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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2003-04-03 Oklahoma City, OK

Ed speaks "Glad you could all be with us tonight. There's a lot of "fucks" in that last song. And it's fucking great to be here. And "fuck" is a great fucking word. And it seems like ten years ago, freedom of speech, it all had to do with whether you could say "fuck" or not. Cuz it is, it's a word that's worth fighting for, ya know, ya say fuck him, fuck her, fuck me, fuck! Then great ways to say it: "That's fuckin' beautiful." Fuck. I personally can't say I ever said it this way, but I'm sure you could say, "Let's fuck." But now freedom of speech it has, uh, it has a lot to do with much bigger issues. And uh, somehow, we played a show last night and it's been misconstrued. They said, uh, 24 people left because they were upset at a, uh, anti-Bush administration remark. [crowd boos] You're booing the story, right, not me? Let's clarify that. You know you could have written that story differently and you could have said 11,972 people cheered and applauded at what the singer said ... we pledged our support and love to the troops. Ya know, how could we not be for the military? Look at this fuckin' haircut. [cheers] So, uh, no matter what it is, no matter how you feel, I think it's important for people to be able to protest, say what they feel, and put public pressure, put pressure on politicians and government just so that they will do a better job. There's nothing anti-patriotic about that. Because their job affects our families, our safety, our security, our relatives who are in the military, our friends, it affects everyone, so we have a right to be a voice and be part of that, I would think, as part of a democracy. That's all we wanted to say, this is 'Given to Fly'."

Set: Long Road, Grievance, Jools and Jim (Pete Townshend), Corduroy, Save You, Given To Fly, Dissident, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Love Boat Captain, 1/2 Full, Not For You, Off He Goes, Elderly Woman, Untitled/MFC, Happy Birthday, Drifting, Get Right, Deep!, Blood

Encore 1: Better Man, Daughter/(War), Do The Evolution, Rearviewmirror

Encore 2: Alive, Yellow Ledbetter


1 comment:

Steve said...

Thanks for uploading all these shows. I'm looking to round out my 2003 and 2005 collections.