July 3, 2010
Ravinia Festival Pavilion

Highland Park, IL

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GK: We were planning to cancel the show today to protest Chicago’s tough gun control law but then the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, and here we are, and we are armed. (REVOLVER CYLINDER SPIN) Fred, Tim, Sue, Rich, Pat, all of us packing heat here onstage, because we’re here facing a crowd of hundreds of strangers and we don’t know who they are, and what they may be carrying ----- see the lady in the fourteenth row smoking the cigarette ---- (GUNSHOT) got it. You okay, ma’am? (SS OFF: I’m fine) Good. ---- The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ---- it’s the law ---- and it doesn’t say: the right to bear arms except on airplanes, does it. No. The right to bear arms except or in church. No. If anybody should carry a handgun, it should be a minister of the gospel. (TR SOUTHERN EVANGELIST: And we read in the Book of Exodus, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the Midianites.” God did not say, Negotiate with the Midianites, or Start a Midianite Outreach Program. No, sir, God said stretch out thy rod and smite them. So when I say that I am leaning on the everlasting arms, I am not talking metaphorically. No, sir. I am talking about Mr. Colt and Mr. Winchester. Got em right here, under the pulpit.”

(BRIDGE)

Gun control: it’s one reason the male gender is in retreat today. And another is Montessori education.

(RANDOM PIANO PLUNKING)

SS: You are doing so well in music, Ricky. I love what you’ve got going there at the piano. It’s so original. So many different things all at once. It’s a rainbow of sound. Just follow that and see where it leads you.

GK: The encouragement of creativity leads to the feminization of men. Men aren’t supposed to be encouraged. Men are meant to be driven by inner demons they don’t understand. (HOWL)

(CHUCK BERRY CHORDS)
PD, GK: I am a man. Let me say it again.
I am a man. M-a-n.
Don’t cross me, don’t tell me what to do,
Or I’ll walk all over you.

TR (ELVIS): That’s what I call men’s music, chief. That’s do-right music. Shake it shake it music. You got a good thing going there. Like that rhythm. Like the feeling.

GK: Men are losing their place in the world. Manly work---- it’s fading from the scene: construction jobs (HAMMER, SAW), jobs in manufacturing (MACHINE: STEAM, CLANK, DRILL, STEAM, CLANK, DRILL), law enforcement (TR: Up against the wall, hands up high, spread ‘em. CLICK OF HANDCUFFS), locomotive engineering (WHISTLE, TRAIN RUSHING PAST, CROSSING BELLS, DOPPLER), cattle herding (HORSES, WHOOPING)----

GK: Even in Chicago-- Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,the city of the big shoulders. Now it’s the city of the slender waistline and the long sensitive fingers. Data Processor for the World, Deal Maker, Stacker of Cloth Napkins.

Traditional male attributes like strength (HAMMER STRIKE, BELL), and stoicism (TR JOHN WAYNE: Let’s go, men. Saddle up and let’s ride.), and the urge to go really fast in a car (FAST CAR)---they’re just not so relevant anymore. What matters now is communication. And openness. Not a male quality.

SS: I’m talking to you and I need you to be open with me, Brett. C’mon....shake out the bag, let the bats out of the cave, you know what I’m saying?

FN: I’ve got to run.

SS: No. I need you to open up, tell me what’s going on ---- you can’t run, Brett ---- not if I’m important to you----- we’ve got to talk. Now.

FN: I’ve got to run.

(BRIDGE)

GK: When it comes to manhood, Chicago has always led the way.

TR (CHICAGO): I want a corned beef hot dog with kraut and a beer. Make that two beers. Make it four. You got a problem with that? Come over here and I’ll stick my thumb in your eye. Not taking any of your crap, nohow, nowhere. I got no time for that. So just take a hike, and I mean it.

GK: Testosterone. It’s what Chicago’s got.

(CHUCK BERRY CHORDS)
PD, GK:

I am a man. Let me say it again.
I am a man. M-a-n.
Don’t tell me what I need to know.
I’m from Chicago.

GK: Yes, in Chicago testosterone still churns, pulsing, surging forward---unblemished by those other hormones make you cry and get really emotional about sparkling wine.

FN (CONNECTICUT): That’s delicious. It goes so well with the seared tuna steaks with mesclun greens and ginger sauce. Oh goodness yes.

(BRIDGE)

GK: And now we have a president from here but sometimes he sounds more Hawaii than Chicago.

TR (OBAMA): I am open to new ideas and I want to listen to everybody with both ears, and then we’re going to sit down and decide what we think will work and if you disagree, that’s fine, we’ll listen to what you have to say.

GK: And some people wish he’d be less of that a little more Chicago. All the man needs is a couple of Chicago hot dogs and a beer and then--

TR (OBAMA): Let me tell you how it’s going to be, Mr. British Petroleum Sailboat Man, you made a mess and you are never going to do this ever again, because if you do, we are going to put a SCUBA tank on you and a couple of concrete shoes and you’re going to go down and fix it personally. Comprende? (WILD TARZAN CRY)

(CHUCK BERRY CHORDS)
PD, GK:

I am a man. Let me say it again.
I am a man. M-a-n.
So don’t you treat me like a boy.
I’m from Chicago, Illinois.

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