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September 10th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 01:42 pm

onebadkite:
I'm currently hearin: All I Want Is You

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"All I Want Is You" from Rattle & Hum

I sometimes think I missed the point of Rattle & Hum.  But if we didn't have that album, we wouldn't have "All I Want Is You," and that would be an utter travesty.  Like RTSS, I was amazed this one hadn't been covered yet.
Also, it's another love song dedicated to Ali.  Myself, I can interpret the song in two different ways.  Easily, it's simply a declaration of "you are all I want."  But sometimes, I can intone different meanings, if I emphasize the lines that begin "You say you want...".  So it can almost be a fed up stance of "You want this, that and the other... but golly gee, all I want is YOU!" 
The lyrics are very simple, but so is the title and the meaning.  This is it, all I want is you, and there is nothing else.  I'm not sure how much I like the orchestral ending on the album version.  In the shortened version on the single, though, I do believe Edge is cut-off.  So I put up with the album version.  I think it's funny when I randomly land on the version on the Best Of album, and there's minutes of dead air before "October"... I'm always thinking "next, please?"
My ear is not very good at catching Adam in every song.  Unless it comes from Pop or is named "Vertigo" I have a very hard time hearing the bass, because it isn't so pronounced.  It's sort of the same here, but I can almost feel his presence, drolling away between Edge's guitar and Larry's percussion, keeping us all in line.
Most beautiful version ever can be found on the Slane DVD, when it flows right in to Streets.  I love the way Bono hoarsey-screams "all I want is.... yoooouu-hoooo!"  (Only when I type it out, does it make me think of chocolate milk.)  The way he starts to bellow between songs is utter heartbreakingness, makes me cry almost ever time.


All I Want Is You

You say you want 
Diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want
Your story to remain untold

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you'll give me 
A highway with no one on it
Your treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night

You say you'll give me
Eyes in a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you want
Your love to work out right
To last with me through the night

You say you want
Diamonds on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold

All the promises we break
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

Your love, all I want is...
Your love, all I want is...
Your love, all I want is...
Your love...

Okay, so until reading the lyrics, I always thought it was "yooou-hooo," in every version.  Now I can hear it as "your love."  Thoughts?
Fave Lyrics: They're all so simliar, can't choose just one.
Trivia: What movie does this song appear in?

 
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From:signifiers
Date:September 10th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Reality Bites! (Actually, I've never seen the movie, but I know it's on the soundtrack.)
From:onebadkite
Date:September 10th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Was that too easy?
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:September 10th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Even I knew that one.

Anyway, this was the perfect track to end the CD with.

U2 is decidedly good at choosing their opening and closing tracks.
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From:signifiers
Date:September 10th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Nah, probably not.
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From:sapphires13
Date:September 10th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
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*love*

It is hard to pick a favourite bit, but I love it when he changes the chorus to "all the promises we break".
I've said it many times before, but the Bono/Ali love is so huge and beautiful that it hurts. **so jealous** And uh, not because I'm a Bono-fancier, (I am, but I wouldn't want him to be with anyone but her) but because I'm a hopeless romantic.

The first few times I heard it I thought he was just carrying out the "yooooouuuuuuuuuuuuu" at the end, but once I read that it was "youur looove", I could hear it and it made sense.
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From:drive_away18
Date:September 10th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Reality Bites is a favorite movie of mine...and the song works out nicely in the movie....this song is on my voicemail and everyone has to go threw it to leave me a message.
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From:zoostation
Date:September 10th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I didn't cover this song? I'm shocked and I must have looked over it because it's one of my favorite songs.

I think it's funny when I randomly land on the version on the Best Of album, and there's minutes of dead air before "October"... I'm always thinking "next, please?"
LOL, that used to happen to me. But when I deleted the album off my iPod and downloaded TCU2, it conveniently separated the two for me.
I can't even remember how the music goes, all I remember is Bono and the diamonds and rings of gold.
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 10th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Its from the movie Rattle & Hum! HAHAHAHA!

I love this song. Everyone loves this song. My brother absolutly hates U2(it makes visiting him hard) and even he loves this song.
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From:sapphires13
Date:September 10th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Its from the movie Rattle & Hum! HAHAHAHA!

Ok, you're officially smarter than the rest of us.
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 10th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
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:)
From:onebadkite
Date:September 10th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
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You're a fart smeller.... *ahem* smart feller.
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From:bonoffee
Date:September 10th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I absolutely, wholeheartedly adore this song. Bono's voice gives me shivers in the best possible way. It starts off so slow and sexy, and builds up to the magnificent ending.

I see it as, she (not Ali, but just imaginary woman in the song) wants all this stuff and she wants to give him all that in return, because that's the way she thinks love has to work. And he's saying, but we don't need it, all I want is you, you silly bint! Well, ha, maybe not quite, but ya know. ;) Sometimes I see it as sheer romance, it depends on my mood. But that's the official Kat party line. As is the fact I can't seem to get my head around the 'your love' thing. I get it, and I guess it's there, but I just think of it as 'you-hoooo' as if he's just yelling it out, forcing her to believe it's true. So heartfelt and beautiful. If he sang that in my ear I'd be a puddle of goo, and no mistake.

I came up with a clever lyric too! The bit that says

A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest


I always thought it was 'a river in a TIDE of dryness'. And even now I know it's not that, I still sing it as that, cause I happen to think that's a better lyric, mwahahaha ;)

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From:canadanne
Date:September 11th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
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We hadn't done this one before either?!  I'm really surprised by that.

Ahhh, another U2 classic. Probably not one of my *absolute* personal favourites, but a great ballad nonetheless. It's beautifully crafted, with that soft and gentle opening that gradually gives way to a song of epic proportions. The strings at the end are amazing, it seems to go on forever and just keeps on building and changing - perfect end credits music for the film!

It's definitely "All I want is yoooo-ouuuu!" that he's passionately screaming at the end. That's what it says in the lyrics booklet, it's what it sounds like (listen to the third cry in particular, it clearly ends in an "-ou" sound), it's what I've always heard, and it's what he sings in live versions. (And that part is the highlight of the live performances - I've seen them do it on the Elevation and Vertigo tours, and both times he got the audience singing "All I want is YOOOO-OUUUU!" for ages at the end. Really amazing to experience, even at the Elevation show which had mostly left me a bit cold.)  I wouldn't put too much faith in the lyrics section at U2wanderer.org, I've seen quite a few dodgy misheards on that site!

The lyrics:
So it can almost be a fed up stance of "You want this, that and the other... but golly gee, all I want is YOU!" <-- that's how I've always interpreted the song. I don't see it as a straight romantic love song at all (hardly any U2 songs are!), I think it sounds like quite a one-sided affair. She's very demanding and all about material gifts, unlike him, who rightly sees love as the most important thing. And they say they'll give each other all these things, but "All the promises we make" eventually turns into "All the promises we break" - I agree with sapphires13, I like the subtle shift in tone there. It seems to me that the relationship he's singing about is completely unsustainable, and it's breaking his heart because all he ever wanted was to be with her. No wonder he's screaming with frustration by the end of the song.

The video for this song is interesting. I haven't seen it in ages, but I always thought it was incredibly sad. It must be one of the most debated U2 videos of all time, with the eternal argument about who dies - even the FAQ people couldn't agree on an answer!

Have you heard Bellefire's cover of All I Want Is You?  I was horrified when I heard some crappy girl group were going to cover the song, and tried to avoid hearing it because I was so sure it would have been butchered. I eventually heard it one day when I was supermarket shopping and therefore couldn't escape, and I was pleasantly surprised - it was actually quite well done, with nice harmonies and stuff!  I was expecting a lot worse. I believe it flopped in the charts and I haven't heard it since...
From:onebadkite
Date:September 11th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
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I actually cross-referenced a list of album songs to the SotD archives. RTSS and AIWIY are the only two that really stood at to me as "OMG I can do this one??" We still have a great deal of October, War, and Zooropa to cover, a few from R&H, and then a few stragglers, totalling at about 20 songs. Then we only have B-sides and rarities to do... Anyhoo, back to the post.

Y'know, I can see the non-straight-romantic love interpretation more and more as it's discussed here. But I think there are two factors holding me back from seeing it only that way - 1) that Bono would dedicate it to Ali live (ow?) and 2) that I would melt if ANY guy sang this to me, even if he was calling me materialistic. :-X
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From:canadanne
Date:September 11th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't heard him dedicate it to Ali. Dunno what you can read into that... thing is, we know that Sweetest Thing was actually *written* for Ali, yet I read that as quite a bitter and angsty song as well. In fact it's lyrically quite similar to AIWIY - he's devoted to this girl, but she never supports him back, just makes him feel like a raincloud in her sky. The line "Ain't love the sweetest thing?" has always struck me as being very sarcastic!  So I'm not sure how autobiographical Bono's lyrics are supposed to be... I read a quote ages ago where he pointed out that the protagonist in his songs shouldn't always be taken as an exact representation of himself. I suspect he employs a bit of poetic licence to create a better song, and isn't trying to suggest that Ali herself is such a high maintenance bitch!

It's true that Bono and Ali have apparently had their ups and downs, though, so who knows how much of this stuff is drawn from their own relationship. In dedicating these songs to Ali, perhaps he's just saying "I know the course of love doesn't always run smoothly, but we've come through a lot together and you're still the one that I want".
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From:bonoffee
Date:September 11th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I've heard the Bellefire version, I've always liked it, it's sweet and I like the vocals. And apparently Bono really liked it, or so I heard, so that sealed the deal for me (and probably made them squee, if they had any sense, lol!).
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From:canadanne
Date:September 12th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)

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And apparently Bono really liked it, or so I heard, so that sealed the deal for me

I think that's one of the things that made me dread hearing it. Bono's taste in music is a bit crap sometimes, with the things he approves!!
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From:thegoal_issoul
Date:September 11th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
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I <3 this song.


that is all.
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From:boriel
Date:September 11th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
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one of my favorite of all time u2 songs, love how it builds and builds not just lyrically but also with music and tempo and intensity. Have heard the slane version once but prefer the rAttle and Hum version as part of my favorite bit is The Edge playing the guitar solo at the very end!

this bit of lyric always had a spiritual context for me midst the love song parts:

You say you'll give me
Eyes in a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest

for some reason reminds me of being told that God will take care of you, will be your rock in a storm, your shelter in a tempest. (doesnt fit with the love song idea i know, but it still hits me this way after all these years)


From:sabneraznik
Date:September 11th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
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Reality Bites... the soundtrack was where I first heard the song.

Only when I type it out, does it make me think of chocolate milk.)LOL

Actually, I don't care for the Slane version. The fact that he uses his favorite cuss-word in it probably turns me off. And it sounds as tho it's played too slow and you can see Bono telling them to speed up. It's just not together. I think the transition between Streets and Bad on Boston DVD is much smoother. But I love the album version, tho it can be tiring it's so long. Haven't heard the single version. And I thought putting October as a hidden secret after it on the best of was a stroke of musical genius!
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:September 11th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
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Oh my god. This song has always made me think of chocolate milk for some reason.

Yeah, anyway. If you can't hear Adam turn your bass up : ) It's very pronounced at the end.
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From:hue126
Date:February 5th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
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I downloaded the song to finish off a burn of the 1980s greatest hits album recently and really fell for the song. It wasn't initially accessible but it's grown on me, particularly the memorable chorus. And then there's the eerie instrumentation. It's just great stuff.
From:packofpoodles
Date:February 9th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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i used it as the first dance song at my wedding reception...it seemed the only truly appropriate U2 ballad. I read in RS this past summer when BONO was on the cover that it makes him laugh that people use One as song at weddings and I had to agree...certainly not a straight-up love song, either way.
but aiwiy is a great, romantic song, regardless of interpretation...everything about is epic and romantic and beautiful

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