plawesome (zoostation) wrote in u2,
plawesome
zoostation
u2

Song of the Day

Today's Selection is...

"Acrobat" from Achtung Baby


I'm amazed at how this song didn't grab me right off the bat. It's one of my favorite tracks off of my favorite album ever now, and rightly so.
I can't even decide whether Edge or Bono get the award. Edge pours his heart into the guitar during the intro. It's not even musical notes, it's a voice talking. The guitar has it's own set of lyrics.
Bono's lyrics are beyond amazing. They are so quotable. Bono makes me cry in particular when he says, "and I can love, and I can love" with such vigor. It's everything everyone ever feels put out on paper. It's like the perfect "shrink" song for everyone. Anyone can grab something out of this song and apply it to themselves. For example, in reference to bonoffee's last post:
Yeah I'd break bread and wine
If there was a church I could receive in

I often feel this way. I'd like to think I'm still a Catholic, but all the literature I've ever read says that if you believe this and that (stuff that I believe in) you aren't a real Catholic. What a way to welcome your neighbor.

// Acrobat

Don't believe what you hear
Don't believe what you see
If you'd just close your eyes
You can feel the enemy

When I first met you girl
You had fire in your soul
What happened your face
Of melting snow
Now it looks like this

And you can swallow
Or you can spit
You can throw it up
Or choke on it
And you can dream
So dream out loud
You know that your time is coming 'round
So don't let the bastards grind you down

No, nothing makes sense
Nothing seems to fit
I know you'd hit out
If you only knew who to hit

And I'd join the movement
If there was one I could believe in
Yeah I'd break bread and wine
If there was a church I could receive in
'Cause I need it now

To take the cup
To fill it up
To drink it slow
I can't let you go
I must be an acrobat
To talk like this
And act like that
And you can dream
So dream out loud
And don't let the bastards grind you down

Oh, it hurts baby
(What are we going to do now it's all been said)
(No new ideas in the house and every book has been read)

HERE EDGE SPEAKS THROUGH HIS GUITAR AND IT IS BEYOND AMAZING.

And I must be an acrobat
To talk like this
And act like that
And you can dream
So dream out loud
And you can find
Your own way out
You can build
And I can will
And you can call
I can't wait until
And you can stash
And you can seize
In dreams begin
Responsibilities
And I can love
And I can love
And I know that the tide is turning 'round
So don't let the bastards grind you down

The entire "Acrobat" thing for me is totally about hypocrisy. And everyone is a hypocrite.
I'd like to point a finger at everyone right now, including myself, and quote Hotel Rwanda:
I think if people see this footage, they'll say Oh, my God, that's horrible. And then they'll go on eating their dinners.
In that case: The American Red Cross
Those who left pets on rooftops (it is beyond heartbreaking): The Humane Society of the United States
Don't forget: The One Campaign, for good measure.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 19 comments