Story 1981-07-03 East Rutherford, NJ

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to “Independence Day”
“This, uh…this is a song about fathers and sons and…this is called “Independence Day” and (crowd cheers) I need a little, I need a little bit of quiet for this song, thank you…(intro music starts)…I haven’t been back home…(?) quite a while and…it’s funny ‘cause every time…I remember when I was growing up…I was about 16 or 17 years old…I couldn’t…I could never wait to leave, I could never wait to get away…and now every time I come back, for some reason…I always wait till it’s late at night, I get in my car…and I always drive back, back down through the town that I grew up in (crowd cheers) and…I always ride…I always ride past, ride past my old house, you know, the old houses I used to live in when I was a kid…and I always look up…that’s that window that was my room, I always wonder who’s…who sleeps there now and who…what they do…and…I never thought when I was…when I was younger, I never thought that I’d, I would feel that way, feel like ever going back to that place where I grew up again…and…I remember I was so glad when I finally got out of the house, got away from my old man and my mother…but…everybody, everybody’s gotta leave home someday…but it seems…that…after, after a certain amount of years you always wanna go back…and you wanna see…just to see if it’s still there…or to think about the things that happened to you when you were there…and for a long time I used to try and sort out what it was about me and my old man, why we never got along and why…why when I needed him…he wasn’t there and why …I couldn’t understand the way that he needed me…but…this is, this is a song about…about leaving home…and…but you always gotta go back and see, just to, just to see if it’s still there or figure out…’cause your family don’t ever go away, you’re gonna have to make, make some peace with them someday (crowd cheers)…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to “Johnny Bye Bye”
“I remember when I was…I was just up in my room at night and I had this…I had this little Japanese transistor radio that used to fit underneath my pillow…and…and it was about 1965…there was a lot of great stuff on the radio…I remember I used to wish I could go downstairs sometimes and…’cause my old man used to sit in the kitchen right, right beneath me…and to say “Hey, dad, listen to this song, listen to this song by…the Drifters or…Sam Cooke”… because I was getting something from it that I knew that, that he needed…and as you get older…it’s harder to hold on to the thing, to the thing that, that, that keeps you alive when you’re, when you’re young…and you get trampled on so much that a lot of people turn away…they turn hard or they get…they end up getting drunk or stoned all the time, anyway…this is, uh…this is a song about holding on to the things that make you yourself…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, after “Two Hearts”
“It’s gonna take the two of us…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to “Jole Blon”
“(?) we’ll bring out a friend of mine who’s gonna do a couple of songs with us (crowd cheers) Gary U.S Bonds (crowd cheers)…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of “Rosalita”
“(Roy’s intro missing from the source tape)…on the guitar, the great Miami Steve Van Zandt (crowd cheers) on the bass, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) on the drums, ooh-ho-hoo, the Mighty One, Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici (crowd cheers) and last but not least (crowd cheers) I’m talking about the king of the world…the prince of the city…the Duke of Paducah…he’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a roaring locomotive, able to leap tall women, I mean tall buildings in a single bound, is it a bird? (crowd: “No”) is it a plane? (crowd: “No”) his mama calls him Clarence but we like to call him…Spotlight on the Big Man!…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”
“Thanks…this is…this is for anybody from the Shore (crowd cheers) this is a song that, uh…that Steve wrote…he’s gonna sing it with me…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to “Born to Run”
“I wanna say it’s nice to be back home and (crowd cheers) nobody’s treated us better than you guys…”

03.07.81 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to “Detroit Medley”
“Let’s dance!…”

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