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July 18th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 09:48 am

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: optimistic optimistic
I'm currently hearin: "40" Live from the Point Depot - u2

Today's Selection is...

"40" from "War"


I really couldn't understand the mass appeal of this song before I heard it. I read the lyrics, and really didn't get it. But the song itself is so magnanimous in everything about it. The harmonies, the drumming, the irregular finger snaps, everything.
Image hosted by Photobucket.comIt's evident that Larry owns this song. But you can't deny Edge's background vocals. They make the song. It sounds like you are at church. A U2 church. His harmony with Bono is beyond perfect. Perhaps another award should go to the fans for this one. Every live performance I've heard of it moves me so much. "How long to sing this song?" in unison is such an uplifting sound. Almost like hearing "One" sung by many voices as one huge voice.
I can't wait to hear it in November.

Great song, great band. \m/


// 40

I waited patiently for the Lord.
He inclined and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit
Out of the miry clay.

I will sing, sing a new song.
I will sing, sing a new song.
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long, how long, how long
How long to sing this song?

You set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm.
Many will see, many will see and hear.

I will sing, sing a new song.
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song.
I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?

The drumming has a "Bullet the Blue Sky" kind of sound to it, right?
 
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From:ralphwiggum
Date:July 18th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
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This is my favourite song :)
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From:kk2151
Date:July 18th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
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they closed out the first Boston show with this song and i have to say it was sooo awesome how the entire place was just singing it and chanting to it...definately moving
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:July 18th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Ditto for Vancouver. It was the first time I heard it -- it was lovely. The crowd kept singing the last line over and over again until the lights finally came up.
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From:trashcan17
Date:July 18th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Memory of this was when U2 where not even playing!

Greenbelt Festival in the UK about 1994.

Coming back from mainstage to the village area myself and 4 friends start this chant at the head of people the whole crowd maybe 20,000 people take up the "mantra" we just sit back and watch them stream out all of them even those who do not really know U2 singing - How Longg Howwwww Long to Sing this song ...

So it was a Christian Festival and a lot of the people would think it was referring more to Psalm 40 than U2!

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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:July 18th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
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That's pretty sweet.
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:July 18th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
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I was at the first show in Boston :)

It was a cold and rainy night.

Yeah, that song really gets the crowd going. When they left the stage I left too, because I knew it was done, and I wanted to beat everyone to the T while they were still singing :)
From:proops
Date:July 18th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
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heh, i was at the first boston show too. it was amazing. we were still singing it long after they had gone, and after they had turned all the lights back on. you could hear the song slowly dying out as everyone finally left. it was so amazing.

i loooove this song, im so glad they decided to close with it on this tour.
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From:ifyoudont
Date:July 18th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
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this has always been my favorite song.
i've been waiting to hear it live since i was sixteen.
that day is here in two months and five days.
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From:trashcan17
Date:July 18th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)

U2 Church

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Very apt as it as the origins of the song come from Psalm 40 of the bible ...

which goes thus ...

I waited patiently for the Lord; •
he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2 He brought me out of the roaring pit,
out of the mire and clay; •
he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure.

3 He has put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; •
many shall see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.

4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, •
who does not turn to the proud that follow a lie.

5 Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
How great your designs for us! •
There is none that can be compared with you.

6 If I were to proclaim them and tell of them •
they would be more than I am able to express. R

7 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire •
but my ears you have opened;

8 Burnt offering and sacrifice for sin you have not required; •
then said I: 'Lo, I come.

9 In the scroll of the book it is written of me
that I should do your will, O my God; •
I delight to do it: your law is within my heart.'

10 I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation
behold, I did not restrain my lips, and that, O Lord, you know.

11 Your righteousness I have not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; •
I have not concealed your loving-kindness and truth
from the great congregation. R

12 Do not withhold your compassion from me, O Lord; •
let your love and your faithfulness always preserve me,

13 For innumerable troubles have come about me;
my sins have overtaken me so that I cannot look up; •
they are more in number than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.

14 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; •
O Lord, make haste to help me.

15 Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed
who seek after my life to destroy it; •
let them be driven back and put to shame who wish me evil.

16 Let those who heap insults upon me •
be desolate because of their shame.

17 Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; •
let those who love your salvation say always,
'The Lord is great.'

18 Though I am poor and needy, •
the Lord cares for me.

19 You are my helper and my deliverer; •
O my God, make no delay

Free us from our sins, O God,
and may we never be ashamed to confess you
to all the nations, through your Son, our Redeemer,
Jesus Christ, the Lord of all.

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From:thanks4thefish
Date:July 18th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)

Re: U2 Church

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You might want to note that you added the last paragraph, seeing as how something from the old testament wouldn't have a reference to Jesus in it.
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From:trashcan17
Date:July 18th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)

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Oopsss .. that how it came up on the website it was pasted from ...

It did look both attached and detached from it ...
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:July 18th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
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As somebody pointed out, it's essentially a cover of Psalm 40 (the psalms were meant to be sung after all!) with the theme from the War album ('how long must we sing this song?') thrown in.

The members of U2 have often described Boy, October, and War as a "trilogy", with UF obviously marking a new direction for the band. In that sense, I always thought it was no accident that "40", the last song in the trilogy starts the same way the first song (I Will Follow, off Boy) does, with the sound of Larry counting out the beat, "one, two, three, four...".

Other cool things about this song:

-I didn't realize until I saw it played live, but Adam and Edge actually switch instruments for this track, so the memorable bass line is Edge's work, and the wah-wah guitar work is Adam's.
-It's apparent simplicity stems from how it got recorded. According to "Into The Heart" by Niall Stokes, they had pulled an all nighter to finish recording the album and they had about half an hour left before their studio time ran out, and they needed a quick song to end it, so Bono grabbed the lyrics from the psalms and they did a quick and dirty recording before they got booted from the studio.

And as many people have noted, every U2 fan needs to experience singing "How looonnng to sing this song?" with the whole crowd at the end of the show.
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From:zoostation
Date:July 18th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! Thanks so much for that!
*loves learning*

Well, about u2, anyways...lol
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:July 18th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
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The members of U2 have often described Boy, October, and War as a "trilogy", with UF obviously marking a new direction for the band.

You know, that's really interesting, because I've always thought U2 kind of work on three album chunks. I recently made a 4 disc retrospective of U2 songs for the car, and each covers 3 albums (or 2 in the case of the last one):
1 - Boy, October, and War
2 - The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, and Rattle & Hum
3 - Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop
4 - All That You Can't Leave Behind, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, and I'm guessing the next album

Also, film geek that I am, I kind of equated each to the genre motifs I learned about in my Film Genre Class: Primitive, Classical, Revisionist, Post-Modern.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:July 18th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Also, film geek that I am, I kind of equated each to the genre motifs I learned about in my Film Genre Class: Primitive, Classical, Revisionist, Post-Modern.

Hmmm, that's fascinating, because that paradigm fits very nicely. I'd say Post-Modern is the perfect way to describe their last two albums.

I've also thought you could very neatly divide their discography into trilogies, with UF, JT, and R&H constituting the "America" trilogy, and their 90's work as their "alternative" trilogy. I like to think of their current work as their "redemption" trilogy
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From:canadanne
Date:July 18th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I once said they roughly divided into the Ireland trilogy, the America trilogy and the Europe trilogy. The last two albums could perhaps be seen as more of a global trilogy?
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:July 18th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I'd say Post-Modern is the perfect way to describe their last two albums.

Exactly! They keep saying how they are getting back to the beginning and revisiting their original ideas about the music with these last two. My ears perked up like, "Hey! This sounds like the genre motifs!" And yours are spot on, too. The Motifs of U2.

Actually I "named" my retrospective In the Beginning, Classical Motif, Revisionism, and There & Back Again respectively. :)
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From:canadanne
Date:July 18th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
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I can't say I've ever noticed the drums in 40 before. You're right, they do sound similar to Bullet The Blue Sky - whoa!

This is a lovely dreamy song - I think the harmonies are the best thing about it, along with "How lonnnnng to sing this sonnnng?". I also like the initial count-in and the bassline.

I've never heard it live. I guess it would be nice to experience that one day, but I'm glad they closed my shows with the second Vertigo, it was actually the perfect ending.... I can't help feeling that Yahweh/40 would have been leaving things on a really anticlimactic note.
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From:wydok
Date:July 19th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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Awesome song. Great way to end the current tour (following Yahweh). This song, Streets, and Bad, are my favorite live songs.
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From:specialcamper
Date:July 19th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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After this tour, how can you not like this song? Oh the PCD...

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