Story 1999-09-13 Philadelphia, PA

13.09.99 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Mansion on the Hill´
´´Thanks….hello, hello….thank you….nice to be back in the home of Benjamin Franklin and Smokin´ Joe Frazier….we´re gonna do, uh, need a little bit of quiet for these next few, thank you…..´´

13.09.99 Philadelphia, PA, middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´(sings ´Take Me to the River’) That´s right….that´s where I want to go….I wanna go to the river…..the river of life….and the river of love….the river of friendship….the river of sexual healing….the river of faith….I want to go to that river tonight and I want you to go with me…. and I want to go with you….because you can’t get there by yourself….you may think you can …..but in the end you can´t get there by yourself, you don´t have it in you, it´s not possible…. and so I found myself, as a young man, standing in front of the dark trees, frightened to pass through those trees even though I knew that the river of life was waiting on the other side…. and the river of hope was waiting….the river of love….and cold beer at a reasonable price…..
but I couldn´t pass through that forest because I was alone and then I saw a small light through the trees and I wandered forward and there was a gypsy lady sitting out in front of an air-stream trailer and I told her my problem….she said ´Well, you need some help, Mr.Independence….Mr.I Can Do It By Myself….what you need is is you need a band, Son´ ….so I’d like to introduce tonight the dean of the university of musical perversity, the Secretary of intelligence, Professor Roy Bittan on the piano…..with me at the riverside….I´d like to introduce the Secretary of faith and friendship and keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, Little Steven on the guitar….I´d like to introduce the foundation of the E Street nation, on the bass guitar, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…..with me at the riverside….on the drums, the Minister of the big beat, the Mighty Max Weinberg….with me at the riverside….the Secretary of heart and spirit, Godfather of the guitar, Mr.Nils Lofgren…..with me at the riverside…..the Minister of mystery and all that is unfathomable in this life, Phantom Dan Federici on the organ…..standing with me at the riverside….well, now brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it comes to getting a serious job done, it takes a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´ve got to have a (crowd : ‘Red Headed Woman’) yeah, I said I´m looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´ve got to find a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, man, I´m searching for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) I´m searching here and there for my (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) (?) everywhere for my (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) oh, I´m looking, looking for a (crowd :‘Red Headed Woman’) well, now, I´ve got sunshine on a cloudy day….when it´s cold outside, I´ve got the month of May….well, now, I guess you´ll say what can make me feel this way, my girl, talking ´bout my girl….the First Lady of love, on guitar and sweet harmony, Miss Patti Scialfa…..but there was still something missing…..something very, very important…, I usually don´t like to endorse presidential candidates….but tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you, if you been stigmatised, factionalised, fractionalised, (?) another-tax-cut-for-the-rich-Republicanised, it´s not too late to repent your evil ways….and let´s put a Big Man in the White House (?)….I´d like to nominate for the greatest office in the land…..the Minister of soul and brotherhood, do I have to say his name ?….say who ?…say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ? ….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….say who ?….´´

13.09.99 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´Where the Bands Are´
´´I wanna be, I wanna be where the fans are…..´´

13.09.99 Philadelphia, PA, intro to ´The Ghost of Tom Joad´
´´Thank you….we got, uh….we got some friends here with us tonight from the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank….you´ll see them out in the hall when you head out, they´re, uh….. there´s many, many, many, many Americans who the economy is not reaching, the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank is there (?) support….and assistance….and service to struggling American families, they deserve your support and your time, they´re here in your town, the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, you´ll see them on your way out (?)….this is for them…..´´

13.09.99 Philadelphia, PA, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Philadelphia, PA !…I said Philly !….I did say it, I did say Philly….but everywhere I´ve gone I´ve seen people lost in confusion….people lost in the wilderness, people lost in bitterness and people lost in loneliness….I´ve seen them downhearted, disspirited, disgusted, dispossessed, downsized, stigmatised, Pokemonized, retropsychedelicized….Stravinskyed, (?), Koczinskyed and Lewinskyed…..but we´re here tonight in the City of Brotherly Love on a search-and-rescue mission, we´re on a search-and-rescue mission, I´m here to re-educate, I´m here to resuscitate, I´m here to regenerate, I´m here to reconfiscate, I´m here to reindoctrinate, I´m here to resexualate, I´m here to rededicate, I´m here to recombobolate, I´m here to reliberate you with the power, with the promise, with the power, with the promise, with the majesty, with the mystery, with the foolishness, with the ministry of rock and roll !….that´s right….that´s right ….that´s right….now unlike my competitors, I shall not, unlike my competitors, I will not, I can not, I shall not 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´….´´

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