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June 30th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 05:57 pm

I'm currently feelin: bouncy bouncy
I'm currently hearin: Please - u2

Today's Selection is...

"Please" from Pop

Something told me to pick this song today over the other one I had chosen beforehand. Probably cause I saw a dirty truck that someone had written PLEASE on it's side.
Pop has it's misses, but it's good songs are gooooood. For lack of a better word. This one in particular has to grab you in some way or another. It's deep lyrics, a desperate cry for peace/true love of God.
It screams hypocrit.

Bono howls in this song again, and it hurts to hear it. In particular, the part where the music goes silent and all you hear is "love is not what your thinking of". Edge adds to the excellence, as usual. And the ending tickles me to no end. I love those simple three notes at the end.

Bass Master Adam Oh Adam! I love you! Your bass makes this song feel like it belongs in some gritty underground NY club where the cigarette smoke makes your eyes hurt.

// Please

So you never knew love
Until you crossed the line of grace.
And you never felt wanted
Till you'd someone slap your face.
So you never felt alive
Until you'd almost wasted away.

You had to win, you couldn't just pass
The smartest ass at the top of the class
Your flying colours, your family tree
And all your lessons in history.

Please, please, please
Get up off your knees.
Please, please, please, please, oh yeah.

And you never knew how low you'd stoop
To make that call
And you never knew what was on the ground
Till they made you crawl.
So you never knew that the heaven
You keep you stole.

Your Catholic blues, your convent shoes,
Your stick-on tattoos now they're making the news
Your holy war, your northern star
Your sermon on the mount from the boot of your car.

Please, please, please
Get up off your knees.
Please, please, please
Leave me out of this, please.

So love is hard
And love is tough
But love is not
What you're thinking of.

September, streets capsizing
Spilling over down the drains
Shard of glass, splinters like rain
But you could only feel your own pain.

October, talk getting nowhere.
November, December; remember
We just started again.

Please, please, please
Get up off your knees, yeah.
Please, please, please, please, ah.

So love is big
Is bigger than us.
But love is not
What you're thinking of.
It's what lovers deal
It's what lovers steal
You know I've found it
Hard to receive
'Cause you, my love
I could never believe.

Favorite lines:
So love is hard
And love is tough
But love is not
What you're thinking of.

Ever notice that Bono's voice cracks when he sings "holy" at 2:30?
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Date:June 30th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
guh....*drool* i dont know why but lately i have become very, very fond of this song, its just so...cool, and i love the lyrics.
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Date:June 30th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
I love this song. Dunno what it is about it. I'd never heard it before until I saw the video. And I really liked the video, so that's part of it. It's just such a cool song, with great lyrics, and a great feel to it.

Plus I like throwing people off by singing it. The lyrics are kinda weird out of context.
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Date:July 1st, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Great song. Love its slow, steady, building march toward the end.
Date:July 1st, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)

And if you haven't heard the live version. . .

from the "Popheart" EP, you've REALLY missed out. Amazing, amazing performance of an amazing song!

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Date:July 1st, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
I fucking love this song. Always have.
Date:July 1st, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
Fave song on pop. And I love how you can see the tear run down his face in the video. In fact, it's my fave vid of all time!!
Date:July 1st, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
FAAAAAAAVORITE!!!!!!!!! Heartheart!
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Date:July 1st, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
After reading the book Walk On, I've gotten a new look at some their songs. It's extremely spiritual and that's why I love it. It seems like it's a call to all the Christians out there who hide in their churches and just pray that God will do something about all the bad things in the world. Jesus preached a way more active faith than that. We can't just sit in our pews and hope that things will get better. We've got to get up off our butts and do something about it. That's why I admire Bono so much for getting so active in the plight of Africa.

The line that says "Love is not what you're thinking of" is quite powerful. We can say that we love the "sinners" and outcasts of the world but we don't reach out to them! Because of this we've failed to do what Jesus commanded us to do!!

Sorry if that got a bit preachy but I've really been listening to this one a lot lately. Thanks for your patience.
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Date:July 1st, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
No I really like your viewpoint of it. Mine somehow seems more cynical to me. Like, "Stop lying to yourself that you are a loving Christian. The moment you get out of church you're back to being a jerk."
It's also what I get from the video. The homeless man is God, and the people walk on their knees and give him acknowledgement. But the moment they stand up, God is invisble and they start to tear down the world. To quote another song, "Where is the love?"
It's that saying that "you are only good when someone is watching."
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Date:March 31st, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Well said...

Thanks. That song always pushes me to face my own hypocracy. And when I do that, I want to be a better person and push myself. I can't expect others do change or make a difference if I'm sitting on my ass doing nothing.

I hope that one day you get the opportunity to read the book. Its well worth it!
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Date:July 2nd, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
I think this song is just about the pinnacle of Bono's writing.

Somebody was asking what it was about and that's easy: It's about Ireland. It's about Catholic and Protestant both being so stuck in their ways and so convinced of their own righteousness that they didn't care who was hurt in the process. It's the Sunday Bloody Sunday of the 90's.

If you need any proof of that, on the PopHeart EP, listen to Larry's drum beat during the bridge ("September...October...November...December...are we starting again?); it's the exact same drum riff as SBS.

Excellent choice!
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Date:July 5th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)

This is one of my favourite tracks on Pop... mostly because the lyrics are so good, and the melody is kind of unusual. It sounds almost menacing at times. I can't *believe* how spookily appropriate this verse seemed after September 11th: "September, streets capsizing, spilling over and down the drain / Shards of glass, splinters like rain, but you could only feel your own pain / October, talk getting nowhere... November... December... remember / Are we just starting again?"

My favourite bit of the song comes immediately after that, when Bono launches into those falsetto screams of "Pleeease!" over and over again. Wow. I also love the almost hysterical momentum the song builds up towards the end, before suddenly calming down and ending on a deliciously uncomfortable note. This song really knows how to get its message across.

A lot of people seem to prefer the single version, but I find the album version far superior. I do like some of the extra stuff they threw into the single mix, but Bono's vocals are horrible on it. How amazing is the Please-->Streets combination on the PopMart Mexico video, though... just when you thought nothing could work as well as RTSS-->Streets from ZooTV, they came up with this. Bono pleading to the heavens in the purest, most haunting falsetto, until the intro to Streets finally fades in like a divine response... absolutely spine-tingling.

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