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April 4th, 2005

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xx_u2love_xx:
Hey everyone~

I had the inspiration to write my 15-page senior thesis paper exploring the inspiration for and meaning behind U2 lyrics. I am fascinated by this topic, and I believe that even a non-U2 fan could appreciate an essay which delves into the beautiful metaphors of the lyrics and the musical brilliance of the songwriting.

I was wondering if there were any particular websites or, even better, books, that would aid me in my research. While I have my own interpretations of songs, I also would like to read others' opinions.

Furthermore, what do you think? Are there any songs that strike you as particularly meaningful and poignant? How have U2's lyrics affected you? What do you think would make my paper truly representative of U2's genius?

Any responses would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks =)
 
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From:intotheheart
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure there's a book out there called "Into the Heart" that discusses the meaning behind U2 songs...
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From:xx_u2love_xx
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I have already put it on hold at my local Borders =)
From:manic_artist
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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U2: Into The Heart by Niall Stokes
Excludes How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
It's probably the best source you can find.
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From:axver
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
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The U2MoL is a great resource.

In my opinion, the best example of Bono's songwriting is One Tree Hill. Unparalleled poetic brilliance. I could talk at absolute length on that song. I could probably write one whole book analysing The Joshua Tree and another analysing The Unforgettable Fire.
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From:xx_u2love_xx
Date:April 5th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
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U2MoL is wonderful, thank you!

And thank you for sharing your opinions =)
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From:axver
Date:April 5th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
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You're welcome! I'd be happy to ramble on more if you want ... ;)
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From:xx_u2love_xx
Date:April 5th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
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Honestly, I'd love to hear your "rambling"! I'm sure you have great things to say, and I could even quote you as a source in my paper. So feel free =)
From:deltawing
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
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http://www.songmeanings.net/artist.php?aid=56

There's a messageboard for each song, where people discuss their own interpretation of the lyrics.
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From:xx_u2love_xx
Date:April 5th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I will check that out--thank you!
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From:shadowenangel
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
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this is funny... I actually did my (9-page) senior research paper on U2 lyrics. (it's here, in case you were interested)

There's a book called 'Into the Heart' by Niall Stokes that gives the stories behind all of the songs. I also highly recommend the U2 biography 'Unforgetable Fire' by Eamon Dunphy. Going through archived Rolling Stone articles might be a good idea, as well.

Good luck! and good idea. ^_^
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From:xx_u2love_xx
Date:April 5th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestions, and I really enjoyed reading your paper! I appreciate it =)

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