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May 13th, 2005

Song Of The Day @ 02:36 pm

djmlm41:
I'm currently feelin: determined
I'm currently hearin: Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World- U2

Today's Selection Is..

"Acrobat" from Achtung Baby (1991)

Thoughts: Probably my favorite song off 1991's Achtung Baby. The whole song is so inspiring. The lyrics are so perfect to support what they're talking about. "You can dream, so dream out loud... so don't let the bastards grind you down" It's basically saying do whatever you can to fulfill what you need and don't become one of the bastards, and don't let those bastards hurt you. A couple of days I saw a LJ icon that was Bono in the Vertigo commerical and it had captions that said "And I must be an acrobat to talk like this and act like that" and I just love that icon (thought I would tell you) :-)

 
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From:samuti
Date:May 13th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
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You mean this icon? :)

I absolutely love this song; everything about it. Definitely my favourite off Achtung Baby, which is no mean feat considering that AB is my 2nd favourite album after The Unforgettable Fire.

But I digress ;) The lyrics of this song get me every single time, and Bono's voice on this track in some live versions is breathtaking.
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From:djmlm41
Date:May 13th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
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yes, that icon! I LOVE IT! :)
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From:samuti
Date:May 13th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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:D I didn't make it, but I'm sure you're free to use it as long as you credit nightkitchen in your keywords! :)
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From:corianderstem
Date:May 13th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Some live versions? They've actually never done it live in concert. They rehearsed it in the Zoo TV rehearsals, but it never made its way onto the set.

A lot of fans clambor for this one live like it was the freaking holy grail, and I don't know why. Yeah, it's an AWESOME song (great lyrics, LOVE that waltz-feel to it), but I don't get why this song is the "live holy grail" above all others in some circles.
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From:samuti
Date:May 13th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I had no idea they'd never done it live :/ I am positive I had 2 live versions of it on my old hard drive... guess my memory is fried with all these exams :/ I was so sure though!
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From:mtheu2nut
Date:May 14th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
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It's probably the "holy grail" simply because they haven't played it. There aren't too many they haven't played, and with Achtung Baby being one of their most popular albums, I would venture a guess that people are pretty fond of that song and would like to hear it live.

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From:boomtownrat
Date:May 14th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
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It's definitely the Holy Grail of U2 to me, because it's my favourite song, period. :) The lyrics mean a lot to me. I consider it kind of a theme song of mine, and to see it performed would be the experience of a lifetime for me.
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From:specialcamper
Date:May 13th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I didnt like this song until I found my Achtung Baby CD after it had been lost for a couple of months. Now I really like it.
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From:canadanne
Date:May 13th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)

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It's an amazing song, like every track on Achtung Baby. I always picture it as being played in total darkness... it's kind of sinister and hopeful at the same time, somehow. The guitar is brilliant and I adore the caustic lyrics. It's just the perfect "angry" song. Plus it's the song that first gave us that classic "dream out loud" line, which I'm extremely fond of. :)

I've heard those live (rehearsal) versions and they're rubbish, I'm not surprised they didn't keep it in, sounding like that. That song could be absolutely *killer* live if they played it properly, instead of insulting it with watery acoustic renditions. :/  (Seems it was planned as the opening song, too, which just would NOT have worked - Zoo Station was the perfect opener.)
From:dysprosium
Date:May 14th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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Acrobat is perfection.
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From:mtheu2nut
Date:May 14th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
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Beautiful icon!
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From:boomtownrat
Date:May 14th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I second that, and I agree that "Acrobat" is perfection. :)
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From:thirdstringpal
Date:May 14th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
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Favorite. U2. Song. Ever. Well, at least, as of right now. I could change my mind any minute. Anyway, very awesome song. I feel those lyrics so much.
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From:boomtownrat
Date:May 14th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Exactly -- I feel those lyrics. It's been my favourite song for a good long while now.

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