watching my folks…..that the same thing that happened to them, I was gonna fight like hell to not let it happen to me…..and you gotta make sure it don´t happen to you either….”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, intro to ´This Land Is Your Land´
´´This is a song, I was, uh….I was, I just read a book, the name of the book is Woody Guthrie - A Life and uh… was written by a fella named Joe, Joe Klein and….it´s a great book, if you get a chance, you should read it but….this song is a song that was originally written, it was written as an answer to ´God Bless America´, it was written as a….as an angry song, it was written as a, as a fighting song… gotta fight to make it true….”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, intro to ´Double Shot of My Baby´s Love´
‘‘Alright….this is the only place….in the known universe that we play this next song…..I hope I get all the words….if you don´t, make up your own… wasn´t wine that I had too much… was the double shot of my baby´s love….”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, intro to ´Sandy´
´´Got any Jersey folks out there ? (cheers) alright….yeah…´s a little bit of the Shore for you here….”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, middle of ´Growin’up´
‘‘There we was….it was me….and Steve….and Clarence….it was way back…..and I remember it was….the day we were first putting the band together…but we didn’t have enough money for the right instruments….it’s gonna be a sad story tonight…so…we were all out driving down this dark backroad….all of a sudden we got a flat… ‘impossible’, you say….but it´s true….so…it was real dark…we all hopped in the frontseat….we heard these strange sounds coming from the woods….we were trying to decide who was gonna go out and fix it….(?) I figured that I didn´t have to go out because….I´m the Boss!…. Clarence, Clarence don´t have to go out ´cause he´s bigger than Steve!….so just as we were pushing Steve through the vent-window….all of a sudden, just like in that movie ´Close Encounters of the Third Kind´, we seen this big flashing light come out on top of the car ….(?)….with one hand….with one hand on my rosary just in case… was not Him !…. instead it was a cherry-red flying saucer…with the Cadillac fins, (?) on the side it said ´Little Melvin and the Invaders - we play weddings, parties, frat parties and bar mitzvahs´ ….so this cat stuck his head out, he said ´Oh, how do we get back to the New Jersey Turnpike ?´….now….we don´t give out that kind of information to just anybody….so I said ´Ok, mister spaceman….I´ll tell you what you wanna know but first….you gotta give us a wish´…but before I even got a chance to say it….way over on the dark side of the road…. something started to appear…..and when we touched…..”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, intro to ´Wreck on the Highway´
´´People get used to taking everything for granted sometimes, you know, and uh…. sometimes something happens that makes you, makes you see everything for what it is sometimes…..”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, middle of ´Rosalita´
´´On the piano, Professor Roy Bittan… it for me, Roy….on the guitar….a man who brought you such hits as…..‘I Don’t Wanna Go Home’, ‘Sweeter than Honey’, ‘This Time It’s for Real’, ‘Some Things Just Don’t Change’, poet of the soul, master of rock and roll, Miami Steve Van Zandt….on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, the Mighty One himself, from South Orange, New Jersey, Mighty Max Weinberg ….on the organ….from Flemington, New Jersey, now you see him, now you don´t, Phantom Dan Federici….and last but not least…..(?) do I have to say his name ?…do I have to say his name ?….do I have to say his name ?….let me just say king of the world…. master of the universe….emperor of all things, big or small….faster than a speeding bullet ….more powerful than a locomotive….able to leap tall women, I mean tall buildings in a single bound….is it a bird ?….is it a plane ?….what the hell is it ?….Clarence Big Man Clemons on the saxophone…..”

26.01.81 South Bend, IN, intro to ´Jungleland´
´´This is for Marcy and Elaine, thanks for the gift…..”

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