-- 21 April 2009 --

2009 Index


DATE: 21 April 2009
VENUE/SHOW: The Showplace Theatre
Peterborough, ON. Canada


  • World Of Wonders
  • Last Night Of The World
  • See You Tomorrow
  • Night Train
  • Lovers In A Dangerous Time
  • The City Is Hungry
  • Jerusalem Poker
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • How I Spent My Fall Vacation
  • Wait No More
  • Elegy
  • Bone In My Ear
  • Call Me Rose
  • Kit Carson
  • Put It In Your Heart
  • If A Tree Falls
  • Mystery
  • Wondering Where The Lions Are
  • Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long
  • Anything Can Happen


    Setlist submitted by Lee Rutty.

    Below are Bruce's comments about the song Call Me Rose, transcribed from a recording of this show.

    I woke up one morning with this song in my head, which has happened, oh I don't know, three or four times over the decades. I remember once back in the 70s or thereabouts, maybe earlier even. Earlier I think. I woke up one morning and I had this song going round in my head and I thought -- at the time I was dabbling in the piano and I sat down at the piano and started banging out this thing. And I started feeling like I'd heard it before and I realized that I'd gotten the song from a dream, you know from the preceding night. In the dream Fats Domino was sitting at a grand piano in front of my grandmother's house, in the street and playing this song. I'm not gonna argue. [Unfortunately he didn't say what song Fats Domino had given him.]

    But this wasn't like that, there was no dream that I could recall that went with this song, it just was there. And I don't know the reason, except that I am going to offer you one anyway that's the result of speculation. You may recall that back in the distant depths of the Bush era the US government made a -- or someone made a -- brief attempt to rehabilitate the image of Richard Nixon. I don't know if you noticed, I don't remember which publications I saw this in, but for a couple of months there, there was obviously a concerted campaign going on to see if we couldn't convince us all that he was actually misunderstood and that he was really a truly great president et cetera. And yeah, the buzzer, the gong went. Which was actually kind of reassuring, to see that the folks to the south of us didn't buy into it. I was like, okay there's some hope there.

    But in any case I think that what happened is that phenomenon kind of got me thinking about what it would mean to actually rehabilitate Richard Nixon. Not his image, but his actual soul. And of course then you get into the realm of redemption and it's a whole other ball game. So I think that's where this song came from although I can't swear to it because all I did was wake up one morning with it in my head.


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