Story 1988-05-10 Minneapolis, MN
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10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Tunnel of Love”
“Ready for a date? (crowd cheers)…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “All That Heaven Will Allow”
“How you doing out there tonight? (crowd cheers) it’s nice to be in Bloomington, that’s where we are (crowd cheers) man, today was a great day…beautiful weather you got out there, you know (crowd cheers) yeah…that’s nice, feels like spring, you know…I went outside and…was this bunch of trees by this hotel we were staying at and I sat down… you know, a day like when there’s that little breeze in the air and the air is real clear…still real thin…does it get humid here in the summertime? (crowd cheers) yeah, it’s humid in New Jersey too, you know…I don’t like that, I like it when the air is thin and clear…makes you feel, feel free…but you get weather like this back home and, uh, everything starts to happen, you know, the girls come out, they leave their winter clothes home (crowd cheers) let me see you girls, are you out there tonight? (crowd cheers) alright (chuckles)…you know…day like today back home that’s when I like to take a walk in the park and see if any of my old friends are still around…hey man! yo!…how you doing? alright (crowd cheers) yeah…good to see you…you know, I’m good, I’m good, you know…you look good…you’ve been busy, yeah, yeah, what’s you been up to?…yeah, oh yeah…you’re still carrying this thing around with you too, huh? that’s good (laughs) whaddya got?…oh…oh-oh…alright, we got baby pictures of the Little Big Man here (crowd cheers) he looks good (chuckles)…he’s got the shades…he’s got the leisure suit on (chuckles) almost as handsome as his dad (chuckles) he’s got his own little beat box, you know, he’s (chuckles) he’s three years old, right, three…he’s got his own car…two girlfriends already…just like his daddy (chuckles)…man, remember we used to sit on this bench back in 1975, you know (crowd cheers) yeah, you see…there was this big office building down on the corner and…at 4.30 every day all the girls would get out of work so me and Clarence used to come down and, and I used to bring, uh, baloney and cheese…you had a pastrami and…two cans of beer in a little paper bag and we played cards… and wait for the girls to get out of work because they used to come walking right down this street…they used to get out right about this time, man…let’s see if, let’s see if they, hey, here they come…here they come…oh, yeah, yeah…check the one in, uh, in the pink dress, yeah…here she comes…(crowd cheers) come back!… (chuckles) ok, oh jeez…oh, man, I remember I was with you the night you met your wife…Clarence is funny, you know, he’s… meets his…this girl comes walking in wearing a…we were overseas and…a girl comes walking in this little party we were at…and he’s like elbowing me and stuff and “Look, look,” you know, “Alright, yeah, she looks great”…he runs in the bathroom and what was that stuff you used to put on?…what’s it called?…oh, the patchouli oil, yeah, and he would carry it with him all the time, you know, he would slap it on real fast and (chuckles) then he comes out, he starts talking to her…and Clarence has two faces, you see, he’s got his Clarence-face, then he’s got his love-face (chuckles)(crowd cheers) that means he’s talking to a girl and he’s being a whole lot nicer than he really is, you see, that’s (chuckles) she can find out later, you know (chuckles) oh man…remember how that feels when somebody comes walking in and you’re checking ‘em out, they’re looking so good and…well, back in Jersey, it feels kind of like this… come on, Ritchie…give it up, man…let’s hear it (the horn section starts harmonizing)…oh yeah…you know what I mean?…what are you doing, what’s you doing tonight?…we used to go out, stay out till four or five am, go into all those clubs…should we do it tonight? should we do it tonight? (crowd cheers) let’s do it tonight…see you a little later, alright…I’ll be calling…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, after “Born in the U.S.A”
“Thanks, we’re gonna take a little break, gonna take a little halftime, then we’re gonna be back to push Minnesota down into Texas somewhere (crowd cheers) see you in a little while (crowd cheers)…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, towards the end of “You Can Look”
“Let me collect myself…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “I’m a Coward”
“Is there anybody alive out there tonight? (crowd cheers) is there anybody…with the living, breathing spirit in their souls out there tonight? (crowd cheers) that’s good…because I want to know… tonight in this audience…do we have any rough, tough, bad St. Paul or Minneapolis men out there tonight? (crowd cheers) let me see you, men…I ain’t talking ‘bout you college boys…do we have any macho men out there tonight? (crowd cheers)…because I’ve known men that would swim rivers…they’d climb mountains… they’d wrestle with the beasts of the jungle…but there was one thing they was afraid of…there was one thing that scared them to death…and I’m gonna tell you what that one thing was…I’m talking about L-U-V, I’m talking about love…love, love…love scared them …when they got next to love, when they started feeling love in their hearts…they started to run home to their mommies…like little babies…now, do we have any brave…courageous…Minnesota women out there tonight? (crowd cheers) do we have any sweet, liberated, sexy girls out there tonight? (crowd cheers) let me see your hands, girls, let me hear you…because I’m talking to you too, girls…that’s right…that’s right, I’m talking to you too, I’ve known women…that when they got close to love…when they felt love reaching out a hand out to them…well, they got scared and they ran home back to their mommies…now, I’m not here just pointing a finger…’cause I’ve got a confession that I’ve got to make…and what I want to say is I have sinned…and I don’t need no Jim Baker, no Pat Robertson, no Jimmy Swaggert to forgive me…those boys can kiss my ass, baby (crowd cheers)…and that Jerry Falwell, he can kiss my ass twice, both cheeks…because I’m down here tonight to confess that I’m a brave man, yes, I am…but…I’m a coward… when it comes to love …”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Part Man, Part Monkey”
“They had this TV-movie on about a month and a half ago, it was with, uh…Kurt Douglas and, uh…Jason Robards…about the guy they put on trial for, uh…well, let me tell you how it went…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Backstreets”
“This is, uh, this is for our old fans out there (crowd cheers)…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, towards the end of “Dancing in the Dark”
“Sometimes I feel…I get feeling so lonely…I can’t see no sunshine… all I see is rain…everything that I feel is pain…and the tears fall from my eyes, la, la, la da da daa…that’s when I wanna reach out …to somebody…that’s gonna help me dance my troubles away, baby (crowd cheers) man, I just wanna say “Hey, come on now, pretty baby…(crowd cheers)…
(…) She’s got the moves! (crowd cheers)…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Born to Run”
“Thank you…this next song…we were, uh…thinking about coming out on the road and…I was trying to think what I wanted to do…I knew I wanted to sing a new song…that’s my job…and uh…and I was thinking of the other stuff I wanted to do and…this was a song I used to kind of…play when I was sitting around my house, just by myself on the guitar…and I guess I’ve sung it thousands of times over the years…and…it’s a song that, I was 24 when I wrote it…I asked myself, I guess…the questions that I asked myself in this song I’ve been trying to chase down the answers to ever since… and…I guess the hope and the beliefs…that I tried to set forth in this song which was…I think, a belief in friendship and a better day (crowd cheers) belief that, uh…if you challenge yourself and if you challenge the ones you love…your life will be fuller (crowd cheers) and, uh…I put this guy and this girl and I took ‘em and I put ‘em in a car and I set ‘em out on the highway (crowd cheers)(chuckles)… ’cause that’s where I wanted to go…and I guess I set them out there and I set myself out there…and I realised as I got older…I was gonna have to think of some place to go (chuckles)…and, uh… that the individual freedom that you can get hold of, if you’re lucky …or brave enough…without connection to other people…and your family and some community ends up feeling pretty empty and meaningless…and that’s really what I’m looking for here tonight, that’s why I came to your town (crowd cheers)…because, uh…I get up here and I get to sing my songs to you and, uh…you make me feel like me (chuckles)(crowd cheers) anyway…this song is kept me good company on my search and I hope it’s kept you good company on yours (crowd cheers) I wanna do it for you, wishing each and every one of you a home and happiness…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Hungry Heart”
“Alright, let’s hit the road…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Glory Days”
“Alright now…this is for all you old suckers out there…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Rosalita”
“Ladies and gentlemen, I must give you fair warning…a few minutes ago, I lost my mind, baby (crowd cheers)…
(…) Big Man, there’s gonna be Sloppy Sue and your personal self be coming up for air…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Have Love Will Travel”
“I’m looking for trouble, baby…is there anybody out there tonight? (crowd cheers) are you looking for a little love? (crowd cheers) are you looking for a little respect? (crowd cheers) are you looking for a little appreciation? (crowd cheers) because we’re here tonight and I’m a man with a mission…I wanna tell you what that mission is…I came all the way from New Jersey…many, many thousands of miles…I swam rivers, I climbed mountains…I hiked…I took a fancy airplane…uh, uh…because I’m here tonight because…my job is Have Love, Will Travel (crowd cheers) uno, dos, tres, quatro…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
“I’m not finished, I ain’t finished (crowd cheers) I’m not finished… are you ready to go to “Tenth?”…are you ready for the “Tenth”? (crowd cheers) let’s go…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Sweet Soul Music”
“I know what you’re thinking…you’re thinking I did this all last night…I did it all tonight…you’re thinking that I might be a little tired about now…you’re thinking that I might be, uh…you know, wanting to go home and catch ‘em Kojak re-runs about now, ain’t you?…well, you got the wrong man, baby (crowd cheers) when you bought your ticket, you bought your ticket to destruction in the name of love tonight, pal (crowd cheers) and I got a question that I wanna ask you…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Raise Your Hand”
“(Crowd cheers) Are you talking to me? (crowd cheers) are you talking to me? (crowd cheers) then are you ready for a little religious liberation? (crowd cheers) are you ready for some spiritual information? (crowd cheers) are you ready for some sexual consummation? (crowd cheers) then just raise your hand, baby…
(…) Before I leave Minnesota there’s one thing that I’ve got to know …is there something you need? (crowd cheers) is there something you want? (crowd cheers) is there something in your heart way down inside that you just got to have? (crowd cheers) then just raise your hand…”

10.05.88 Bloomington, MN, intro to “Twist and Shout”
“I warned you, baby…”

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