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June 30th, 2005

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donnaidh_sidhe:
Where is a good resource to find the motivations behind the band's songs? Every now and then I'm listening to a song and I'm wondering why it was written, and I just haven't had my finger on the U2 pulse long enough to know.
 
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From:deltawing
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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songmeanings.net has different people's opinions on why a song was written. Some of them are rubbish and shallow, but others give you a place to start so you can try to work it out yourself.
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I mean, where can I find sources from the band itself?
From:deltawing
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
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well, there isn't much. U2.com occaisonally comes up with stuff, if you look up the appropriate album. Other than that, there's no specific source I know of. Stuff has just been mentioned in random interviews.
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Do you know of any databases of U2 interviews?
From:deltawing
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
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No, I was just thinking that it would be good if one was compiled. atu2.com publishes copies of articles about u2, so they might have something somewhere. Not sure really.
From:deltawing
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, but if you ask about a specific song here, then someone might come up with something.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Get your hands on a book by Niall Stokes, called "Into the Heart: The story behind every U2 song" It was originally put out after Zooropa. But he put together an updated edition after ATYCLB. It's got EVERYTHING in there. Very insightful.
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
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There's one that's going to be released that includes HTDAAB -- is it basically the same book as the original, only with updated sections?
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:June 30th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
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If it's the same author and title, than I'd imagine that is correct.
From:keskitalvi
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
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The Complete Guide To U2 And Their Music by Bill Graham is horrible, nothing but author's own opinions. Just to let you know that one isn't worth buying or even reading. It's the most boring thing ever, started it in January and still haven't finished reading it!
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Very good to know. Thanks.

I don't want to hear about what some random guy thinks about the songs -- I spent a good deal of my education analyzing poetry and can come up with my own theories :P. I want to hear what the boys themselves have to say.
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From:sapphires13
Date:June 30th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
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This site has quotes from the band members themselves regarding various songs (mainly album tracks, and nothing from HTDAAB yet). Just click the INFO text next to the song titles.

This site is mainly fan interpretations, but it also has band quotes, particularly for the HTDAAB tracks.
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From:domnace9
Date:June 30th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if you'd be interested but I'm almost finished reading Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2. It has been a very cool read. The author does a great job at describing the surroundings and as to how they influenced Bono's lyrics. It just gives a different aspect to the songs I think. It does talk alot of how Bono and the band deal with their faith and their music. I've found it to bring out some things that I hadn't noticed before.
Just a suggestion.

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