Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses? From “Achtung Baby”
Possibly my most favorite u2 song. Ever. I can’t say exactly what draws me to this song. Maybe its that it’s just catchy, or that the chorus was repetitive enough for me to sing along to, even the first time I heard it. Since it wasn’t in the “Best of” collection (how dare they!), and I didn’t have the album at the time, I heard and saw the video at launch.com. The video wasn’t too special, I would really expect something more with this song. It’s the standard u2 concert video, but it does have a nice twist at the end. I think everyone loves and remembers the “F***!” Bono shouts and then the serious “No!” before walking off camera. Even Larry motioning “cut” at the very end.
For something that was only a goof in the video, it turns out to be perfectly fitting for the song. And it’s real emotion at that.
Who's gonna taste your saltwater kisses?
Who's gonna take the place of me?
That last line in particular carries so much weight on it. It’s the line that didn’t come out of the song at first, even though it had been floating over the piece since the first chord. I’m glad I looked up the lyrics because I never really could make out what came after those lines.
The award goes again to for the metaphors that are so strange, so oddly placed that it fits perfectly.
( Giddy up!Collapse )
Who’s gonna ride your wild horses is heartache. Nothing more, nothing less.