Story 1992-07-09 London, England

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´Local Hero´
´´Now, this is a true story….about a little bitty baby boy….who grew up in the swamps of New Jersey….”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´Dancing in the Dark´
´´This is a song about, uh….trying to find yourself again….if you ever wake up and look in the mirror in the morning and go ´You again !´ (chuckles)….”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´If I Should Fall Behind´
´´Thank you, this is uh….everybody´s got that one thing, oops, wait a minute (?)…. everybody´s got that one thing that they just can´t face so this next song, this was that one thing (chuckles)….life doesn´t prepare you for….a lot of things, like other people (chuckles) and uh….I don´t know, this is uh….it took me such a long time to write this song and uh….there was a whole lot of….fear in-between (?) so I´m gonna sing it for you hoping that, uh….that….hoping that there´s not so much fear standing in your way (?)…. alright, this is for mi amore…..”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´57 Channels´
´´Before we left, uh….we got to watch the whole city of Los Angeles go up in smoke…. people left behind and abandoned in the inner cities….and they´re being provided the modest respect it takes to….to bring up your kids or make sure your little boy or little girl is safe walking to school….to be able to be a husband or be a father or find a place….no job (?)….”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´When I was, uh….when I was growing up, man…, I´ve started a lot of raps by saying ´When I was growing up´ (chuckles) why ? that´s the question….´cause that shit haunts you forever (chuckles) for a long time, anyway, it was, uh….you know, I used to, I remember that I hated the town I grew up in and uh, that´s….I guess that´s not much different than anybody else but….as I….about ten years ago, I was living in Los Angeles and I wrote this song when I was kind of thinking back to what it was like where I grew up at the time and what my dad was like (?) when you´re a kid, you know, kids are funny, like I….I got my little boy, my little girl and uh….you know how they say that, that, that nothing, nothing you ever do for a child is wasted and that´s true because, uh….I think that when….you know, my dad, when he´d take me in the car and he put me on his knee and like, you know, let me pretend like I was driving….and uh….and like to him that was just, you know, it was just a laugh or something nice that he was doing but it kind of created this permanent, permanent work of art in my head that….I´m sure when I´m an old man, I think back on that and think, I don´t know, that there was something great about that but, uh….anyway, this was, I guess….this was me imagining myself as a dad at a time when I couldn´t imagine myself as a dad (chuckles) so….I´m gonna do this tonight, this is kind of a song about the legacy that we leave to our children, you know, the world that we live in, what kind of men, what kind of women we are, what kind of parents and husbands and fathers and wives, and this is from my children to your children wishing them all the best…..”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´Leap of Faith´
´´(?)….this next section of the show is a very important section because we´re here tonight, ladies and gentlemen, we´re here ´cause we have a message….(chuckles) we are here tonight in the name of the most frightening thing on Earth….what is that thing ?….I don´t have to tell you….the name of that thing is (hits his guitar)(chuckles) a very gentle rendition (?) we are here in the name of love, that´s right (?) do you understand what I´m saying ? (cheers) that´s good, now how many people have been stomped on, chewed up, messed up, turned into dirt, had their face right in the mud in the name of love ? (cheers) (?) I´m so glad for this honesty we have out there tonight BUT if you´re going to have love, you´ve gotta to have (?)(chuckles) you gotta have faith…..because without faith there is no love and so it brings me to this point where I get to describe strange, strange sexual acts in only slightly veiled imageries….for your dancing and listening pleasure in the name of my baby, alright, let´s try it….”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´Real Man´
´´Alright, I´ll do this song for you right now….oh, this next song´s a very corny song, so corny I almost threw it off the damn record (chuckles) but uh….but I guess I´m gonna do it here tonight (chuckles)(?)….”

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´With Every Wish´
"It´s uh…funny, my….you know, we got this routine where… I put my….kids to bed at night, my little girl, she´s….she´s only six months old so….she just kinda like….flops into crib and ´ghhhrrr´….pretty much goes to sleep but my little boy, he´s….you know he likes the bedtime stories and….all that kinda stuff so….I got this Mother Goose book and…I read these little fairytales before he goes to bed….(?) the first one is uh ….you know, the one about the dish running away with the spoon….´Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle´, that´s it….then you get to kinda Humpty Dumpty….it goes ´Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a big fall, all the kings horses, all the kings men, couldn´t put Humpty together again´….yeah that´s….that´s, that´s kinda tragic….if you think about it, that´s pretty tragic story you´re telling a little kid…before they go to sleep….and then you go on and you get to, like, uh, ´Mary had a little lamb´ and….that´s a little on the strange side itself….then you get to, uh….it goes on and there´s a couple of nice ones and then you get, you know, ´Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down, broke his crown, Jill came tumbling after´ …. that´s a tragic one too….and it seems like two years old, that´s a little…that´s a little young except I´ve read ´em all to him so many times that if I skip over those two….he knows that those stories are in the book….he crawls over and opens it up and makes me read those stories….and uh…´s funny, that doesn´t change much as you get older, you know, you meet somebody…and uh….you fall in love with ´em but you remember that all those other stories are in the book…. and this is kind of, uh….this is my bedtime story, the last one I tell him is ´Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, upstairs, downstairs in his nightgown, rapping at the windows, crying through the lock, ´Are the children in their beds ´cause now it´s 8 o´clock´…."

09.07.92 London, England, intro to ´Thunder Road´
´´Thank you….you ain´t getting tired yet, are you ? (crowd : ´No´) just checking, just checking there (chuckles) this is a song, uh….(?) I came here, I sang it in 1975….came to Hammersmith Odeon…..was anybody there at the time ? (cheers) aw, sure, sure, sure (chuckles) anyway, I wanna do this for, uh….you know, I guess, uh….I guess I´ve been playing for, for a long time now, this is, uh, (?) Columbia Records for 20 years and uh…. I guess, uh….I guess I just wanna say, 21 ? thank you, thank you (chuckles) I started when I was just seven years old….incredible, a child prodigy (chuckles)….but uh, anyway, I guess here´s a chance when I get to thank, uh, all folks that´ve been with me for a long time, I want you to (cheers) let´s not get, let´s not get all mushy about it, I just wanna say thanks, that´s all (chuckles) uh, I don´t know….uh, this is a song, I guess I was filled, man, I was filled with like a young man´s dreams and uh….they were pretty good ones, they were pretty good ones….I guess, uh….hell, I´ll just, I´ll just sing it (chuckles)….”

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