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April 20th, 2005

Song of The Day @ 04:39 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: content content
I'm currently hearin: Stars, "This Charming Man"

Today's selection is

"Staring at The Sun" from Pop (1997)

Thoughts: I first heard this song from a music video from Launch.com and I thought it was ok. It's really soulful and I like the instrumentation, but there's this missing element that makes me want to put it over the top into the echelon of "U2 songs that I really like". I love the title of the song and how it evokes a sense of sunny, optimistic days that come with spring and summer, but then, there's a large brooding feeling that comes from some of the song. I really like the bridge:

Intransigence is all around
Military still in town
Armour plated suits and ties
Daddy just won't say goodbye
Referee won't blow the whistle
God is good but will he listen?
I`m nearly great
But there's something I'm missing
I left in the duty-free
Though you never really belonged to me


I like it because of its simplicity and the fact that some of the main instruments dropped out. It feels more intimate than the rest of the song.

Happy 4/20 day, everyone!
 
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From:candai
Date:April 20th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
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It's actually about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the subject matter is quite dark, speaking about the weakness of humanity, so it's an odd paradox -- although the music itself seems optimistic, I get depressed when I hear it :)
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From:hue126
Date:April 21st, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
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Hmm... never knew about that. But yes, I do get the conflict between the subject material and the music itself. It's a little distressing for me, personally.
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From:candai
Date:April 21st, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, SATS and Please are the darkest tracks on the album, IMHO ... two sides of the same dirty coin. Please makes me cry if I haven't heard it in awhile -- he recognizes how much of a stalemate his country's stuck in, and the song's as relevant today as it was in the 90s -- the situation hasn't moved forward at all.
From:u2nicky
Date:April 21st, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)

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Love it. Probably the poppiest song on Pop? Should have been a #1 hit.

Love how its done live.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 21st, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)

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One of my favourites from Pop (though admittedly about half the album can be included as favourite tracks *g*). This also has the honour of being the first U2 song I ever liked AND knew who it was by. I think I only heard it about once, on Top Of The Pops, and then forgot about it for a couple of years. Then in 1999 when I was thinking about investigating U2 fandom, I was trying to remember how Staring At The Sun went... and weirdly enough I heard it in Burger King the very next day!  Together with a bunch of other strange U2-related omens, this convinced me I should definitely go and buy one of their CDs - and the rest is history. :o)

So yeah, it's just a really nice song. I like the simplicity of it, the fact it's so easy to sing along with. I've never understood why the band complain that they didn't have time to "finish" it... it sounds perfect the way it is, to me. (The new mix on the Best Of is OK, but the version of Pop is better!)  My favourite lyrics are these excellent ones:
'Cos those that can't do
Often have to
And those that can't do
Often have to preach...
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From:sirensong984
Date:April 21st, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
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Pop is perfect because it's not at all about 'pop'. and that is why i love u2.

and boo to 4/20
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From:corianderstem
Date:April 21st, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
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I'm not a big fan of this song, and have never been able to put my finger on why.
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:April 21st, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
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This song and Desire are my absolute favorite songs by U2. With this one, I think it's the lyrics that really get to me. The way I interpret them is to be really politically driven, and what he says is exactly what I feel about...different things in politics. I also like Edge's guitar in the background. Quite lovely.
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From:playingthetart
Date:April 21st, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
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I think it's incredible song, on many levels. And that, like most U2 songs, it's got a range of emotional and intellectual levels. I favour the Pop album a good bit, so I'm somewhat biased.

Though, I can't stand the song acoustic. If it's going to be played, damn it, it needs it's rhythm section.

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