Story 1981-02-01 Saint Paul, MN

01.02.81 Saint Paul, MN, intro “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“Saint Paul, Minneapolis (crowd cheers) are you alive? (crowd cheers) …”

01.02.81 Saint Paul, MN, intro to “Independence Day”
“When I was living with my folks…my old man used to…used to lock up the front door of the house…every night so that me and my sister used to have to come in ‘round the side…and he’d be sitting there in the kitchen with the lights off…smoking a cigarette, drinking a six-pack of beer, waiting for us (crowd cheers) and…that was the only time that he ever used to wanna…used to wanna sit down and talk to us…and I got so I used to hate…hate getting to go in at night, hate walking up on the back porch…I could see just the light of his cigarette…and I’d slick my hair back real tight so he couldn’t tell how long it was…and…I’d try to make it through the kitchen, try to make it up to my room…but I never did and…we’d end up talking about the things that…that mattered the most to us when…when I was tired and angry and he was, he’d been sitting there too long…and when I got out of that house, I felt so good and I felt…I felt like I was never ever gonna go back…and I was gonna forget that I had folks and I was gonna forget that town, I was gonna forget everybody that I knew there much as I could… and for a long time I did, I didn’t think much back on it…and my… and my mother and father moved to California and we lived three thousand miles away from each other…and for a long time I didn’t miss ‘em at all…and I could never understand…why during those years he always seemed so hard and so angry all the time…and I couldn’t understand that when he was…that when I was in my teens, he was only a little older than I am right now…and that he’d been married for a long time and he’d given up a lot of things he wanted…when he was a real young man…eventually I went out… and I saw him and he’d changed a whole lot…he was…he seemed to have lost a lot of the things that he was angry about but he didn’t seem to pick nothing up in the place so he was just quiet… was just quiet all the time…but I missed something and he missed something when I was young and when he was younger…and that’s a good thing to have with your folks so if you got folks at home, you ought to try and talk to ‘em sometime (crowd cheers) ’cause you never know…”

01.02.81 Saint Paul, MN, intro to “Stolen Car”
“I went to this wedding…of one of my closest friends and…and the rabbi got up and he started talking about…how as long as you’re by yourself, that all the things that you dream, dream about, they remain fantasies…and it ain’t until…you make some connection with some other person or some other girl that, uh…it’s the first step to making all those fantasies become dreams and become real …and…it’s like a song…which ain’t no good until somebody hears it …now, some people don’t make that connection…”

01.02.81 Saint Paul, MN, intro to “Rosalita”
“Are you ready?…
(…) To the far left of the stage…Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) play it, Roy (Roy plays) on the guitar, Miami Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers)(?)…king of the world (crowd cheers) emperor of the universe (crowd cheers) master of all things (crowd cheers) faster than a speeding bullet (crowd cheers) more powerful than a roaring locomotive (crowd cheers) able to leap tall women, I mean tall buildings in a single bound (crowd cheers) he’s
super bad, he’s nationwide, is it a bird? (crowd: “No”) is it a plane? (crowd: “No”) what the hell is it? (crowd: “Big Man”) Clarence Clemons on the saxophone (crowd cheers)…
(…) Well, this is his last chance to let his daughter have some fun…because my last record, Rosie, made it all the way to number one, one, one, one…”

01.02.81 Saint Paul, MN, intro to “Born to Run”
“I wanna thank everybody for coming down to the show again, thank you very much (crowd cheers)…”

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