Story 1988-03-22 Atlanta, GA

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´All That Heaven Will Allow´
´´Feels like springtime in Atlanta….it´s nice, like that sun….think I´ll take a walk in park, alright….see who´s around….hey, man, yo, yo, hey, hey, how you doing ? alright, good to see you, haven´t seen you in little while, a year or so….what´s you been up to ?….yeah, you´ve been married, yeah…oh-oh, here come the baby pictures….oh….there´s a little Big Man running around out there tonight (chuckles) looks good, got a little saxophone….there´s lots of little babies around these days….in about 15 years, there´s gonna be a whole other version of the E Street Band out there….Volume 2….this guy looks good, handsome (chuckles) …. man, I remember we used to sit on this bench back in, uh, 1975…. was this big office building on the corner and me and Clarence used to get down here right when all the girls would get out of work, you know….it was right about this time, you know…here they come ….they look kind of younger, though….I don´t look no older, do I ? no ? (?) you don´t look, you don´t look no older at all, you look good….check, check the one in the, in the blue dress, here she comes….(chuckles) man….I remember I was with you, I was with you the night you met your wife….Clarence comes running in my room late at night, he says ´Bruce, Bruce, I just met, I met the girl I´m gonna marry, I´m in love´ but he used to say that all the time about every girl that he met (chuckles)….but he used to mean it too, he was being sincere, he just fell in love easily….remember what it´s like the first time that like somebody you´re interested in comes walking in the room….and you´re checking ´em out and they´re checking you out and….you kind of make sure your hair is right….you know, you wanna make your best impression….feels kind of, the first you kiss her, you know, feels kind of, in New Jersey it feels kind of like this, come on Ritchie !….oh yeah….well, it´s good to see you, it´s getting dinnertime now….I gotta be home like right at 6.30 now, if I´m late (?)…..and I gotta be in bed by 11.30, that´s when she goes to bed, you wouldn´t believe it (chuckles)….I´ll see you little later….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´Spare Parts´
´´How you doing out there tonight ? (cheers)….how are you guys back there ? (cheers)… that´s good….that´s good….the past….I´ve spent a lot of my life…I guess, writing about my past, trying to figure it out….like, ´What happened ?´ (chuckles)…and, uh, I guess the past is something that binds us together in memory….and it´s also something that can hold you down and keep you back….you get stuck in old dreams that don´t ever come true for you and the world keeps breaking your heart over and over….and you´re afraid to move on because you´ve gotta leave things behind….this next song, this is a song about a woman….struggling to leave the part of her past behind that´s holding her down….it´s about a woman struggling to understand the importance of her own individual existence….and the importance of the life of her child ….it seems like no matter where we go or what we become, the value of our own lives….or our own time here….seems to be, well, it seems to slip in and out on us….this song about a woman struggling to understand the value of her own life….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´You Can Look´
´´Well, alright !….when I come into town, I kind of…I like to go out shopping…I went down to Peachtree Street there…bring back some souvenirs….little memorabilia….to keep by my bedside at night….you guys got that Home Shopping Network down here ?…I hate that damn thing !…”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´I´m a Coward´
´´Is there anybody alive out there ? (cheers)….I said is there anybody can feel the spirit out there ? (cheers)….that´s good because I´ve got a question I want to ask you….are there any tough Southern men out in the audience tonight ? (cheers)….are there any macho men out there tonight ? (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…. 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….they were afraid of love….love made ´em run home crying like little babies to their mamas…, are there any girls out there tonight ? (cheers)….no, I mean are there any women out there tonight? (cheers)….because I´m talking to you too….I´ve known women that would canoe down the Amazon wrestling off alligators and crocodiles…. but there was one thing that they was afraid of….and that one thing was love, love scared ´em ….now I´m down here ´cause I´ve got a confession I´ve got to make….and what I want to say is I have sinned !….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 Andre the Giant down here, bring George the Animal Steele, bring the Road Warriors, I´m not afraid of those kinds of things…..but what I´ve got to say tonight….what I´ve got to confess is….those men don´t scare me but….I´m a coward when it comes to love….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´ Part Man Part Monkey´
´´There was a movie on television….´bout how they put a man on trial….for teaching the theory of evolution….it seems like….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´Born to Run´
´´Thanks….oh, thank you, thank you very much….this uh….when I was sitting at home thinking about….coming out on tour….trying to decide what I was gonna do and what I wanted to say, what I wanted to talk to you about….and uh… know, gotta sing a new song, that´s my job (chuckles)…and uh, but I thought about doing this song, this is an old song….wrote this song when I was, I was 24 years old, sitting at the end of my bed in Long Branch, New Jersey….and uh, it surprises me how much I knew about my life at that time….. when I wrote it, I guess I figured that this was song about a guy and a girl that wanted to run and keep on running….but as I got older and as I sang it over the years….it sort of opened up ….and I guess I realised that really that it was about two people out searching for something better, searching for a place they could stand and try and make a life for themselves…. searching for some understanding about how, how a world can be filled with so much sadness and so much beauty at the same time….and I guess in the end they were searching for home, something that I guess everybody looks for, looks for through most of their lives, I´ve spent my life looking for it, I guess….and I sort of learned that home isn´t really out there but it´s buried deep inside here….and I guess you gotta fight for it to deserve it…. anyway, this is a song that´s kept me good company….on my search and I hope it´s kept you good company on yours and I´d like to do it and dedicate it to you tonight….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´Love Me Tender´
´´Just wanna take a minute and thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight … thank you for that Southern hospitality….I´d like to do this for you wishing you a safe passage through that tunnel of love….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´(?) the questions of the evening….does the hero get the girl ?….does her mama come down and stop ´em ?….does her daddy come down and wring his neck ?…does he end up broke, busted and disgusted ?…the answer to these mysteries and others will now be revealed….”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´Detroit Medley´
´´That´s not the end of the story….they went down the highway, went into a little bar, had a couple of beers, there was a band on the bandstand, the band leader said ´One, two, three, four…”

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, intro to ´Tunnel of Love´
´´Ready for a date ? (cheers)….´´

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, end of ´Dancing in the Dark´
´´Well, have you ever been lonely ? (cheers) I mean so lonely….like you´re living inside your head too much….you feel like you wanna cry, cry, cry, cry, cry now….that´s when you gotta reach out to somebody who´ll make you feel like a real human being….that´s when I wanna say….I said that´s when I wanna say….I said I just wanna say hey, hey, hey, hey baby….´´

22.03.88 Atlanta, GA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Move over, Rover, let Brucie take over….on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan…..on vocals and guitar, Miss Patti Scialfa….on the bass guitar, Mr. Garry W.Tallent….on the organ, Phantom Dan Federici….on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren….on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg…..and Tunnel of Love horns, Eddie ´Kingfish´, Richie La Bamba, Mark ´The Love Man´, Mike, Mario Cruz…..and last but not least…..let´s not beat around the bush….
how can I say it ?….the greatest man in the history of Western civilization….the only man with the nerve to be the next President of the United States….I´m casting my vote for Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons….´´

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