plawesome (zoostation) wrote in u2,

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Song of the Day

Today's Selection is...

The Hands That Built America from the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack.

I picked October and THTBA back to back because the piano chords in October are strangely similar to THTBA. Everytime I hear it, I try to sing along to THTBA.
Anyways, I love the imagery in this song. I love it to death. I wish it would have been around when I had to do a song project back in 11th grade. This one would have been a winner.
Who could honestly think of an urban city like New York in the terms of a "steel and glass canyon"?

If I had been more into u2 when I heard this song played at the Oscars, I probably would have enjoyed it more considering that Bono's voice howls "America" at the end. Right after 9/11.
It didn't win the Oscar, losing to Eminem's theme from 8 Mile "Lose Yourself." But it's still an amazing song and I can't help but love the xylophone in the background.
Award: I should be giving it to the guy on the xylophone, but Bono gets it for the lyrics. The mind-blowing lyrics.
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Oh my love, it's a long way we've come
From the freckled hills, to the steel and glass canyons
From the stony fields, to hanging steel from the sky
From digging in our pockets for a reason not to say goodbye

These are the hands that built America
(Russian, Sioux, Dutch, Hindu)
Oh, oh oh, America / Hand
(Polish, Irish, German, Italian)

Last saw your face in a watercolour sky
As sea birds argue, a long goodbye
I took your kiss, on the spray of the new land star
You gotta live with your dreams, don't make them so hard

And these are the hands, that built America
(The Irish, the Blacks, the Chinese, the Jews)
Ah, ah ah, America / Hand
(Korean, Hispanic, Muslim, Indian)

Of all of the promises, is this one we could keep
Of all of the dreams, is this one still out of reach

Halle, ole
(Oh oh-dream, oh love)

It's early fall, there's a cloud on the New York skyline
Innocence, dragged across a yellow line

These are the hands that built America
These are the hands that built America
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah America

This song makes me want to watch Gangs of New York. Mission accomplished...again.
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