Story 2000-03-09 Sunrise, FL

09.03.00 Fort Lauderdale, FL,middle of ´Tenth Avenue Freeze Out´
´´(sings ‘Take Me to the River’) That´s right….that’s where I wanna go….I wanna go to that river tonight…..I wanna find that river of life…..that river of love….that river of happiness….I wanna go there tonight and I want you, Sir, to go with me…..´cause that´s why we´re here…. because you can´t get there by yourself….that river of sanctification….and that river of transformation where you can go and you can change yourself….and that river of resurrection where everybody gets a second chance….you can always use one of those….that river of companionship and sexual healing….I´m going to perform a rock and roll exorcism tonight…. that´s right, if it´s bad and it´s in you, it´s gonna come out…..yes it is….but I stood, as a young man, once before a dark grove of trees….and I found that I was frightened to pass through those trees even though I knew that the river of life, meaningful life, was waiting on the other side….there was a gypsy lady sitting a short ways into the forest and I stepped into the trees and she said….´Come on, Son, all you need´s a little courage, what you need is you need some help to get there, you need a band, that´s your line of work´….so I´d like to introduce with me at the riverside the dean of the university of musical perversity, the Secretary of intelligence, Professor Roy Bittan….on guitar, the Minister of faith and friendship, keeper of all that is righteous on E Street and the only man I know who was thrown out of Disneyland !…yes he was, I was with him and I had to leave in solidarity….on the guitar, star of ´The Sopranos´, Steve Van Zandt….on the bass, Southern man, the foundation of the E Street nation, Mr.Garry W.Tallent….on the drums, the man that comes every night bringing the power, Mighty Max Weinberg, star of Late Night Television….on the guitar, Secretary of heart and spirit, the great Nils Lofgren…..standing with me at the riverside….on the organ, the Minister of mystery and all that is unfathomable on E Street, Brother Dan Federici….with me at the riverside….brunettes are fine, blondes are fun but when it come to getting a dirty job done, it takes a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) oh, man, I´ve got to find a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m looking, I´m searching for a (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´ve got to find my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m coming for my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´m searching for my baby (crowd : ´Red headed woman´) I´ve got to find my girl now (crowd : ´Red headed woman´)(Patti sings a bit of ´Rumble Doll´) the First Lady of love, Miss Patti Scialfa on guitar and vocals…thank you, baby….and last but not least…..I mean last but not least….the Minister of soul, Secretary of the brotherhood and if we lived in a just place, the next president of the United States ….do I have to say his name ?….do I have to say his name ?…let me hear you….let me hear you…. louder….come on….come on….come on….come on….come on….come on….come on….come on…. come on….”

09.03.00 Fort Lauderdale, FL, middle of ´Light of Day´
´´Sunrise !….Fort Lauderdale !…Miami !….the great state of New Jersey !….but everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve seen people lost in confusion…. I´ve seen people lost in the wilderness….I´ve seen people lost at Disneyland….I´ve seen people lost in bitterness….I´ve seen people lost with Shamu but tonight we´re here on a search-and-rescue mission, I wanna tell you if you´re downhearted, if you´re disspirited, if you´re disgusted, if you´re dispossessed, if you´re downsized, stigmatised, Republicanised, analyzed, fractionalised, retropsychedelicized, Pokemonized, Disney-ized, I want you to know I´m here to re-educate, to resuscitate, to regenerate, to reconfiscate, 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 !….I´m gonna re-educate, I´m gonna rededicate, I´m gonna reconfiscate, resuscitate, regenerate, reliberate you with the power and the glory, with the majesty, with the mystery, with the ministry of rock and roll !….now, unlike my competitors, I shall not, I will not, I cannot promise you salvation and life everlasting but I can promise you life….. right now !…and all you gotta do is raise your hand and say ‘I’…..”

Compiled by : Johanna Pirttijärvi

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