Story 1984-07-27 Saratoga Springs, NY

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´Johnny 99´´
´´Thanks….is it still raining out there ? (cheers)…´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´Highway Patrolman´´
´´Thanks….this is a song about….about family….family and duty….when it comes to your family, it´s hard to know….what the right thing to do is sometimes….´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´Darlington County´´
´´Alright, time for a road-trip….´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´Glory Days´´
´´Alright, take it easy now, boys….this is a song about, uh….you know when you go out to a bar and you meet somebody….that….that you went to high school with or something ?…and they start telling you what a great time you used to have back then ?…that happens to me all the time….they´re always telling me that they remember me when….what they mean is they remember me when they wouldn´t speak to me….so….you know, they always, like, say ´Oh, Bruce, how´s the band and….remember the night we went out and you were with that girl you really liked and that guy poured beer on your head and you got mad and he knocked you out and the girl left ? (chuckles) man, that was fun, that was a great time´…well, this is for anybody in the house tonight that´s as old as me….and for anybody that´s as old as Clarence
(cheers) can´t be that many…but Clarence, he looks real good, though, he still looks good…´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´Used Cars´´
´´This is….when I was….when I was a kid, I used to sit out….my house was kind of (?) one of main streets in town….and I used to sit out on the frontporch….in the summertime, at night ….and we kind of lived in half a house and there was this guy next-door that worked in a grocery store, he had one of those, uh, shortwave radios that got in like all the different countries….and we´d sit out there….like I remember I used to sit there, I used to count, count the convertibles (chuckles)….when I was a kid, two things I always wanted was I wanted a pony, everybody wants that (chuckles) and a convertible….I remember it was a real big day when my dad used to say ´Ok, we´re gonna go down, we´re gonna pick out another car,´ that was the only time that me and my sister, she was a year younger than me, it was the only time we used to get along was when we were about to go down to the car-lot ´cause we´d start (?) my dad for a convertible (?)….we had our whining down to a (?)….but, uh, my dad, inside, inside he was a convertible-kind-of-guy but he was never…he was never quite able to get, never quite able to get there….so we´d go down and we´d come back with, like, you know, a Rambler or a Studebaker….and….anything under 600 dollars….the only way me and my sister used to be able to get him back was, was we found the exact spot in the backseat where no matter what we did while he was driving he couldn´t reach us (chuckles)…. everybody knew where that spot was, right ? (chuckles)….(?)(chuckles)….he always…said ´You´re gonna get the belt (?)´….´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´My Hometown´´ (following ´´Used Cars´´)
´´Old cars (?)….this is, uh….I remember when I was about ten….there was this park by my house….and, uh….in it there was this monument….and I remember I used to, my mother used to say ´Where you going ?´ when I was gonna go out and play, I´d say ´I´m going over to the monument´ and we´d go over and we´d like run all around it….and then I got a little older, I was in my first band and we were gonna get our first publicity pictures taken and we had like these, uh, these plastic, uh, plastic snakeskin vests that we all wore and shirts like, shirts like the Kinks….but, uh….I realised I, I, I grew up around this monument my whole life and I never knew, never knew what it was a monument to and I found out that there was a Revolutionary War battle that was fought just a little ways outside, outside the town I grew up in….before this tour I went down to, went down to Washington and I seen the Lincoln Memorial….which is something to see if you haven´t seen it, and I seen the Vietnam Veterans´ Memorial…it´s a real, real sad to walk through….so monuments, they´re so that you, so that you always remember…´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, after ´´Thunder Road´´
´´We´re gonna take a short break, I´m gonna fix my hair and then we´ll be back to rock you all night….´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´No Surrender´´
´´Thanks….this is a song….about holding on to something, trying to hold on to something…. that´s gets harder to do as time goes by sometimes….this is for, uh, this is for Little Steven, wherever he may be tonight….he´s got a record out called ´Voice of America,´ if you get a chance, you ought to pick it up, it´s a real good record…. ´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, intro to ´´Pink Cadillac´´
´´Now this is a song….about the conflict….between worldly things….and spiritual health…. between desires of the flesh….and spiriual ecstasy….between the mansion on the hill….and the mansion in the sky….now what I wanna know is how many of you here tonight believe that if you should, and I hope this doesn´t happen, if you should pass sometime during the show due to excitement, how many of you think you´re gonna go to heaven ? (cheers) now, how many of you think that if you should pass away due to cardiac arrest during the final moments that you just might take the down-elevator instead ? (cheers) now, me, I know I´m gonna go to heaven….now, I´m gonna miss the band but I´ll get over it….they say that in the beginning….there was a Garden of Eden, there was a man, there was a woman, there was an apple, there was temptation, there was sin and parked curbside, there was a pink Cadillac…´´

27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, middle of ´´Backstreets´´
´´I remember you said that….if you made it out first, you´d help me….and if I did, I´d help you….and I remember that we swore on it….then you said it was nothing but a promise…. you said it wasn´t nothing but a promise….´´

**27.07.84 Saratoga, NY, middle of ´´Rosalita´´ **
´´Ladies and gentlemen…children of all ages…we have a live galaxy of stars on stage here here tonight….beginning….at the left of the stage….the only member of the E Street Band with a full high school diploma…let´s hear it for education and Professor Roy Bittan….on vocals, from Asbury Park, Miss Patti Scialfa….on the drums, author, drummer….faithful husband, uh, uh, that´s about it, the great Mighty Max Weinberg….on the bass, bringing you the thunder from down under, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the organ, the inimitable, the inevitable, the irreprovable, the unbelievable, the fantastic, the unforgivable Phantom Dan Federici….and on the guitar, drumroll, please….Mr.Nils Lofgren (Nils does his trampoline stunt)….that´s incredible….and last but not least….master of all things….emperor of the entire known world….and I´d like to announce tonight his nomination for the presidency of the United States….it´s time we had a Big Man in the White House….gimme a C-L-A-R-E-N-C-E, what´s that spell ? (crowd: ´Clarence´) what´s that spell ? (crowd: ´Clarence´) what´s that spell ? (crowd: ´Clarence´) Clarence Big Man Clemons on the saxophone….´´

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