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September 18th, 2005

Sunday Bloody Sunday @ 10:46 am

I'm currently feelin: nostalgic nostalgic
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Date:September 18th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)

where's the glory in that......?

1) What do you think of this song and the importance it plays to U2 being who they are today?

To me it was their first major stepping stone into America's collective awareness as anything other than a punkish fourpiece from Ireland.

2a) Where did you first hear this song?

Wafting from open doors and garden gates in South Boston and Dorchester when War was first released, but I didn't fully grasp the song til I was a bit older, around 1986.

2b) Has anyone heard this song live and in person?

3) Where do you rank this song against all other U2 songs?
eh, I can't play that game. It's like trying to rank the bones in my body in order of importance.

?) How do you make this song personal to you or what connections do you have with this song, if any?

It had been around peripherally thanks to growing up in inner Boston most of my life, but what slammed it home was seeing the performance of it on R&H, that first heady night of the movie's release. Up until then... I'd been one of the 'American Irish' types he was railing about.

A friend and I had even made a pact some years before... if we hadn't found any reason to stay here by the time we turned 18, we were going to join the IRA... how bloody ignorant and ridiculous of us, good Gods.

With the song I'd been hearing all my life as a triumphalistic paen to Irish Republicanism suddenly transformed into a dirge; as I sat in that theater in the dark I think I felt my heart turn black. Black with shame and black with horror, that I could have missed the point of the song so badly, that I'd been a part, however small, of something that this band, these men I damn near idolized, found so repugnant and hurtful. That he might as well have been yelling at me.

And I found out that I didn't really know jack shit about the Troubles. I thought I did, in the typical arrogance of any teenaged American political-punk..

I went on to minor in Irish history in college. Because of that one performance of that one song... I had to learn the reality. Like a slap in the face, this song woke me up and drove me to educate myself about my own heritage and not just toe the expected line.

This song made me find the truth. About me, and about Ireland.
Date:September 18th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)

Re: where's the glory in that......?

Good stuff! Thank you for sharing... What is like hearing this song live? I can't rank U2 songs either, so don't feel bad.
Date:September 19th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)

Re: where's the glory in that......?

eh, I can't play that game. It's like trying to rank the bones in my body in order of importance.

Heh, so true!

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