Story 1988-05-13 Indianapolis, IN

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´All That Heaven Will Allow´
´´So is it spring in Indianapolis yet or what ?….seems like it today out there….it was nice…. (?) take my jacket off….(?) you get that back East, uh….everyone starts coming out, they leave their winter clothes home…..people sitting on the corner drinking some cans of beer from a brown paper bag….(?)…you get days like this, I like to take a walk in the park….see if any of my old friends are still around….hey, Big Man, how you doing ? alright, good to see you, yeah….how´ve you been ?….yeah, haven´t seen you in a while….what you been doing ? ….(?)(chuckles) what do you got ? oh, been busy, we´ve got baby pictures of the little Big Man here….he looks good (chuckles) he looks great….he´s almost as handsome as his dad …. there´s a lot of little babies around now….pretty soon gonna be a….in about 15 years you´re gonna have E Street Band Volume Two….man, I remember I was with you the night you met your wife….we were overseas and Clarence, everytime he met a girl, he would always come knocking at my door, you know, late at night….when he´d come back and I was like his Dr.Ruth or something….´Do it, do it, go ahead´ (chuckles)….but this one night he meets this girl, we´re at this party and she comes walking in and she´s pretty and Clarence goes running into the bathroom making sure he´s looking good and he would have this patchuli oil that he used to splash all over himself (chuckles) and then he´d come out and like I was listening, I was kind of standing at the bar listening and he had on what I call his ´love-face´….that means he was being a whole lot nicer than he really is, you see (chuckles)….he was cool and suave, you know, (?) worked too (chuckles) oh, Jesus, that was something…..remember what it´s like when the girl first come walking in the room and she´s looking so good and you want her to be interested in you…..well, back in New Jersey, it feels kind of like this….come on, guys, come on. Ritchie….oh yeah…..that love thing, you know, man… you go home early these days….what about tonight ? what do you think ? remember we used to stay out till 4 a.m ? used to go to all those clubs and things ? man, let´s do it ! tonight ? alright, we´ll do it tonight !….(?) see you later….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´Spare Parts´
´´How you doing out there tonight ? (cheers)….how´s everybody in the backseat ? (cheers) ….there was this, uh….fella and this girl, they met in a little kind of shot-and-beer bar down along the coast….on the weekend, he was a house painter….he was kind of young and a little on the reckless side….and she was, uh, she was a little older….and uh, she was looking for somebody to love her and he was a lot of fun, he was kind of real, real sweet-tempered…. and real gentle and telling jokes all the time….and so they got together and they moved in…. a little garage apartment about two blocks in from the beach in the wintertime… know, it had two or three rooms and….a little porch (?)….and things went real good, they fell in love and she got pregnant and he, uh, saved his money for the first time and went down and bought her a ring and she picked out a dress…..and then, uh, something happened, I don´t know exactly what, maybe he got scared, maybe he was a little too young, but he took off on her….but she never really let him go, she kept him in her mind and she kept him in her heart every day and every night…..(?) it was a memory that the world could take and break her heart with over and over again every single day because there comes a time when you gotta take the past, no matter how much you love it, and you gotta put it away….so this song, this is about a woman, a woman struggling to understand the value of her own independent existence….and the value of the life of her child….trying to put down that past, those old dreams and find something new and beautiful and meaningful in her life now…..”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´You Can Look´
´´This is a song dedicated to that great American pastime….not that one…..talking about shopping….you get that Home Shopping Network out here ?….(?) you know where the woman comes on and she´s got that damn little horn that she beeps when somebody buys something ?….and you send in for something that was, uh, 69.95 down to 39.95 down to 19.95 (?) in the next 60 seconds you´re gonna get a free set of steak knives….to stab your hubby with….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ‘I’m a Coward’
”Let me regain my composure….my hair alright ?….is there anybody alive out there tonight ? (cheers)….is there anybody with that living, breathing spirit in them out there tonight ? (cheers)…that’s good….because what I want to know is….do we have any rough, any tough, Indianapolis men out there tonight ? (cheers)…let me see you, boys….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 something that they was afraid of….now I tell you what that was …. what they was afraid of was L….U….V, I’m talking about love……am I talking about you ? …(?) I´m talking about you….they get next to love and they start running home to their mommies….now, do we have any brave, courageous, heroic Indianapolis women out there tonight ? (cheers)….let me see you, girls, come on….do we have any sweet, liberated, sexy Indianapolis women out there ? (cheers)….because, girls, I’m talking to you too…that’s right…that´s right, I’m talking to you too, I’ve known women….women that would jump out of airplanes at 30,000 feet, when they get next to love, when love gets in their hearts….they run away….they run away….now, I’m not down here trying to point some fingers….I’ve got a confession of my own that I’ve got to make…..and what I wanna tell you good people tonight … that I have sinned !….and I ain´t ashamed, baby….and I don´t need no Jimmy Swaggert, no Jim Baker, no Pat Robertson to forgive me….them boys can kiss my ass, baby….and that Jerry Falwell, he can kiss my ass twice, both cheeks…´cause I ain´t afraid of man made things, I’m a brave man…..but what I´ve got to confess is….that I’m a coward when it comes to love…..”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´Part Man Part Monkey´
´´Now…there´s those that believe we descended from….Adam and Eve….and then there´s those that….that believe, uh….well, let me tell you this story….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ‘Born to Run’
”Thank you….this is a song that I wrote about 15 years ago….when I was 5 years old…. wrote it on, uh, wrote it in New Jersey…on the bed, wrote it one afternoon…and I guess when I play it now, it kind of surprises me about how much I knew about my life then….the questions that I asked myself in this song….are the things that I´ve been chasing after the answers for ever since….when I wrote it, I guess, I thought I was writing about a guy and a girl that wanted to run and keep on running….sounds like a nice romantic idea….but, uh, doesn´t seem to work out….as I got older I realised I´d put all those people in all those cars, myself included, I was gonna have to find some place to go….and as I sang this song through the years….I realised that that guy and that girl that I put in that car 15 years ago were out looking for…for some sort of connection, for some sort of connection with a bigger world, with some community someplace, with some friends, with some….(?) some connection to find that love that´s just buried in everybody´s hearts….and uh, I guess that´s why I´m, you know, I still come out to your town (chuckles)….that´s what (?) money´s not bad either but (chuckles) but the other stuff is pretty nice (chuckles)….anyway, I´d like to, I´d like to do this for you tonight, this song´s kept me good company on my search for all those years, I hope it’s kept you good company on yours….let me dedicate it to you tonight, wishing you all love and happiness….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ‘Rosalita’
´´Before we, uh, before we continue with the show, the management has asked me to make an emergency announcement….is everybody in the room tonight fully insured against heart attacks ? (cheers)….against extreme excitement ? (cheers)….just don´t be sueing me, baby !
….are you sure ? (cheers)…are you insured ? (cheers)….´cause you´re asking for it….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´Have Love Will Travel´
´´We are from New Jersey….and you don´t come all the way the fuck out here to stop now…. get back on these legs, man, come on, hit me…..ladies and gentlemen, we are here tonight, we are here tonight, we drove thousands of miles….just to see your funny-looking faces out there, baby….and we didn´t come in no fancy rock star airplane either….we have three station-wagons, we drove for 15 hours through the, through the, uh…..alright, we did come in one of them fancy rock star airplanes…..but we thought about driving…..what I wanna know tonight, I´m here a man with a mission in mind, is there anybody out there that needs a little love tonight ? (cheers)….is there anybody out there that needs a little affection ? (cheers)…. that needs a little respect ? (cheers)….that needs a little personalized attention ? (cheers)…. ´cause my motto is ´Have Love Will Travel´….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´Sweet Soul Music´
´´I´ve got a question that I wanna ask you…..are you tired yet ?….don´t you wanna go home and watch ´em ´Kojak´-re-runs ?….ain´t you gotta go to work tomorrow ? ….ain´t you gotta go to school tomorrow ?…ain´t you gotta go home and, uh, be nice to your wives and your hubbies ?….then there´s something I wanna know….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, intro to ´Twist and Shout´
´´This is getting ridicilous now….oh, one last time, one for the road….”

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, end of ´Dancing in the Dark´
´´Sometimes I get….I get feeling so lonely….and I can´t see no sunshine…..all I see…..all I see is rain…..come on and hide these tears in my eyes….that´s when I know I´ve got to reach out to somebody….because I need a little help….somebody help me dance my blues away ….´´

13.05.88 Indianapolis, IN, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´On the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….on the drums, the Mighty Max Weinberg….on the guitar and vocals, Miss Patti Scialfa….on the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren…..on the bass, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…..on the organ, Dan Federici…..and in the back we got Eddie ´Kingfish´ Manion, Richie La Bamba, Mark ´The Love Man´, Mike and Mario Cruz, the Horns of Love ….and last but not least… there might be some men in this town tonight that can go fast ….but there ain´t none of them that can go faster than this next man….I wanna introduce to you…..the greatest man in the history of Western civilization….and the handsomest man that this town has ever seen…. Clarence ´Big Man´ Clemons on the saxophone….´´

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