Story 2004-10-28 Madison, WI

28.10.04 Madison, WI, intro to ´The Promised Land´
´´I think that´s gonna be the Governor´s last appearance as my opening act, I´m not sure (chuckles) well, it looks like Senator Kerry draws a pretty good crowd, that´s all I know….´´

28.10.04 Madison, WI, intro to ´No Surrender´
´´Thank you….thank you….as a, uh….songwriter, I've written about America for 30 years, I've tried to write about who we are, what we stand for, what we fight for and uh….I believe that these essential ideals of American identity are what's at stake on November 2nd….I think ….the human….the human principles of economic justice, just healing the sick, health care, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, a living wage so folks don´t have to break their backs and still not make ends meet….the, uh, protection of our environment, a sane and responsible foreign policy….civil rights and the protection and safeguarding of our precious democracy here at home….and I believe that Senator Kerry honors these ideals…he has lived our history over the past 50 years, has an informed adult view of America and its people…. he's had a life experience and I think he understands that we as humans are not infallible…. and as Senator Edwards said during the Democratic convention that struggle and heartbreak will always be with us and that's why we need each other, that's why ´United We Stand,´ that's why 'One Nation Indivisible' aren´t just slogans, but they need to remain guiding principles of our public policy….and he´s shown, he´s shown, he´s shown us starting as a young man that by facing America's hard truths, both the good and the bad, that that's where we find a deeper patriotism, that's where we find a more complete view of who we are, that's where we find a more authentic experience as citizens, and that's where we find the power that is embedded only in truth to make our world a better and a safer place…..Paul Wellstone ….the great Minnesota senator (chuckles) he said 'the future is for the passionate, and those that are willing to fight and work hard for it´….well, the future is now and it's time to let your passions loose (chuckles) so let's roll up our sleeves….that's why I'm here today to stand alongside Senator Kerry and to tell you that the country we carry in our hearts is waiting…. and together we can move America towards her deepest ideals….and besides, we had a sax player in the White House, we need a guitar player in the White House! (chuckles) all right, this is for John…..this is for you, John…..´´

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