Caitlin (onebadkite) wrote in u2,

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Song of the Day

Today's selection is...

"Running to Stand Still" from The Joshua Tree

If there were a U2 Song Claim community,  this one would be mine.  No, I don't have a drug habit, but we've all been interpreting and re-interpreting and loving the way any U2 song could fit any of us in the way we want to.  So there you have it.
As I mentioned yesterday, I don't like the intro.  But it eventually strays away from that, and becomes a simple piano piece, for the most part.  Into the Heart, tells me that it's inspired by Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and Elton John's "Candle in the Wind".  At least musically, the lyrics are an original creation.  Bono's harmonica solo towards the end is very somber.  On the ZooTV tour tape, he's playing it and you can't see him through the fog, it's all the more creepy.  I think the simplicity of the instrumentation goes really well with the very heavy lyrics.  Anything else would be over-doing it, almost too much to take... to have to feel the pain musically and lyrically.  The song has a climax, but it's still very quiet.  This is one I can't wait to hear live, when Bono goes to town on the "Ah la la la de day"s.
The genesis of this song is pretty simple, and it's about heroin use.  There's even a reference to Ballymun, Dublin, in the line about seven towers.  The towers are actually buildings of apartments, and stand out in the sky as a landmark to the squalid conditions everyone was living in in the 80s and Dublin.  If the city has improved since then, I don't know.  The lyrics are sung in the third person, about a person removed from the guys or their relatives, so it's dedicated to no one in particular.  It tells the sadness of a girl who wakes up every day, and wants to get out of where she is, even if her 'one way out' is the needle in her arm.


Running to Stand Still

And so she woke up
Woke up from where she was
Lying still
Said I gotta do something
About where we're going
Step on a steam train
Step out of the driving rain, maybe
Run from the darkness in the night

Singing ha, ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la de day

Sweet the sin
Bitter the taste in my mouth
I see seven towers
But I only see one way out
You got to cry without weeping
Talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice
You know I took the poison
From the poison stream
Then I floated out of here

Singing...ha la la la de day
Ha la la la de day
Ha la la de day

She runs through the streets
With her eyes painted red
Under a black belly of cloud in the rain
In through a doorway she brings me
White gold and pearls stolen from the sea
She is raging
She is raging
And the storm blows up in her eyes
She will...

Suffer the needle chill
She's running to stand...

Fave Lyric:
You gotta cry without weepin'
Talk without speakin'
Scream without raising your voice.

Maybe this'll just be an every other entry thing.  But reecord2 tells us that WILATW's guitar intro is just heavily distorted.  As if I knew what that meant... O:)

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