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Morning Song – Long Walk Home

September 23, 2016

“Long Walk Home” wasn’t on the original setlist for the close of Bruce Springsteen’s latest US tour, but it opened the show’s “encore”. (Is it really an encore if the band never leaves the stage? #QuestionsForAnotherDay)

As I said a few days ago, there was a political strand running through the middle third of the show, but—as is often the case at his concerts—with no explicit commentary from Springsteen. None that is, until the lights came up on him and his guitar to signal the start of the encore, when he said the following:

This is the last night of our tour. We’ve been through the United States, then through Europe, and back here for these last 10 shows. It’s meant a tremendous amount to us.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you folks coming out and seeing us tonight. It never gets old. You know, it’s an amazing thing to see all the people that still support your music after all these years.

So…along with all of you, I’ve had to live through the election campaign. And I’ve got to say it’s just one of the ugliest I’ve ever seen in my entire life. There was just a lot of speaking to our worst angels. And you let those things out of the bottle…all that ugliness…the genie doesn’t go back in the bottle.

And I’m going to do this with that in mind. This is “Long Walk Home”.

The genie doesn’t go back in the bottle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to deal with the consequences. And just because the journey is long doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start walking.

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