Story 1992-11-30 Atlanta, GA

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Better Days”
“Good evening, my friends (crowd cheers)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Local Hero”
“Hello, Atlanta (crowd cheers) oh, alright, how you doing?…woo… here’s a song, I was driving through my hometown, saw myself next to a German shepherd and Bruce Lee, lovingly rendered in black velvet, on sale for 19.99…it kind of put the whole job right in perspective (chuckles)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Lucky Town”
“Oh yeah, woo (crowd cheers) here’s a song about, uh, let me see… starting over, taking some chances…if you’re feeling lucky…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “The Big Muddy”
“This, uh…this next song, I think when we’re…when we’re brought up, we’re all kind of brought up to immediately believe that, like, there’s good and there’s evil and there’s the right thing to do and the wrong thing to do and those lines are real clearly drawn and that they’ll be clearly drawn for you when you get older…but, uh, you get out and you get through life and I think everybody finds out about all those spaces in between that your folks didn’t tell you nothing about (chuckles) but, uh…this is a song about, hmm, I guess it’s about difficult choices, finding yourself down there – as everybody does at some time or another – in the Big Muddy…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “57 Channels”
“It’s 1992…you see American cities in flames again…well, you reap what you sow…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “If I Should Fall Behind” (following “Living Proof”)
“Thanks…uh (crowd cheers) oh…thank you, I, I wrote that song a little while after my son was born (crowd cheers) yeah, I got a beautiful little boy and a beautiful little girl (chuckles) it’s nice…it’s funny, you know…the thing where when you have those kids…you know, they come along and they kind of change the way (?) change the way you think about a lot of things…sort of, I think, they kind of pull you outside of yourself…and uh…you know, kind of out into the real world…I think before you…I think we all get so caught up in ourselves (?) that it’s easy to sort of end up denying the future if you’re a human being, you know (chuckles) but uh, kids come along and then you sort of have like the future sitting there pissing on your leg and it brings it all right home (chuckles) (crowd cheers) “Oh, shit! I better fix that!” (chuckles) you know, it’s, uh, it’s good (chuckles) but, uh, I don’t know…this is a song, I wrote this song, I guess, it’s my best song about connection in some way, you know, kind of a song about working hard to get the small things right and hoping that the big things follow, uh…(?) I’ll do this for your kids tonight and, uh, also for Bill Clinton, wishing him a lot of luck (chuckles)(crowd cheers)(chuckles) oh yeah (?)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Leap of Faith”
“Yeah, thank you…yeah, this is…this next song, this is kind of a song, I guess, about second chances…about having the faith of taking a second chance (chuckles) once you got all fucked up the first time (chuckles) it’s scary, you know, (?) you get involved and fall in love with somebody and then it stabs you through the heart and runs you through the mud and you do all kinds of crazy things – kind of gives you cold feet, you know (?) so…but that said, you know, but people keep coming back because what else is there? (chuckles) like you gotta come back and have love and that takes faith, to have that faith, you gotta keep having that hope…and you hope that where love and faith and hope is, sex is shortly to come along (crowd cheers) so…I guess this is, this is kind of my version of “Erotica” this next song (chuckles) it’s also about all those things, all the things that make life such a big fucking mess and, uh, it’s also, it’s kind of a diary of my own personal sexual habits in only thinly disguised imagery so…(?) and let’s be, uh, hopeful (chuckles)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Man’s Job”
“Alright, come on down, Bobby…Mr. Bobby King gonna help me out (crowd cheers) this is the audience-participation-section of the show (crowd cheers) so help me out, one, two (crowd: “One, two, three, four”)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, middle of “Roll of the Dice”
“Oh, bring it down now…come on, bring it way, way down…and let’s make it darker…more (?)…because when it comes…it comes way up out of the darkness…up out of the night…when there’s no hope in sight…well, have you ever felt so lonely?…have you ever felt so lost inside?…have you ever felt so lonely?…and lost like you’re…like… you weren’t sure of any of the choices you were making…or…of the things that you loved…or who you are any more…have you ever felt so lonely?…have you ever felt so lost inside?…have you ever felt so lonely?…well, it’s just a kiss away…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, middle of “Light of Day”
“I drove thousands and thousands of miles just to be here tonight… I came all the way from the great state of New Jersey (crowd cheers) just to get here to Atlanta tonight (crowd cheers) came via Sweden, via France, via Italy, via Rome, via London, England, via Dallas, Texas just to get here tonight (crowd cheers) via Chicago, via New York City, (?) via Cleveland, Ohio…via Los Angeles, spent money on a real fancy house…via San Diego, via San Francisco…to get down here tonight…I’m here tonight for a reason…I’m here tonight with just one thing in mind…I’m here tonight on a mission…I know you’re downhearted…I know you’re depressed…I know you’re feeling disillusioned…I know you’re disappointed out there…I know there’s 57 fucking channels and nothing on…but you know why I’m here tonight…down in your spirit I know you know why I’m here tonight…I’m here tonight because I wanna know…I gotta know…I wanna know…I gotta know…I wanna know…(crowd cheers) is there anybody still alive out there? (crowd cheers)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, middle of “Glory Days”
“On the guitar and vocals and percussion, Miss Crystal Talifiero (crowd cheers) singing: Miss Angel Rogers, Miss Gia Giambotti, the lovely Carol Dennis, Miss Cleo Kennedy…soul man, Mr. Bobby King (crowd cheers) the great Shane Fontayne on the guitar (crowd cheers) mad man Tommy Simms on the bass (crowd cheers) and on the drums, the incredibly cool Zak Alford (crowd cheers) and last but not least, Professor Roy Bittan on the keyboards (crowd cheers)…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Thunder Road”
“Thank you, uh…I’d just like to take a second and thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much (crowd cheers) I’ve been coming down here for quite a while, you know, I think I played at the old Fox Theatre and uh (crowd cheers) I’d just like to say that I’d like to thank my old fans and tell you I appreciate your long-time support and thanks for sticking with me (crowd cheers) yeah…I’d like to…do this for all of you…”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Born to Run”
“Thank you (crowd cheers) well, I don’t know get down here that much so I can’t get send you home without this one so here we go …”

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, after “My Beautiful Reward”
“Thank you, Atlanta (crowd cheers) God bless you (crowd cheers)…

30.11.92 Atlanta, GA, intro to “Working on the Highway”
“(?)…it ain’t even twelve o’clock yet…(?)…”

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