Story 1988-03-20 Pittsburgh, PA

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Tunnel of Love´
´´How about a date ? (cheers)….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´All That Heaven Will Allow´
´´Is it spring in Pittsburg yet ? (cheers) the weather was gonna get nice (?) in the spring I like to take a walk in park, you know….see if any of my old friends are around….hey, man, hey, hey, how you doing ? alright, good to see you….man, you´re looking good, you´re looking, ain´t seen you in little while, a couple of years or so, you know….man, what´ve you been up to ? yeah, been married, yeah, oh-oh, here come the baby pictures….there´s a little Big Man running around out there….he looks good, he´s got a little saxophone….there´s a lot of little babies running around here now, in about, uh, another 15 years there´s gonna be a whole other version of the E Street Band out there….man, he´s handsome, he looks good, that´s nice (chuckles) like his daddy (chuckles) man, we used to sit on this bench in 1975….and we used to, there was this big office building down on the corner and me and Clarence, we used to come here right when the girls would get out of work….and we used to watch ´em all come by out of that big office building….right about this time, right, yeah….(?) here they come…. they look kind of younger, you know….I don´t look no older to you, do I ? (?)…. but check, check the girl, the one, uh, in the, in the, in the blue, the blue skirt, here she comes…. (chuckles) oh man….I remember, you know, how….I remember I was with you the night that you met your wife….Clarence´d come in my room and he said ´Bruce, Bruce, I met the girl I´m gonna marry´ but he used to say that about every girl that he ever met, you know
(chuckles) you did (chuckles) and he used to mean it, he wasn´t being insincere, he just fell in love easy all the time….but that night you meant it….remember that feeling like when somebody comes into the room that you´re interested in and you´re watching ´em walk in…. getting yourself all set straight and ready….now, back in, in New Jersey it kind of feels something, something like this, come on Ritchie !….(?) you´re feeling, falling all over yourself….well, it´s good to see you, I missed you….it´s almost dinnertime and I gotta, I gotta be home by 6.30 now and uh….and I gotta be in bed by 11.30….that´s when she goes to bed, you wouldn´t believe it….it´s good to see you, I´ll be seeing you, ok ?….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Seeds´
´´Back on our last tour of the States we went down into Texas and….a lot of people from, from up north, here, around here from Pittsburg and Cleveland (?) was going down….down to find work in the oil fields….the oil prices dropped, they ended up without any place to go, no jobs, no homes….sleeping in tents by the side of the highway….just being told to move on ….this is called ´Seeds´….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Spare Parts´
´´How you doing out there tonight ? (cheers) that´s good, how about you guys, huh ? (cheers) that´s good….this is uh, the past, the past is a funny thing….the past is something that seems to bind us all together….with memory and experience….and it´s also something that can drag you down and hold you back….keep trying to, trying to live out old dreams that just kind of break your heart over and over again when they don´t come true….this song, this next song, when I wrote it….I was writing about a woman who was struggling against that part of her past…..that was holding her down….she was trying to understand the value of her own individual existence….and the value of the life of her child….now, it seems no matter where we go or what we become, what we do, the value of, of our own lives, of our own time here on earth slips away from us from time to time….this is a woman trying to throw off her old things….and find something new and beautiful in life once again….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ‘You Can Look’
´´Well, alright !….when I come into town, I usually, uh…..I like to go out shopping….and Joe Grushecky shows me where all the best stores are….I like to pick up some souvenirs, little keepsakes….little mementos to bring home and put on the table by my bed….to remember you by (chuckles)….have you got that Home Shopping Network out here ?….I hate that damn thing !….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´I´m a Coward´
´´Let me regain my composure….are you with me out there tonight ? (cheers) are you alive out there tonight ? (cheers)….now, what I wanna know is….are there any brave Pittsburg men in the audience tonight ? (cheers) do we have any macho men out there ? (cheers) because I´ve seen men that would swim rivers….they´d climb mountains….they´d wrestle with a grizzly bear….but there was one thing they was afraid of….there was one thing that scared ´em to death and I´m gonna tell you what that one thing was….I´m talking about L-U-V, love, that´s what I´m talking about….do you hear me ?….love scared ´em….and now, are there any girls out there tonight ? (cheers) are there any women out there tonight? (cheers) because, girls, I´m talking to you too….I´ve known a lot of brave women….women that would canoe down the Amazon fighting off crocodiles and alligators….women that would even date the horn section in this band….brave women !….but there was one thing that they was afraid of ….and that one thing was love, love scared ´em, love made ´em run away, love frightened ´em….now I´m down here tonight because I´ve got a confession to make….I´ve got to get something off my shoulders….what I wanna say is I have sinned !….that´s right and I don´t need no Pat Robertson to forgive me…..Pat Robertson can kiss my ass, baby….I don´t care who you bring down here, bring Hulk Hogan down here, I´ll take him on, bring the Road Warriors down here, I´ll go with ´em right here, bring Andre the Giant down here, bring George the Animal Steele down here, I´ll take him on…..because I´m not afraid of those kinds of things….what I´ve got to confess tonight is….I´m a coward…..when it comes to love….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´ Part Man Part Monkey´
´´I was reading the newspapers the other day….came across this story….seems like, uh….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Born to Run´
´´Thank you….oh, thanks….when, uh….I guess when we were sitting around trying to decide ….whether to come on tour or not this time around….guess the main thing we were thinking about was (?)….I guess I feel like it´s my responsobility to come out and sing a new song, that´s my job….and uh….but this is a song, I guess I´ve been singing for about 15 years…. and over the years as I´ve sang it, its meaning, its meaning changed a lot for me….and uh, I guess I was 24 years old, I wrote it sitting on the end of my bed in Long Branch, New Jersey ….I think back and, and I´m always kind of surprised about how much I knew about my life back then….when I wrote this song, I guess, I thought it was about a guy and a girl who wanted to run and keep on running….and I guess I felt that that was my story….but as I sang it through the years, it seemed to become more about two people looking outward into the world and searching for that place that, that you might call ´home´, I guess….some place where they could stand and make some kind of life for themselves….and as I got older, I realised that that home wasn´t waiting out there but that it was buried deep inside here somewhere….and that the real search was to find, try to find the way to get yourself around to where you can give some love and receive some love and feel alright about it (chuckles)
well, uh, this song has, uh, kept me good company on my search, I hope it´s kept you good company on yours….I´d like to do it and….and uh, dedicate it to you tonight….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Love Me Tender´
´´I just wanna take a minute and say thanks for coming down to the show tonight, it´s nice to be in Pittsburg….I´m gonna do this for you and your….you and your baby….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´And now….the greatest love song I ever wrote….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, middle of ´Detroit Medley´
´´I´m just a prisoner….of Pittsburg !…..”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, intro to ´Raise Your Hand´
´´We´re talking about the midnight hour now, it´s late, man….don´t you gotta get up and go to work tomorrow ? (crowd : ´No´) don´t you gotta get up and go to school tomorrow ? (crowd : ´No´) well, since we´re only here for the night, why cut the corners, boys ? come on !….a local man, Joe Grushecky gonna come up and join us on….raise your hand if you will….”

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, end of ´Dancing in the Dark´
´´Have you ever been so lonely ? (cheers) I mean have you ever been lonely ? (cheers) that you just wanna cry, cry, cry, cry, cry, cry, cry now….that´s when… gotta reach out for a little help….to somebody that reminds you that you´re a real human being….that´s when I wanna say….I said wanna say hey, now, hey, now, now, baby….´´

20.03.88 Pittsburg, PA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Move over, Rover, let Brucie take over…..on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….. on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg…..on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici….on the bass guitar, Mr. Garry W.Tallent…. on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa….on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren….and back on the horns, Eddie ´Kingfish´ Manion, Richie La Bamba, Mark ´The Love Man´, Mike on the trumpet, Mario Cruz., the Tunnel of Love horns….and last but not least…..let´s not beat around the bush…..the greatest man in the history of Western civilization….Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons on the saxophone….´´

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