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July 6th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 09:06 am

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: chipper chipper
I'm currently hearin: An Cat Dubh - U2

Today's Selection is...

"An Cat Dubh" from Boy


At this point, I've heard this song once, and I'm in love with it. *plays it again*. There's something a little creepy about the notes Edge plays along with the constant bass music Adam provides.
Even creepier when the xylophone starts. The music is just looming over your head. I can't really understand what Bono is saying in this song, so I leave it up to the lyrics to tell me exactly what he's talking about.
I think I read somewhere that he wrote the lyrics about Ali in the early days of their relationship?

FYI: An Cat Dubh is Gaelic for "black cat". (And yes I knew this before I heard the song...)
Image hosted by Photobucket.com Cause you know what it very strangely reminds me of...Flash movie: Litterbox


// An Cat Dubh

Say goodnight
She waits for me to turn out the light
Really still
She waits to break my will.

Woah-oh
Yes, and I know the truth about you.
She cat.
And in the daylight
A blackbird makes a violent sight
And when she is done
She sleeps beside the one

Woah-oh-oh
Yes, and I know the truth about you
She cat.

Yes, and I know the truth about you
She cat.


Is Bono growling mid-song?
 
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From:hot_coffee
Date:July 6th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
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I think he is. Hehe.
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From:hard2explain8
Date:July 6th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I love this song. And I'm not usually one for covers, but the Bravery covered this song, and it's totally awesome. Someone had posted it in this community, so I got it as soon as I could.


I love Boy.
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From:eclipse69
Date:July 6th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
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i didn't know they covered it. was it a live mp3 of questionable quality?
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From:volare
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
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WANNA HEAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!

pwease??
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From:sapphires13
Date:July 6th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
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**pokes icon** This is the only U2 icon I've made that I haven't posted in icon communities to share. It is MINE!

Ok, what I've heard about the song is that An Cat Dubh means "black cat". We all already knew that. The lyrics do seem to describe a cat's behaviour. I also heard though that he wrote it about a Gaelic girl he had an affair with (while he and Ali were on a break). And also I've heard that he said that he's the black cat.

Regardless, I love this song. There is something very creepy about the music, especially at the end. And images of Bono crawling around hissing, etc. are very, very nice images indeed.
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From:zoostation
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
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*pokes you back*

I know! I know! It's your icon that made me listen to the song in the first place!

And also I've heard that he said that he's the black cat.
A new take on, "I am the Walrus?"
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From:volare
Date:July 6th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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's not about Ali. it's about a girl Bono was seeing during one of their early 'separations' while dating.. the title's Gaelic because the girl was very, as it's said, 'as Gaeilge'; very into her heritage whereas Bono never was and it seemed a strange match..

Gavin Friday spoke about this in the book U2 Into The Heart, the stories behind every song by Niall Stokes.
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From:zoostation
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I really need to start picking up some u2 books then...
Thanks!
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From:eclipse69
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
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this song was their shining moment from BOY. i'd say it was probably their most grown up lyrically to that point. what a thrill it was hearing it live for the first time ever in April this year (San Jose, CA). the guitar intro gives me chills. there aren't many post THE JOSHUA TREE U2 intros that have that effect on me.
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From:cherrystarz
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
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I really dig this song. It's very 80s and quite spooky sounding. I could definitely hear it being played at a *gasp* Goth club!
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From:corianderstem
Date:July 6th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Confession time: I didn't care for this song until I heard it live on this tour. Now it rocks.
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From:splishysplashy
Date:July 6th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I love this song - so dark and nicely creepy! It's rather sinister, I feel, but in an entirely good way ;)
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From:canadanne
Date:July 7th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
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I find it weird that so many people have described the song as creepy, I've never got that vibe from it!  Bono's baby voice prevents it from ever taking on that quality. *g*  I do think it's impressively cat-like, though, with its prowling pace and hissing background vocals. Clever how they did that.

The chorus is my favourite part, it's so catchy and I love the "She-caaaattt" bits. Infinitely superior to The Bravery's cover, which shockingly omitted that part!

I've always quite liked the song on the album, but I was shocked when they stuck it in the setlist for the tour - there are plenty of upbeat numbers from Boy which I think would make far better choices for a gig. So I was glad they didn't play it at the Twickenham shows (we got I Will Follow and The Electric Co instead). Although I must admit part of me was curious to see Bono crawling like a cat - maybe that'll be on the Chicago DVD?!
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From:cynthdiane
Date:July 7th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
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I've never seen the song as sinister either, suprised to see so many people do.
This has been my fav U2 song....since I heard it I think. It is inseperable from Into the Heart, as the rifts are threaded through both. What gets me is the linkage between the two songs, it speaks to me in a way that no other song does. Now I LOVE a ton of other songs, but this one has a special place in my heat.

Also where I picked up my appreciation for the Edge. :D
From:sabneraznik
Date:July 7th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
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One of my all time faves- and a top song from Boy.

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