Story 2010-05-13 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY
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Middle of “Dancing in the Dark”
“(After the first chorus) Alright, Carnegie Hall (crowd cheers) Sting gave me a big job to do so I’m gonna need you to help me out, baby…I can’t let my pal down…is the band ready?…are the people ready? (crowd cheers) are the people ready? (crowd cheers)…(the band kicks back in)(starts the song from the beginning)…"

Intro to “Cuts Like a Knife”
“What a show (crowd cheers) what a great show (crowd cheers) thank you, Sting, for inviting me (?)…Sting called me sort of last minute so I’m gonna show some ‘80’s nostalgia…Sting, we’re ‘80’s nostalgia really (laughter from the crowd) let’s try this one…help me count…one, two, three, four, one, two…
(…) Now has anybody…wait a minute (?)…sssh…has anybody out there ever been heartbroken? (some response) of course you have, of course…ladies, uh…you ever been suspect about your man?…of course you have…men…have your women ever left you with an… unsettled mind?…of course they have…but I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about something else…I’m talking about shot in the back, stabbed in the gut, soul-crushing, blanked-out, empty feeling of betrayal when something that felt so right has gone so, so very wrong…I had a girl…and we were young…and she was very lovely…and I felt like I was very much in love…I was so in love I thought about her all day and night, which is unusual ‘cause usually I think about my…myself (laughter from the crowd) but…I heard it through the grapevine (the female chorus goes “Ooh-oh”)(laughter from the crowd) that she’d been sneaking out on me…and I felt like I’d been shot through the heart…(drummer hits the drum)…and I heard through the grapevine (the female chorus goes “Ooh-oh”) (laughter from the crowd) that she’d been sneaking out on me with my best friend (crowd boos) and I felt like I’d been shot through the heart twice (the drummer hits the drum twice) now, I made that last part up, that’s not true, it wasn’t my best friend (laughter from the crowd) when you’re doing one of these soul raps best friend always sounds more tragic (laughter from the crowd) but actually it was much worse!…I heard through the grapevine (the female chorus goes “Ooh-oh”)(laughter from the crowd) it was another musician…(?) a band came through town and, uh, they had an album or two out, I was still struggling in the clubs and they played a little club and next thing I knew she disappeared and basically what happened she traded up on me (laughter from the crowd) the worst part was not very far up either, it was (laughter from the crowd) it was just a little bit up (laughter from the crowd) they only had a few minor records out but, but that seemed to be enough…so I went down to the (?) the next day where she worked and I was trying to, I don’t know (?)…I walked in and she looked so beautiful…show me where that one is, boys (band plays a bit) got it…she looked so beautiful I felt like I’d been shot five times through the heart…(drummer and the trumpet player “hit it” five times)…give me a little piano, Elton (laughter from the crowd)… that’s all I need…well, I listened to her justify…now, how she justified being caught in the shower with another man, I’m not sure (laughter from the crowd) but I started to justify right along with her – bring it down…I was angry but I was filled with a lot of furious forgiveness also because I didn’t wanna lose…in my little town she was about the craziest, coolest, loveliest thing I’d ever seen and I didn’t wanna lose that so I let it drop…do you understand?…and I waited for the hurt to go away but it did not…do you hear me? (some in the crowd: “Yeah”) and so I covered it over and I did not let it out… and it sat there…and it sat there…and of course it poisoned many things…have you ever been there? (some in the crowd: “Yeah”) well, that brings us to tonight…because the hurt don’t go away until you let it out – what I wanna know is if you’re hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if you’re hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if you’re hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if you’re hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) I want you to raise me up off my knees and if you’re hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let it out (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers) if it hurt, let me hear you holler (crowd cheers)…(goes back into the song)…”

Intro to “Don’t Stop Believing”
“(Sting: “Let’s start with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen” (crowd cheers) give it up for Lady Gaga”))(crowd cheers) Lady Shirley Bassey (crowd cheers) Debbie Harry (crowd cheers)(?)(crowd cheers)(Sting: “So I said to Bruce, I said “What do you wanna finish with?”…he said this song, I said “I don’t know that song,” he said “Everyone in the country knows but you” (laughter from the crowd)…”

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