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July 30th, 2005

Song Of The Day @ 12:47 pm

claudiathefish:
I'm currently feelin: blah pout-ish
I'm currently hearin: U2 - A Sort Of Homecoming

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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From:roads_outgrown
Date:July 30th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I'm an oddity- JTree and Pop tie as my favourite albums- but this has always been close to my favourite U2 songs ever. If anything could sum up where they were for the nineties, and indeed the nineties in general. ...aside from that though, it's just stunningly well constructed. Wow.
From:amerrydeath
Date:July 31st, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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:O Me too! Well, JT is my favorite and then Pop. But still.
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From:stateless
Date:August 1st, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
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yeah, baby. yeah.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:August 1st, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
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kinky
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From:hard2explain8
Date:July 30th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I've always loved this song. Everything about it intrigued me from the very beginning. The lyrics, the music, the meaning- it's all amazing and I can never get enough of it.
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From:typewriterking
Date:July 30th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
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This song is purely satirical. You must recognize at least some of the commercial slogans that pass for song lyrics here!

I think your reaction to the song was parallel to the desired effect. This song is more a warning of a consumerism distopia than a promise for anything. It reminds me of the Hell a heavy dose of insomnia and late-night infomercials can be. We’re supposed to crave something other than the transient fulfillment consumerism provides us.

BTW, the German line in the song is Audi's slogan.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:July 30th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Yes, of course I recognise the slogans! :) I just don't like the frightening feel of the song.
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From:bonoffee
Date:July 30th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I love the 3rd part of the song more than the other 2, because it's really a nice tune and gets stuck in my head, lol. But I like the song as a whole, it's an interesting concept.
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From:carobanano
Date:July 31st, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
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When I think of Zooropa, it's only the third part that really matters to me. That song has actually been a huge source of comfort for me in times of confusion and uncertainty. I've had days when I play it over...and over....and over...and over.....
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From:arcmorality
Date:July 31st, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)

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The best tune U2 wrote in the 90s by a mile.
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From:specialcamper
Date:July 31st, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
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I found The Zooropa cd in my brothers room one day and was so excited to finally hear it. When I put it in my stereo and this was the first thing I heard, it was so weird!
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:July 31st, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
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At first this song always gave me the heeeeeeeebie jeebies so I;d skip it, but now I kinda like it.
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From:corianderstem
Date:August 1st, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
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It's one of my very favorite u2 songs, even though I often skip past the long intro. When it crashes into the final part of the song ... oh, man, that rocks so hard. Love the lyrics in the last part. I love the urgency in Bono's voice during the "let's go, let's go over ground ..."

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