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Song Of The Day

Today's Selection is...

“Zooropa” from Zooropa.

Okay. Let me begin by stating that this song has grown on me very much since when I first heard it. That doesn’t change the fact that it scares hell out of me.

As most people know, I was raised on The Joshua Tree and The Unforgettable Fire; later, the early stuff and ATYCLB found their ways into my headphones. I was very big on the way U2 created landscapes with their music; the way everything seemed so… roofless, and hopeful.

Shameful admission: When I first heard “Zooropa,” it brought tears to my eyes. And not because I thought it was beautiful. I have a long-standing aversion to anything spacey or… having to do with space, so when I heard all the sattellite stuff, I felt more than a little odd about it. Bono’s vocals sounded so hopeful, but it was all wrong-sounding to me. Looking forward to technology? What happened to the big, open scenes that UF and The Joshua Tree’s music painted? The line in Zooropa which says “I have no reasons, no reasons to get back,” never fails to upset me. I don’t know what this line really means, but for me, it always seemed to be Bono’s way of saying “I’m through with our late 80’s sound. What we‘ve got now is better.”

Brr. The long and… long of it is that this song gives me the creeps. It speaks to some people as being a promise of joining together and looking forward to the future, but to me it seems like a form of abandonment to everything U2 was in the late 80’s.

Whew. Long, personal, and rather pointless paragraph. Oh well. I do like the synth noise that comes in at the end of the song. And of course, who doesn't like the lines "She's gonna dream up the world she wants to live in/ She's gonna dream out loud!"

Favourite lines:

"Don't worry baby, it's gonna be alright
Uncertainty can be a guiding light
I hear voices, ridiculous voices
Out in the slipstream
Let's go, let's go overground
Take your head out of the mud baby..."

What do you want?)
(What do you want?)

Zooropa... Vorsprung durch Technik
Zooropa... be all that you can be
Be a winner
Eat to get slimmer

Zooropa... a bluer kind of white
Zooropa... it could be yours tonight
We're mild and green
And squeaky clean

(What do you want?)
(Shhh)
(What do you want?)
(No sound now)
(What do you want?)
(Don't put you down)
(What do you want?)
(No sound now)

Zooropa... better by design
Zooropa... fly the friendly skies
Through appliance of science
We've got that ring of confidence

And I have no compass
And I have no map
And I have no reasons
No reasons to get back

And I have no religion
And I don't know what's what
And I don't know the limit
The limit of what we've got

Don't worry baby, it'll be alright
You got the right shoes
To get you through the night
It's cold outside, but brightly lit
Skip the subway
Let's go to the overground
Get your head out of the mud baby
Put flowers in the mud baby
Overground

No particular place names
No particular song
I've been hiding
What am I hiding from

Don't worry baby, it's gonna be alright
Uncertainty can be a guiding light
I hear voices, ridiculous voices
Out in the slipstream
Let's go, let's go overground
Take your head out of the mud baby

She's gonna dream up the world she wants to live in
She's gonna dream out loud
She's gonna dream out loud
Dream out loud

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