Story 2004-10-11 Washington, DC

11.10.04 Washington D.C, intro to ´´Dejavu´´
´´Thank you….thank you for showing up tonight and showing your support….and raising your voice for change, thank you….I wanna bring out a friend of mine, whose music I´ve loved for such a long time, I´ve learned a lot from, I´ve heard him described as the Hank Williams of my generation and I think that fits pretty well, John Fogerty come on out…..(John Fogerty: ´´How you all doing? thank you….what a night, huh? I´d like to do a new song for you, this is actually on my latest record, this is a song called ´Dejavu´ and I sing this song for families´´) ….´´

11.10.04 Washington D.C, intro to ´´Because the Night´´
´´One of the….one of the thrills we had on this tour was, uh, getting a chance to do a week of shows on the same bill as R.E.M, we had a great time, Michael, come out and sing one with me, please, Michael Stipe….´´

11.10.04 Washington D.C, middle of ´´Mary´s Place´´
´´Good evening, everybody….I´m so glad to be here in your beautiful city tonight….I´m so glad to be in our nation´s capital….are you having fun? (cheers) that´s good….but we´re here tonight….on a mission….we´re here tonight with a purpose….all these wonderful musicians and the might E Street Band have risen up to take you down to the river of change and to help you to cross over to the other side….that´s where we´re going tonight….I wanna be washed in the waters of democracy….but now tonight, tonight I´m not speaking just to the folks in the auditorium but I´m speaking to all you folks tuning at home through the miracle of television….now what I wanna know I´ve heard all this fuss, all this fuss about the swing-voter….all I wanna say is it´s October 11th….what the hell are you waiting for?….what?…. you mislead the nation to war, the man loses his job, it ain´t rocket science!….come on…. well, right now I wanna say to all you folks at home, that if you´re swinging, if you´re swaying, if you´re swooping, if you´re swishing, if you´re sweeping, if you´re swaying, if just can´t decide, you can be saved right now!….if you wanna be even temporarily released from the burdens of Republicanism…..then listen to me…..I mean all you folks at home, I want you to get up off your couch now, come on, I want you up off your couch and I want you to take that remote control and I want you to turn that television volume all the way up….until the walls are rattling and I want you to come closer to the T.V and I want you, I want you, I want you to take off all your clothes!….and I want you to put one hand on the television set and I want you to say, everybody, ´Haliburton´ three times real fast (crowd: ´Haliburton, Haliburton, Haliburton´) let the healing begin!….now go to your window, throw that window open and tell all your neighbors that a change is coming!….and all I wanna know is….are you ready?….are you ready?…are you ready?….are you ready?….are you ready?….are you ready? ….are you ready?….are you ready?….´´

11.10.04 Washington D.C, intro to ´´Born to Run´´
´´Thank you….thank you….oh, I wanna thank you once again for coming out and I wanna thank all the wonderful musicians that are on the show tonight….and all the folks out there …..all the folks from America Coming Together, they can use help, they can use volunteers, the money we raised tonight is going to put footsoldiers out on the street, to bring in the progressive vote on November 2nd….check out America Coming Together, the folks in the A.C.T-t-shirts, please….we also wanna send a prayer out for Christopher Reeves, who passed away recently and was a real fighter (?)….Mikey, Peter Buck….bring those fellows out here, two of the guys from R.E.M are gonna play guitar with us on this one….I guess all I wanna say before we….take it on is, uh, we remain a land of great promise but I think we need to move America towards the fulfillment of the promises that she´s made to her citizens ….economic justice, civil rights, protection of the environment, a living wage, there´s so many people out there working two jobs that can´t make ends meet….a real living wage, respect for others and humility in exercising our power at home and around the world….these are not impossible ideals, they are achievable goals with strong leadership and the will of a vigilant and informed American people, these core issues of America´s identity are what´s at stake when we vote on November 2nd….and I believe that Senator Kerry and Senator Edwards understand these important issues and are prepared to help our country move forward….I think they understand….America is not always right - that´s a fairytale for children - as John Edwards said, ´Struggle and heartbreak will always be with us´ but one thing America should always be is true and it´s in seeking her truth, both the good and the bad, that we find a deeper patriotism, that we find a more authentic experience as citizens and we find the power that is embedded only in truth to change our world for the better…. that that´s how our soul as a nation and as a people will be revealed and it is what we are fighting for on November 2nd, so we´ve got some work to do between now and election day, if you share our concerns, find the best way to express yourselves, roll up your sleeves, there´s a job to get done, and remember: the country we carry in our hearts is waiting….´´

11.10.04 Washington D.C, intro to ´´What´s So Funny ´Bout Peace, Love and Understanding´´
´´Come on up, everybody….(?)….please join us….alright, we hope we know all our parts (chuckles)….´´

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