Story 1985-08-26 Toronto, ON

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´Seeds´
´´On the first part of…..our American tour we were down in Texas…..there was a lot of folks that´d moved down there from up north….out of Detroit….packed up their wife and kids, went down looking for a job in the oil rigs or in the oil fields….and the price of oil dropped when they got down there….they were shutting them down and laying ´em off….they´d end up sleeping in tents out on the side of the highway…..sleeping in their cars at night ….with no work, no place to go…..this is called ´Seeds´….”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´Atlantic City´
´´Down where I live….they brought in, uh….gambling, they said they was trying to help the economy….now they got gangs fighting for control….this is a song about blood money….in Atlantic City….”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´The River´
´´Yeah….nice to see you again….anybody here last time we made it up here ? (cheers)…. nice to be back (?)….here´s when I was a kid….my old man used to have this trick that he´d play on me and my sister…he used to lock up the frontdoor at night and he´d sit in the kitchen with the lights out, smoking a cigarette….and he´d wait for us to come in, we used to have to come in ´round the sidedoor…and uh, I can always remember standing out in the driveway…. and the only light in the house was the light from the tv, my mother´d be in the frontroom watching it, I always remember she had them slippers with the big flowers on the toes (chuckles)….and my dad´d be sitting with just the light of his cigarette in the kitchen….at the time I used to have really long hair, had real long hair (chuckles) it was like….right down to my shoulders and he used to hate it…we used to argue all the time about it so at night, I can remember I used to tuck it in way down inside my collar and slick it back so I´d make it look as short as it could and I´d get my nerve up and I´d get in through the kitchen, he´d always let me go by and I´d get in through the livingroom, he´d let me get through and just as I got my foot on the bottom step, I´d hear´Bruuuce´….he´d be calling me to come back (?) go back and sit in the kitchen with him, so I´d go back in and I´d sit down across the table and the first thing he´d always ask me was….´Well, what do you think you´re doing with yourself ?´ ….and the worst part about it was I could never explain it to him (chuckles) could never tell him….but some nights if it got too late, when he´d been sitting there too long, I used to, I had a sleeping bag I used to stick under a friend of mine´s porch and I´d go and get it out and I´d sleep on the porch at night or sleep in a friend of mine´s car….give my dad a chance to sleep a little bit….and uh, now when I go back home, sometimes those places I used to sleep seem more like home to me than my house did at that time….but anyway, this is a….this is a song that everybody needs some place to go on those nights when they can´t go home….”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´I´m Goin´Down´
´´Thanks….this is a song about, uh….relationships….anybody, uh, out there like with a new boyfriend or a new girlfriend tonight ? (cheers)….anybody out there married ? (cheers)…. yeah, alright, you guys are gonna know what I´m talking about….you know how it is when you first meet somebody and like everything they say is great and wonderful and they look beautiful all the time….(?) if you wanna go out to the movies or something, you say ´Oh honey, what movie do you wanna go see ?´ and….the other person says ´Oh honey, I don´t care, whatever movie you wanna go see ?´….´I don´t care if we stay home tonight just as long as I´m with you´….you´re making love all the time…..can´t keep your hands off each other and stuff, you know….everything they say is so intelligent….yeah….and then you come back, you know, about six months later and it´s like ´Are we going out tonight or do I have to sit around here and look at your face all night long ?´ (chuckles)….then it´s like, uh, you know, ´Are you gonna make love to me tonight or do we have to wait for the full moon again ?´….why does that happen ?….I don´t know, I don´t know, anyway….”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´Glory Days´
´´You sound good !…Pavarotti, lookout !….man….this is a song about getting old….yeah….. it´s about Father Time….Time´s winged chariot….how it comes along and messes with you ….I´m 35….who else my age out there tonight, how many of you guys ? (cheers)….(?) now, the Big Man, he´s 40, uh, 40, 40, uh, 44 !….(?) he still maintains his youthful beauty somehow….somehow he does it….that´s the beauty cream, that´s it (chuckles)….anyway, this is about how all things must pass (?)…yeah, and how in the end it ain´t nothing but glory days….”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´Oh, thanks, thank you…..this next song I wrote about, I guess, three or four years ago now ….I was thinking back on the town I grew up in…..what it was like….what was happening to the people that were there….who didn´t get a chance to get out…..or didn´t find something for themselves there….this is uh….I guess everyplace we go on a tour, I found out that everytime ….you mention the name of where you are, everybody cheers… I´ll try it out….Toronto (cheers) you see that works all the time, you see (chuckles)….I guess I, I decided that the reason people cheer must be because they, they must have some pride in where they´re from …, uh….I guess if you got some pride in where you´re from…..that means you´d wanna do something to help make it a better place….and uh, tonight in the audience we´ve got some representatives….from the Daily Bread Foodbank…..and uh….they´re some folks that are trying to live up to their responsibility to the community that they´re from….and what a foodbank is is it gets food that would normally be wasted or thrown away….or people donate food, and it gets it out to all the agencies that serve the people that are going hungry….that are….ain´t getting through the month…..and uh, I guess what it is, those folks….they´re out there every day in your community making some of these ideas that I´m singing about up here, trying to make it more of a reality in real life….and….they feed about, I think it´s about 10,000 people a week…..that´s pretty good (chuckles) you know, and they can use all the support they can, that they can get….they´re here in Toronto trying to make it a better and a more decent place to live for all of its citizens……..without them what I´m doing up here tonight is just a bunch of words so their number´s gonna be out at the concession stands during the break and if you got a feeling to do something for the….for your hometown….just give ´em a ring….I know they´d appreciate it and I´d appreciate it….so this is your hometown so do something about it, alright ?…. ”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´I´m on Fire´
´´I always remember when I was a kid….my folks working so hard all the time….I remember my dad getting up in the morning and going out…..laying on the cold ground trying to get one of the junk cars he had started to go to work…..I remember my mother….my mom always going down to the finance man, borrowing money for Christmas….paying it off just in time to….borrow money for Easter, paying that off just in time to borrow money for school clothes….but it never seemed like it bothered her….but I think it used to bother my dad….. he´d sit around thinking about everything that….we wasn´t ever gonna have….and he´d get me thinking like that too….I remember laying up in bed feeling like if something didn´t happen….like if something didn´t change….feeling like someday I was just gonna….feeling like someday I´d just….feeling like I was just gonna….like someday I´d just…..”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´Pink Cadillac´
´´Temptation !….this is a song….about temptation…´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 this conflict begin ? ….well, it began in the beginning in a place called the Garden of Eden….and I´d like to bring out now one of the world´s most foremost biblical scholars to help me explain this to you, bring out the chart, please, welcome ´Handsome´ Jim McDuffy….accepted the world around as an expert on the Bible, you could say he wrote the book….alright !….the Garden of Eden was originally believed to have been located in Mesopotamia, somewhere here….but the latest theological studies have discovered, and you´re gonna be reading this in the Christian Science Monitor any day now, that its actual location was…..that´s right, ten miles south of Jersey City, off the New Jersey Turnpike….and that´s why they call it the Garden State back home….but now, in the Garden of Eden, there were none of the accoutrements of modern living….you didn´t have no TV, you couldn´t go home at night, put the little Pop-Tarts in the toaster, get the ham and cheese out of the refridgerator, make a sandwich, jump in bed with your baby and like watch David Letterman or something… couldn´t do that !….you couldn´t go out on to the highway and buy a cheeseburger….no, Sir !….in the Garden of Eden there was no sin …. there was no sex….man lived in a state of innocence….when it comes to no sex, I prefer the state of guilt that I constantly live in….but, oh, man, in the Garden of Eden there were many wonderous things : there was a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, got everybody in trouble….oh yeah, 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 she touched him and it was the first time that a woman had ever touched a man…..oh, and he crawled up real close to her and he said ´I love you, Evie, I love you so much´….and they walked out into the green fields….and the moon was high and they lay down….and when Adam….well, 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, I´ve got their getaway car and for 99.95 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….I´ve got the keys….to the first….pink… Cadillac …”

26.08.85 Toronto, Canada, intro to ´Can´t Help Falling in Love with You´
´´Thanks….oh, thanks, I wanna take a minute and thank everybody for coming down to these shows that we did here in Toronto….I wanna thank you guys, I know some of you guys traveled a pretty good distance to get here…..anybody from Buffalo out there tonight ? (some cheers)….but uh, this is, I guess, the last time we´ll be getting up here for a while…..and uh, I just wanted to thank you for, uh, for the support that you´ve shown our band over the past year and a half….I wanna thank all you old, old fans out there…..for your support, thank you ….this is uh…..this is my favorite Elvis song…..I wanna do it for youse tonight…..I tried to meet Elvis once…..we were playing down in Memphis….and it was late at night and a taxi cab….brought me out to Graceland….and I stood in front of the gates that had those guitar players on the front and I seen a light in the second-story window and I jumped over the wall and started running up the driveway (chuckles) and uh….which I always tell people I think was probably a pretty stupid thing to do at the time ´cause I hate it when people do it at my house (chuckles) in the middle of the night (chuckles) but uh….anyway, there I was, I ran up the driveway, I got to the frontdoor, a guard came out of the woods, asked me what I wanted and I said ´Is Elvis home ?´….and uh…..and he said ´No, he´s in Lake Tahoe´ so I said ´Oh yeah, but you see, like, I got a band too, I´m a guitar player, Elvis was my inspiration´ and…. I told him I had my picture on the cover of Time and Newsweek (chuckles)….but uh, I don´t think he believed me, he took me by the arm and put me back out on the street so….but it was, wasn´t too long after that, a friend of mine called and told me that Elvis had died and I remember it was hard to understand how somebody whose music came in and took away so many people´s loneliness and gave so many people a reason to live, it was like he came along and whispered a dream in everybody´s ear and then we dreamed it (chuckles)….so he deserved better than, than he got….anyway, you gotta be careful ´cause it´s easy to let the best of yourself slip away….so I´d like to do this for you tonight wishing you all the longest life with the best of absolutely everything…..”

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