Story 1985-06-01 Dublin, Ireland

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´Johnny 99´
´´Hello, nice to be in Ireland….oh….what you gotta do down here is if you can….push back a little bit from the barrier so the people that are crushed up against the barrier here won´t hurt themselves….make sure everybody´s up on their feet there….and if you can, try and stay in one place and not sway around….if anybody needs help to get out of there, raise your hand ….and somebody will pull you out (chuckles)….what you gotta do is you gotta stop that swaying back and forth ´cause it´s knocking people down, ok ?…”

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´The River´
´´This is a song, uh….when I was a kid, my old man used to sit in the kitchen….and uh….late at night he´d lock up the frontdoor so we couldn´t come in the front, we had to come around, come around the back porch….and pass by him…..and some nights if you were coming in too late….you were better off waiting till the morning so I used to have this sleeping bag I used to stash….out on the side of these woods….I´d sleep in somebody´s car, on somebody´s porch….and uh….guess those places felt more like my home than my own house did….this is for everybody….´cause you need some place you can go when you can´t go home…..”

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´Are you alright right now ? (cheers)….are you sure ? (cheers)….alright….now, this is a song about old times…it´s sentimental (chuckles)….it´s kind of nostalgic….it´s about, uh, now I got my share of old times….but now the Big Man, Clarence….he´s got quite a few more old times than me….but as you can see, he has maintained his youthful beauty…every time you go out on a Friday night, you go to a bar, there´s always somebody comes up to you and says ´Hey, remember me ? We went to high school together…back, back in high school, you know….remember the guy that, that, the guy that dumped the pizza on your shirt in study
hall ? yeah, that´s me, that´s me´, you go ´Oh, oh, oh, how you doing ?´…everybody always tells you what a great time you had in high school and stuff….but like I hated high school…. I couldn´t stand no high school….I mean I didn´t like it….every time 8 o´clock comes at night I´m still glad I don´t have to do my homework and stuff….well, in high school I was only interested in two things….one was playing the guitar….and the other one was….was….uh,was ….you know, that one, that one, that one…..anyway….the only one I became really good at was the guitar….the other one I´m still practising, practising, practising….anyway, this is a song about time´s winged chariot, Father Time, how all things must pass….”

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´This next song is a song, I guess….well….when I wrote it, I thought I was writing about the town I grew up in, grew up in a real small town….it was kind of small-minded…..I guess everybody kind of has a love-hate-relationship sometimes with the place that they was born ….I know when I was 17, I couldn´t wait to….wait to get out of there and I was sure when I left….that I´d never miss it…..I wouldn´t miss the friends I had there, my folks…..I would never wanna go back….so I got a chance to go out on the road and for a long time, I really didn´t miss it….then as I got older, I started to come home and get in my car and drive back through the streets I grew up on and….see what my old friends´ lives were like…..and I guess one of the things that I was….afraid of when I was younger was I was afraid of belonging to something….´cause if you belong to something, that means you got some responsobility towards it….well, uh….I guess it´s hard to find some place that you can….you can call your home very easily….anyway, this is uh….from my hometown to your hometown…..”

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´I´m on Fire´
´´I remember my dad….he was sitting around thinking about everything he wasn´t ever gonna have….till he´d get you thinking like that too….I can remember standing down on the corner…watching the girls….in the cars go by….waiting for one of ´em to stop … and lying in my bed at night….I remember lying in my bed at night….feeling like I was just gonna….like someday I was just gonna….I was just gonna….”

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Wait a minute, stop all that hussling around down there….wait just a minute….well, now, this is a song about the conflict…..between worldly things and spiritual health …. between desires of the flesh….and spiritual ecstasy….you can´t have both….it´s a song about temptation….now, where did this conflict begin ?…..well, it began in the beginning in a place called the Garden of Eden….that´s right….now, the Garden of Eden was originally believed to have been located in Mesopotamia….but the latest theological studies have found that its actual location was ten miles south of Jersey City, off the New Jersey Turnpike….that´s right….but, now, understand….in the Garden of Eden , there were none of the accoutrements of modern living….they didn´t have no TV, you couldn´t go home and crawl up in your little bed, put your head on that little pillow and turn on that television and watch it all night long….they didn´t have no hamburgers, you couldn’t go out on to the highway and buy a cheeseburger if you wanted one….they didn´t have none of that, uh, uh, that shepherd´s pie !…no Sir! ….in the Garden of Eden there was no sin…there was no sex… lived in a state of innocence ….now, when it comes to no sex, I prefer the state of guilt that I constantly live in ….but just before the tour, I decided to hitchhike out to the location of the Garden of Eden to find out the answer to some of these mysteries…so I got on out there….and that place is now occupied by Happy Dan´s Celebrity Used Car Lot….I walked in, the man said to me ´Son, you need a yellow convertible , a four-door DeVille with a Continental spare, wide chrome wheels, air-conditioning, automatic heat, fold-out bed in your backseat, eight-track tapedeck , TV and a phone so you can speak to your baby when you’re driving all alone’…I said ‘I’ll take two’….then I said ´But Dan, that´s not the reason why I came….you see, I wanna know the answer to this temptation….why does my soul pull me one way and my flesh pull me the other way ….why do I feel this guilt all the time….and he said ´Well, son, that´s easy ….because right here on these ten beautiful commercially-zoned acres was the sweetest little paradise that man had ever seen, in the Garden of Eden there were many wonderous things : there was a Tree of Life, there was a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, there was a man, Adam, there was a woman, Eve, and she looked so fine ….and when Adam kissed her, it was the first time that a man had ever kissed a woman ….and she had legs that were long and soft to the touch….and when Adam touched her, it was the first time that a man had ever touched a woman…and then they walked out into the green fields….and then they lay down….and when Adam….let´s just say it was the first time….but there was something else in the Garden of Eden on that day, old Satan came slithering up on his belly and somehow he turned their sweet love into a betrayal and sent them driving down into the darkness below….but that´s alright because right here today on this backlot for 99.95 and no money down and don´t worry if you´ve got bad credit, it´s good here, I´ve got the keys to their getaway car….and if you´ve got the nerve to ride….to the first….pink….Cadillac….”

01.06.85 Slane, Ireland, intro to ´When I Grow Up to Be a Man´
´´Thank you, ah….I´d just like to take a minute and thank everybody for coming down to the show today…thanks so much….this is the first time we´ve….been in Ireland….I had a grandmother from here, McNichols (chuckles)….and uh….I don´t know how to thank you, this is, I guess, this is the biggest crowd we´ve ever played to….sure is a lot of youse….and you guys gotta be a little gentler with each other down there….well…. I´m thinking a lot of different things standing here today (chuckles) I guess this song kind of sums it up….”

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