Story 1984-07-01 Saint Paul, MN
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01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Open All Night’:
”Yeah….here’s a song (?) uh…..it’s on the Nebraska record…..this is uh…..this is a song , it’s…..it’s got a whole lotta words…..hope I remember them, you know (chuckles)….gimme a little echo….take it easy now…..in New Jersey, they got, uh….. Turnpike (cheers)…..stretches way on the bottom to way on the top…..and uh…. must’ve rode it thousands and thousands of times by now…..but…..if you ever been to, it looks kinda like, uh….I was riding home from New York City one night…..and I was watching all…. refineries and…..it looked like I was on the moon…..and it inspired me so much (?) (chuckles)…..one step for mankind and two cheeseburgers to go, that’s (chuckles)(cheers)…..see if I get through it….”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Mansion on the Hill’:
”Oh yeah…..(?) a little sound there, Jimmy….(?)….my guitar…..she no work (chuckles)(cheers)…..there we go, here it comes…..sound like a dog (chuckles)….
next !…..it’s alright, I got more than one (cheers)…..it’s coming……it’s coming up (cheers)…..when I was a kid, I grew up in, uh….real small….small apartments and small houses….I remember….we lived in uh…..we lived in a place , what was the address, 20…..like 21 and ½ (cheers)….in…street called Institute Street…..in this town called Freehold (cheers)….and uh…..was a little livingroom and a kitchen and …..and me and my sister had like bunkbeds or something…..and….so my dad used to always, he used to always drive us outside of town and he’d show us this big house, used to sit out there on this hill….and….as I got older….it kinda took on a lot of, lot of different kinds of meaning for me so….”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Darlington County’:
”So….the only thing to do is leave….get outta there…..”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Glory Days’:
”Wait a, wait a minute now…oh yeah…ah take it easy now…..got my new hat (cheers)…gotta wear it like this….that’s easy…..this is a song about….old times…..now…..first of all…..one thing…..you don’t have to be old to have old times (cheers)…..but it helps…..it’s like old times start about…..one year after you’re in high school…..then it’s always somebody up that says ‘Oh, remember when we were freshmen?’ and all that stuff….but…..the older you get, the more old times you got…..and the more you go out and meet some fool who wants to remind you ‘bout ‘em all…..there’s always a guy, comes up to you in a bar….goes ‘Hey Bruce, how ya doin’?….how’s the band doing?’….he sits there and says ‘Remember….. remember that time we went out….you were with that girl you really liked….and that guy came over and spilled all that beer on your head…..and then you got mad, he knocked you out’ (laughter)….’Man that was great (laughter)….that was funny….boy, those were good times’….you don´t wanna tell the guy you felt like a dog so you go ‘Yeah, yeah, that was good wow, we had a good time that night’ (laughter)…..what are you gonna do?…..so….there’s always these guys coming up to you and telling you things you don’t wanna hear…..that’s what friends are for, I guess (cheers)(chuckles)…well, let me get on with the story…..”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Used Cars’:
”Old cars (chuckles)….they’re like….old (?)…..I remember my dad had a ….he never spent more than 500 dollars on an automobile….and uh…..so we’d get these things and they’d run for little while….and a bumper’d fall off…..I remember he’d, he’d see a cop and he’d shut off the engine, (?) goes by (chuckles)(cheers)….and then….then the reverse would always go out on it….me and him would be pushing it backwards out of all the parking spots (chuckles)….so if you ever been in the middle of a street….at 5.30….pushing your car out of the way (chuckles)….of all those other cars…..feeling like the biggest jerk in the world…..this one’s , this is a song for you (chuckles)….”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘My Hometown’:
”This song’s of where I grew up….I ended up really hating , hating the place I came from….and uh…..I guess this is a song, it’s about….the place where you live….and…. kinda sharing the responsobility in it…..and how…..you can run…..but you can’t hide (chuckles)(cheers)….”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Nebraska’:
”This is about being so lonesome…..you could cry….”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Pink Cadillac’:
”Take it easy a little bit there…..now , this is a song…..I was brought up Catholic, on the Bible….and this is a song about…..sin (cheers)…..anybody know anything about that ? (cheers)(chuckles)….but it seems….now, according to the Bible….at least the way I was taught…..was that way back when in the Garden of Eden….Eve….showed Adam the Apple….Adam took a bite…..and here we are tonight (cheers)….that’s a little hard to believe…..there had to be something more than an apple…..fruit ? (chuckles)….I don’t know…..and….sometimes at night….I sit around thinking about that….and I think ‘Gee, where would I rather be ?…..Would I rather be in the Garden of Eden…..or would I rather be on Earth ?’….and I always come up with ‘I’d rather be on Earth’ (cheers)….I don’t like the outside anyway (chuckles)….you know….all them trees…bugs….no air conditioning (cheers)…..that ain’t the Garden of Eden, that’s my backyard (chuckles)….you know, anyway….so I got to thinking, I figured it couldn’t be an apple….so it must’ve been…..it’s must’ve been…..”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, middle of ‘Rosalita’:
”Ladies and gentlemen…..it’s now my great pleasure….to introduce you…..to the band (cheers)….now anybody that was here…..Friday night (cheers)….knows that I wrote a poem for Clarence…..well, since then….I been thinking ….and I realised….to just (?) my incredible creative talents….on one member of the band…..was selfish (chuckles) … so tonight….I have to introduce….a poem….to Roy (cheers)…..it’s kinda short (chuckles)….R is for Roy ‘cause that’s his name…..O is for piano ‘cause that’s his game…..Y…..because he likes it…..Professor Roy Bittan on the piano, ladies and gentlemen (cheers)…..oh yeah, oh yeah…..we have with us…..from the streets of Asbury Park…..girl I met at the Stone Pony…(?) and sing with us…..Miss Patti Scialfa (cheers)….on the bass guitar providing the thunder from down under, Mr. Garry W. Tallent (cheers)…..on the drums….not only is he a drummer….but he’s author….. author of that soon-to-be-bestseller….The Big Beat….the Mighty one, Max Weinberg on the drums (cheers)….on the organ, most mysterious member of the band….. Phantom Dan Federici (cheers)….and last…..but not least…the handsomest man in showbusiness….. a man who’s entertained you…..with such hits as ‘Woman’s Got the Power’…..’Money to the Rescue’…..with his own band, the Red Bank Rockers…..here on our stage….. the king of all things, the master of the universe…..Mr.Clarence Clemons (cheers)….”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘I’m a Rocker’:
”Is you a rocker or is you not ?…..”

01.07.84 Saint Paul, MN, intro to ‘Born to Run’:
”Thanks…..I’d like to thank…..I’d like to thank you all for coming down tonight….let you know we appreciate it (cheers)…..when I was, uh…..when I grew up….and I first heard Elvis Presley and heard all…..great early rock and roll….I was thinking that the main message…..that it said to me…..was uh…..was it said ‘Let freedom ring’….so do what you can…..”

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