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June 29th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 08:42 am

I'm currently feelin: pensive pensive
I'm currently hearin: The First Time - u2

Today's Selection is...

"The First Time" from Zooropa

Admittedly, I don't own Zooropa but I've heard it from The Best of 1990-2000. Also admittedly, I didn't care much for this song. TBO1990-2000 ended for me at "Numb". Digging through the "dump bin" (their words, not mine) at Wal-Mart, I found a copy of Million Dollar Hotel. It wasn't until I heard this song in it's sad opening that I really started to listen to it and enjoy it.
It's another slow, barely built up song, just like "One Step Closer". I guess dysprosium wins a cookie for guessing the song I had scheduled for today. :)
Bono takes the lead role in the song, letting his voice do the talking (Falsetto!Bono) and his lyrics do the explaining.
He gets me to sing about The Holy Ghost, Jesus and God without even realizing it. I suppose it's supposed to mean not giving in to anything, not even God if you finally feel love. Or it could be a song about refusing death. Either way, it's a cleverly disguised ode to love. Just like the movie. Awww.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com I can't help but love the structure the guitar gives the entire song. Especially since the drums are in silent mode in this song and the bass is barely present.

// The First Time

I have a lover, a lover like no other
She got soul, soul, soul, sweet soul
And she teach me how to sing.

Shows me colours when there's none to see
Gives me hope when I can't believe
That for the first time I feel love.

I have a brother, when I'm a brother in need
I spend my whole time running
He spends his running after me.

I feel myself goin' down
I just call and he comes around.
But for the first time I feel love.

My father is a rich man, he wears a rich man's cloak.
He gave me the keys to his kingdom (coming)
Gave me a cup of gold.

He said "I have many mansions
And there are many rooms to see."
But I left by the back door
And I threw away the key
And I threw away the key.

For the first time, for the first time
For the first time, I feel love.

Favorite lines:
I spend my whole time running
He spends his running after me.

Yeah, I feel that way about Jesus too.
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Date:June 29th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
This song recently became my favorite from Zooropa.

I think it should be performed live at least once as something other than a Popmart snippet.
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Date:June 29th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
This is one of my favorites. I can't really explain why, but, for some reason, the lyrics really speak to me. The first time I heard this song (heh heh...I said the first time...^_^), I almost cried. I don't normally get teary-eyed when I hear songs, but this one...I really did.
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Date:June 29th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
The opening of Million Dollar Hotel with this song is one of the best marriages of sound and image ever; I just love it.

There's something so bittersweet or melancholy about this song -- don't know the right word, really -- that's just so touching. It really is a gem.
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Date:June 29th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Very nice
Date:June 30th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
I love the echo in this song. Again, room to wander in. Love that.
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Date:June 30th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
"I spend my whole time running
He spends his running after me."

My favorite, too. It's funny, I never though about the Holy Ghost as Lover and Brother as Jesus symbolism before. That works well.
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Date:July 5th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
I've heard this song is about the Prodigal Son, among other things.

I adore the Zooropa album, and this song is nice, but it's never really been a favourite of mine. I can't understand why the band seem to love it so much (using it again for the M$H soundtrack, then including it on the Best Of?!!) *shrug*

It's a lovely vocal, though, and some great lyrics - "But I left by the back door / And I threw away the key" is one of the saddest and best song lyrics I can think of. I definitely agree that One Step Closer is very reminiscent of The First Time, and I agree that the song is amazingly perfect for that opening sequence in The Million Dollar Hotel. Watching Tom-Tom running across the roof in slow motion, waving happily as he jumps to his death... it just gives the song a whole new meaning.

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