Story 1981-05-07 Stockholm, Sweden

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, intro to ´Independence Day´
´´(?) if you could sit down somehow so the people behind you can see, I´m sure they´d appreciate that….thanks, thanks, thanks a lot…..this is….this is called ´Independence Day´, thanks….I need, I need a little quiet for this song, thank you….I grew up in this, in this little town….and as I got older, I started looking around me….and it didn´t seem like there was…. there was any way that I was gonna get out of there…..´cause I looked back at my father and the only time he´d ever gotten out of that town was, was to go to World War II….and then when he come out, come out of the army, he got married and he settled down and he went to work in a plastics´ factory there….and his father had the same thing….and it seemed that, that the one thing that we had in common was that we didn´t, we didn´t have enough information, we didn´t have enough knowledge about the things and the forces that were, that were controlling our lives….and I watched my old man end up, end up a victim and he didn´t even know it….he didn´t even know of what….now….(?) back in the 60´s and people were asking a lot of questions about, about those kinds of things….but the only place that I ever heard was I´d hear it at night when I was listening to the radio…I´d lay up in bed with the radio underneath my pillow and at the time there was a lot of great, there was just so much great stuff on….and it seemed like in those songs by the Drifters and in those songs like by Smokey Robinson, there was a promise….and it was just a promise of a right, a right to a decent life….that you didn´t have to, you didn´t have to live and die like my old man did working in some factory till he couldn´t hear what you were saying to him any more….and when I go back I see, there´s friends of mine that when we were young, they were strong and had, had….they were tough inside, they had strong hearts and they had, they had dreams…. and slowly, these days, that stuff gets beat, it gets beat out of you and you get run down and you get weary and you get tired….and the only place….the only thing that kept, when I was, when I was young, kept me from giving up….was that in the rock and roll music that I heard, there was a promise that there was a meaning in life, a meaning in living….but it´s a promise that, that gets easy, easy broken today and….and there´s nobody but yourself, I guess, that can make that promise come true….and it´s been broken too many times so you gotta stay hard, stay hard inside….´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, intro to ´Two Hearts´
´´Gonna take me and you, two hearts….´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, intro to ´This Land Is Your Land´
´´Thanks….in….in around 1977, we played a show in Memphis, Tennesee….and I went down, it was late at night, it was three in the morning when me and Steve, we got in a taxi cab and we went down to Elvis Presley´s house and we stood outside the gates and the gates were all locked up….but there was one little light on in, in the window and I said ´Steve, I bet that´s (?)´ so, so we had the taxi cab driver with us, he said ´No, don´t, don´t climb over that wall because they got big dogs over there and they´ll eat you up and everything´ so I climbed up over the wall and (chuckles) and I jumped (chuckles)(cheers) and I jumped down, down on the other side and I was ready for (?) attacks but nothing happened so I ran up the driveway and I stood, I stood in front of the frontdoor and as I was about to knock, this guard came out of the woods and he said ´What do you want ?´, I said ´Is Elvis home ?´ and (chuckles) and he said ´No, he´s not home, he´s in Lake Tahoe´ so I said ´Can you tell him, uh, that I was here or something ?´ (chuckles) you know, I said ´I got a band and we just played in town tonight and I have some records that, that we made´ and he said ´Sure, sure´, then he says (chuckles) says ´You gotta get out now´ so he walked me down and they unlocked the frontgate and we walked out….I felt pretty good about it even though I didn´t get to see him (chuckles) but (chuckles) but it was, it wasn´t too long, wasn´t too long after that that he died and that summer I had just started listening to all, all those old records again and, and a lot of the new things….and I used to think a lot, I used to wonder how it was that somebody that seemed….seemed like such a big winner could lose, lose so bad in the end, you know….and….´cause he deserved a lot better than what he got and uh….but this song, this song is about living free, it´s about, it´s about not having to die poor after working in some factory, it´s about not having to die in some million-dollar mansion with a whole lot of dope running through you, it´s about…..feeling, feeling yourself strong inside, no matter who you are….´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, intro to ´Stolen Car´
´´This is a song….that, uh….some close friends of mine… married while we were making, making The River-album….(?)….and uh….we went out to the wedding….and the rabbi got up and he, he gave a sermon about how one person can have a dream but it takes, it takes two to make a dream come true and…..that´s a….that´s a, that´s a simple thing, I guess, you know, but it´s like, it´s sort of what, I guess it´s what you try to do when you go out with some friends or I guess it´s what we´re trying to do here tonight with you and…..but some people, some people turn away…from that simple thing and….it´s like a song, if you write a song…´s no good and it doesn´t have any meaning until somebody hears it….so (some guy yells) I hear you too, alright (chuckles)….some people don´t get to make that connection, this is a song about that, I need a little quiet for this song, thank you…..´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, intro to ´Racing in the Street´ (following ´Stolen Car´)
´´Thanks….thank you….thanks for being so quiet….this is a song, this is from Darkness on the Edge of Town, this is called ´Racing in the Street´….´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, middle of ´Rosalita´
´´To the far left of the stage, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the guitar, Mr.Miami Steve Van Zandt….on the bass, Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, the Mighty One, Max Weinberg….on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici…..and last but not least….do I have to say his name ?….do I have to speak the words ?… I have to say his name ?….I´m talking about the king of the world…..the master of disaster….the emperor of all things, big and small ….he´s faster than a speeding bullet….more powerful than a roaring locomotive….able to leap tall buildings in a single bound….I ain´t talking ´bout no plane….I ain´t talking ´bout no train ….I ain´t talking about a bird, I´m talking ´bout this majesty, the Big Man, Clarence Clemons on the saxophone…..
(….) The record company, Rosie, gave me the big Kronors….´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, middle of ´Detroit Medley´
´´Are you loose ? (cheers)….this is what happens when you´re loose… act silly…silly as can be….last night….I had a dream….I seen the strangest….dream as I ever seen….I seen werewolves….I seen Frankenstein….I seen the Mummy…I seen a Camaro….and in Sweden ….it was wild….it was crazy….the girls liked it….I see a train….coming on ´round…..I see a train….coming on ´round…..(?) it´s gonna take us, it´s gonna take us to some other town….I hear a train…..´´

07.05.81 Stockholm, Sweden, intro to ´Rockin´All Over the World´
´´I wanna thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you…..I know, I know a lot of you guys waited in line for a long time for your tickets and I want you to know that we appreciate it….oh….thanks for giving us such a, such a…..warm welcome in Stockholm….´´

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