Stefanie (sirensong984) wrote in u2,

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Song of the Day

Sunday's Song of the Day is

Elvis Presley and America from The Unforgettable Fire.

The Unforgettable Fire is one of my most favorite U2 albums. It didn't used to be, though. I think it contains a lot of hidden gems, like this song for instance. I think a lot of songs (i.e. Bad, Pride, and A Sort of Homecoming) overshadowed some of the smaller, but equally powerful tunes. I figured out my love for this song one sleepless, and extremely stuffy/hot summer night.

Some have accused the song of being 'scattered' or 'seemingly unfinished', but I find this to be one of my favorites. When I play the "What songs would you have trouble imagining being nonexistent" game with myself, this is one of those songs.

The interesting part, to me at least, is the fact that Bono sounds a little distant...sometimes, even at a reasonable volume, I find it hard to hear Bono's vocals. You have to really concentrate, but once you do, you immediately fall in love with his vocals on this track.

Admittedly, the lyrics seem a bit scattered, but I think this is one of those rare songs where it seems okay to have scattered lyrics, but well-put-together accompanying music and vocal sound. I'm usually a lyrics fan, but this song doesn't bother me like others have. I can't put my finger on why I like this song, it seems to not have a lot of things going for it, but I do look forward to it on the album. There are songs that I dislike for the same reasons that I like this song...

What do you think? Let's discuss...

(Black flash)
Black flash over my own love
Tell me of my eyes
Black flash come though my own life
Telling these things
And I believe them
And I believe in you

White flash sees the sky
And it turns its side from you
She won't turn my back
And I know you turn so blue
And you know
And your sky is feeling blue
And your heart
So cold when I'm with you
And you feel
Like no one told you to
And your time is outside
And your time
Ah, don't talk to me
Ah, don't talk to me
Don't talk to me

You know
Like no one told you how
But you know
Though the king that has howled
But you feel like sentimental
But you don't care
If I just share it in your heart
(Heart, heart...)

So hopelessly
I'm breaking through for you and me
And you don't
Though no one told you to
And you found out
Where you were going, where to
You're through with me
But I know that you will be back
For more

And you know
And though no one told you so
And you know, blue sky
Like a harder shade of blue
And you walk
When you want
To let go
Me, I'm on the outside, tell me fade away
Drop me down but don't break me
In your sleep

In your sleep, inside
It's in your heart and mine
Whole sea is dark
It's in your heart and mine

Sweetly, those will come
Loving is on your side walking through
So let me in your heart
Your beat is like something...

They... run...
See say you're sad and reach by
So say you're sad above beside
Oh stay sad above beside
So stay sad above we said

You know I don't
No one told you how
(And you don't)
(And you wipe sweat off your white brow)
And you care
And no one told you tried
And your heart
Is left out from the side

And the rain beats down
And the shame goes down
And this rain keeps on coming down
And this sky

You know "S" "O" "N" "G", why
You're going go join to God
You know "S" "O" "N" "G", why
Give away some him no lie
Give away some my de day no

You know
And though no one told you sky
And you feel
Like you pretend you can
You say go, you live
Go live outside of me
Don't you leave
Don't leave out part of me
Then I can feel
Like I feel before
Like it hurt now
And I see the floor
If you pick me up
Bits and pieces on this floor
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