Story 2006-04-30 New Orleans, LA

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´O Mary Don´t You Weep´´
´´Alright, it´s our first gig, let´s hope it goes well….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´John Henry´´
´´Good afternoon, everybody….here´s a song, it´s actually a true story….came out of the first (?) a true story of man versus machine, a combat that occured, occured during the building of the eastern railroads in the late 19th century…I´ll be right with you….I´m having a technical problem with my hand….let´s hope that works out too (chuckles)….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Johnny 99´´
´´See, it´s not just a new band, this is a new belt, you see, it´s….alright, somebody want to tell me what that is? (chuckles)….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Old Dan Tucker´´
´´Yes, Sir!….oh my Lord….this is an old fiddle tune, made famous around 1843….I think it´s a 150-year-old Bob Dylan song, that´s what it sounds like….the lyrics to so many old folk songs end up being so surreal….alright….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Eyes on the Prize´´
´´This next song was, uh, originally a….holiness hymn, was known as ´Hands on the Plow´…. it was rewritten in the 1956 by Alice Wine….this is called ´Keep Your Eyes on the Prize´….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´My Oklahoma Home´´
´´Thank you….woo! alright….thank you, this next song, uh….this is a song that was written during the other great American natural disaster in our country´s recent history that separated families, that drove Americans from their homes and left them spread out all across the country, the Oklahoma dustbowl….I like the toughness and the wit in the writing of this song, it´s kind of the sound of laughter through tears, ´Where is my home? It´s blown away´…. (starts
playing) am I in the right key? (chuckles)….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´Mrs MgGrath´
´´Thank you….here´s an Irish…a great Irish anti-war ballad, first published in 1815 in Dublin…´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?´´
´´Alright….we had a chance to travel around and, uh, around New Orleans yesterday…. from Lake View to the 9th Ward and uh….I think I saw sights I never thought I´d see in an American city….uh….and uh….uh, the, the criminal inaptitude makes you feel furious and this is, uh (crowd yell and applaud) this is, uh….this is what happens when polical cronism cuts the very agencies that are supposed to serve American citizens in times of trial and hardship (crowd applaud) this is what happens when people play political games with other people´s lives….this is a song by a fellow named Blind Alfred Reed, uh, he recorded it the week after the stock market crash that preceded the Great Depression, uh….I kept the first verse and I wrote three more, this is for New Orleans tonight, dedicated, uh….dedicated to, uh, President ´Bystander´….´How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?´….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Jacob´s Ladder´´
´´Yes, yes, yes….yes, yes, yes, a song based on Jacob´s prophetic dream of escape from bondage….please join me, we are climbing Jacob´s ladder…´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´We Shall Overcome´´
´´Let´s climb….let us climb….let us climb….let us climb….this is a song that, uh, kind of was the genesis of our whole little project here, about seven years ago when I was asked to do a song for a Pete Seeger tribute record and, uh….I met most of these fellows playing in the field down on my farm, we had a little fiesta and, uh….it´s sort of a circle, three circles of musicians that´ve been together for a long time, I got my, my lovely wife, Miss Patti….and uh, Lisa and Soozie played on the streets of New York when they were….just little girls (chuckles) only little girls, that´s right, and, uh, of course, we have the horn section, New Jersey-bred, inspired by New Orleans
(chuckles) they played with Southside Johnny and, uh, with our band along the way and then there was the group of musicians that came down and played in New York, played a lot of great roots music, uh, and of course my cousin Frankie, whose dad taught me my first chords on the guitar, he´s playing with us tonight
(chuckles) the lovely Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King, the fabulous Marc Anthony Thompson….from a great band, Chocolate Genius, get your Chocolate Genius-records, please (chuckles)(M.A. Thompson:
´Thank you, Brother´)(chuckles) he´s a hell of a songwriter and a singer and, uh, we´ll introduce everybody later, uh, but it takes too damn long
(chuckles) but this is the song that started, I listened to this song, it´s such a great song, everybody´s known this, it´s spoken for so many….so many people and so many hard times for so long and it´s really, it´s a lovely prayer and, uh, we send this prayer out to you tonight….and this afternoon….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Open All Night´´
´´Come on, Charles….come on, girls….from the streets of New York City via New Jersey….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Pay Me My Money Down´´
´´Alright, let´s bring it in….thank you so much…for your hospitality….alright, we need help down here, ´Pay Me My Money Down´….yeah, how´s my tempo?….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´My City of Ruins´´
´´A little gesture left over from the rock shows, you know what I mean? (chuckles)….thank you, New Orleans….yes….this is memorable (chuckles)….this is a song I originally wrote for my adopted hometown, Asbury Park, which, uh, is going through its own, its own very difficult times and (?) parts of it look a lot like parts of New Orleans right now….and, uh, but it´s working hard….it´s working hard….so I wanna sing this and dedicate it to, uh, the people and the city of New Orleans tonight….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´Buffalo Gals´´
´´We don´t have to go home yet (?) we got a few more….this is a song my grandmother sang to me when I was a little baby, this one and Darktown Strutters' Ball…if you know the words….follow the bouncing ball (chuckles)….´´

30.04.06 New Orleans, LA, intro to ´´When the Saints Go Marching In´´
´´Well, that sun ain´t quite set yet….one more, this ought to do it….I never seen a drum set come apart like that (chuckles) and roll dangerously close to the crowd, that was incredible, thank you, Marc, you saved me millions in lawsuits (chuckles)….let me see if I´m in tune…. or, as we say, close enough for folk music….I´m not in tune (chuckles)….I might not be close enough for folk music (chuckles)(tries tuning his guitar) we need a professional…that´s right, it´s pathetic - I´ve long ago forgotten how to tune my own guitar - how folksy can I be?…. nah, I still know how to tune (chuckles) I came across this, I was stumbling through this book of folk songs that I had tucked away in my, in a room that I write in and I came across this song, which I know has always had a special place in New Orleans´ history and, and it was sort of one of those things where ´Gee, I don´t know, how do you do that one? that´s, that´s kind of impossible to do,´ uh, ´cause we know there´s about, you know, a hundred people around town gonna do it better than us, you know, so, but I came across these two verses that were the first and the middle verse that I, I´d never heard before and uh….so, uh, I wanna say it´s an honor to share this stage tonight with greats like Allen Toussaint and, uh, and my good friend Elvis….and besides being….you know, besides being such a genius, he´s, also he´s just one of the most lovely and gracious men I´ve ever met, he´s so, he´s so incredible and, uh…. we, we started this project kind of just fooling around and loosely and so much of the roots of the music that we play here tonight was born right here in this great mother-city of American music….so we wanna thank you for your warm reception and for taking us in, every place we went around town, people greeted us and thanked us for being here and, uh, I came here with my wife when we first started fooling around (chuckles) nobody found us either (chuckles) we used to sneak up and down, hit all those little bars and oh man (chuckles) so, uh, coming back with my 15-year-old, 14 year-old son and daughter and 12-year-old son and daughter was, uh, bracing, it was bracing (chuckles) but uh, it´s always been a sweet city for us and we, uh, you have all our prayers and our support in….in helping your lovely city so….anyway, this one´s from, uh, New Jersey to New Orleans tonight….´´

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