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August 30th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 12:06 pm

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: rushed rushed

Today's Selection is...

"Van Diemen's Land" from Rattle and Hum


Image hosted by Photobucket.comI didn't think I'd be needing this award that much, but Edge is a much better vocalist than I originally gave him credit for. It's not really a "whole U2" song cause it's just Edge, his guitar and the universe. For an explanation of song: Van Diemen's Land is now known as Tasmania, an island off Austrailia. Click the link for more details. Aww...U2 got a wikipedia mention. It's so greatly written, cause it really does have this "Amazing Grace" vibe to it. Like, if you could, you could picture people in a boat singing it while being carted off to Van Diemen's Land.
I kinda wish they would have done a full band thing. Nothing too big, but some background drums and a low bass could make the sound really...wow. Espcially if Bono does some background vocals.


// Van Diemen's Land

Hold me now, oh hold me now
'til this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's land

It's a bitter pill I swallow here
To be rent from one so dear
We fought for justice and not for gain
But the magistrate sent me away

Now kings will rule and the poor will toil
And tear their hands as they tear the soil
But a day will come in this dawning age
When an honest man sees an honest wage

Hold me now, oh hold me now
'til this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's land

Guys, seriously keep claudiathefish and all our other Alabama/Louisiana/Mississippi members in your prayers/thoughts. Katrina totally toppled Andrew in terms of devastation, and that's something awful.
 
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From:proops
Date:August 30th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
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this is definitely a great song by the edge, its simple, soft, and i agree it does have that "amazing grace" vibe to it.
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From:domnace9
Date:August 30th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
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FINALLY! I've been waiting for this one. It's my absolute favorite!! Its amazing to have just Edge and his guitar. That lovely draw he's got going on makes him almost sound southern.

He seems completely content with being the guitar god and singing backup. He's all about the team effort, but, its nice to seem him shine from time to time. This really shows his amazing ability to write great lyrics. Its such a moving song, I was almost in tears the first couple of times that I listened to it. I especially love the live recording from Live from Point Depot!
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 30th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I love this song. I really think Edge should sing more songs, he's got such a nice voice and this song displays that perfectly. It's a bit like a lullaby to me, really nice to listen to at night when you're just sitting writing or whatever. I like the simpleness of the guitar and just Edge, and I love on R&H when he's standing there singing and the others are all just sitting watching him! It's very cute.

Yeah, I love his voice.
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From:specialcamper
Date:August 31st, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
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BEST SONG!....ever?
I love The Edges voice. Love it! I would make soft gentle love with his voice, then we would have love voice-babies. Oh god. I love The Edge. I had this song on repeat for about 6 or 7 months. I learned everything there was to know about this song.
I learned to play this song on the piano, then on the marimba, then on the bass clarinet, and Im still trying to figure out how to transpose the notes to learn it on the penny whislte.
For almost a year this song was my life. My heart still gets all weird and fluttery when I hear that beggining...
"Hold me now... Oh hold me now..."
This song will always hold the deepest meaning of any song for me.
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From:typewriterking
Date:August 31st, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)

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Just lovely. You forgot to post the lyrics, but we all know them by heart anyway. I think of this song as the folky sister of 'Heartland,' because both songs seem close to the Earth (what does that mean?).

"Now kings will rule and the poor will toil
And tear their hands as they tear the soil"

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From:zoostation
Date:August 31st, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Hah! That I did! Look at me, I haven't done SotD in like a week, and I forget.
:P
They are there now.
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From:typewriterking
Date:August 31st, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Much better. :-)
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From:chris15
Date:August 31st, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I've been waiting for this song for awhile now. Being a guitar player, you get this mass of appreciation for this song, and the fact that Edge can sing the way he did in this song. The backup vocals will always be an integral part of every U2 song, but to put him in the spotlight as he is in this song...is simply amazing. The lyrics are so deep and heartfelt. I believe that since I added this song to my collection, Winamp tells me I've listened to it a total of 750 (or so) times. I can't get enough of it. Absolutely amazing.


My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who are being affected by Katrina.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 3rd, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)

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Still the gunman rules and widows pay
A scarlet coat now a black beret
They thought that blood and sacrifice
Could out of death bring forth a life


This is a lovely song, Edge does a great job with the vocals. It's one of those songs that can be frustrating as it doesn't suit my range that well, so I usually find I either can't hit the low notes or I start too high and come unstuck on other parts!  It means it's very satisfying when I *do* have a good voice day and manage to nail it, though. ;)

Gorgeous melody, I love the way it goes up and down so many times within each line (it's almost like the ocean waves or something!). And the lyrics are so heartwrenching... I'm not sure I could pick a favourite line as I really like them all. Oh yeah, I also love that organ or whatever it is, that comes in for the final verse.

The only thing I would change is the way it fades out towards the end. It kind of leaves me singing the last line unaccompanied, and makes me feel silly!

Hahaha, I don't remember reading this before:
"Dedicated to John Boyle O'Reilly, a Fenian poet deported from Ireland to Australia because of his poetry. (It wasn't very good...!)"

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