Story 1984-07-13 East Troy, WI
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13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Nebraska’:
”This is a song about, uh….there’s always, I was reading in the papers about how….. television and all the media and stuff is bringing…..the whole world closer together…. but uh…..seems like in these times (?) people get…..they get isolated from their jobs, sometimes they get isolated from…..friends and from their families…until uh….till you get that sense of powerlessness…..and just explode….”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Darlington County’:
”Yes….time to get out of town….”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Glory Days’:
”Oh….it is loose up here tonight (chuckles)(cheers)….this is…this is a song about…. how…you get out of school….and then , you know, there´s always a few years later… you meet somebody that you knew in high school…..and…..this happens to me all the time….I meet somebody, they say ‘Hey, Bruce…..how you doing , how’s the band ?…. how’s everything going ?’….you know….it’s always kinda funny because you always remember how…..they wouldn’t talk to you when you were back in high school (chuckles)(cheers)…..’cause in high school, I was bad (cheers)…..I mean I was bad in everything….I was bad at sports, I was bad at….studying….I was shy….I’m a very shy person (cheers)….(chuckles) but anyway, you always meet these guys later and girls and you sit down and they say, always say ‘Boy, wasn’t they great times ?….that was the most fun….remember the night that we went out …..and you were with that girl you really liked….and them guys spilled a beer all over your head….and you got mad and then they knocked you out ?….Man, that was fun, that was a great time, boy’ …. you know, you go ‘Yeah, yeah, that was fun’ (chuckles)….you know…..(?) glory days they start …..they start ‘soon as you’re a sophomore…..mine started ‘soon as I was born….. I sit down with my mom…..’Remember, mom, when I was in your womb ?’, you know….’Man, that was fun’…I’m starting a back-to-womb (?)……

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Used Cars’:
”(?)….when I was a kid, I had a, I had a room that was….right over the backyard….and uh…..it was kinda like right above the kitchen….and the first sound I used to hear in the morning was my dad out….underneath the car trying to get it started to go to work….every morning, just when the sun comes up, I’d hear him out….outside on his back on the ground…..and….he’d never buy, could never buy (?) that cost like 500 dollars or 600 dollars and he was always fixing up these junkers…. and….I remember he had this one car, it didn’t…..muffler fell off it…..and he used to….he’d be, he’d be looking around for the police all the time and every time he’d see one, he….turned the engine off and he goes by (chuckles)(cheers)…and he had one of those cars that….. that, uh, doesn’t go in reverse…..so….but you wouldn’t know when it was not gonna go in reverse (chuckles)….we used to have to, we’d…..pushing it out, out of the parking spaces all the time….get it back out on the street…..but…. anyway…..we used to love going down to that car lot….with my old man…..lobbying him to get a convertible (cheers)….when I grew up, I swore I would own nothing but convertibles (chuckles)(cheers)…and I do (chuckles)….a great moral victory (chuckles)…..”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘No Surrender’:
”Thanks….oh boy….how’s everybody way back up there on the grass, alright ? (cheers)….there on the hill ?…..alright…..I’ll send this out to you…..this is kinda a song about all the promises you make….to yourself when….when you’re a kid…..I been kinda lucky ‘cause I….I dreamed something when I was real young and I got to do it (cheers)…..and….and I never….that’s a special thing….so, hope everybody’s happy tonight (cheers)…..”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Pink Cadillac’:
”Oh yeah…..this is a song….about….unrequited….desire….is that right ?…..unrequited passion…..’cept once in a while , some nights it gets requited….then it goes back to being unrequited again for most of the time (chuckles)….oh!….now it seems…..way back…before history started…..that’s a long time….there was…..a Garden of Eden…. and in the Garden of Eden…..they had two of every animal, no, that, that was on the Arc, in the Garden of Eden, there was Adam and Eve, right (cheers)….I went to catechism class…..I went to Catholic school for eight years, I know all about this stuff (cheers)…..have mercy (chuckles)…..there was Adam and there was Eve….and supposedly Eve had the Apple and…..and you know Adam took the bite…..and women, they been getting blamed for everything ever since (cheers)….that’s not right, he didn’t have to take a bite if he didn’t wanna, ‘course she shouldn’t have picked the Apple either, no (chuckles)….anyway….occassionally before I lie in bed at night, after I say my evening prayers…..I….wonder if I’d have been happier….in the Garden of Eden or here on Earth….now….Garden of Eden’s got….nice weather…..got a lot of fruit in the trees…..but Earth…..has got air-conditioning (cheers)….cheeseburgers (cheers)…..Saturday night (cheers)…and sin ! (chuckles)…which once in a while…. if you don’t overdo it….oh ! (laughter)….”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Bobby Jean’:
”If you’ve come down with an old friend tonight, anybody who means a lot to you…. this is for you….”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Rosalita’:
”Oh, where are you tonight, baby ?…..’cause I’m looking for a…..kiss…..
(….) Ladies and gentlemen….it’s my pleasure to introduce to you tonight…..on our stage (laughter)….beginning…..to the far left…..on the piano….Professor Roy Bittan (cheers)….on the vocals , Miss Patti Scialfa (cheers)…on the drums….author of The Big Beat…..the man with the (?)….Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums (cheers)….on the bass, the man who brings you the thunder from down under, Mr.Garry W.Tallent (cheers)….to the far right, on the organ….the mysterious, the illusive, the inimitable, the unforgettable, the unredeemable, the unimaginable Phantom Dan Federici on the organ (cheers)…and on the guitar, a man who brought you ten years of rock and roll, drumroll please, Mr.Nils Lofgren…..(Nils does his trampoline stunt)…that’s incredible! …..now last but not least….how can I say it…..how can I express my feelings….just let me say….that ‘C’ is for his cool which grows and grows…..’L’ is for his loop which comes and goes…..’A’ is ‘cause he’s the apple of my eye….’R’ is though because he’s the king of the world , he’s just a regular kinda guy….’E’ is ‘cause he’s everything that’s near and dear to me…..’N’ is ‘cause there’s nothing like him and there’s never ever gonna be….’C’ is for that C-note he´s owed me since 1963 …..and ‘E’ is for everything else, you put that all together, now what’s that spell ? …. what’s that spell? ….what’s that spell ?….Clarence Big Man Clemons (cheers)…..”

13.07.84 East Troy, WI, intro to ‘Born to Run’:
”Thank you….thank you…I’d like to, I’d like to thank everybody for coming down to the shows we’ve done here (cheers)….we appreciate it….got a real beautiful place here …..you know and…..I grew up in this little town, was really…was pretty stifling and…. and I guess I felt like I never….I never learned much till I was…..listening to the radio one night…..there’s a bug on my microphone (chuckles)…and….and I was just kinda laying there in bed…..and the music came out and told me that there was uh….kinda, there was another way to live if I looked for it and I searched for it…..and I guess in short it just kinda said ‘Let freedom ring’….and that’s what this is all about, that’s why we’re here tonight and uh (cheers)….and we gotta fight for it every day….”

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