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August 10th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 10:17 pm

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: tired dead tired

Today's Selection is...

"Miss Sarajevo" from Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1


Sorry it's so late, but yeah. Looooong Day.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI don't really see the mass appeal of this song. Maybe it's because I find most opera ho-hum. I respect it and think it's beautiful music, but after one song I think I'm done. For the week. I think the award should actually go to Pavarotti for this song, or at least the original recording of it. But since so many people "gahhh!!"ed over Bono doing Pavarotti's part in this tour, I've given it to Bono.

(Here's where I copy and paste because I've been spelling things wrong the entire entry.)
"Miss Sarajevo" was inspired by a documentary of the same name that chronicled a beauty pageant held under mortar fire in war-torn Yugoslavia. The song was a world protest against the war raging in Bosnia and the inability of the international community to act effectively to stop the war.
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//Miss Sarajevo

Is there a time for keeping your distance
A time to turn your eyes away
Is there a time for keeping your head down
For getting on with your day

Is there a time for kohl and lipstick
A time for cutting hair
Is there a time for high street shopping
To find the right dress to wear

Here she comes
Heads turn around
Here she comes
To take her crown

Is there a time to run for cover
A time for kiss and tell
Is there a time for different colours
Different names you find it hard to spell

Is there a time for first communion
A time for East 17
Is there a time to turn to Mecca
Is there time to be a beauty queen

Here she comes
Beauty plays the clown
Here she comes
Surreal in her crown

Dici che il fiume
Trova la via al mare
E come il fiume
Giungerai a me
Oltre i confini
E le terre assetate
Dici che come fiume
Come fiume...
L'amore giunger
L'amore...
E non so più pregare
E nell'amore non so più sperare
E quell'amore non so più aspettare

Is there a time for tying ribbons
A time for Christmas trees
Is there a time for laying tables
And the night is set to freeze

[Pavarotti Translation]
It's said that a river
Finds the way to the sea
And like the river
You shall come to me
Beyond the borders
And the thirsty lands
You say that as a river
Like a river...
Love shall come
Love...
And I'm not able to pray anymore
And I cannot hope in love anymore
And I cannot wait for love anymore
[End of Translation]
 
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From:vavaverity
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
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This was in my top-five pick. I have always loved this song, not only because of what it represents, but it's the combination... the sound of Bono and Pavarotti with his amazingly incredible voice... the way the music comes up and transitions along... you can almost see the images of war when you listen to it... picture a beauty pageant of all things... life and beauty in the face of a war-torn land... the young girl trying to do her beauty shopping while bombs are exploding in the near distance... and enter Pavarotti to remind us of the beauty in this world... with that crystal clear voice... you can see the beautiful girl on the streets in the midst of all the wreckage when he starts to sing...

Yeah... this one does it for me.
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From:corianderstem
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
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Yep, yep, yep. I love the lyrics, the gentle melody, the opera bit in the middle, and then when Pavarotti stops singing and the chorus comes back in, and the strings do this little extra thing ... love it. Gorgeous.
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From:got_edge
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
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I love this song.

And the video? Extra bit of Edge right before they go into the opera bit = Less than three™
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From:zoostation
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
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::needs to watch::
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From:got_edge
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
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It's the tiniest extension - but I love it

Maybe I can figure out how to rip files from the DVD...
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From:zoostation
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I have the DVD. I just need to watch it.

::hides::
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From:claudiathefish
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
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Eh. I want to say I don't like this song because I don't like much of Passengers, and I don't seem to enjoy many of U2's "quieter" tracks, but part of me really likes the lyrics to this song.
Is there a time for tying ribbons
A time for Christmas trees
Is there a time for laying tables
And the night is set to freeze


I love that.
Okay, yeah, I really do like this song.
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From:specialcamper
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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Absolutly lovely.
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From:hachiemachie
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
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Beautiful song.

Also, every time I watch the documentary on the Best of 1990-2000 DVD I cry like a baby.
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From:specialcamper
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
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Your icon! HAHAHHA! I had to do a paper on that painting in school.
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From:typewriterking
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)

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I've always hoped U2 would follow up with a Passengers in reverse. The first one, of course, is "soft," easy listening. Naturally, a drummer wouldn't get to do much. Sorry, Larry :(
Passengers volume two would scream along, perhaps sacrificing some art for energy.

That said, I enjoy the passengers soundtrack, this song being my second favorite behind 'Always Forever Now.' The passive defiance in the lyrics is powerful, especially from that great tenor. "L'amore..."

Today, I'm proud of Bono for developing his operatic talent to the point he can handle the demands of this song. C'est magnificent!
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From:fulpakru
Date:August 11th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
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I fell in love with this song after I learned Pavoratti's translated verse. the poetry is lyrical and stunning and that one verse sums up the meaning of love, to me.
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From:ringlunatic
Date:August 11th, 2005 09:14 am (UTC)
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I saw this song live during this tour and indeed... when Bono does the Pavarotti bit... It's just absolutely amazing! Having said that I like the live version a lot more than the album one
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 11th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
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I really like this song. I don't like cheesy covers of it!

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From:zoostation
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
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LOL, oh come on. You know you love that muzak!
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Lol, oh yeah! Better than u2, that is. *nods*
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From:la_vation
Date:August 11th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
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The first time I heard this song was on Dave Fanning's 2fm show driving around the cliffs of Moher in the fog and it sorta fit the mood that day. My fiancee wants to use All I Want is You for our wedding (which is fine) but I would like to have this song as well because it speaks to me about patience, about endurance really and is something that even my parents enjoy and they're not spring chickens in the least.
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From:pitseleh
Date:August 11th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Give me goosebumps every time :)
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From:canadanne
Date:August 11th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I've never understood why people go crazy for this song either. It's actually one of the few tracks on the Passengers album that I tend to skip, it's kind of boring. I like the little falsetto bits (obviously), and the strings are nice, but I don't really *notice* these good points because it just fails to grab my attention overall.

It seems an odd choice for a regular slot in the tour setlist, but the way Bono nails that Pavarotti bit is absolutely breathtaking!  I had no idea he could sing like that - especially after so many years of voice abuse. *g*  So in some ways it's probably more enthralling than Running To Stand Still, which was a tad lifeless on this tour compared to how they've performed it in the past.

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