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September 21st, 2005

Song of the Day @ 12:34 am

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: sleepy sleepy

Today's Selection is...

from How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb



From the first listen through this album, I had already picked this song to be my absolute favorite. I'll admit it took me a while to recognize the "you're the reason why the opera is in me" line cause Bono belts it without any discretion. It's such a deep and moving song for him, how could he not cry when he's singing something so close to his heart?
I'll probably cry when he sings this in November. Even though it was "so last winter!"
falsetto!Edge is at his best here with the chorus. It's paired so well with the song, I'm really glad they added it in after the "alternate version" was recorded.
I can't even pick out a particular part that I enjoy because every lyric is so wonderful. Even though it was written for Bono's dad, it applies to everything.
There is one lyric that really bothers me though:
That if we weren't so alike
You'd like me a whole lot more

I hate that it doesn't rhyme with anything in that verse. But I'll get over it.

// Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own

Tough, you think you've got the stuff
You're telling me and anyone
You're hard enough

You don't have to put up a fight
You don't have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

We fight all the time
You and I... that's alright
We're the same soul
I don't need... I don't need to hear you say
That if we weren't so alike
You'd like me a whole lot more

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

(Just say his name)
I know that we don't talk
I'm sick of it all
Can, you, hear, me, when, I, sing
You're the reason I sing
You're the reason why the opera is in me

Well hey now, still gotta let ya know
A house doesn't make a home
Don't leave me here alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you that makes it hard to let go
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it
Best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can't make it on your own


Fun Fact: At a Denny's once, I was listening to the background music and heard only the bass. I immediately recognized it as this song. I didn't hear drums, vocals or even a guitar. Just plain bass.
Thanks again, Adam. :)
 
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From:illusory_thrill
Date:September 21st, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
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my all-time favorite song!!!!
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From:offside
Date:September 21st, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
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I will forever be grateful for this song. Thank you, Bono for writing what I couldn't about my own father.
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From:angeleyes2699
Date:September 21st, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
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Oh my god, you just took the words right out of my mouth ...
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From:offside
Date:September 21st, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
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:)
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From:chelsea_doll
Date:September 21st, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone


I lost my mother a few years ago and this song really hits home for me because Bono is saying things that I feel. I had a very rocky relationship with her and I can really identify with some of the stuff Bono is saying. Seeing them perform it live was very emotional, I think I cried like a little girl through the whole thing.

I know that we don't talk
I'm sick of it all
Can, you, hear, me, when, I, sing
You're the reason I sing
You're the reason why the opera is in me

Well hey now, still gotta let ya know
A house doesn't make a home
Don't leave me here alone


The way his voice cracks during this part gets me everytime.

Such a fantastic song.
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From:hachiemachie
Date:September 21st, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
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The first time I ever heard this song was when they played it on Saturday Night Live and when they sang the lines "And it's you when I look in the mirror/And it's you when I don't pick up the phone" it hit me right between the eyes. The whole song kills me though. It's amazing.
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From:boriel
Date:September 21st, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
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the first time i heard this song was at my desk at work as i plugged the cd into my laptop. i cried. at work. it spurred me into writing a letter to my dad on the spot, to try and make ammends with him. the line that kills me every time is: dont leave me here alone.
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:September 21st, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
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This song reminds me of both my mom who died of a long terminal illness back in 2002 and my son, who is now 18, almost 19. My mom -- I took care of her for the last years of her life. She was a retired postal worker, as soon as she retired and thought she had some peace coming her way she was told about her terminal illness... no travelng or relaxing for her. She taught me how to sing, she brought me to love music as much as I do. God how I love and miss her!

My son, as I said, is 18 (19 in oct.) He and his wife just had their first child, a little girl and she was flown to a childrens hosp on a flight for life as soon as she was born. She was not pre-mature, just many problems and also a doc here in town accidentally ruptured her right lung. My son and I have always had a tough relationship... but I know one thing, I hear his beautiful tenor/baratone voice and I am happy that I tought him Italian sonatas when he was 5. He releases emotions this way even though he doesn't know it. He is in shock, after all our arguing through his teenage angst years that I have been there for him, helping him in any way I can right now, from a distance.

"Well hey now, still gotta let ya know
A house doesn't make a home
Don't leave me here alone"

Mom dieing, son growing up and leaving the nest...

There is soooo much more as every single lyrics means something special in my heart... but I suppose this is pretty sappy and some ppl might be throwing up by now.


My mom, my son and I are all one soul...

I am going to go cry now!
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From:rockingthemike
Date:September 22nd, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
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I am going to go cry now!

I don't know you from a speck on the wall (damn internet), but that just gets you right here *points to heart*, just as the song intends to do. Thank-you for sharing your story. :)
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 21st, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
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Its amazing how you can really just know how Bono feels. I cant explain it. He just puts so much emotion its less like he is singing a song and more like he is sitting there telling you, in great detail, about his relationship with his father.
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From:silx
Date:September 21st, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
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It's truly one of the sadest song ever and yet it is so powerful.
The first time I heared the song and realized that it was written about Bono's dad.. I understood that it was time to get close with my dad again. We had been fighting for some time and I truly feel sorry for that. I couldn't understand him and he didn't seem to/want to understand me. But the song somehow made me think how important it really is.. and now I'm getting into good terms with my dad again and it's great. :)
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From:sapphires13
Date:September 21st, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
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You know, I'm a Bomb baby I suppose. I tend to give Vertigo credit for opening my eyes to U2, but really SYCMIOYO should get the real credit. I first heard it during the SNL performance. But it was a few months later, when I started really thinking about U2. I had a few songs, but I wanted this one... and I couldn't find it anywhere. I knew a friend had the CD, so I asked her to send me the song. She ended up sending me about six songs. And I fell in love. It was fate!

Though, whenever I'm listening to my entire U2 playlist on shuffle, I tend to skip over the album version in favour of either of the two live versions I have. There's just so much more raw emotion in the live versions. It's beautiful.

Random: I was once on a date, which was NOT A DATE (don't ask) and managed to catch the last 2 notes of this song on the radio. I recognized it just by the last 2 notes.
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From:dude___itsjesus
Date:September 21st, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
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That song always give me this feeling that Bono's right beside me,hugging me,and trying to protect me from...losing somebody.

My icon is from that video.
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From:beuchi
Date:September 21st, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Simply beautiful
I love the last part of the song, it's fantastic
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From:canadanne
Date:September 21st, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)

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...I'd *never* noticed the lack of rhyming in that verse!
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From:zoostation
Date:September 21st, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Guh! I noticed it like the second time around. I think I even muttered, "Cheap, Bono. Cheap!"
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From:angelkitten13
Date:September 22nd, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
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The first time I heard that song was on Saturday Night Live. I knew what it was about thanks to a few magazine articles that dissected the music on HTDAAB.

I've always found it to be so heartbreaking. It might have been a rocky relationship, but with this...his grief is tangible.

Seeing live was even more heartbreaking with the guy walking on the pixel curtains. I like how "No regrets" gets added at the end.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 25th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)

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Bono sang this right in front of me, two nights in a row (opening verse on the first night, climactic "Siiiing" line on the second night). Amazing.

Saturday

Sunday

I adore the red shirt Bono wears in the video. *hastily retrieves her tongue as it begins to unroll from her mouth*
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From:zoostation
Date:September 26th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
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He's all teh sweaty. :P

He does red really well though, I must admit.
God, it must be so.....mind blowing to be that close and hear the voice all raw and stuff.
They should do an album completely unplugged. And include this song in it.
::dies::
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From:canadanne
Date:September 27th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)

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They should do an album completely unplugged.

I don't know why, but my brain randomly finished that sentence with "AND ALSO NUDE!!!"

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*blank shrug*

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