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Song of the Day

Today's Selection is...

"Kite" from All That You can't Leave Behind


I found it interesting that so many people had listed this as one of their top 5 favorite songs. When I had ATYCLB, before I was a fan, I remember loving this song very much. I missed it when I lost the cd. It was so lofty and very much like a kite blowing in the wind. The song is musically beautiful as well as the lyrics. The guitar slide in the background reminds me of stuff you would hear in songs from the 70's.
Bono and Edge (I believe they wrote the lyrics together...I don't have the cd booklet with me) have created a genius in this song in my opinion. In particular:
I'm not afraid to die
I'm not afraid to live
And when I'm flat on my back
I hope to feel like I did


is quite an attention grabber and an amazing play on words.
I remember reading back that many people considered this a good song to be played at a funeral and I couldn't agree more. It's hopeful in it's lyrics, it's tune and it's rhythm.
Lyrics-


Something is about to give
I can feel it coming
I think I know what it means
I'm not afraid to die
I'm not afraid to live
And when I'm flat on my back
I hope to feel like I did

‘Cause hardness, it sets in
You need some protection
The thinner the skin

I want you to know
That you don't need me anymore
I want you to know
You don't need anyone, anything at all

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to know what it is will break you
I don't know which way the wind will blow
Who's to know when the time has come around
Don't wanna see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

In summer I can taste the salt in the sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me

I'm a man, I'm not a child
A man who sees
The shadow behind your eyes

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to know what it is will break you
I don't know where the wind will blow
Who's to know when the time has come around
I don't wanna see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

Did I waste it?
Not so much I couldn't taste it
Life should be fragrant
Roof top to the basement
The last of the rock stars
When hip hop drove the big cars
In the time when new media
Was the big idea
That was the big idea


Side Notes:
I read at songmeanings.net from some folk that Bono wrote this song to his children about his own death (an assasination attempt, or so they say).
I also read that the last 5 lines of the song are an apology to the straying fans who were disappointed by "Pop".

One of my favorite U2 songs ever. I learned to play it on guitar this weekend.
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