Story 2005-10-07 Hartford, CT
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07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´The Ties That Bind´´
´´Good evening, everybody….good to see you, thanks for coming out…..´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´Incident on 57th Street´´
´´Thanks….(?) oh, alright….it´s good to be in Hartford…..alright….some of you, uh, baseball fans, I will try to assuage your pain (chuckles)….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´Part Man Part Monkey´´
´´I just read that 53 percent of the American people believe that the Book of Genesis is literally true….that can shake the populism right out of you (chuckles) I also heard that 60 percent of the American people believe, believe that they have either been abducted by aliens or will be….I was in Europe and I tried to explain to them that in the United States there is a great debate that goes on about who came first, the Man or the monkey….and uh….the monkey does not vote so this does not bode well for the monkey (chuckles)….
(….) Bubbles, where are you when we need you?….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´Something in the Night´´
´´A request….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´All That Heaven Will Allow´´
´´Thank you, thank you very much….alright….yes, let´s bust out the baby piano, thank you, gentlemen, thank you, gentlemen, thanks, there´s something for you in my will (?) yes, yes, that´s it, uh….ok, let´s not talk about baseball, let´s, uh (chuckles) that´s, uh, who said, anybody, who said that? I didn´t say that (chuckles)….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´Jesus Was an Only Son´´
´´Thank you, thank you very much….alright, I was writing, wrote a lot of songs about parents and children on this last record and….uh, so, you know, rock musicians, you always go back to the prototype, now, of course, you know, with guys my generation, it´s Elvis, but all Italian and Irish rock, rockers know that before, before there was Elvis, there was Jesus, you see, He was actually the first frontman, and uh….(?) the Disciples, it´s a fabulous band name, I don´t know why somebody hasn´t come up with that one yet….Jesus and the Disciples (chuckles) in my next (chuckles) but, uh, you know, when Jesus came from preachers, of course He´s from the preaching, that´s where the frontmen came from, that´s where James Brown got it and he passed it on to, uh, to us kids and so it all goes back, uh, what can we say? uh, uh, that´s completely idiotic but it´s true (chuckles) but, uh, anyway, wrote a lot of songs about parents and kids and I was imagining what would, Jesus was, Jesus as someone´s son….
(….) at His mother´s feet….now the first thing that strikes you after you become a parent is how there isn´t anything you….you wouldn´t do to, uh, keep your kids safe, there´s no…. train you wouldn´t step in front of and that that´s a life sentence…..
(….) shall pierce your dreams this night….I always figured that….the things that give our, our choices meaning….are what we sacrifice for ´em, the things we give up….I always figured that Jesus had to be thinking….that it was really nice this time of year down in Galilee and there was that little bar by the beach that needed a manager….and Mary Magdalene could tend bar and they could have a bunch of kids and get to see the sun on their faces….and get to watch the air fill their lungs at night when they´re sleeping….and get to see the next day….and the next day….and the next day….and the next day….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´Matamoros Banks´´
´´Thank you….I wrote this song and a series of other songs that I wrote when I was living in California and, uh, there´s, uh, a lot of, uh….every year there´s hundreds of people that die trying to come across out southern border, they, they drown in the rivers and they, they die of dehydration in the, in the deserts or in the backs of, of stuffy vans, being smuggled across, uh….and if you, uh, if you eat strawberries or, or tomatoes, or, those are, their hands are, are, are at your table, those are the folks, those are all things that can´t be harvested by machine, they, there, there´s people out there picking ´em all across the country and uh….we are sorely in need of a humane immigration policy so….this is a song I wrote, uh, it´s written backwards, it starts with the body at the bottom of the river and takes you back through the man´s journey across the desert, this is called ´Matamoros Banks´….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´I Wanna Marry You´´
´´Thank you….thanks….alright, you guys can do me a favor and you can get on the internet tonight ´cause I know that´s how you get in touch, and ask people not to come to the stage until the end of the set, alright?…you only need to (?) fingers across those little buttons (chuckles)….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´You Can Look´´
´´Alright, kids, wooo!….´´

07.10.05 Hartford, CT, intro to ´´The Promised Land´´
´´Thank you very much, I wanna thank everybody for coming out to the show tonight, thanks a lot….yes, yes, you were fabulous, thank you, yes….alright, want to, uh….a shout-out, we got some friends in the hall tonight, folks from the, uh, Foodshare, they work to end hunger here, part of the overall community effort here in Connecticut are, alleviate poverty in Greater Hartford, they could use your support, that´s the Hartford Foodshare, you´ll see them on the way out, if you can spare your time or, or any support, they could use, that´d, that´d be, uh, deeply appreciated, I´m gonna send this out to them….´´

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