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May 5th, 2005

special meanings @ 03:49 pm

Here is a question to everyone:

Is there any U2 lyric that holds special meaning to you, personally?

I have 2 answers. The first is the last verse of "Summer Rain":
"It's not why you're running
It's where you're going
It's not what you're dreaming
But what you're gonna do
It's not where you're born
It's where you belong
It's not how weak
But what will make you strong"
This has always been inspiration for me when I feel like I'm going to be stuck in the life I'm living forever. Especially the 4 lines have kept me going during more trying parts of my life (to say it simple, I dont have a great family or home relationship).

Also the second lyric that has always cut me deep are from "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own":
"I don’t need, I don’t need to hear you say
That if we weren’t so alike
I’d like you a whole lot more"
From the first moment I heard this, I was reminded of my "relationship" with my brother. Everyone has said to me my whole life the reason he hates me is because we are the same person.

These are the two lyrics that mean so much personally to me. I will always love the last verse of "Summer Rain" and will always be haunted by the line from "SYCMIOYO".

What about the rest of you?
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Date:May 5th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
The entirety of "Gone".
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Date:May 5th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
all of "Kite"
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Date:May 6th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm with you on that lyric from SYCMIOYO. Although my father would never say that, and we both love each other so much, we are also *so* much alike that we butted heads a lot when I was growing up. So I don't take it literally, that's what that section reminds me of.

Also, the section: "you're the reason I sing" loosely resembles the fact that the reason I strive to do so well in school is because of the pride in my father's voice when he congratulates me on a job well done. It took 22 years and my leaving home in order for him to actually say "I love you." He always showed me, but could never say it (comes from a long line of conservative, emotionally-withheld men).

And one more thing -- the fact that Bono wrote this for his father hits me so hard every time I hear it, because I know that if my father was ever to take ill or fall on hard times (god forbid), he wouldn't accept any help or support. Again, he comes from a long line of "a man doesn't rely on other people if he's a true man" men.

I love my dad so much. I hope he knows that.
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Date:May 6th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Ummm. All of Kite and all of Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own. Those songs are songs that I feel like Bono got inside my head somehow and wrote what I couldn't pertaining to the nautre of my relationship with my own father. It's eerie how connected I feel to these songs and how Bono wrote pretty much exactly what I have failed to write. In turn, these two songs make me sob like a baby, heh.
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Date:May 6th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)
There are so many that I can't remember now because work has turned my brain to mush, but "Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own" comes to mind most readily because most of the people above me mentioned it. Also, I think, because it's the most recent. I have "father issues" though too and the line from the chorus, "And it's you when I look in the mirror/ And it's you when I don't pick up the phone..." describes me to a "T".
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Date:May 6th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)

Not particular lyrics; but these songs

  • Gone
  • Miracle Drug
  • Walk On
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    Date:May 6th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
    How far you gonna go,
    Before you lose your way back home?

    That's from Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World, and it's a question I've found myself asking at several different points in my life.

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