Story 1985-08-05 Washington, DC
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05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘Seeds’:
”Now….on our last tour of States, we were….traveling thru Texas….past thru Houston….was a lotta folks down there that’d come down from up north…..looking for a job in the refineries or in the oil fields….when they got down there, the price of oil dropped….they were laying off their refineries….people were coming (?)…tents pitched out on the side of the highways, sleeping in ‘em….sleeping in their cars….and people telling ‘em ‘Just move along’….this is a song called ‘Seeds’…..”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘Atlantic City’:
”Here’s a song about blood money….”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘Man at the Top’:
”Well, this is, uh….<span style="font-size: 90%;">here comes a car hop…ain't ever gonna stop…in a ???</span><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #222222; font-family: Roboto,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">…</span>Yeah, just thinking about what I'm gonna do (chuckles)<span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #222222; font-family: Roboto,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">.</span>..this is a song that, I guess, uh….fits both in Atlantic City or Washington…..this is called ‘Man at the Top’…..little bit acoustic ???…”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘Glory Days’:
”Man….I gotta rest a minute….I’m getting old now, man, oh yeah…..I’m getting old…. Tom Seaver , he’s older than me, though….he got his 300th victory yesterday (cheers)….yeah….Tom
Seaver, he´s uh…he’s not quite as old as the Big Man (cheers)…..but the Big Man , he maintains his youthful beauty all the time (cheers)…. you know….yeah…oh….me, I’m 35…Roy, he’s 36….he’s finished….I’m 35, I got, I can still live a little bit….you know….I gotta slow down now ‘cause like….I’m married and everything , I can’t stay out late no more (cheers)….can’t be kissing all the girls all the time anymore……no (chuckles)…..anyway….this is for anybody, if you got your kids with you out there tonight….or if you’re married….or if you’re oh-oh ……if you’re old as me (chuckles)…..this song’s for you tonight…..ready, boys ? …..ready, people ? (cheers)….”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘The Promised Land’:
”Yeah….it’s nice to….nice to be back home (cheers)….we’ve come back all over the world since we’ve seen you last…..this is for Kate, Johnny, your little girl…..”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘My Hometown’:
”This is uh…..thank you…..this is uh….when I was about…..I guess 15….I was 15 years old and there was these two brothers in town….one was a singer and one was a guitar player….and I guess they had the first…..really adventurous band……in my home-town…..and one was named Ray and one was named Walter…..I remember Walter was….the first guy I ever seen tuck his pants inside his boots (chuckles)….. that was revolutionary at the time (chuckles)(cheers)….you know….he was a real good, real good singer….and uh….he got drafted….and…..went to Vietnam, I guess it was in ‘66…. and he….I remember when his mother got….got the word that he was missing in action……and Walter was the kinda guy, he didn’t have…..he didn’t have the kinda talents that got you….that kept you from getting killed in 1965 and 66, he just had a good voice….he wasn’t in college and….but uh….I guess this next song is….a song I wrote…..and after….a quite a while after I wrote it, I guess, I realised that what it was about was responsobility….and a lot of you young guys out there and girls too….that the next time there’s a…..little war whether it’s in Central America….. wherever it might be, you’re gonna be the ones that…..that they’re gonna wanna go….and you need a lot more information that you get on…..on six o’clock news….to know what to do (cheers)….I guess whether….whether we like it or not, it’s our money that gets spent either for making bombs or gets spent for feeding people….. you know, gets spent for waging little covert wars….or for educating people…..and we all get sucked into it one way or another……there’s no way around it……and uh…..I guess a couple of years ago I read a….history book……History of the United States…..I remember…. when I was in school, I always hated history……but I read this book and I learned….I felt like I learned a lot about where we were coming from ….. where we are today and where we’re going….. and where we’re going is pretty scary…..uh…..so I guess all you really gotta do is….take a walk from that Lincoln Memorial on to the Vietnam Veterans’Memorial (cheers)….you know….you read…..read the names of the dead…..and you get an idea what the stakes…..you’re playing for in 1985….when you were born in the U.S.A (cheers)….so this is your hometown but you gotta make, uh….you gotta put your stake in for it, you gotta make a claim for it (cheers)…..gotta find out what’s going on around you (cheers)…..”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘I’m on Fire’:
”I always remember….coming in at night…..and my dad’d sit at the kitchen table….and I always think how life was so hard for him…..he’d sit there every night thinking about everything that….we was never gonna have…..(?)….and how he’d get mad at us (?)…… he’d get you thinking like that too……I’d lay up in bed staring at the ceiling….feeling like if something didn´t happen……if something didn’t happen that someday I was gonna….someday I was just….you know like I’d just …..felt like I was gonna just…..”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’:
”(?)…..I know some of you guys waited for a real long time, I want you to know we appreciate it (cheers)…..and….I’d just like to take a second …..and say that tonight in the audience we have…..representatives from ….three different foodbanks….and uh…. I know that you ….heard a lot about the hunger that there is…..in Africa lately…..and while the hunger that we have here in States…..is certainly not….as drastic as that….. it is very bad, there are people…..out there going hungry….and these foodbanks are helping them out (cheers)…..what they do….what they do is they get….in the United States each year 20 percent of the food that gets produced gets wasted…..they get that wasted food…..and they make sure it gets to the people….in the agencies that need it to help senior citizens whose…..social security checks don’t get ‘em the whole way (cheers)….people that are hit hard by unemployment…..here in Washington you have the Capitol Area Foodbank…..in Maryland, there’s the Maryland Foodbank…..in Virginia…. there’s the uh….Virginia Community Foodbank (cheers)….and uh….this is the public service announcement so (chuckles)(cheers)…..they could use your help…. if you got some volunteer time….or you got some money (chuckles)…..they can use your support and they’re here making your town…….a better and more decent place for everybody to live in (cheers)….and….uh…..I’d like to do this song, this is my favorite Elvis song (cheers) and ….in 1975….I was in Memphis….we played at a little auditorium….it was about 3.30 in the morning and me and my guitar player Steve decided we wanted to get something to eat….and a taxi cab driver came by….and he told us that he knew where Elvis lived….and he took us out to Graceland….and I remember standing in front of those gates…..I remember standing in front of the gates, looking at the guitar players…..and I saw a little light on in the second story window…. and I figured that Elvis must be up reading…..and I said ‘Steve, I gotta try’….and I jumped over the wall and I jumped out on the other side….I started running up the driveway (cheers)….and….later on I thought that this was a stupid thing to do….’cause I hate it when people do it at my house (chuckles)…but anyway, I was filled with the enthusiasm of youth……and uh….jumped over the wall and I ran up to the frontdoor…. and as I was about to knock it, a guard came out of the woods and he asked me what I wanted…..and I said ‘Is Elvis home ?’…..and he said no, Elvis was in Lake Tahoe….I told him that I had a band and…..that I played the guitar…..and I told him, I told him I had my picture on the cover of Time and Newsweek (chuckles)(cheers)…..and he said ‘Oh yeah, sure, sure’ (chuckles)….I don’t think he believed me…he took me by the arm and he put me back out on the street….but uh….I never uh….I guess in a way it was better that it worked out like that ‘cause it wasn’t Elvis….I was really going to see that night….I guess it was some dream that I had, you know (cheers)….anyway, when I heard that he’d died…..a friend called me and told me that he died, about a year or two after that and it was hard to understand…..how somebody whose music came in….and gave so many people a feeling….of the promise of life….and a feeling for reason to live….could have died so tragically and so alone…..but uh…..I guess it’s easy…it’s easy to let the best of yourself slip away…..so I’d like to do this for you, wishing you all….. the longest life with the best of everything (cheers)….hold on to it….”

05.08.85 Washington D.C, intro to ‘Sherry Darling’:
”One more for you…..let’s do, uh…..here’s a good summer song….(to the band:) let’s do ‘Sherry Darling’……(?) if I remember the words (chuckles)…..(?)….”

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