Story 1999-08-12 East Rutherford, NJ

12.08.99 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Jersey Girl´
´´It´s the last dance !….”

12.08.99 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´(sings ´Take Me to the River´) Now, I´ve got a story to tell….when I was a young man, I walked as a little child….you know how it was when you were a child if you were caught in the woods as the evening was descending, you became frightened to pass on through the forest and reach your home on the other side….but when we grow up, we´re supposed to put our childish fears away….but that doesn´t always happen….and so I found myself, as a young man, standing before those dark trees, frightened to pass on….even knowing that on the other side of those trees was the river of life…..and the river of love….and of friendship….the river of meaning….and cold beer at a reasonable price…..but I stood there frightened to go on and then I noticed a light in the trees and I walked into the forest and there was a gypsy lady sitting out in front of a BMW with the door open….in front of a crystal ball, I said ´Gypsy lady, I want to pass on through these trees but I´m frightened´….she said ´Well, you´re frightened because you´re alone, ´cause you´re always walking alone, let´s take a look´….she took a look in that crystal ball, said ´Man, you need, you need, you need a band, that´s your problem….you can´t do it all on your own….you need help and, and intelligence, you need
Professor Roy Bittan on the piano….you need, you need soul and friendship….Little Steven Van Zandt on the guitar….you need foundation in your life, Garry W.Tallent on the bass… you need mightiness and rhythm, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….you need heart and soul and spirit and a swinging little guitar man, Nils Lofgren on the guitar….you need mystery, mystery in your life, Phantom Dan Federici on the organ….and so I walked on…. and as I walked through that forest, I noticed the bluebird of love….flying amongst the trees ….and the bird came and sat on my shoulder and whispered to me this wisdom….´Brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it comes to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd : ‘Red Headed Woman’) yeah, man, I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´ve got to find myself a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´ve got to find myself a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) yeah, man, I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´ve got to find myself a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) Miss Patti Scialfa on the guitar and vocals….now, I was feeling pretty good….but still….I could see through the trees to the river and there were people gathered all down at the riverside….and I looked all around but I knew that there was still something missing…. something really important….the gypsy said ´You need some brotherhood, you need some soul, you need something very, very big´….say what ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ? ….say who ?….say who ? ….say who ?….say who ?….say what ?….say who ?….say what ? ….say what ?….”

12.08.99 East Rutherford, NJ, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Manawah to see you, Ma….but everywhere I´ve gone I´ve seen people lost in confusion…. lost in the wilderness…..lost in bitterness…..well, we´re here tonight on a search-and-rescue mission….we´re coming to get you if you´re downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, Stravinskyed, (?), Koczinskyed, Lewinskyed, if your soul´s got bad credit, it´s good here , your heart´s running on empty, we´re gonna fill it up, I´m resuscitate, I´m gonna re-educate, I´m gonna regenerate, I´m gonna reconfiscate, I´m gonna reindoctrinate, I´m gonna resexualate, I´m gonna rededicate you with the power and the promise, with the power and the promise, with the foolishness and the majesty, with the mystery, with the ministry of rock and roll !….now, I cannot, I cannot, I cannot, I cannot promise you life everlasting but I can promise you life right now !….and all you’ve got to do is raise your hand and say ‘I’….”

12.08.99 East Rutherford, NJ, intro to ´Rosalita´
´´Thanks….I wanna thank everyone for coming down to these shows that we´ve done here in Jersey, these´ve been, uh….there were some very special nights for us, I think, it´s been a great gift being able to stand up here and make this music come alive and to look out into your faces, thank you…..(?) rebirth and a rededication of our band, of our commitment to serve you (?) continue to do as good as we can….uh, let me see, how could I say thanks ? ….I know there´s a way….I´m sure there´s a way….I haven´t seen any of those stupid signs ….so maybe just once….”

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