Story 1999-11-14 Cleveland, OH
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14.11.99 Cleveland, OH, intro to ´My Hometown´
´´Good evening, good evening, Cleveland….thanks, glad to be back in town, Patti …. Patti sends her regards, she´s still at home with a perforated eardrum but, uh, tonight the boys are gonna do their best for you so….(?)….”

14.11.99 Cleveland, OH, 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….I wanna go to the river of life…..I wanna go to the river of love …. the river of hope…. and faith…..I wanna find that river of happiness, happiness….and sanctification….the river of transformation where you can be changed….and that river of resurrection….where everybody gets a second chance….that river of sexual healing and companionship….that´s right, help me now….that´s where I want to go tonight and I want you to go with me ….and I´m gonna go with you….that´s why we´re here…..because you can’t get there by yourself….no Sir….oh, you may think that you can, and everybody gives it a try, everybody tries to get there by themselves sometimes when they´re young….but you can´t get there, in the end, by yourself ….it´s not a selfish thing….so I found myself, as a young man, one evening ….I was standing before a dark grove of trees….and just like a little child, I was frightened to pass through those trees onto the other side….even though I knew that the river of life, and that of meaningful life, was waiting for me along with cold beer at a reasonable price….but I wouldn´t go, my legs were like stone, my arms were paralyzed because of the responsobilities that that life would bring…..so I stood there and I said ´I ain´t going ! Oh no ! I´m gonna keep on running because that´s what I know how to do and that´s what I´m good at ! I can move !´….just as I was about to quit, I heard something sweet coming through the treetops (Roy plays) and I stepped into the trees and there was a gypsy woman sitting outside an air-stream trailer with Jersey plates….and she said ´Son, wait a minute….hold on now….you´ll be alright but what you won´t understand is you need help….what you need is you need a band´….and that´s why I´d like to introduce tonight the dean of the university of musical perversity, the Secretary of intelligence, on the piano, Professor Roy Bittan….with me at the riverside…..on the bass, the foundation of the E Street nation, Southern man, Mr.Garry W.Tallent…..standing with me at the riverside, the Secretary of faith and friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street, star of ´The Sopranos´, Little Steven on the guitar….stand with me, Brother, at the riverside ….on the drums, the Minister of the mighty beat, the Secretary of syncopation, bringing the power, star of Late Night Televísion, Mighty Max Weinberg on the drums….on the guitar, Secretary of heart and spirit, Godfather of the guitar, the great Nils Lofgren….standing with me at the riverside ….next, Minister of mystery, Secretary of all that´s unfathomable E Street, Brother Dan Federici on the accordion and organ….standing with me at the riverside….and as I made it through the trees…. as I made it through the trees…..there were people gathered all over the riverbanks with their hands waving in the air….but there was still something missing ….there was still something essential, something fundamental, something that we couldn´t go on without, something very big…..the Minister of soul, the Secretary of brotherhood, the Emperor of all E Street, do I have to say his name ?…do I have to say his name ? ….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 ? …”

14.11.99 Cleveland, OH, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Cleveland !….Cleveland !….I said Cleveland !….(?)….but everywhere I´ve gone I´ve seen people lost in confusion ….lost in the wilderness…..lost in the Cleveland Browns memorabilia….lost in the, in the sticking-pins-in-the-Baltimore-Raider-voodoo-dolls….lost in confusion…lost in faithlessness….but we´re here tonight, ladies and gentlemen, we´ve come thousands and thousands of miles on a search-and-rescue mission….that´s right, if you´ve been downhearted, disgusted, disspirited, dispossessed, analyzed, downsized, stigmatised, Pokemonized, (?), fractionalised, retropsychedelicized, if, if, if, if your soul´s got bad credit, if your spirit´s bankrupt, if your heart´s running on empty…I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight….I´m here tonight to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate you, to reconfiscate, to reillustrate, to reindoctrinate, to resexualate, to rededicate, to reliberate you with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with the power and the glory, with the majesty, with the mystery….with the ministry of rock and roll !….that´s right….that´s right….that´s right….now, unlike my competitors, I shall not, I will not, I can 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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