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August 5th, 2005

Song Of The Day @ 09:07 am

claudiathefish:
I'm currently feelin: awake
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Indian Summer Sky

Today's Selection is...

“Indian Summer Sky” from The Unforgettable Fire.

This song is yet another one of the overlooked gems of U2 songs. The powerful imagery, cool bassline, pounding drums and The Edge’s clanging guitar all make this song into a very pleasant one. Not one of my absolute favourites, but a very nice song indeed. It never fails to remind me of autumn, which, where I live is merely a different term for “still summer, but more windy.”

The chorus to this song is very cool, and I love the lines You give yourself to this, the longest day,/ You give yourself, you give it all away…

In the ocean
Cut, swim, deep the sky
Like there, I don't know why
In the forest, there's a clearing
I run there towards the light
Sky...
It's a blue sky

In the earth a hole dig deep, decide
If I could, I would
Up for air to swim against the tide
Hey, hey, hey
Up toward the sky
It's a blue sky

To lose along the way
The spark that set the flame
To flicker and to fade
On this the longest day

So wind blow through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind blow through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind blow through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul

You give yourself to this the longest day
You give yourself, you give it all away

Two rivers run too deep
The seasons change and so do I
The light that strikes the tallest trees
Will light a way for I
Will light a way
Up toward the sky
It's a blue sky

To lose along the way
The spark that set the flame
To flicker and to fade
On this the longest day

So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul

You give yourself to this the longest day
You give yourself, you give it all away

 
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From:tintaglia30
Date:August 5th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Gosh I forgot how much I like this song untill I listened to it again just now.
Definately one of the better of UF
From:_palepurple
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
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My god, I ADORE this song. All of UF is so great to play when it's a lazy summer afternoon and I just feel like bumming around reading or something :)
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From:claudiathefish
Date:August 5th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Yay, I'm so glad to see that people appreciate this song as much as I do!
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From:sirensong984
Date:August 5th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
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i have a cycle with the UF album. I listen to it, on repeat, for days an days and walk around saying "I forgot how great this album is", until I burn myself out on it, and then three months later repeat the process. I do love love loooove UF and especially this song.
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From:arcmorality
Date:August 5th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)

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What a fantasic tune. One of my faves from possibly my fave U2 album.
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From:canadanne
Date:August 5th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
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You're quite right about this song being an overlooked gem... even overlooked by me a lot of the time. I *know* what a great song it is, yet for some reason I tend to forget about it. I never put it on mix tapes or feel a sudden urge to play it, and I've no idea why!

Great things about the song... firstly the energy of it, it feels so purposeful. Good musical performances all round - nothing about the music really stands out as amazing, but it does the job nicely. The breathy backing vocals are excellent, and Bono's vocals are so powerful!  My favourite bit is probably the way he sings "Up toward the skyyyyy!  It's a blue skyyyyy!". I also love the "So wind go through to my heart / So wind blow through my soul" lines, and Bono's "Hey hey heyyy!" in the second verse.

I'll be interested to see how many people respond to this SOTD. I still can't figure out why the song isn't as memorable as it ought to be.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:August 6th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
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I think this song has fallen victim to what many other overlooked U2 songs have: bad placing on the album. People become so thrilled with The Unforgettable Fire and Bad, and everything after seems mediocre in comparison. Not the case, actually, but it seems to be what the ear is trained to do.
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From:canadanne
Date:August 6th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah... my initial theory was that it suffers from being buried away in the second half of the album, but then I concluded this made no sense, as it comes right after Bad (which I always listen to), and MLK has never suffered from being the final track.

Your theory seems closer, but I'm not entirely sure about that one either. I don't have the same problem with Promenade, which comes straight after TUF, so I'm not sure why Indian Summer Sky should struggle to follow Bad. And there's still the MLK factor as well... although I suppose that was featured in Rattle & Hum, so it's slightly more well known.

I'm sure there must be a formula for it all, but I'm not feeling very clever at the moment!

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