Story 1985-04-13 Tokyo, Japan
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13.04.85 Tokyo, Japan, intro to ´Atlantic City´
´´I grew up, uh….when I was in my teens….down along the coast along the seashore….lived in, uh….I guess it was kind of a rundown resort town….back home (?) very hard times and so….so they legalised gambling 70 miles south and….now there´s big golden casinos….a block away from the slums and local gangs are fighting for control and this is ´Atlantic City´…”

13.04.85 Tokyo, Japan, intro to ´The River´
´´I remember when….when I was growing up….my father would come home from work…. and he would go straight into the kitchen….and he´d sit down at the kitchen table and my mother would bring him his dinner when she got home from work….and uh, he´d sit there with a six pack of beer all night…and….what he used to do is he´d lock up the frontdoor so that me and my sister used to have to come in ´round the side….and….I can remember standing out in the driveway, looking in….and he´d always let me get up on the porch and through the kitchen, through the livingroom and just as I was about to go upstairs, I´d hear ´Bruce´….and uh, sometimes if he´d been sitting there too long, you were better off waiting till the morning to come in….and I had this sleeping bag that I used to stash….and sometimes at night when it got late, I´d sleep out on the edge of these woods or sleep on somebody´s porch or in a friend of mine´s car…and now when I go back home….sometimes I go past those places….and uh….I guess they remind me of those times….and uh….this song is about everybody needs some place to go on those nights when they can´t go home…..”

13.04.85 Tokyo, Japan, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´When I do this….that means I´m in a good mood….now, this is a song….about getting old…. oh yeah….now….tonight is Mighty Max´s birthday…he´s the birthday boy tonight….now, Clarence….too many birthdays to count any more….but as you can see, he´s maintained every bit of his youthful beauty….now, this is how you go out to a nightclub….or a disco (chuckles) and somebody always comes up and tells you what a good time you had in high school…man, I can remember I hated high school….I didn´t like no high school….couldn´t stand no high school….in high school I was only interested in two things….one was the guitar ….and the other one was….that one, you know….(chuckles) but as I grew older, the guitar was the one I became good at….the other one I´m still looking for some volunteers who wanna practise, practise, practise (chuckles)….alright, in the end, all things must pass and it ain´t nothing but glory days….”

13.04.85 Tokyo, Japan, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´This song, uh….is about….I guess everybody….when you grow up, kind of has a love-hate-relationship with the place they were born and raised….I know, I grew up in a very small town and when I was….17, I couldn´t wait to get out….I thought that if I got out that I´d never miss it….I´d never be lonely for my family or my old friends….and uh, I got the opportunity to go on the road and travel a lot and for a long time I never did miss it….I never missed….missed there at all….but then as I got older, I´d come home off the road and I´d get in my car…and I´d start to drive back down the streets that I grew up on….try to find my old friends and see what their lives were like now….and I realised that….the place that you were born never really leaves you, it´s always in your blood….and uh….so what I wanna say is…. (speaks in Japanese)….from my hometown to your hometown….”

13.04.85 Tokyo, Japan, intro to ´I´m on Fire´
´´I remember my dad always telling me….that I wasn´t gonna amount to anything….and how he´d sit there….in the kitchen and think of everything that we didn´t have….and we wasn´t gonna have….until he got me thinking like that too….and I remember standing down on the corner….until I felt like I was just gonna….I felt like someday….I was just gonna…..”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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