Story 1981-02-28 Greensboro, NC

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, intro to “Independence Day”
“Listen, we’re…we’re gonna be doing a long show tonight so you guys ought to sit down and relax, alright (crowd cheers)(?) I appreciate it, thank you…if anybody’s stuck out there in the aisles, I’d appreciate it if you’d help these guys help you find your seats…(intro music starts)…I grew up in this little town (crowd cheers) where…it didn’t seem you could…it didn’t seem you could find out… about any of the things…that you needed…to live…seemed like you couldn’t find them at school when I was growing up…’cause even if they tried, it seemed like rather than try to teach you to help you find your place, they’d be showing you stuff that was only meant to keep you in your place (crowd cheers) and later when I got older, I went back and I tried to read…some of the books that…that they made you read when you were in high school and stuff and a lot of them were really great and I wondered how, how at that time they were making it, they were able to make them seem so boring…and …it seemed like the only thing – in the early sixties especially – the only thing that was, that was getting through all, all the stuff you were being taught and all the hassles on the street and all the, all the trouble at home was when you’d turn on the radio and (crowd cheers) and for a minute you’d get, you’d get an idea of what the possibilities of your life were and it wasn’t in, it wasn’t in the things that they were saying so much but it was more like in the way, in the way the singers sounded, how they sounded just full of life (crowd cheers) and it’s…it’s a funny…it’s a funny world, it’s a funny country, it’s a country that seems to…unintentionally, as you get older, it kills off the best things that you got inside you…puts out, puts out a lot of the, a lot of the fire that you had burning in you… and I remember the only place I could hear, I could hear something was at night when I put the transistor radio on underneath my pillow and turn out all the lights…and I used to wish that I could go running downstairs and my old man, he’d be sitting in the kitchen… I used to wish I could say “Pop, listen to this…listen to this new record by the Drifters, listen to, listen to this”…but…(?)…I guess he couldn’t, he couldn’t hear that stuff any more…and it always just sounded like a lot of noise to him…but I decided when I was real young that I wasn’t gonna miss it…and it’s awful easy to miss and it’s awful easy to let go of the things that are most important… important to you because they just sneak away in the night (?)…so you gotta try and hold on to those things…the best you can…”

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, intro to “This Land Is Your Land”
“Thank you…this song…it’s an old song, it’s been…it’s been sung a whole lot, as it ought to be…and uh…it’s been misinterpreted a lot over the years…’cause when times…when times start to get tough, as they’ve been and as they’re gonna be…there’s always a resurgence of a lot of groups that like to spread their prejudice and their hatred in the name of patriotism and in the name of nationalism…and they hide behind the flag or they hide underneath the hood and uh…but if you got that inside you, that always shows through and this was a song, this was a fighting song, this was a song to fight those kinds of people, this is a song that said that the country we live in belongs to each and every one of us (crowd cheers) but you gotta…but you gotta fight every day to make that true …”

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, intro to “Sandy”
“Thanks…this is for (Cat?) and his buddies from the Stone Pony if you’re out there and (crowd cheers)…and anybody from…from Jersey (crowd cheers)…”

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, intro to “For You”
“There was a girl, Debbie, if you’re here tonight…whom I met last night at a restaurant (?)…I promised you something I forgot…but I just remembered so (chuckles) if you come up to the side of the stage here, somebody will help you out, Debbie, if you’re out there somewhere (crowd cheers)…”

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, intro to “Wreck on the Highway”
“Sometimes something…something happens in your life that makes you stop and take a look at everything that you got…”

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, middle of “Rosalita”
“We have with us tonight (crowd cheers) beginning at the far left of the stage…on the piano…with his professorial good looks…Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) on the guitar we have…Mr. Miami Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the organ, from Flemington, New Jersey (crowd cheers) Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers)(?)…and last but not least (crowd cheers) I’m talking about the king of the world (crowd cheers) I’m talking about the master of the universe (crowd cheers) emperor of all things…he’s faster than a speeding bullet, he’s more powerful than a roaring locomotive, he’s able to leap tall women, I mean tall buildings in a single bound…I don’t care who you bring down here, daddy, (?) ain’t none of them can stand to the power and the glory of the Big Man, Clarence Clemons (crowd cheers)…”

28.02.81 Greensboro, NC, intro to “Jungleland”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) listen (crowd cheers) I know, I know a lot of you guys waited for a long time for your tickets out in the cold (crowd cheers) I want you to know we appreciate it, we wanna thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers)…”

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