Story 1984-09-15 Philadelphia, PA

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´I´m Goin´Down´
´´Yeah….alright….now, this is a song about the vicissitudes of love…that means it comes and it goes, I think (chuckles)….that means you meet a girl….and your buddies come over and they say ´Let´s do something tonight´…´I can´t, I´m busy tonight´….´Well, let´s something tomorrow night´….´No, no, I can´t, I´m busy tomorrow night´….´Let´s do something Wednesday´….´No, I got something I gotta do Wednesday´….they say ´Well, how about two weeks from now Saturday ?´….´I don´t know, I might be tied up, you know, I can´t tell´…. you stop calling all your friends….all you wanna see is her….she says ´Oh baby, you´re gonna get tired of me´….you say ´Oh no, honey, I´ll never get tired of you´ (chuckles)….you mess around all the time….everytime you go over and visit her parents, ´soon as they´re out of the room, you´re messing around….she says ´Oh honey, not here´….you say ´Oh, I can´t help myself, you just excite me too much, baby´….but then you come back about four or five months later and she´s saying ´Are you gonna take me to the movies tonight or is that gonna break the bank ?´….and she´s saying ´Do I have to sit around here all night and look at your face ?´….boom, zoom ! (chuckles)….anyway, it kind of ends up in like a cold, hard stare and something like this…. ”

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´Alright, now, this is a song about….how all things must pass….now, what I wanna know is there anybody, how many of you guys out there is as old as me tonight ? (some cheers) that´s not that many (chuckles) wait a minute now….now, how many out there as old as the Big Man ? (some cheers) that´s hardly anybody….but the Big Man rocks on….we´re old but we´re bold (chuckles)…this is a song about how it all ain´t nothing but glory days….”

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´The River´
´´I can remember….when I was a kid, there was nights when….I just wouldn´t wanna go home….this song is, I guess, about everybody….everybody needs some place to go when they can´t go home….. ”

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Take it easy now, boys…now….this is a song about the conflict….between worldly things and spiritual health….between the desires of the flesh….and spiritual ecstasy ….now, where did this conflict begin ? Well, it began in the beginning….in a place called the Garden of Eden…now, the Garden of Eden was originally thought to have been located somewhere in the Middle East….but the latest theological studies have found out that its actual location was ten miles south of Jersey City….just off the New Jersey Turnpike….on a spot that is now occupied by Happy Dan´s Celebrity Used Car Dealership….now, to unfold this mystery…. before the tour I made a spiritual journey to Happy Dan´s and he explained to me, he said ´Son, now….in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and the Lord sat back and said ´This is good´…and then on the First Day, He grew hot so He created air-conditioning….and the Lord sat and back and said ´This is good´….on the Second Day, He grew hungry so He created the cheeseburger….and the Lord sat back and said ´This is good´ ….on the Third Day, He created rock and roll….and the Lord sat back and said ´This is good´ …..on the Fourth Day, He moved to Philadelphia and created the cheesesteak….and the Lord sat back and said ´This is pretty good too´….and then on the weekend the Lord grew bored so He decided to take his baby for a drive and He created the pink Cadillac …. and the Lord sat back and said ´This is wild´….”

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, middle of ´Rosalita´
´´Alright….ladies and gentlemen….children of all ages….citizens of Philadelphia….and whoever the hell else is out there….it is now my turn to introduce to you the incredible members of the E Street Band….I´d like to begin by introducing a man to my far left of the stage….he´s the only gentleman in the E Street Band with a full, complete, verified high school diploma….he was offered a scholarship to Yale University….with a PhD in unusual sexual practises and he turned it down to tour and do some rock and roll with the E Street Band….what can I say about the man, the dedicated, the educated, the incredibly complicated, the sexually liberated, the Nutty Professor, Professor Roy Bittan….oh….not now, Roy (chuckles)….next, on the vocals, from Long Branch, New Jersey, an alumni of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes….the lovely, the talented, the beautiful, Miss Patti Scialfa on vocals….next, the man that introduces the bass to your face, that brings you the thunder from down under, his mother was a Tallent, his daddy was a Tallent, the incredible Mr.Garry W.Tallent on the bass guitar….then the gentleman that puts the heat in the beat that gets your asses out of your seats to move your feet….on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg….yeah, yeah….and now I´d like to introduce to you a gentleman who´s celebrating his 15th anniversary as a member of the E Street Band….and I´d like to show my appreciation tonight, bring out the gifts, bring out the gifts, Danny, for your 15 years of dedication, we got….a portable hairdryer….and two tickets to tonight´s show….on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici…..and next…..on the guitar…..the newest member of the E Street Band….ladies and gentlemen, Mr.Nils Lofgren (Nils does his trampoline stunt)….and now ….last but not least….you´ve seen him in the movies….you´ve seen him just recently on national TV….you´ve seen him with his own band, the Red Bank Rockers….you know him as the king of the world, the master of the universe, the emperor of all things and if there´s any justice in this world, the next president of the United States….gimme a C-L-A-R-E-N-C-E….what´s that spell ?….what´s that spell ?….what´s that spell ?….Clarence Big Man Clemons on the saxophone…..”

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´I´m Bad, I´m Nationwide´
´´This is for the Duke, I know he´s out there…..´cause I´m bad, I´m nationwide….”

15.09.84 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Born to Run´
´´This is uh….I´d like to take a minute and thank everybody for coming down to the show, thank you very much….I know, uh….I know you gotta wait….in long lines for them tickets and I want you to know we appreciate it….I´ve always considered myself pretty fortunate ´cause when I was a kid, I dreamed about something and I get to live out a little piece of my dream every night…´s….here´s hoping you get, uh, you get to live out a little piece of yours, alright….”

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