Story 2008-07-04 Gothenburg, Sweden
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04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Born in the U.S.A”
“Göteborg (crowd cheers) hur mår ni?* (crowd cheers) glad to see you, happy Fourth, alright (crowd cheers)…”
[* “How are you?”]

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Two Hearts”
“What do you got there?….(crowd cheers)…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Spirit in the Night”
“Can you feel the spirit? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd cheers)…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Be True”
“Yes…we’re off to a fine start…alright…ah…ah…ah…ah (crowd cheers) rarely played, this one…yes…for my friend outside the hotel …ready, Boys?…are we ready? (crowd cheers)…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Sandy” (following “Be True”
“Woo!…the Mighty Max (crowd cheers) the Big Man (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan on the piano (crowd cheers)…oh yes, I see requests, yes…oh, let me see what you got there, alright, hold on, be right there…gotta practise this one…några önskningar?* (crowd cheers) no, any, any requests? that’s…(crowd cheers)…ok, this is one of my Fourth of July specials for you (crowd cheers) we always send this one out to Danny (crowd cheers) and, uh, just a few days ago Madame Marie, that’s the gypsy teller on the Asbury Park boardwalk, passed away, she was 98 (chuckles) that’s a lot of fortune-telling (chuckles) but, uh…I’ll say there’s enough mystery lost in the world, we need all the fortune-tellers we can get, tonight we’re gonna send this one out to Madame Marie (crowd cheers)…” [*“Any requests?”]

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, at the end of “Sandy”
“Happy Fourth! (crowd cheers)…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Atlantic City”
“We’re gonna send this one out to everybody back in the States, we’re broadcasting some of this back in the States right now, wishing everybody a happy Fourth of July in the U.S.A (crowd cheers) alright, Sweden, let me them hear you (crowd cheers)…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Livin’ in the Future”
“Alright…this is a song called “Livin’ in the Future”…but it’s about what’s happening now…back home…on Independence Day…along with all the things that we’re proud about about where we come from…we’ve had to add to the American picture back home things like rendition and illegal wiretapping and the rolling-back of basic civil liberties…these are all things that when I was a little boy your mom and pop told you happen someplace else, that could never happen here…so this is a song about…sleeping through changes you never thought you’d see in your own hometown…and, uh…gonna call down an Independence Day blessing, this is all almost over… Max…(forgets lyrics)…that’s right…let’s try it again…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Mary’s Place”
“Big Man…sometimes I feel so sad and lonely…sometimes I feel so sad and lonely…bring it down, Band…sometimes I feel so sad and lonely…like I just can’t reach anybody…sometimes I feel so sad and lonely…and that’s when I know I’ve got to reach out for some help, that’s when I know I’ve got to raise my hand out and reach out for some help…that’s when I know I’ve got to raise my hand and reach out…oh yeah, that feels good…there’s just one thing I need to know …all I need to know is…are you ready? (crowd sings back)…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Independence Day”
“Here we go…a little Fourth of July special…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “This Hard Land”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you…this is one that I’ve seen that some folks have got some signs out there for so…we haven’t played this one in a while so we’re gonna swing this one out…oh yeah…are you ready, gentlemen?…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Hungry Heart”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you (crowd cheers) oh yeah…I wanna thank everyone for coming to our show tonight (crowd cheers) thank you (speaks Swedish) and I wanna thank you for all the love and support you’ve given our band and our music over all these years, we deeply appreciate it and it is a privilege to play for you, thank you very much (crowd cheers) come on, Boys…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “Rosalita”
“Mamma mia!…”

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, intro to “American Land”
“Woo!…thank you (crowd cheers) vi älskar er* (crowd cheers) vi älskar er (crowd cheers)…
[* “We love you.”]

04.07.08 Gothenburg, Sweden, middle of “American Land”
“Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers) Little Steven (crowd cheers) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers) the Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers) Professor Roy Bittan (crowd cheers) Charlie Giordano (crowd cheers) Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) and the man, the myth, the majesty: Clarence Clemons (crowd cheers) Sweden! (crowd cheers) Sweden! (crowd cheers) Sweden! (crowd cheers) Sweden! (crowd cheers) Sweden! (crowd cheers) Sweden! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, earth-shocking, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band”)…”

Compiled by Johanna Pirttijärvi

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