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Song of the Day

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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