Story 1992-07-25 East Rutherford, NJ
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25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Local Hero´
´´There I was….coming down 537, south….past Federici´s Pizza….riding on past Harrison´s Pharmacy….”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Open All Night´
´´How you been, how you been ?….yeah, it´s good to see you too…here´s a song, uh ….I wrote back in ´82….gonna….dedicate it to that great highway…that royal road for men and women, the New Jersey Turnpike….yeah…..let me see….(?)….
(….) Alright, take it easy now…ten years later….coming in off the California freeways ….oh yeah….I land in my great state, I get in my car, I start driving north….and I realise….there ain´t no more Howard Johnson´s….everywhere I look, there´s a….a Big Boy, Bob´s Big Boy ….or a Roy Rogers….I feel down, I feel real blue, I feel like a piece of my youth has been lost and tossed away…I wanna write a protest letter….what happened to them horrible, shit-orange looking rugs ?…so I go into Bob´s….and it´s the same waitress that was there ten years ago…I looked at her and I said….´Do you remember me ?´….she said ´I sure do, daddy …come on in because….we´re open all night….”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´If I Should Fall Behind´ (after ´Open All Night´)
´´Oh yeah….that was fun (chuckles)….this next song is a song….took me about, oh, 42 years to write….when I was young, I remember I´d always say I had nothing left to lose….´course if you´ve got nothing left to lose, you´ve got nothing….and other things just scare you….and uh, I think that´s why people always hold back all the time, you know….hold back their love, hold back their affection from their kids, from their wives and their friends ´cause it´s scary to let it go…and for a long time this was, this was the place where I was able to live….but that´s kind of cheating….so….this is, uh…I guess this is a song about learning how to let it go (?) just look one person eye to eye or your kids eye to eye and how everybody needs some help so….without further ado….”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´This is, uh….I see some folks with their little kiddies out there….yeah (chuckles) …. yeah, that´s my, uh, today´s my son´s birthday….big day….a lot of fun for me, a lot of hard work for Patti (chuckles)….but uh….this next song, I guess part of what this next song is about was, uh….was about kids, you know, guess what we´ve kind of made for ´em….what we leave ´em behind….you know, when you got….when the only thing you got is yourself out there, you, I don´t know, you don´t think about that as much….and uh, soon as those little babies come along….you know, I guess they, uh….they make you wanna be strong and they pull you outside of your own head….people spend so much time living inside their own heads, you know, and kids want you to come out, come out and play, come out and play in the real world, you know….and uh….so….I read a book that said ´Nothing you ever do for a child is wasted´, some little thing… you know, 30, 40 years later they´re laying in bed at night and they´re thinking ´Man, I remember when my dad and my mom used to take me in the car and sat me up behind the wheel´….and uh (?)….so, uh, anyway….anyway, I´m gonna ….gonna do this for all the Moms and Pops out there…and pray that they´ll be strong….this is, uh…. from my children to your children, alright….”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Leap of Faith´
´´Thank you, thank you….this is where I gotta take a pause because, uh, like I was telling the folks the other night, we got a sponsor tonight…..that´s right, we sold out, we got a sponsor now….that´s right, but I´m not, now listen, I´m not, I´m not gonna try and sell you no beer, I´m not gonna try and sell you no sneaker, I´m not gonna try and sell you no soda pop, though there are a few items in the hall during intermission but I´m not gonna mention those, because tonight our sponsor is (crowd: ´Love ´) that´s right, our sponsor´s love….is anybody familiar with love out there tonight ? (cheers) that´s all that´s familiar with love, say it, is anybody familiar with love out there tonight ? (bigger cheer) now, what I wanna know has anybody ever been stomped on, ground into the dirt, had their pride stripped away, their heart broken in a thousand pieces, been kicked all over and (?) by love ? (cheers) thank you for your honesty….but you keep coming back, you keep coming and that takes faith, that´s what it takes, it takes faith and this song is about love, it´s about faith, it´s about hope, it´s about bizarre ritualistic sexual practises that I´ve engaged in my personal self…..it´s disguised only in thinly veiled imagery so listen close, I´d like to dedicate this tonight to my amore, Patti….”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´All or Nothin´at All´
´´Alright….are you ready for little Saturday night music now ? (cheers) I wanna see everybody get up off your asses, please….I wanna see everybody get up off their asses, please….come back from the concession stands right now….stop buying them beers (?) ´cause I want, I want, I want, I just don´t want a little bit from you, tonight I just don´t want a little bit from you, tonight I just don´t want a little bit of what you´ve got, I want it all or nothin´at all….”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, ´Ninety-Nine and a Half Won´t Do´
´´(backup singers: ´Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love….Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love´) Now you´re saying what do they mean by that ?….what I wanna know….you know how it is when you first start going out with somebody and like, you got one your love-face, you´re not the way you really are, you say ´This time I´m gonna give a 100 % of my whole self to this one person, I´m not gonna hold anything back, I´m gonna give it all´…and then about six months later you´re giving about 80….and about three months later you´re giving 50….then about three months after that you´re giving….that´s right, who´s here with their, are you folks together tonight ?…does he give you a 100 % of his love ?…. she says ´No´….thank you for your honesty….that´s right….Roy, what´s, what´s the average that a man gives a woman ? Roy´s got a college education studying a lot of statistics, what´s the average ?….about 65 %….and that´s why when she walks out, you hear in the back of your head….Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love….Bobby, I think we need, I think we need a woman´s side of, of the whole thing….(?) we gotta get the women´s opinion here ….uh, Angel, what about 60 % ? (Angel : (?)) what about 70 % (Angel : ´That just won´t do´) what about 80 ? (Angel : ´That ain´t enough´) what about 90 % (Angel : ´Not even, no, no´) ….Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love…..now I know what you´re thinking out there, you´re thinking ´Boss, you ain´t got no problems, you live in that big, fancy house in Beverly Hills, you got all that money, you don´t need to deal with that shit´….but I´ve struggled with this myself, you see….and let me tell you what I did….you see (?)….I….what the hell did I do ? wait a minute….it´s coming back to me now, it´s coming back to me….oh yeah, oh yeah….what I did was I (chuckles) I took this advice, you see, and I, and I started to think and I went way up to the east side to a real expensive shrink….I went down to his office, told my story and bowed my head, he put down his pad and all he said was….´Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love…..well, now, listen up, buddy, you can take my advice ….I´m somebody who´s been down that aisle once or twice….the only thing, let me tell you, that I learned….if in the flame of love your heart´s been burned, you oughta know…..Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love…..”

25.07.92 Meadowlands, NJ, intro to ´Real Man´
´´Alright….this next song is a song I almost threw off the album because I thought it was too corny but what can I say, it´s how I feel….”

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