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March 25th, 2005

Song of The Day @ 12:36 pm

I'm currently feelin: cranky cranky
I'm currently hearin: The Boys Choir of Harlem, "A Call to Arms"

Today's selection is

"The Hands That Built America" from Gangs of New York soundtrack (2002)

Thoughts: The movie's about Irishmen so naturally, the filmmakers had to recruit one of Ireland's most famous bands to do a signature song for the movie. Honestly, it's not one of U2's best efforts, simply because the rhythm feels too dissonant with the rest of the song. It seems like the instruments are playing a different song, while Bono's vocals are off doing their own thing. The pace of the song is not helped by this sort of incoherence in the track and the entire song ends up feeling like a struggle just to get a listen in. It should feel epic, and the scope of the song is epic, but instead, I think it's just laborious.

Yesterday: "Lemon".
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Date:March 25th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
I was entranced by it from the moment I heard it. The imagery painted by the lyrics echoed so strongly of my own family's history.. I can hear the faintest influence of old Irish dirges in the rhythm. Others may not care for it but it's one of my favorite tracks, if perhaps one of their most haunting pieces as well... how do you not get chills hearing the double meaning in the verse "it's early fall...there's a cloud on the New York skyline"
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Date:March 25th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
This song seems to get bashed a lot by U2 fans, and I honestly don't know why. It has beautiful lyrics, wonderful singing, and appropriate instrumentation. I don't know what more people want.
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Date:March 25th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
I think this song is beautiful. I love the lyrics, the piano, the way Bono sings it, everything. I just really don't listen to it much, for some reason.
Date:March 25th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything you said... this song is really great.
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Date:March 25th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that's a weird coincidence. I decided to listen to that song a few hours ago, for the first time in months. :)  It's very pretty, much more epic and haunting than I had expected from the preview we were given (wherever that was... I forget now). Nice lyrics and lovely music. I can't really think of anything bad to say about it, and yet it's still not a song I often feel like putting on. Not sure why... maybe it's just that I can't personally relate to the story it tells?  It worked really well as the theme to Gangs Of New York, though. The film literally sent me to sleep, but the song at the end almost moved me to tears.

Btw, thanks for doing this Song of the Day thing, it's fun!  Way more interesting than all the ticket posts and what have you. It's quite exciting, logging on to see what song you've picked today. *g*
Date:March 26th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
One of my fave songs. I literally cried when I first heard it and it seemed to speak of 9/11 very directly despite its otherwise immigrant theme. Bono's voice is in tip-top shape, I love listening to it repeatedly to catch all the nuances. And the intimacy of the video as is on Best of DVD ranks it my second fave vid after PLEASE. Cannot sing this song's praises enough!!

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