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September 22nd, 2005

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zoostation:
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Today's Selection is...

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from All That You Can't Leave Behind



I can't really say enough about this song. It makes my heart sink.
I don't think Bono's writing as a poet can get any better than this. It's not even complicated, everything is at face value. I think that's the only way to express this kind of hopeless/ful feeling.
Picking out one lyric in particular is so difficult for me because I feel like nothing can be removed from it. It's perfect in it's whole form.
There is one verse in particular that makes me cry however:
They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann, and Breda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea


Looking back on it now, it provokes really strong feelings about 9/11 and this war in general. Nearly 2,000 soldiers have died overseas. And whether you care for the war or not, they are sacrificing their lives to serve our country. It's the greatest gift from them to us.

Musically? I can't even remember Adam and Edge in it. I know they are in there, supporting the group, but Larry's drumming really overshadows them both. And then Bono's words, not even his voice just lies on top of it all. I'm not one to ever sit down and listen to lyrics all the way through, I'm too busy making out drumming patterns, or discerning between a guitar hammer and a regular strum, but this song makes you listen to the lyrics. It's the whole point. By holding back, they make the words (much to the rest of the band's dismay) the pure power of this song.

This song is U2. Music with a message.

The words are sticking in my throat.


// Peace on Earth
Heaven on Earth, we need it now
I'm sick of all of this hanging around
Sick of sorrow, sick of the pain
I'm sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be peace on Earth

Where I grew up there weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you

And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you
And it's already gone too far
You say that if you go in hard
You won't get hurt

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth

Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth

No whos or whys
No one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth

She never got to say goodbye
To see the colour in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on Earth

They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann, and Breda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth

To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth

Jesus and the song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth

Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth
This peace on Earth
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth


That's all folks. Thanks for a great summer! I really loved doing this and I met so many great people along the way! At the same time, I'm looking forward to relaxation and letting someone else take the reigns.
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From:thegoal_issoul
Date:September 22nd, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Music with a message exactly.

i cannot find the right words to express how powerful i think this song is. For an english class i had, we were supposed to pick one song that we felt had the most meaning to us, personally; this was the song that I picked. I rarely listen to it anymore, sadly because I do not really listen to ATYCLB that much. but thank you for picking this song today, because it has made me remember how much u2 really is an amazing band. I also agree with you when u said that you cant even remember Edge or Adam in the song... i was thinking about it, and neither can i. This song really does force you to listen to Bono, and it focuses everything on the lyrics....truely powerful.

and have fun in retirement ;) make sure to drink lots of little drinks with umbrellas too, haha.
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From:typewriterking
Date:September 22nd, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)

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Sean McLaughlin (aged 12), Julie Hughes (21), Gareth Conway (18), Ann McCombe (48) and Breda Devine (1 year 8 months)all died in the Omagh, Northern Ireland terror bombing that killed 29 on August 14, 1998.

Coincidentally, the Nairobi and Tanzania bombings occurred exactly a week before, so I wasn't paying much attention to Ireland at the time. Someone also bombed a Planet Hollywoon in South Africa that month. Lots more names for were called on the radio elsewere. "Their lives are bigger than any big idea," alright.

I like the sardonic humor in the lines about why Ireland doesn't have any trees, and appreciate the drowning metaphor.
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 22nd, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I remember the planet hollywood getting bombed, but I dont remember the other bombinbgs.
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From:hanluvr
Date:September 23rd, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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Most of U2's songs have a message. But yes, this song is powerful. It's one of my favorites from ATYCLB... both for the simplicity of the message and the enormity of what it encompasses.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:September 23rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this song is so sad and lovely.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 25th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)

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Their lives are bigger than any big idea

You know, I can't say I've ever *really* sat down and pondered that line before, but it's exactly the way I feel when there's a high-profile hostage situation and the government refuses to do anything about it. It's like, fucking hell, an actual person is going to *die* here because you're too stubborn to even consider making some kind of gesture. It's messed up.

Thanks once again for doing such a great job with Song Of The Day... your posts on the subject will be missed!  I'd propose three cheers, but I'm so late getting to this post that I doubt there's anyone left to join in. ;p
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From:zoostation
Date:September 26th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
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LOL, I saw it cause I browsed back to last week.

And I know what you mean about THAT LINE. It's just so incredibly sad and true. I hate that it has to be that way, but's reality. And you can't even go too far, like, well why are forces in Iraq? Well then why are forces fighting for Iraq to begin with. Just end it already!
I know that makes no sense to anyone. But, whatever.
THEIR LIVES ARE BIGGER THAN ANY BIG IDEA.
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From:got_edge
Date:September 27th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Later, 'gator!

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