Story 1985-08-15 Philadelphia, PA

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Johnny 99´
´´Alright, can you feel the heat out there ? (cheers)….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Seeds´
´´Here´s a song, we….traveled down through Texas….on the first part of our American tour ….there´s a lot of folks down there from up north, from Detroit….(?) who came down to find work in the oil fields, on the oil rigs….(?) down there with their families, when they got down there, the price of oil dropped, they started shutting ´em down, they ended up down there with nothing to do, no place to go, no jobs….no place to sleep….they´d be out on the highway at night sleeping in their cars….this is called ´Seeds´….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´The River´
´´Thanks….gonna do, uh….this next song for my brother-in-law and my sister, they´re here tonight with their kids….(?) they got married and they had kids when they were really nothing but kids themselves and….and they´re good kids….so….Mike and Chrissie, (?) a good job to Mom and Pop, this is for them….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´Are you sweatting yet ? (cheers)(?) man, this is a song for anybody over 30 out there tonight (cheers)(?) you got your kids with you….this is a song for you….´cause in the end…. it ain´t nothing but glory days….but it´s always hard when they pass….are you ready, band ? ….are you ready, people ? (cheers)….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´The Promised Land´
´´No matter how old you get….you gotta keep searching for that Promised Land….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´Thanks….oh, this is, uh….this is a song that….I guess I wrote it thinking about the town I grew up in (?)….when I was a kid, I always hated it, you know, I hated it, used to think I couldn´t wait till I´d get out of there, that I´d never miss it….I didn´t understand why people stayed, what was there for ´em….and when I got out on the road, for a long time I never did miss it (?)….I guess when I was young, one of the things I remember I was always afraid of was belonging to something because if you admit that you belong to something, that means you´ve got some responsobility to that place….(?) you´re a Philadelphian, that means you´ve got some responsobility to Philadelphia….or if you´re an American or a New Jerseyan or wherever you are….but tonight there´s some people in the audience that are trying to live up to their responsobility to their community, there´s some folks from the Greater Philadelphia Foodbank….and what that is that each year in the States 20 percent of all the food that gets produced gets wasted or thrown away, meanwhile in every city and in every town we got kids going to bed at night hungry, we got old folks whose social security checks don´t get ´em through the month, we got people that´d been hit hard by unemployment, we got kids going to school without breakfast, going to sleep without the right nutrition or kinds of food, and what a foodbank does is it gets that food and gets it to the agencies that serve the people ….(?) folks from the Community Food Distribution Program, what they have is they have (?) and kitchens all around this city (?) there´s some folks from the Committee for Dignity and Fairness for the Homeless and that´s an organization for homeless people who are trying to help other homeless people to become active members of society….now, the reason I´m bringing all this up is, is really pretty simple: because these are the folks that are out there every day in your community making the ideas and the things that I´m singing about tonight a reality in people´s lives….and without, without them, without your support of them, all I´m doing is singing a bunch of words up here….so when you go out there into the lobby tonight you´ll see some phonenumbers for these organizations, if you could find your way to support them in some small way, they´d appreciate it and I´d appreciate it, after all they´re trying to make Philadelphia a better and a more decent place for all its citizens….and this is your hometown so (?)….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´I´m on Fire´
´´I can remember growing up….my Dad just being so angry all the time….sitting around thinking about everything that we didn´t have….watching my Mother go down to the finance office borrowing for Christmas, paying it back, borrowing money for Easter, paying it back, borrowing money for school clothes, paying it back…..(?)….he´d sit there at night, not saying nothing….until he´d get me thinking like that too….I´d lay up in bed….I remember thinking if something, if something didn´t happen….I felt like I was just gonna….someday I´d just….felt like I was just gonna….someday I was just gonna…..just gonna…..´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Well, now, this is a song about temptation….it´s about conflict….between worldly things and spiritual health….between desires of the flesh, and I´m talking about sexual desire…..and spiritual ecstasy….now, where did all this conflict begin ?….it began way back when, in the beginning, in a place called the Garden of Eden….now, the Garden of Eden was originally 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…. and that, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, is why they call it the Garden State !…. well, now, understand….in the Garden of Eden there were none of the accoutrements of modern living….wasn´t no radio, no tv, no refridgerators….you couldn´t go downtown and buy one of them cheesesteaks if you wanted one….no Sir !….man, 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 live in….but now listen, man, in the Garden of Eden there were many wonderous things : man, there was a lot of fruit trees….yeah, they had pears, they had, uh, bananas, they had peaches, plums, they had everything….and God came down and said ´Now listen: you can eat from all them other trees but just don´t mess with this one….if you mess with this one, all hell´s gonna break loose !´….but, now, people being what they are, they always want what they can´t have….that´s terrible….(?) were known as Adam and Eve….and Eve, ooh, she looked so fine….man, 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….everybody remembers that first time, right ?….and then Adam crawled up real close to her and said ´Oh, Eve, I love you, baby´….and they went walked down to the green fields….and they lay down….and when Adam….let´s just say it was the first time….but, man, 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 because right here tonight on this backlot for 9995 and no money down, don´t worry if you´ve got bad credit, it´s good here, we´ll finance, we´ll take a chance on you, if you´ve got the nerve to ride, we´ve got the keys to the first pink Cadillac….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´This Land Is Your Land´
´´Thank you, thanks a lot….I´d like to say….thank everybody for coming down to these shows that we did here in Philly….and, uh….I wanna thank particularly all you old fans out there….(?)…I´d like to do this song for youse….this is, uh, I guess about the greatest song ever written about America….it´s by Woody Guthrie….I guess what´s so good about it is it gets right to the promise….that´s supposed to be in the heart of our country….and as we sit here tonight, it´s a promise that´s eroding for many of our fellow Americans….so the title of this song is really a question, I guess it´s up to each of us in some small way try to make it (?) every day so before I go I´d like to just remind you of those, those organizations I mentioned before, you should check ´em out here in your hometown (?) they´re, uh, they´re trying to make it real….make this a better, a better city and a better country (?) for all, for all you guys….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Ramrod´
´´….on the saxophone, the greatest man in the history of Western civilization, Big Man Clarence Clemons….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, middle of ´Twist and Shout - Do You Love Me?´
´´How you feeling, Big Man ?….how´s the band doing ?….alright….how´s everybody up there in the stands over there ? (cheers) how are you guys up over here ? (cheers) you alright ? (cheers)(?) you guys way in the back on the hill ? (cheers) are you ok back there ? (cheers) you getting enough oxygen ? (cheers) alright (chuckles) now how about all the folks in the bleacher seats ? (cheers) now how about everybody down on the dancefloor ? (cheers) good ….because before I go….there´s one thing I gotta know….before I leave….there´s one question I need an answer to….I came all the way to Philly….to find out the answer to this question….now what I´ve got to know is (crowd: ´What ?´) I mean what I need to know is (crowd: ´What ?´) you see, what I have to know is (crowd: ´What ?´) I mean what I´ve got to know is (crowd: ´What ?´) what I can´t leave without knowing is (crowd: ´What ?´) I mean what I´ve got to know is (crowd: ´What ?´) what I need to know is (crowd: ´What ?´) Do you love me ?….´´

15.08.85 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Sherry Darling´
´´We got one more (?) for the road….here´s wishing you a happy summer, this is a summer song….´´

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