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September 20th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 01:09 am

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: worried worried
I'm currently hearin: The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Today's Selection is...


from The Joshua Tree


What a song to pop your cherry into U2. The critics' absolute favorite song ever. Even if you don't even know U2, it's one of those awesomely awesome songs of all time that you've at least heard of, even if you can't remember the lyrics.
I can't say exactly when I first heard this song. At least I was born. And I pretty much grew up an 80's child until about 1996. TLC is who? Nirvana?
I can tell you that I remember watching the first season of Friends (omg Ross/Rachel = love!) and loving this song all over again. There's never a day that goes by that this song isn't played by the 80's station here in Miami which leads me to believe it's one of those songs that is played at every second on every day for all eternity to come.
The lyrics are so ridiculously simple, but they leave you hanging by a thread, feeling exactly what Bono meant. I can't live with or without you. It's so painful, such a juxtaposition that if your brain tries to wrap itself around that concept too quickly, you feel pain once again. Perhaps it's easier to think of it in terms of "I hate loving you."
The music has no comparison to Bono's raw voice. Once he's gone from the picture, it becomes much more intense, expecially with Larry's drumming which I have always thought to be the highlight of the piece. After Bono. Who wins the award three times over.

And "thorn twist" is perhaps the most phonetically beautiful phrase I've ever heard. Better than "cellar door".

// With or Without You

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I'll wait for you

Slight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all, but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you


Fun Fact: This was U2's first #1 hit in the US. It was the first U2 single to do better in America than in England.
 
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From:lumencuro
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
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This song is one of those songs that shows everything good about U2! There is the Edge on guitar, Adam on the Bass guitar, Larry on the Drums, and Bono with his emotion-filled singing and incredible lyric writing abilities.

This is one of the reasons that U2 has been one of the most popular rock bands in the world since the 1980s.

The is another song that introduced America to the 4 Irish boys who know how to rock...
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:September 20th, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
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I have always been very deeply in love with this song! I have the music tattood on me.....
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Hey! Good to see you! Glad you are back for the most part! I hope everything is ok. Keep in touch alright?
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 20th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
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Love.
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From:simu2fan
Date:September 20th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
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I still get chills when I hear this song. I vividly recall the moment when I first heard it on the radio and since then my heart would go pitter patter every time I hear it. :D
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From:sapphires13
Date:September 20th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
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God this song, is so beautiful, it's almost heartbreaking to listen to. God I just wanna sing it with him. The emotion is just so powerful. **dies**
You're right about Larry's drumming too. I tend to really tap my feet to this song.
With Or Without You is also one of those songs that everyone likes, whether they care for U2 or not. Whether they even know it's U2 or not. They hear the song, they know it, and they love it.

But, the video for this song bothers me just slightly. I remember the first time I watched it. I kept watching Bono. He had a guitar over his shoulder, and I kept waiting for him to do something with it. And I waited. And waited. He never played a single note. Finally at the end, he took the guitar off and swung it around a bit.
Don't get me wrong, I love the video, but I also like making fun of him a bit. And I was like "WTH Bono, you wore that guitar for four minutes just so you could take it off and swing it around?"
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From:bonoffee
Date:September 20th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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And I was like "WTH Bono, you wore that guitar for four minutes just so you could take it off and swing it around?"

Heh, well better that than him trying to play and ruining the song ;)
From:xxradiohead
Date:September 20th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
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this is the song that broke me into u2 years ago. i haven't listened to it in so long, but i will in the car. and yes, "thorn twist" is way better than "cellar door".
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:September 20th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
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What's this about "cellar door"?
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From:zoostation
Date:September 20th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
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It's supposedly the most beautiful phrase in the English language. Not for what it means, but for what it sounds like.
The origin is unknown but Tolkein mentioned it in one of his books.
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:September 20th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I don't find it particularly euphonic.
From:xxradiohead
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
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i've only heard about it from donnie darko, drew barrymore says that some writer(or maybe not a writer) once said that out of all the combined words in the english language, "cellar door" is the most beautiful. or something along those lines.

personally i thought it was weird and out of context, but i haven't seen the directors cut.
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From:bonoffee
Date:September 20th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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To me, this song is not only achingly beautiful, but I find it has this dark, sinister edge to it that I guess not everyone sees. I see it. I can't quite explain but below the surface of the lyrics, which seem at first glance to be just another love song, lurks something more bitter and intense. It's almost creepy, the 'I can't live with or without you' thing. What's he gonna do? What's the MEANING behind all of this? I'm sure others won't agree with me here but that's definitely part of it for me. I can't ever view it as a romantic love song, pure and simple. Deep and complicated, more like. ;)

Bono's voice is incredible, of course, but the instrumental towards the end is brilliant. Restrained and again, darkly laced with a strange sort of intent. Eerie, in places.

*shiver*
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:September 20th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
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I've always seen that line as exemplary of the love-hate relationship. Whoever he's thinking of, s/he might be a poison or drug that Bono's gotten so used to that withdrawal will kill him, but more will kill him, too. Or something.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 25th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)

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I can't ever view it as a romantic love song, pure and simple. Deep and complicated, more like. ;)

Ditto. I don't think I've ever gotten quite such a sinister vibe from it (more one of agonising pain), but I like your thinking!  I do tend to see Every Breath You Take as The Police's equivalent to With Or Without You, and that song is undeniably sinister. :)
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:September 20th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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This song is the epitomal example of what makes U2 great: simplicity. The bass line is four notes played over and over again. The drumming starts simply and builds. Same with the guitar. I love every band member helps it slowly build to a crescendo. Daniel Lanois' fingerprints are all over this song too!

On The Joshua Tree episode of Classic Albums, The Edge talks about WOWY and how much he loved the understated guitar on this song. Whereas most guitarists would want to do on over-the-top outro solo at the end, he was so satisfied to come up with the simple chord progression that drives home the intensity even more. He says that's his favorite part of the album.
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From:beatlette
Date:September 20th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
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The song that solified my fandom. Fuckin love it. Everything about it is brilliant. When I first got into U2, I listened to this song over and over and over again through my headphones.
From:zencalm
Date:September 20th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
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even reading the lyrics, i get such chills. i always think of being with an ex-girlfriend whom i was clearly not supposed to be with. the whole back and forth of getting together with an ex. isn't it funny how we can listen to songs and completely personalize them? you might think of your dog or your guinness. just pondering....:)
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From:canadanne
Date:September 25th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)

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I had thought this song was becoming tired on recent tours, but it was absolutely magical when they played it near the end of the second Twickenham gig, with Bono unexpectedly throwing in a snippet of Take Me To The Clouds Above. Wow... in that moment, suddenly a slightly lame dance track carried some real beautiful emotion. Unforgettable.

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