Story 2012-07-05 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
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Intro to "The Ties That Bind"
“Bon soir, Paris! (crowd cheers) etes-vous prets? (crowd cheers) etes-vous prets? (crowd cheers) etes-vous prets? (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to "No Surrender"
“Steve! “No Surrender!”…”

Intro to "My City of Ruins"
“Bon soir, Paris! (crowd cheers) ca va? (crowd cheers) ca va? (crowd cheers) etes-vous prets? (crowd cheers) oh yeah…oh yeah… oh yeah…hit it, Max!…this is a song about the hellos and goodbyes we have to say to friends in our lives…c’est une chanson de bonjour et au-revoirs…a song about things that we lose when they go and the things of theirs that we keep forever…(?)(crowd cheers)…”

Middle of "My City of Ruins"
“(Horn players take turns soloing)…That’s Clark Gayton, Curt Ramm, Barry Danielian, Ed Manion and Jake Clemons – the E Street Horns (crowd cheers) take me higher…take me higher…take me higher…we got Everett Bradley, Curtis “Cowbell” King, Cindy Mizelle, Michelle Moore of the E Street Choir with us tonight (crowd cheers) Max!…roll call…I wanna know who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna feel who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers) I wanna hear who’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers)
Professor Roy Bittan’s in the house (Roy plays) Brother Charlie Giordano’s in the house (crowd cheers)(Charlie plays accordion) Sister Soozie Tyrell (crowd cheers)(Soozie plays violin) incredible Nils Lofgren (crowd cheers) (Nils plays) oh, I’m looking for my baby…I’m searching for my baby…I’m looking for my baby…I’m searching for my baby…is there a red headed woman in the house? (crowd cheers) is there a red headed woman in the house? (crowd cheers) Patti, Miss Patti Scialfa (crowd cheers)(Patti sings a bit of “People Get Ready”) oh, thank you, baby (crowd cheers) Little Steven’s in the house tonight (crowd cheers)(Steve plays) play it, Steve…Mighty Max Weinberg (crowd cheers)(Max drums) and Mr. Garry W. Tallent (crowd cheers)(Garry plays) are we ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) are we ready for a house party? (crowd cheers) we’re gonna have a house party tonight (crowd cheers) we’re gonna have a house party…I always remember when you had those parties in the summer you’d always be noticing who was here this year, who was missing this year…oh, I’m in a sad mood tonight…I’m real sad…are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) (?) sing with me… are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) are we missing anybody? (crowd cheers) come on, I can hear ‘em in your voices (crowd cheers)…”

Intro to "Spirit in the Night"
“I can feel something in this room tonight (crowd cheers) I can feel something in this room (crowd cheers) but I think, I think we’ve got to wake it up (crowd cheers) we’ve got to shake it up (crowd cheers) we’ve got to make it up, goddammit! (crowd cheers) that’s right…the E Street Band’s come thousands of miles and we’ve come to ask you one question…can you feel the spirit? (crowd cheers) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd cheers) we’ve come to ask you that one question and if you’ve got an answer, I want you to shout out “Yeah, yeah!”…can you feel the spirit? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) can you feel the spirit now? (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) we come here tonight to bring you the news, the bad news, the good news, the news with the beat, the news that make you wanna holler (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) that make you wanna holler (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”) let me hear you holler (crowd and band: “Yeah, yeah!”)…”

Intro to "The Way You Do the Things You Do – 634-5789"
“Soul music!…do we have any soul music fans out there? (crowd cheers) the E Street Band is a rock and soul band…that is at the heart of what we do…soul music was music of blood…and sweat and work and joy…of effort…of the earth, of air, of sex, of love, of regret, of anger…of heart, of life…of soul…soul music was about the world as it stands in front of you…and the struggle that it is to get through it and the transcendence you search for…soul had shoes in muddy ground but always reaching to…the heavens…without ever quite getting there…it was music about trials and tribulations of being human…it was also music that made exquisite study of the beauty of life that was in front of your eyes in the simplest language…this is a song by one of the most elegant songwriters followed by a song by one of the most gritty soul singers…so…here we go…”

Intro to "For You"
“Yes, yes! (crowd cheers) thank you for that (?) that’s fine ‘cept I can’t read these (chuckles) oh yeah…”

Intro to "We Are Alive"
“Time for a testimony…I finished, uh, working on finishing Wrecking Ball…a lot of hard luck stories…a lot of hard times people going through back home, I know here too, people losing their houses, lost their jobs…I was looking for a song at the end of the record… that would…somehow point to the future…somehow bring a little light into the record…and I couldn’t come across anything, everything we tried sounded…fake…so I started to think about the past and how the generations before dealt with their hard times… ‘cause it’s going on over and over again in the 1800s and the 1930s and the 1970s and it always falls on the heads of the same folks… and when I was growing up myself…and while I didn’t think about it, I realized that I had the example about how those things were dealt with…how hard times and death and terrible tragedy fall into your life without taking your life and that example was my mom (crowd cheers) she had it hard…yet somehow got up every morning, went to work, always had a smile and somehow always had love to spare so (crowd cheers) when we were kids, we used to go out into the graveyard around dusk, me and my sister, my mother used to put flowers on my grandmother’s grave and me and my sister used to run off through the graves and climb over the gravestones till it got dark and we thought we started to hear things…so…this is a song about listening to the voices of the dead or the voices from the past…and the way they inform the present and point towards the future…so I’ll do this one for you tonight, Mom (crowd cheers) so there we are, we’re at the old Freehold cemetery, it’s right around dark and me and my little sister are going grave to grave to grave to grave, it’s getting darker and we’re listening and we’re listening and we’re listening and suddenly we hear…There’s a cross over yonder…”

Intro to "Glory Days"
“Fatigue? (crowd: “No!”) fatigue? (crowd: “No!”)…”

Middle of "Glory Days"
“We gotta get going, Steve (Steve: “We do?”) I gotta go see the Eiffel Tower before it closes…(Steve: “It never closes”) I’m telling you it closes (Steve: “It never closes”) it closes!…(?)…”

Intro to "Dancing in the Dark"
“Fatigue? (crowd: “No!”) fatigue? (crowd: “No!”) fatigue? (crowd: “No!”)…”

Middle of "Dancing in the Dark"
“(dances with Jessica, then escorts her back to the side of the stage)…That’s my little girl…”

Towards the end of "Dancing in the Dark"
“Fatigue (crowd: “No!”) fatigue (crowd: “No!”)(lays down on the stage) merci…fatigue (crowd: “No!”)…(Steve pours water from a sponge on Bruce’s face, twice, then he finally gets up)…

Towards the end of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out"
“Paris! (crowd cheers) Paris! (crowd cheers) Paris! (crowd cheers) you’ve just seen the hard-rocking, house-rocking, earth-shaking, heart-breaking, Viagra-taking, love-making, history-making, legendary (crowd: “E Street Band!”)…”

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