Don't click or your IP will be banned


Hittin' The Web with the Allman Brothers Band Forum
You are not logged in

< Last Thread   Next Thread ><<  1    2  >>Ascending sortDescending sorting  
Author: Subject: Bruce's speech about NJ

Universal Peach





Posts: 6276
(6294 all sites)
Registered: 7/6/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 03:37 PM
Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame on May 4. Here's a transcript of his speech:
When I first got the letter I was to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame I was a little suspicious. New Jersey Hall of Fame? Does New York have a hall of fame? Does Connecticut have a hall of fame? I mean, maybe they don't think they need one.
But then I ran through the list of names: Albert Einstein, Bruce Springsteen... my mother's going to like that. She's here tonight. It's her birthday and it's the only time she's going to hear those two names mentioned in the same sentence, so I'm going to enjoy it.
When I was recording my first album, the record company spent a lot of money taking pictures of me in New York City. But...something didn't feel quite right. So I was walking down the boardwalk one day, stopped at a souvenir stand and bought a postcard that said "Greetings from Asbury Park." I remember thinking, "yeah, that's me."
With the exception of a few half years in California, my family and I have raised our kids here. We have a big Italian-Irish family. I found my own Jersey girl right here in Asbury Park. I've always found it deeply resonant holding the hands of my kids on the same streets where my mom held my hand, swimming in the same ocean and taking them to visit the same beaches I did as a child. It was also a place that really protected me. It's been very nurturing. I could take my kids down to Freehold, throw them up on my shoulders and walk along the street with thousands of other people on Kruise Night with everybody just going, "hey Bruce...." That was something that meant a lot to me, the ability to just go about my life. I really appreciated that.
You get a little older and when one of those crisp fall days come along in September and October, my friends and I slip into the cool water of the Atlantic Ocean. We take note that there are a few less of us as each year passes. But the thing about being in one place your whole life is that they're all still around you in the water. I look towards the shore and I see my two sons and my daughter pushing their way through the waves. And on the beach there's a whole batch of new little kids running away from the crashing surf like time itself.
That's what New Jersey is for me. It's a repository of my time on earth. My memory, the music I've made, my friendships, my life... it's all buried here in a box somewhere in the sand down along the Central Jersey coast. I can't imagine having it any other way.
So let me finish with a Garden State benediction. Rise up my fellow New Jerseyans, for we are all members of a confused but noble race. We, of the state that will never get any respect. We, who bear the coolness of the forever uncool. The chip on our shoulders of those with forever something to prove. And even with this wonderful Hall of Fame, we know that there's another bad Jersey joke coming just around the corner.
But fear not. This is not our curse. It is our blessing. For this is what imbues us with our fighting spirit. That we may salute the world forever with the Jersey state bird, and that the fumes from our great northern industrial area to the ocean breezes of Cape May fill us with the raw hunger, the naked ambition and the desire not just to do our best, but to stick it in your face. Theory of relativity anybody? How about some electric light with your day? Or maybe a spin to the moon and back? And that is why our fellow Americans in the other 49 states know, when the announcer says "and now in this corner, from New Jersey...." they better keep their hands up and their heads down, because when that bell rings, we're coming out swinging.
God Bless the Garden State.

 

____________________
Life is too short! Your either a brother or another

 
E-Mail User
Replies:

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2201
(2202 all sites)
Registered: 3/23/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 04:13 PM
Dork.
 

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 8643
(8641 all sites)
Registered: 12/14/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 04:15 PM
quote:
Dork.


Too funny.

 

Universal Peach



Karma:
Posts: 6276
(6294 all sites)
Registered: 7/6/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 04:15 PM
quote:
Dork.



1 syllabul, impressive.

 

____________________
Life is too short! Your either a brother or another

 
E-Mail User

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 19425
(20203 all sites)
Registered: 3/13/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 04:53 PM
YEAH!

i hate the whole stigma NJ has. try travelling, and telling people you are from NJ; firstly half of the nation apparently thinks Philadelphia is nowhere near NJ. that in and of itself is annoying (NO, i'm not a Jets/Giants fan, i'm a damn EAGLES FAN). Secondly mostly everyone who bags NJ has never been there, or has been to the North Jersey airports and that was it.

good speech from the boss. NJ will always be home for me, though i dont plan on stepping a foot back in it untill March '09.

 

____________________
you know there just ain't no telling

what a satisfied girl will do.

 
E-Mail User

Peach Master



Karma:
Posts: 966
(966 all sites)
Registered: 4/6/2007
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 04:57 PM
MARGE LOVES NEW JERSEY! YAR!
 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 67077
(67594 all sites)
Registered: 10/27/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 07:54 PM
quote:
Dork.



Moron.






BRUUUUUUUUCE RAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!

 

____________________
Hittin' The Web::Hugh Duty Memorial Giveaway has begun!

RIP Hugh Duty

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 82618
(82977 all sites)
Registered: 4/16/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 08:00 PM
There are not many things to be proud of coming from NJ, but BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE is one of them

That being said, I would bolt out of here ASAP for the right opportunity

 

____________________
RIP Cindy Fischer
RIP Hugh Duty
RIP John Ott

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 16492
(16492 all sites)
Registered: 6/4/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 08:40 PM
Well, sadly most folks think NJ is Neark Airport, the NJ Trpk and the GSP.

I live a 10 minute walk from downtown Asbury Park and while it is still a city with problems, it has character and folks are trying to fix it once and for all. Go west in Nj and look at the farmland the mountains and the Lakes.

Hell Chuck and I live In NJ and if thats not enough to get people pumped up, then what else could. Oh, yeah and Brendan also.

 

____________________


R.I.P. Hugh Duty


 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 15998
(15990 all sites)
Registered: 10/13/2007
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 08:49 PM

Frank Sinatra......

 

____________________

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 82618
(82977 all sites)
Registered: 4/16/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 08:51 PM
quote:

Frank Sinatra......


Yea, him too of course

 

____________________
RIP Cindy Fischer
RIP Hugh Duty
RIP John Ott

 

Extreme Peach



Karma:
Posts: 1574
(1574 all sites)
Registered: 11/30/2001
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 08:51 PM
Very nice speech. Even after living 17+ years in CA, under dry sunny skies, something always draws me back to the Jersey shore. I can completely relate to what Bruce says. I spent my summers there, took my kids when they were toddlers. Last year, when I spent two days in So Jersey, I had to take a ride to the shore. It was one of those oppressively hot summer days, near 100% humidity, the air was thick, the ocean offered no relief, but I was there, in its glory, walking the boardwalk in Ocean City with my wife. The air conditioning inside Laura's Fudge, made it all the more worthwile.
 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 82618
(82977 all sites)
Registered: 4/16/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 08:51 PM
quote:


Hell Chuck and I live In NJ and if thats not enough to get people pumped up, then what else could. Oh, yeah and Brendan also.


Maybe thats why they are staying away

 

____________________
RIP Cindy Fischer
RIP Hugh Duty
RIP John Ott

 

Peach Master



Karma:
Posts: 890
(892 all sites)
Registered: 1/5/2005
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 09:07 PM
quote:
Dork.


HA! You're just jealous!!

 

____________________
Laura in NJ

For the truth about the music industry (secondary market ticket scams, extraneous fees, & the other truths no one wants you to know), subscribe to the The Lefsetz Letter.

 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2201
(2202 all sites)
Registered: 3/23/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 09:55 PM
The guy talks about holding hands with his mom and taking walks with his girlfriend on the beach for 5 paragraphs; how can I NOT post "dork"? Too easy a set up.

"Jersey is the Garden State?? What are they growin' over there, smokestacks?" - George Carlin.

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 19442
(19456 all sites)
Registered: 6/9/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/12/2008 at 10:20 PM
I never used to be much of a fan of New Jersey. And then, I came across an impressive and attractive and smart woman who got my attention and made me look at Jersey in a different way. But, enough about Kelly Ripa. I also spent four days exploring Jersey with Linnie, and it was good fun. I took in the Garden State from Cape May all of the way up to NYC, looked for some Cape May diamonds, was surprised to see the big blueberry fields, and braced myself during some of the more interesting driving that I've ever experienced. But enough about Kelly Ripa. The fact is, I had a good time, and you never know about a place until you see it first hand. Linnie was an excellent tour guide, and I am now very aware that South Jersey equals Philly. I had some great conversations with complete strangers while on the last train to Trenton out of NYC, and I love the fact that there is a rural area in Jersey to the west where there is even a bear hunting season. And yes, I am a huge Sinatra and Einstein fan. Like all stereotypes, there is some truth in there somewhere, and Jersey does have that side to it. Newark is still Newark, and I'm not fond of ocean beaches where you have to wear steel toed shoes while in the water. But, when I hear the whining about how the state is viewed by others, try being from West Virginia. Geesh.

Derek H

 

____________________

 

Peach Master



Karma:
Posts: 966
(966 all sites)
Registered: 4/6/2007
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 06:36 AM
THE JERSEY SHORE ROCKS!
 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 23469
(24338 all sites)
Registered: 1/6/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 06:42 AM
quote:
quote:


Hell Chuck and I live In NJ and if thats not enough to get people pumped up, then what else could. Oh, yeah and Brendan also.


Maybe thats why they are staying away


You're all in north jersey. South jersey is a whole lot different.

 
E-Mail User

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 6428
(8673 all sites)
Registered: 12/12/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 07:43 AM
New Jersey...Only the strong survive.

We pump fists, not gas.

 

____________________
This one goes to eleven...

 

Extreme Peach



Karma:
Posts: 1653
(1656 all sites)
Registered: 10/8/2007
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 07:51 AM
I sat and read that whole thing and then saw the "dork" response below it and literally laughed out loud at my desk.......bravo.

 

____________________
Giggidy Giggidy

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 16865
(16863 all sites)
Registered: 1/17/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 08:21 AM
quote:
quote:


Hell Chuck and I live In NJ and if thats not enough to get people pumped up, then what else could. Oh, yeah and Brendan also.


Maybe thats why they are staying away


Has that effect on me.

 

____________________
Chicago Black Hawks - next season.


 

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 7734
(8061 all sites)
Registered: 3/20/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 08:30 AM
quote:
quote:
quote:


Hell Chuck and I live In NJ and if thats not enough to get people pumped up, then what else could. Oh, yeah and Brendan also.


Maybe thats why they are staying away


You're all in north jersey. South jersey is a whole lot different.


Yeah, what Cuj said!! I'm a Jersey Girl and proud of it - South Jersey that is, lol!!

 

____________________
I'm gonna be thankful for this feeling the music brings . . .

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 23542
(24044 all sites)
Registered: 1/2/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 08:41 AM
I want to visit NJ one day. Some of my ancestors were from up around that way. Some of my favorite Peach Heads are New Jerseyans.

 

____________________

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 23373
(23372 all sites)
Registered: 12/27/2005
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 09:29 AM
quote:
I lived in the northwest part of NJ for 33 years. I lived down the road from a dairy farm, I drove to work every day passing corn fields, lakes and wooded areas. I had deer and bear in my back yard. My wife had bird feeders in the yard (which explains why I had bear back there) and those feeders attracted more types of birds than I could name. And I could drive to NYC and all it had to offer in a little over an hour. This is a part of NJ that nobody ever talks about.

My aunts and Uncles lived in Clementon NJ. When we would visit them in the early 1960s we had to drive on the Blackwood-Clementon road. It was a two lane blacktop with nothing but farms on either side for most of the three miles. It looks a lot different now.

 

____________________

Quit!

 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 4625
(2980 all sites)
Registered: 1/8/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 5/13/2008 at 10:26 AM
I can relate....... born in Hackensack, lived in Bergen county, Rutherford, until junior year HS..... been out west since, but always was and is, home..... I believe it ties into like genetic homing roots tied to my origins there.

Been to beaches all over, east coast, west coast, and Jersey beaches are hands down, the best.

 

____________________
*We Speak Analog* all else is a foreign language...

 
<<  1    2  >>  


Powered by XForum 1.81.1 by Trollix Software


Privacy | Terms of Service
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND name, The ALLMAN BROTHERS name, likenesses, logos, mushroom design and peach truck are all registered trademarks of THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. whose rights are specifically reserved. Any artwork, visual, or audio representations used on this web site CONTAINING ANY REGISTERED TRADEMARKS are under license from The ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. A REVOCABLE, GRATIS LICENSE IS GRANTED TO ALL REGISTERED PEACH CORP MEMBERS FOR The DOWNLOADING OF ONE COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. ANY DISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THE TRADEMARKS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE PROHIBITED AND ARE SPECIFICALLY RESERVED BY THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO.,INC.
site by Hittin' the Web Group with www.experiencewasabi3d.com