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April 24th, 2005

Songs of The Day @ 01:41 pm

I'm currently feelin: cranky cranky
I'm currently hearin: Sting, "Fields of Gold"

I had to take my dad to the Emergency Room yesterday and was unable to update on yesterday's Song of The Day. It will be included here.

"When Love Comes to Town" from Rattle and Hum (1988)

Thoughts: I haven't heard this album before so I don't know the song.

Today's selection is

"Walk On" from All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000)

Thoughts: Somehow, this song has become the unofficial lead song on the album (probably because the first verse has the album title in it), and I sort of like it that way. When the album first came out, I always thought either "Beautiful Day" or "Stuck in a Moment..." were the lead songs of the album, but no, this is it. Funny how simple and quickly it happened. "Walk On" just subverted the other songs. I love the song all the same. The way the near-poetic lyrics seem to speak to a lot of people and how it's about leaving behind the past and starting anew. Because the song is played so often, I think it has become the song that most people these days use to identify themselves with U2. It's played on commercials, montages, sports themes and clips, and it's a standard on episodes of television (I remember specifically, the song being played at the end of an episode of Alias, one of my favorite tv shows). Sometimes, it feels just right and other times, it really feels out of place. I think my personal favorite aspect of "Walk On" is the tambourine in the background. It's such an unorthodox instrument for any band to use, but on this song, it works very well.

You could have flown away
A singing bird
In an open cage
Who will only fly
Only fly for freedom
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Date:April 24th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
My feelings on "Walk On" are as follows:

I think it was one of the most solid tracks of that album, and was only strengthened, sadly, due to the events of Sept. 11, for those of us living in the States.

I will agree that the song went from playing second fiddle to Beautiful Day and Elevation (I can't stand "Stuck" any more), to being the lead song of "ATYCLB." I think the vocalization of "All you count on two fingers" became very important to me.

For me, anyway, this song resembles "One," in that it takes on very different meanings depending on context, and can help to cover/deal with many emotions.

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Date:April 24th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Love both songs. When Love Comes to Town is one of those songs I like singing in the car.

Walk On is just great... so much passion. For some reason, when I hear it, I feel so proud... not sure why.
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Date:April 24th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
"Walk On" is definitely my favorite U2 song. And not of the 'moment' but of all time!
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Date:April 24th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
"When Love Comes to Town" is just great. B.B. King is awesome. I like the words. I like the music. Fun to sing along with.

"Walk On", it's just one of those wonderfully emotional songs that's as moving as it is uplifting. It's also one of those songs where the live performances surpass the album version.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
i dont like "when love comes to town" (ive never been a big bb king fan (dont tell my dad, he would kill me)) but i have always loved "walk on". its my favorite from that album.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
I hope your dad turned out okay.

I love both songs.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hope your dad is ok. :)

Definatelty love 'Walk On'.
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Date:April 25th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
You haven't heard this song either? So ... what, have you heard, like 3 U2 songs ever? ;-)

Love this song. It helped me through a really bad breakup. The best versions of this song are any that include the "hallelujahs" at the end. My all time favorite version is when they performed it at the Grammys with a gospel choir singing the "hallelujahs" at the end. Brilliant.
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Date:April 30th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
Kinda mixed feelings about both of these songs.

When Love Comes To Town: hmmm. It's not one of my favourites, and I often skip it... yet I do love the lyrics to the verses, and this song turned out to be a surprise highlight at a U2 tribute band gig I saw. The whole crowd would sing "That was the day before looooove came to town!" at the top of their lungs, and it was just indescribably cool.

Walk On: nnngghh. If circumstances had been different, perhaps I would have been enchanted by this power ballad. But what happened was, I made the mistake of downloading the 30-second clips of all the album tracks before it came out, which meant I had all kinds of false impressions in my head. Walk On sounded like one of the strongest and most emotional tracks when I listened to the clips, so I had huge expectations for it... but when I finally got to hear the full song it just didn't grab me like I had hoped it would. It sounded too engineered, like a deliberate attempt to tug at the heartstrings instead of something naturally epic. So I've always kind of resented it for letting me down. And then things were made even worse when they decided to close all the Elevation concerts with that song, so now I will always associate it with the sick feeling I had in my stomach when my long-awaited gig came to an end (after seeming to fly by). Every time I hear a live version of Walk On now, that utter despair immediately comes rushing back to me. :/

But as I said, if I hadn't hyped the song up for myself before I heard it properly, maybe none of this would have happened. It's a good song and I do actually enjoy hearing it on the album - I particularly like the intro with the keyboards and tambourine and everything. I just think it's a bit contrived and hugely overrated.

(Oh yeah, and the first time they did the big "hallelujah" ending - on that Tribute To Heroes telethon with Morleigh and Natalie Imbruglia doing backing vocals - I burst into tears because it was so beautiful. It's a shame my negative concert experience even ruined that version for me.)

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