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September 1st, 2005

Song of the Day @ 08:10 pm

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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.
 
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From:proops
Date:September 2nd, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
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oh man this song is amaaaaaaaaaazing. the lyrics are great. the band is amazing. edge is amazing. bono is amazing. its brilliant.
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From:hbpen
Date:September 2nd, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
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Larry deserves the award for this one. That amazing syncopation in the beat is what totally drives it. And makes it one of my absolute fave U2 songs. :)
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From:zoostation
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
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Hmmm, I'll leave it in the grey area. Just like "One" where everyone performs so wonderfully, it's just U2 that gets the award.

For being awesome... you know.
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From:hbpen
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
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Fair 'nuff. ;)
From:caspiandream
Date:September 2nd, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
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I agree... the drums on this are AWESOME
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From:sapphires13
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
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I *love* This song. To the point where I spent hours cutting letters out of magazines so I could put quote part of it on my bedroom wall, ransom note style.
Lyrically, there's so much going on in this song. You're right, anyone can grab any bit of it. It's just that great.
There's a lot of different emotions going through Bono's voice in this song. He's kinda angsty, kinda pissed off, kinda moody, kinda sad, kinda hopeful. How emo he is!

I love Larry's slightly random cymbal work at the very beginning of the song. I made up a little scenario to go along with it:

Bono: Ok this song is called Acrobat.
Larry: Acrobat, eh? **starts playing a swingy circus like beat on the cymbals**
Bono: Hey, that's cute, let's stick it at the beginning of the song.

Ok, I'm sure that didn't actually happen, but it's cute.

Also, does anyone else think Bono's saying "smash" instead of "stash"?
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From:zoostation
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
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*I* happen to think it's smash. But I got the lyrics from u2wanderer.org annnnnnddd a quick check at u2.com confirms that it is...

indeed, "Stash".

I love the cymbal work in the beginning too!
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From:playingthetart
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
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I'm more than completely in love with the song. Just....yes.
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
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I think the full idea of what impact the hurricane had just hit me today. I actually cried because I was afraid. All the anarchy that is going on because of a natural disaster. Losing their home has made people lose their mind.
I hope I am not hypocrite. I really do care about everybody, but sometimes all you see is the enws and they really show you all they want you to see. I feel so far away from everything.
Im sorry, Im so emotional right now. Um yeah... Acrobat. Good song...
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From:boriel
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
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In dreams begin responsibilities. I've listened to this song and considered it to be my all time favorite u2 song after Bad, ever since it came out all those years ago - at least 500 times i'd say...and i never heard that lyric until two weeks ago. in fact, i had to rewind the cd to listen again, as i thought that some0ne had inserted that line over bono's voice (is that silly or what?)

i agree. this is an amazing piece of poetry and song from both edge and bono....but listen to it with headphones on and concentrate only on larry...again amazing.
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From:typewriterking
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)

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I never noticed it either.
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From:typewriterking
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)

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Hypocrisy: The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess.

You either don’t understand the words you use, or you’re of the same maturity as the kid grumbling about “phony people” in ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’ I’ve had my fill of teens (close enough) for a while, so I ask forgiveness, but my actions and beliefs are always consistent. I suppose I could have tried preventing the Rwandan Genocide at age eleven, but in the grand scheme of things, I would have just been another child soldier with an AK slung around my shoulder. In the past, whiners were kicked out of this community. Everything stagnates, I'm afraid.


As for the song, seems we had it all too recently. The guitar reminds me of a tornado warning siren, and the tornado would be the bass, I guess. Great screeching solo. It definitely rocks. Definite creative angst going on here. It is my understanding the whole band was angry about being confined to their late-eighties image. They wanted to change with the times, rather than become a relic band. In changing, it turns out, they successfully morphed without losing their fan base. No big surprise there. Who could turn down songs like ‘Until the end of the World?’

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From:hachiemachie
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
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The guitar reminds me of a tornado warning siren

Yes! I say that all the time and nobody ever agrees with me. Thank you!
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From:typewriterking
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)

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I had a specific siren and tornado in mind, actually. The hail from the roof occasionally matched the percussion in the song. No chance you were in the same storm, is there?
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From:hachiemachie
Date:September 2nd, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
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Well, no, but when you mentioned a siren it perked my ears right up.
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From:zoostation
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
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I'll get defensive, but that's cause I don't like to leave things open-ended.

I didn't bring up Hotel Rwanda to talk about the genocide. I just quoted what I thought was an accurate statement about...well...everybody.
Maybe it's just that I've lived through Andrew. And I know exactly what it feels like to wait for relief. To wait for someone to help and finding nothing. We would shower in water in water we had left in the tub before hand, we would put it in buckets and heat it by the sun.
Even now, this hurricane left us without power. People were looting in my neighborhood. I slept with a bat next to me, my mom with an umbrella and my brother with his rifle. I can sympathnize with these people, but then again maybe you guys can't.
So I apologize for bringing it up here, but it's the closest place I would be able to feel some support from.
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From:angeleyes2699
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
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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.


Good Lord, am I there with you right now. Baptized and confirmed, but I'm having major issues. My next tattoo? "Omnia mors aequat." My personal homage to the Catholic Church.
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From:impossible87
Date:September 2nd, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
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I love this song, definately one of my favourites from my favourite album ^_^
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From:domnace9
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
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I have come to appreciate this song more recently after reading Walk On. It points out a lot of lyrics from this song.
I'm a Baptist, but, I'm like you in the fact that I do feel on the fringe. I don't want to totally disassociate myself from the church but I want to raise awareness to some of the hypocracy that is still rampent in our churches.
I have piercings, tattoos and spiked hair. Most of the people at my church have known me for most of my life and don't think much about it. I try to change people's way of thinking and stereotyping. The church has too much of a country club mentality and this song addresses that issue beautifully. You can feel the internal conflict that is going on. I love it!!

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