Story 2005-10-06 Rochester, NY

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Long Time Comin´´´
´´(during ´My Father´s House´ a dog - or someone who can imitate a dog very well - barks in the audience)…All, all, all dogs must be left outside, I´m sorry, they must, must be left outside….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Independence Day´´
´´(Bruce is playing the guitar, then a string breaks)….Uh, I always, I wrote this song, I guess, thinking of this time of year and, uh….I don´t think I´ve played this on the tour yet (crowd cheers) I´m not sure that (?) a big round of applause, I mean I´ve played about 120 songs…. that would mean there´s gonna be about a hundred of ´em you´re gonna miss tonight (chuckles) but I´ve got the best twenty, I´ve figured that out by now, you see (chuckles) oh, it´s, it´s, it´s, it´s a system, it´s a system (chuckles)….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Ain´t Got You´´
´´Often, uh, often I´m approached on the street by fans of my music and, uh, they usually ask the same question: ´Do you have any change?´….yeah, it´s just a schtick….uh, but after they ask that question, they usually go, they always ask, the second question is always the same, you know, ´What´s it like being the Boss? What´s it like being the Boss?´….and for years I, I tried to get, you know, get by on some sort of humble bullshit that I would lay on ´em….´It´s no big deal, it just happened that way, somebody had to do it´….´It´s a job waiting to be filled,´ you know, all of those and, uh….you know, not wanting to, like, you know, uh, not wanting to kind of cough up and admit that it´s fabulous beyond your wildest dreams….(?) I don´t wanna, don´t wanna lord it over people (?) that´s bad manners, bad manners….but, uh, I did write about it, I did write about it once (chuckles)….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Cautious Man´´
´´Thank you….when I´m on the street….very often people come up and ask me (chuckles)…. the other one….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Nothing Man´´
´´Thanks, uh, let me see, where´s the little piano? (?)….they, they want the professionals to do it….job security and all, and all of that (chuckles)….I like to change it up and keep ´em on their toes….uh, grazie, grazie, my friend….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Real World´´
´´Thanks….this is a song that we cut on ´Human Touch´ and we didn´t quite get it right, ´Human Touch,´ that´s generally, generally, if I check on all the fan things, that´s like, that´s considered my weakest album….it´s like, uh, no, you know, but it´s, it´s in Norway, however, it´s considered a great masterpiece….so (chuckles) you know, it all evens out there (?) well, I think I´d like to get going, alright (chuckles)(starts playing) I´d better play it there….how we doing, Dan?….(chuckles) we don´t have, uh, we don´t have NASA-like communications up here, we still, we still depend on lip-reading and all that sort of thing (chuckles)….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Jesus Was an Only Son´´
´´Thank you….yes, I was, uh….raised Catholic and uh….spent quite a bit of time first, uh (?) at the Catholic school and the nuns taking me to the convent and uh….I used to sit there and listen to them give piano lessons, that was my punishment (chuckles) they had the Chinese water torture effects….and uh….uh, but, you know, it´s all sort of forgiven now, I went back a few years ago and did a benefit at my Catholic school, uh (people applaud) yes, that´s, tha´s very generous of me, yes, yes (chuckles) but uh….and now if I go to the convent, the nuns give me a beer and let me watch the ballgame….and uh….other men go to strip clubs for that, I go there (?) it´s different (chuckles) but this was a, uh, song I wrote, I guess I was, uh, writing a lot of songs about, about children and, uh, the relationship with their parents and I ….(?) what Jesus must´ve been like as someone´s son and uh, your kids, they are young and they quickly sort out….that they have their own destiny….you, my friend, you just get to pay for it so it´s like (chuckles) this is ´Jesus Was an Only Son´….
(….) at His mother´s feet….now the first thing that strikes you when you have your kids is how, that immediate feeling of how you wouldn´t do anything….there isn´t any train you wouldn´t step in front of to make sure that they´re safe….and, uh, how that´s a life sentence, you know….
(….) shall pierce your dreams this night….I always figured that what….gives our choices meaning are the things what we give up for ´em, the stuff we sacrifice….so I always figured that Jesus had to be thinking….that it was beautiful this time of year down in Galilee and there was that little bar by the beach that needed a manager….and that Mary Magdalene could tend bar….and He could save the preaching for the weekends….and they could have a bunch of kids and got to see the sun on their face….and got to watch their….them breathe at night while they´re sleeping….and got to see the next day….and the day after that….and the day after that….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´Matamoros Banks´´
´´I wrote this, I wrote a series of songs that I set in California, I lived there for a while and, uh, this was a song that was kind of last in, last in that series, uh….every year there´s hundreds of people that die trying to come across the southern border, they drown in the rivers and they, uh, die of dehydration crossing the desert, it´s been a lot, this was a particularly bad, bad summer in the Southwest, it´s, uh….or they die trying to get here in the backs of vans and, and, uh…..these are the folks really basically, if you´re, if you´re like, if you´re eating strawberries or if you´re eating vegetables or if you, if you´ve lettuce on your table or any, that´s, that´s how that stuff´s getting there, that stuff still has to be hand-picked, there´s not machines getting that on your table, those are things that need to be picked by hand and those are the folks that are doing it….uh, and really, as I´ve said all throughout the tour, what we need, we need a humane immigration policy somehow here in America….so this is a song that I wrote, uh, wrote this, uh, I wrote this song backwards, comes, goes, starts at the end with the body at the bottom of the river and works its way back telling the man´s story as he comes across the desert to the town of Matamoros across from Brownsville, Texas….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´The Ties That Bind´´
´´(chuckles)….Thank you….thanks….I surprise even myself, alright….I have to say I do….´´

06.10.05 Rochester, NY, intro to ´´The Promised Land´´
´´Thank you very much…..I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show….thank you indeed….we got some friends here, we got the, uh, Foodlink here in Rochester, New York in the hall tonight, they, uh, they´re out there, uh, they provide food, nutriotion education, resources to the struggling citizens here in central and western New York state, if you see them on the way out, please give ´em a hand, uh, Foodlink here in Rochester, New York, thanks for coming down to the show….and, uh, I´ll do this tonight for, uh, a friend who passed away named Harold Leventhal, was an incredible force on folk music movement, uh, was Woody Guthrie´s business manager so (chuckles) didn´t think he had one, you know (chuckles) makes me feel a little bit better (chuckles) but, uh - can you turn this up a little bit?….anyway, this is for, uh, the memory of Harold Leventhal….´´

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