Story 2005-06-07 Milan, Italy

07.06.05 Milan, Italy, intro to ´´The River´´
´´Thank you….grazie….when I was, uh….when I was young I didn´t write many love songs, I didn´t many love songs till, I guess, Tunnel of Love-record ´cause my father told me that they were government propaganda and they were meant to get you married and have children and, and pay taxes and, uh (chuckles) and I guess that that´s what happened to him so (chuckles) but my mother was very romantic, she was the Italian, you see (chuckles) Zirilli….and, uh, she was very romantic and she had on the radio in the morning with all the beautiful singers from the 50´s singing all the great love songs and I would always go by her bed and I would always see, she would have those little paperback romantic novels with the men who look like Fabio on the cover so, uh (chuckles) so I hid my love songs when I first started and, uh, uh….it´s funny I always notice when I hear myself speaking now when I come to Italy I begin to speak English like an Italian, I think (chuckles) it just, it just kind of happens….but anyway this is one of the hidden ones….´´

07.06.05 Milan, Italy, intro to ´´Tougher Than the Rest´´
´´(?)…thank you, uh….alright, and then, then I got older (chuckles) and I, uh, I didn´t hide my love songs (chuckles) after that (tries out the piano) the piano´s fighting me, a fighting piano ….´´

07.06.05 Milan, Italy, intro to ´´All I´m Thinkin´ About´´
´´(sings to himself: Blind man) oh yeah….ok, first time in, in Italy (chuckles)….alright (chuckles)….´´

07.06.05 Milan, Italy, intro to ´´Jesus Was an Only Son´´
´´(the intro is entirely in Italian)….
(….) At his mother´s feet….the first thing…..that shocks you when you become a parent is you realise that there is nothing, nothing you wouldn´t do….to keep your child safe….it just comes on you overnight….a very, uh, profound shock for self-involved musicians…..
(….) Will pierce your dream this night….now if you figure that our choices are given meaning by the things that we sacrifice, we choose something and we give something else up ….and that´s what makes your choice have weight in the world….but I always figured Jesus had to be thinking….´That Galilee is pretty nice this time of year….there´s probably a little bar down there I could manage, Mary Magdalene could tend bar….we could have some kids ….get to watch the sun fall on their face….get to feel the air in your lungs….and get to see the next day….and the next day….and the next day….and the next day….´´

07.06.05 Milan, Italy, intro to ´´Leah´´
´´Thank you, we, uh…..we walk through the world carrying, uh….the seeds of our destruction, which, uh….along with the seeds of the things that we can use to build and create things and our lives are a tug-of-war between those two places, that I suppose is God´s joke (chuckles) the price of free will maybe, this is about a man who just figures out how to come down on the right side of, of that story, this is ´Leah,´ a love song….´´

07.06.05 Milan, Italy, intro to ´´The Hitter´´
´´(?) thank you, this is a, uh….this is a song, uh, the flipside of that last story….this is called ´The Hitter´….´´

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