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July 31st, 2005

Song Of The Day @ 03:52 pm

claudiathefish:
I'm currently feelin: cheerful cheerful
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Mothers Of The Disappeared

Today's Selection is...

“Mothers Of The Disappeared” from The Joshua Tree.

I love this song; it’s such a perfect song to end The Joshua Tree. A sad, mournful, but beautiful song. So nice to listen to when it's raining. I love Bono’s falsetto parts. And, since Larry rarely gets the respect he deserves, I have to mention the drums in this song. What in hell is he using to create that sound? I’ve always heard it was some sort of device to make drums play melodics, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what it may be. Anyone know?

Midnight, our sons and daughters
Were cut down, taken from us
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the wind we hear their laughter
In the rain we see their tears
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

Night hangs like a prisoner
Stretched over black and blue
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the trees our sons stand naked
Through the walls our daughters cry
See their tears in the rainfall

 
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From:proops
Date:July 31st, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
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brilliant song - i love it. and i agree, great song to listen to on a rainy day.
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From:specialcamper
Date:July 31st, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
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I still remember the first time I heard this song... :)
From:amerrydeath
Date:July 31st, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
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I vaguely recall somebody saying something about somebody (haha) having challenged Larry to use the strangest thing he could find to make the drum sounds. But they're really cool
From:xxradiohead
Date:July 31st, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I never really listened to this song until one night my dad played it during one of our many hour-long drives back and forth to his house throughout the week. Something about the timing was incredibly right at the time, so now I can only bring myself to listen to it at night. It's one of my favorites on that cd.
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:July 31st, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
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He used the bones of the Elephant Man.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:July 31st, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Ah-ha! I knew it!
;)
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From:canadanne
Date:August 1st, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
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A nice little song (if "nice" can be an appropriate word for it, given the subject matter). I wasn't hugely impressed with it at first, it was the only track on The Joshua Tree that left me underwhelmed, but my best friend adored it straight away and her enthusiasm rubbed off on me. :)

I love the unusual instrumentation - the weird scratchy sound during the intro, and then that kind of twangy, almost metallic-sounding percussion. It's very distinctive. (I've only just noticed there's also another drum sound playing very softly in the background, almost like a heartbeat - nice tie-in with the lyrics!)  The main strength of this song is the pleasant melody, though... the gentle guitar riff is what my friend fell in love with. And Bono's voice is just right for the song, aching with loss and parental warmth. (Thumbs up to the falsetto bits, of course!)  It's all just very soothing.

"See their teeeeaaars... in the ra-ainfalll..."
From:onebadkite
Date:August 1st, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
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The melodic drumming is described on the Classic Albums: The Joshua Tree DVD. Something about processing the drums through some box, and each beat is assigned a note. Don't recall much else...

Am I the only one that thinks the opening sounds like a train? Maybe a train carrying off the Disappeared to fight some guerilla war they don't wanna fight... I dunno, my own musings. :-)
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From:claudiathefish
Date:August 2nd, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
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Interesting that you commented on the sound at the beginning, yes, it does sound a bit like a train. There's an air conditioning unit on a building near my house that also makes the exact same noise. Strange.
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From:pride4u2
Date:August 3rd, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
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One of my professors is from Chile and was there during the Pinochet regime. From the stories she had to tell, Pinochet didn't use his political enemies as soldiers; he either imprisoned or exterminated them. She told stories of how you had to be very, very careful of what you said. One young man that she knew made some casual comment and was gone three days later, carted off by the death squads. Soldiers would come into classrooms and randomly take someone. People shouted their names behind them as they were carried away. People turned up dead in rivers throughout Chile. Although now that I think about it, you mention people being carried away and forced to fight a guerilla war. The Chilean public was actually told that many dissident soldiers were sent away to Bolivia to fight a war, when actually Pinochet had them killed. So maybe the train sounds allude to this deception. I haven't been able to listen to this song the same way since I heard those stories.

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