Story 1984-08-05 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Highway Patrolman´
´´This is a….this is a song about family, how it's…it's hard to know what the right thing to do sometimes is….when it comes to the people that you love….´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´This is a song….about….(?)….before….before I wanted to play the guitar, there was only one other thing I wanted to be….a lover, no (chuckles)…, I wanted to be a baseball player….and… my younger years I concentrated very hard on this, even when I was about seven years old, I joined the Freehold New Jersey Colonial League (cheers)…..there's my team mates now….and then I joined the Little League…..and then I got around high school age I joined the Babe Ruth League….I was doing better, I only had one problem….I couldn't hit, I couldn't throw, I couldn't catch but I wasn't gonna let those details stop me…..till around 15, I got interested in a couple of other things….one of 'em was the guitar….it was about that time when I was starting to do, like on Friday and Saturday night I´d be at a gig with my band and the baseball games were during the week so they didn't get in each other´s way too much but this one, this one week we had a rained-out game and they rescheduled it for 8.30 Saturday morning…..that´s early for me… the night before I did a show, came home, I got in bed at about 4 a.m, then around 7.30 I heard them knock on my door….there´s some guys from my team….I told my mother, I said ´Look, Mom, go down there and tell ´em that I´m sick and I can´t make it´…. so she went down and she told them ´Oh, he´s too sick, he can´t come´ and they went away….. then about 20 minutes later they came back…..and I heard ´em saying ´Oh, Mrs.Springsteen, please, we only got eight guys, if Bruce don´t come, we´re gonna forfeit the game, it´s gonna be the end of the season´ all this stuff right….so I´m laying in bed, I´m dying, like, I hear ´em coming up the stairs, I´m laying in my bed, now….I always sleep with my guitar….it bothers my girlfriends a little bit but they get used to it (chuckles) so now I gotta make believe like I really am sick so (coughs) I´m making all these sick noises and they come up and they´re begging me and stuff so finally I´m one of those people that can´t say ´no´….if you bother me enough, I say ´yes´ to anything (chuckles)….and so I get on my suit and I go down and I get out in rightfield, my head hurts and it´s early….I´m standing out there and I´m praying that nothing comes my way ….and eight innings go by, I´m doing fine and right there on the bottom of the eighth, with the score tied….all of a sudden, gssshh!…..´I got it, I got it!´….the agony of defeat….anyway, that was when I hung up my baseball cleats and decided to dedicate my life to rock and roll…..the other night I was out in this bar….and I met this guy….he started telling me all about glory days…. in the end they don´t last…..´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Used Cars´
´´thanks….well, we finally made it back…..only took me three years this time….well, I got, got my Mom and Dad out there tonight….but….but like I tease ´em now because this is about me and my sister, she´s out there too….and when we were kids, we were quite young, my Dad would try to….he'd come in the house and say ´Well, it´s time we're gonna go get, get a new car´….now, what he meant by a new car was anything under 500 dollars (chuckles) and so we´d come down to the used car lot, it was the only time that me and my sister used to get together 'cause we used to always be, be competitive, she was a year younger than me and she used to do everything first (chuckles) she was always tougher (chuckles) but we'd get together on this one thing, we'd start bothering my old man to get us a convertible….'cause in the summer I used to, I used to sit out on my front porch, we used to live on this street called South Street ….I'd sit out there at night, I'd count the convertibles when they went by, so come around this time, we'd always start bothering my Dad, he always, I could tell that inside he, he always wanted one but he still does, but he still don't have one so if you see him, he's a big round guy (chuckles) you see him, tell him it's time he got one (chuckles) but we used to be able to get him back 'cause me and, me and my sister, we found the exact spot in the backseat where when he was driving, no matter what we did, he couldn't reach us (chuckles) (?) until we got home (chuckles) ´Wait till you'll get home, wait till we'll get home´, that's all he'd say (chuckles) anyway, this is for them…..´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´My Hometown´ (following ´Used Cars´)
´´Yeah….that´s for them…..I remember when I was…..when I was 16, I used to, I couldn't wait on the weekends I'd get on a Lincoln Transit, go up to, go up to New York City….but my town, it seemed, it seemed like it was so small, it was so narrow minded….at the time that ….that it was, it was hard staying around in, later on I used to think, I got to where I felt that I really, I really hated where I came from and I hated who I was at that time and I tried, I guess I tried to, uh….I felt that if I got far away and if I could….that who I was, where I came from might disappear just completely from me…..but I found out that no matter where you go, that´s always with you and that´s ok because it just means that, means that you're a part of something….so….so enough of that (chuckles)….´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, middle of ´Sherry Darling´
´´I'm stuck here in traffic on the goddamn New Jersey Turnpike….´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´No Surrender´
´´Oh, thanks….this is, uh….this is a song I wanna do for….this is for Tex and Marion…..who were two…..when I was just starting a band, when I was about 15 maybe….they really opened up their house to….to me and all the guys….they let us rehearse there….and….when I needed an amplifier, Tex, he signed the loan so (chuckles) so I wanna say ´thanks´….but uh ….this is also for Little Steven, wherever he may be….”

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Well, now, this is a song about the conflict between worldly things and spiritual health….. between desires of the flesh…..and spiritual ecstasy….between the mansion on the hill and the mansion in the sky, between the cynics and the skeptics and the true believers….now, you can´t have both…, what I wanna know is how many of you think that tonight if, and I hope this doesn't happen, if you should die during the show due to excitement, how many of you think that you´re gonna go to heaven? (cheers) well, now, how many of you believe that if you should pass away during the final moments due to heart failure that you just may end up taking the down-elevator? (cheers) well, now, personally I know I´m gonna go to heaven ….now, I´m gonna miss the band but I´m gonna get over it….in the beginning He created the heavens and the earth and He sat back and said ´This is good´, on the First Day, He was hot so He created air-conditioning and the Lord sat back and said ´This is good´, on the Second Day, He grew hungry and He created cheeseburgers and the Lord sat back and said ´This is good´, on the Fourth Day, He created tight blue jeans, He sat back and said ´This is good´, on the Fifth Day, He created rock and roll and He sat back and said ´This is good´ and on the Sixth Day, which was the weekend, He wanted to go for a drive, He created the pink Cadillac and He sat back and said ´This is wild´….´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, middle of ´Growin´ Up´
´´Well, there we were….it was a night just like tonight….a long, long time ago….I'd just met Clarence….he was working in the pizza parlor, I was working in the Laundromat….we didn't know what to do with ourselves….we had no direction, we had no guidance…..we were frustrated…..our lives were meaningless….and then Clarence decided that what we needed was a couple of girls….this made a lot of sense… we got in his old car….and we started to drive….he said they lived just a little ways outside of town…..but we drove and we drove down into the pines….and then….we got a flat… was dark… was scary….clouds covered the moon….there was a lot of strange things going on…….we were trying to decide whether to roll up the windows and lock the doors or go out and see if there was a spare….so being that this was a democracy we decided we'd shoot for it….I won but then I went out and looked and seen if there was a spare…..nothing, the trunk was empty so Clarence decided that he knew where there was a gas-station just on the other side of the woods….so into the forest we went…..Big Man, now, there ain't no like big wild animals in New Jersey, is there?…. there ain't no big wild animals in the pines right?….you sure? you positive?….I think I hear something….you sure now, you sure?….I think I hear something….Big Man…..whoooa!….then I lost Clarence…. Big Man, where are you?….where are you?….where are you?….oh, Big Man….Big Man, don´t do that! don't do that!…and then….and then out of the sky we seen what looked like a falling star fall off into the trees….and we went a little further and the moon shone down on this clearing and there in the clearing we saw the answer to our quest…..and then…..when we touched….. ´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, middle of ´Backstreets´
´´I remember….you said….if you made it out first you´d help me…..and if I made it out first I´d help you…..and we swore on it….then you said it was nothing but a promise… said it wasn´t anything but a promise… said it was nothing but a promise…..´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, middle of ´Rosalita´
´´Alright….ladies and gentlemen…..children of all ages….it´s now my pleasure to introduce to you the members of the E Street Band….beginning…..beginning…..beginning to my far left…. Jim the Dancing Bear!…don´t worry, folks, he´s completely docile….on the piano….the most intelligent member of the band - no offense to rest of you guys, a man…..who gave up a scholarship to Harvard in mental surgery to tour with the E Street Band….well-known for his theory of promiscuity, for his study of the lost tribes of Hoboken, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….he´s so smart, he´s so smart….on the vocals, an alumni of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes….from Long Branch, New Jersey, Miss Patti Scialfa….on the bass, bringing you the thunder from down under, Mr. Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, drummer, author of The Big Beat, that you can find in any bookstores at the mall, the Mighty Max Weinberg…. on the organ, the inevitable, the inimitable, the immovable, the irreprovable, the immoral, the unfathomable, the understandable, the incredible Phantom Dan Federici…..and on the guitar, as sweet as life itself, drumroll please….Mr.Nils Lofgren…..(Nils does his trampoline stunt) ….that´s incredible….and now, last but not least….do I have to say his name?….you know he´s the king of the world….the emperor of the universe…..the master of all things….but tonight I´d like to place his name in nomination for to be the next President of the United States….it´s time there was a Big Man in the White House… gimme a C-LA-R-E-N-C-E, what's that spell? (crowd : ´Clarence!´) what's that spell? (crowd : ´Clarence!´) what's that spell? (crowd : ´Clarence!´) the one, the only, for now and forever, my buddy, Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons on the saxophone….´´

05.08.84 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Born to Run´
´´I wanna thank everybody for coming down (?)….all my friends, my mother and my father…my doctor and my lawyer (chuckles)…. this is, uh, when I was, when I was a kid, I heard the music of Elvis, Elvis Presley, it just said to me….I guess the thing it kind of said to me was just ´Let freedom ring´….so….that´s what we were here for tonight but you gotta fight for it…..´´

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