Story 1985-08-22 East Rutherford, NJ
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22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Seeds´
´´We were down in Texas….the first part of our American tour….down around Houston you could see people….that´d come down there from up north…when they didn´t find work…. packing up their wives and their kids, coming down to work in the oil fields….or on oil rigs ….but when they got down there, the price of oil dropped….they were shutting them down and laying ´em off….they´d end up down there with everything they had, with no place to go they´d end up sleeping in tents on the side….of the highway or sleeping in their cars at night ….this is called ´Seeds´….”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´The River´
´´Yeah….so how´s you guys been since I seen you last ? (cheers)…yeah, yeah….this is, uh … seems like getting older sometimes….is a process of leaving stuff behind….you know and uh….I guess that´s the way it ought to be, that´s what growing up´s about….but there´s, uh…. sometimes there´s things that seem to, that never leave you….that always stay with you…. throughout your whole life…this is a song, uh, I guess this is about living….in the shadow of a dream….”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´I´m Goin´Down´
´´This is uh…this next song is a song about…relationships…so….anybody out there with a new boyfriend or a new girlfriend ? (cheers)….anybody out there married ? (cheers) most of you guys know what I´m talking about (chuckles)….here´s a song like when you first meet somebody, you know, how everything´s great all the time and everything they say is brilliant and…they always look so wonderful and….and I know you guys, you´re always putting on the aftershave lotion and stuff so….so then you smell real good (chuckles)….and if you wanna go out, you know, like, uh, ´What movie do you wanna go see ?´ ´Oh, honey, whatever you wanna go see….I don´t care if we stay home just as long as I´m with you´… and like, you know, you tell ´em that you love ´em and they say ´Oh, I bet that you said that to your other girlfriends´ and you say ´Oh yeah, but this time I really mean it´…yeah, everything´s great then, you´re making love all the time….can´t stay away from each other (chuckles)…oh, but then you come back about six months later or a year later…and it´s like ´Are we going out tonight or do I have to sit here and look at your face all night ?´…´Are you gonna make love to me or do we have to wait for the full moon ?´…hey, why does that happen ? (chuckles)…I don´t know, anyway…this is for all you lovers out there (chuckles)…”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´This is a song about….Father Time….about time´s winged chariot….how it comes and gets you….and how in the end….it ain´t nothing but glory days…..”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´Thanks….we´ve been, we´ve been everywhere this year, I think (chuckles) feels like it…. and uh, every place you go no matter what country you´re in….or what city….it seems like whenever you say the name of that city, everybody always cheers….let´s try it out….New Jersey (cheers)….what´d I tell you ? (chuckles) New York (cheers)….happens every place you go (chuckles)….I guess, I guess what I´ve taken that to mean is that people are kind of proud of where they come from…..and uh, I guess…..tonight there´s some people in the audience that are showing their pride….who are showing their responsobility to the community that they come from….there´s folks from the Community Foodbank of New Jersey….and from the Food and Hunger Hotline of New York City….and what a foodbank is is every year 20 percent of all the food that gets produced in the United States ends up getting thrown away…and meanwhile in every city and in every state we got….kids going to bed hungry, eating, not eating the correct kinds of food, we got old folks whose social security checks don´t get ´em through the month, we´ve got people that´d been hit hard by unemployment….and what´s happening is we have a system where they are not getting caught in the safety net, they´re falling straight through the bottom….and they need some help ….and what a foodbank does is it gets that food that would normally be wasted and it gets it to the agencies that serve the people….and uh, right now….as the government cut back in social spendings….they need all the help they can get because it´s a problem that is not getting better, it´s getting worse and it is true that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer…and uh, in a country that´s as rich as ours….it just doesn´t seem to make sense that we should have the kind of poverty that we do….it´s really, it´s really an embarrassment and a shame in all of our national pride….so, if you´re proud of where you come from….you can do something about it….some people, they don´t believe that people can make a difference but I think that they can…..so the numbers for those organizations are gonna be out in the lobby during the break, if you could check ´em out, I´d appreciate it ´cause these are the people that are out there in real life every day taking some of these ideas that I´m singing about tonight and make ´em real in people´s lives….and without them what I´m doing up here is just words….so check ´em out, Community Foodbank of New Jersey and the Food and Hunger Hotline in New York City and remember this is your hometown so you can do something about it….”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´I´m on Fire´
´´I always remember growing up….and my folks working so hard all the time….I remember my mom….always going down to the finance company….borrow money for Christmas….and getting it paid back just in time to borrow money for Easter…and getting it paid back just in time to borrow money….for school clothes….it seemed like it never bothered her…when you´re real little, you don´t think about it that much….but as I got older….it started to feel in the house like something wasn´t right….I remember laying in bed at night….feeling like if something didn´t happen….I felt like I was just gonna….like someday….if something didn´t happen….I felt like someday I´d just…..someday I was just gonna….someday I´d just….”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Temptation….yeah…..where did it begin ?….I´m gonna tell you….because this is a song about the conflict between worldly things and spiritual health…. between desires of the flesh, and I´m talking about sexual desire….and spiritual ecstasy ….oh yeah, I´ll tell you where it began….it began in the beginning in a place called the Garden of Eden….now, tonight we have with us one of our state´s greatest biblical scholars…who´s gonna come out and help me explain the nature of temptation to you….please give a warm (?) to ´Handsome´ Jim McDuffy ….well, now, the Garden of Eden was originally believed to have been located in Mesopotamia, somewhere in there….but the latest theological studies have found out that its actual location was….please, Jim….ten miles south of Jersey City, off the New Jersey Turnpike….that, ladies and gentlemen, is why they call this the Garden State !….oh yeah…. well, man, in the Garden of Eden there were none of the accoutrements of modern living, oh no….man, you couldn´t go home at night, put the little Pop-Tarts in the toaster, go on to the refridgerator, get out the ham and cheese, jump in sack with your baby and watch David Letterman on television….you couldn´t go, you couldn´t go out on to the highway and buy a cheeseburger 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 constantly live in….man, in the Garden of Eden there were many wonderous things : they had a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, oh, that got everybody in trouble….they had Adam and they had Eve and Eve looked so fine….when Adam kissed her, it was the first time that a man had ever kissed a woman….and when she kissed him, it was the first time that a woman had ever kissed a man….and she had legs that were long and soft to the touch….and when he touched her, it was the first time that a man had ever touched a woman…and then she touched him and it was the first time that a woman had ever touched a man….and then he crawled up real close to her and he said ´Oh, Eve, I love you, baby´ …. and they went walking out into the green fields….and then they lay down….and then when Adam….well, 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 ´cause right here tonight on this backlot we´ve got their getaway car….that´s right, for 99.95 and no money down, if you´ve got bad credit, don´t worry, it´s good here, we´ll finance, we´ll take a chance on you….if you´ve got the nerve to ride….I´ve got the keys….to the first….pink… Cadillac …”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´This Land Is Your Land´
´´Thank you, thanks a lot….like to, uh, just take a minute, thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much….we know a lot of you guys had to wait out in line a long time for tickets, I want you to know we appreciate it, thank you….and uh….I´d like to do this song for you….and an old friend of mine, (?) Tex, this is for you, Tex…..and uh, I guess this song´s about the greatest song ever written about America….it´s by Woody Guthrie….and it gets right to the heart of the promise of what our country was supposed to be about….and as we sit here tonight that´s a promise that´s eroding every day for many of our fellow Americans….I think if you talk to some of the steelworkers in the Monongahela Valley or in Gary, Indiana or in East Los Angeles or if you talk to some of the farmers in the Midwest….that are losing their farms, I don´t know if they´d tell you that they believe that this song is true any more….and I´m not sure that it is but I know that it ought to be….and uh
….I believe I guess that in some way it´s up to each and every individual every day somehow to makes this closer to a reality….and uh, I guess we all gotta be real viligant….vigilant (?) that´s right (chuckles)….one thing to (?)(chuckles)….but anyway, because with countries, just like with people, it´s easy to let the best of yourself slip away….”

22.08.85 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Two Hearts´
´´I wanna do, uh, what I wanna do tonight is…I wanna thank my crew who been working so hard for me all year long….and….it was really hard getting this stuff in here, they had a football game the night before, they work their ass off, nobody ever thanks ´em so let´s hear it for ´em ! (cheers)….yeah, and we got a special guest, Little Steven gonna come out and sing a song….Stevie !….all the way from New York City…”

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