Story 1985-08-11 Pittsburgh, PA

11.08.85 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´Seeds´
´´On the first part of our American tour….we were traveling down through Texas….and there was a lot of folks that´d come down there from up north…looking for work in the oil fields….and the oil refineries….when the price of oil dropped….they started laying ´em off…and you´d see ´em sleeping in tents….out on the edge of the highway at night or sleeping in their cars….with their families….no jobs and no place to go….this is called ´Seeds´….”

11.08.85 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´The River´
´´Thanks….oh, this is, uh, when I was a kid….I can always remember my old man used to have this one trick he used to play on us…he´d always lock up the frontdoor at night ….so I´d have to come around the side and….he could tell what time I was coming in…. so I used to stand out in the driveway and he´d sit in the kitchen at night….smoking a cigarette, drinking with the lights off…I remember I´d stand in the drive and I could see the light of his cigarette….and I used to have real long hair, like real long (chuckles)…. and he used to hate it, he couldn´t stand it, you know, so I used to tuck it way down inside my collar and slick it back….and uh (?) and try and get by…and I´d get through the kitchen….and I´d get through the livingroom….and my mother´d be sleeping on the couch….and just as I got my foot on that bottom step, I´d hear….´Bruuuuce´….he used to let me think that I was gonna make it to my room, then he´d call me back to come and sit down with him….and the funny thing was….when I used to go back and sit down, he´d always say he wanted to talk to me and then we´d just sit there for an hour with nothing to say to each other….and all I remember is how he was always so mad all the time….I could never figure out what he was mad at….he´d always be angry at us or angry at me….at the time I didn´t understand what his life was like…what it was like for him to be unemployed as much as he was….and I´d like to do this song tonight…. for, uh….Steelworkers of the Monongahela Valley….it´s a song about living….living in the shadow of a dream….”

11.08.85 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´I´m on Fire´
´´I remember…my Pop coming home….it always seemed he had nothing but the kitchen….to come back to….and uh….I remember….it seemed like he´d sit there at night just thinking about everything that he wasn´t ever gonna have….until he´d get me thinking like that too….I´d lay up in bed staring at the ceiling….and I´d feel like I was just gonna…I remember I thought that if something didn´t happen….I felt like someday I was just gonna…someday I´d just….someday I´d just….”

11.08.85 Pittsburgh, PA, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Now, today is Sunday….now, who went to church out there this morning ? (cheers) …good…because this is a song about the conflict between worldly things and spiritual health….between desires of the flesh, sexual desire….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 originnally believed to have been located in Mesopotamia but the latest theological studies have found out that its actual location was ten miles south of Jersey City, off the New Jersey Turnpike….that´s why they call it the Garden State !….well, now, in the Garden of Eden there were none of the accoutrements of modern living, oh no….they didn´t have no TV, couldn´t go home and crawl up in your little bed and put your little Pop-Tarts in the toaster and snuggle up real close to your baby and watch Johnny Carson….no Sir !…you couldn´t go down to town and buy one of them hotdogs or a cheeseburger if you wanted one….no !…in the Garden of Eden there was no sin….there was no sex….man 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, man, let me tell you, oh, in the Garden of Eden there were many wonderous things : there was a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and oh, that got everybody in trouble….there was a man, Adam, there was a woman, Eve, and she looked so fine….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 he snuggled up real close to her and he said ´Oh, I love you, baby´….and they went walking out into the green fields….and 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 running down into the darkness below….but that´s alright ´cause right here tonight on this backlot for 99.95 and no money down, 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….I´ve got the first….pink…Cadillac….”

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