Written at Barcelona airport in July 2008, after a hell of a show in Camp Nou. Two friends of mine sitting next to me at an medieval plaza, one being in town for the concert, the other one for a scientific conference. When the latter heard that we tour around the world just to see the E-Street Band, she asked: "But isn't that quite expensive?" and the former replied: "That's true... but what are the credit cards for?" I thought that's a good song title. Moreover, I took care of my wallet the whole afternoon - but when we stepped down to the Metro at the very end of the day (in quite a romantic mood), they got me...

 

She worked hard for the money, she worked for every Cent
she knnew what she earned was less than she could spend
'cause when God created this world he didn’t know
about the fatal connection between credit cards and Rock’n’roll

She always said when she dies she wanna die in debt
so that nothing she couldn’t do she would regret
and she found her reason to live on the tracks

She woke up in a hotel in Amsterdam
coming over from London on the way to Milan
Had her coffee in Copenhagen heading to Cologne
and she found her luck in Barcelona two nights long

Driven by a hole that needs to be filled
and all over Europe she got billed
but later in the first row she finds the thrill

Tell me, what are the credit cards for
But for going on a Rock'n'Roll tour
Your account’s off balance but you’re inside the walls
What are the credit cards for

You hear the holy drums of Miami Max
and Clarence with his tender breath
the dirty riffs of Steve’s guitar
while Bruce is playing harmonica
the devil in Roy Bittan’s hands
the dervish of Nils’ solo dance
while Gary keeps the pumping rhythm
Patty sings to Suzie’s fiddle

Danny gives his harmonies
to Sandy girl from Asbury
Giordano from the Sessions band
plays to the American Land
and every time I’m in that mood
it’s just like sitting in their living room again

In the heat of Barcelona’s medieval heart
my wallet was stolen how stupid I was
all my credit cards taken away
just the concert ticket left in the hotel safe

80,000 people gathered in the Camp Nou
20 years and 20 concerts since my first show
and like Torino in ’88 it ended with Twist and Shout

Tell me, what are the credit cards for
But for going on a Rock'n'Roll tour
Your account’s off balance but you’re inside the walls
What are the credit cards for