Story 1992-10-30 Ames, IA

30.10.92 Ames, Iowa, intro to ´Local Hero´
‘‘Damn, I would’ve been back sooner if I knew it was gonna be this way….thanks…. alright, here’s a song, I was, uh…..I was driving through the town I grew up in and I looked over into a department store window…..and I…..seen a picture of a German Shepherd, a Doberman…. me and Bruce Lee all lovingly rendered on black velvet…. underneath it had a sign that said ‘Sale 19.99’….kinda put the whole job right in perspective for you, right….”

30.10.92 Ames, Iowa, intro to ´The Big Muddy´
´´This is a song, I think when we´re, when we´re brought up, most of us are kind of brought up to believe in, uh….you know, that there´s good and there´s evil and there´s a right thing and there´s a wrong thing and uh, and absolutes….and uh, you get a little older and you get a little….further in your life and you start stumbling across all those places in between ´em….. so….”

30.10.92 Ames, Iowa, intro to ´If I Should Fall Behind´ (after ´Living Proof´)
´´Thanks, I wrote that, I wrote that last song a little while after my son was born…..yeah…. I´m not the Boss no more, a lot of other Bosses, you know (chuckles) but uh….I have a beautiful son and a beautiful daughter now and uh….yeah…..oh yeah (chuckles) but uh, yeah, you have those kids and you start, you know, I guess you take a little closer look at everything that´s around you, they kind of pull you out from inside your own head, they drag you out into the real world and….make you take a look at the kind of world that you´re gonna be leaving ´em…but uh….anyway, this is a….I guess this is a song about kind of…connection, I think if you lived through the Los Angeles riots, as everybody kind of had an opportunity to do thank to television, you got a glimpse of a society where on a particular day it didn´t matter, you know, what you believed or where you stood or what you felt in your heart or what you thought about things, it didn´t matter who you were at all, all that mattered is what you looked like, as to whether you were gonna live or die….and uh….a lot of people live with that every day, every day….but it´s not really the kind of city or country that I think that I want my kids to grow up in…..but uh, so, are you registered ? (cheers)get out there and vote this time….but uh, I feel like I´m too old to really believe in, uh, politicians or rock stars, for that matter, but uh…´d be nice to have an administration that´s at least interested in all the people…..maybe our kids wouldn´t have to, uh, grow up looking over their shoulder so much, like we have to….anyway, here we go….”

30.10.92 Ames, Iowa, intro to ´Leap of Faith´
´´Alright….let me see….this uh, this next song, this is, this is kind of complicated, this is a song about, uh….uh, like, second chances, you know, everybody deserves a second chance ….so….do we have any divorcees out there tonight ? (cheers)(chuckles) good Lord, alright (?) this is a song about, uh, you know, you get knocked down, you keep coming back, people always keep coming back, don´t matter if love strips their pride away, runs their name in the dirt, stabs ´em through the heart, you keep coming back ´cause it takes faith and where there´s faith, there´s hope and where there´s hope, there´s sex (chuckles)….you know, so this song is a song kind of about all those things, about love, faith, hope, sex, divorce, adultery, everything that makes life such a big fucking mess (chuckles)…but it keeps you kind of interested, you know….and uh, it´s also, it´s also a diary of my own personal sexual habits in just thinly disguised imagery so (chuckles)….let´s get on with it (chuckles)….”

30.10.92 Ames, Iowa, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´….I came 3000 miles just to be here tonight….I came all the way from the great state of New Jersey via California just to be here tonight…..I came via Sweden, via France, via Italy, via Rome, via London, England, via the city of Chicago….via New Jersey, via New York, via Florida, via Dallas, Texas, via Los Angeles, San Francisco….just to make it all the way here to Ames, Iowa tonight…..I´m here tonight just for one reason….I´m here tonight with one question…..I´m here tonight just for one reason…..I´m here tonight with one question….I know you´re downhearted, I know you´re disillusioned, I know you´re disenchanted, I know you´re disappointed, I know there fifty-seven fucking channels and nothing on….that´s why there´s just one thing I wanna know….is there anybody still alive out there ? (cheers)….”

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