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October 2nd, 2005

SOTD @ 02:04 pm

sirensong984:
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I'm currently hearin: Flower Child//U2

Today's Song of the Day is: Fire from October
I had trouble picking a song for today's entry, so I put iTunes on shuffle and picked the first U2 song that came up (which didn't take long..my collection is about 99% U2 ha). Interesting, because I just noticed that we are jumping into the month of October. Perhaps iTunes and U2 were trying to remind me. :)
Generally, I find October a little boring. It's very scattered to me, and sometimes lacks in lyrics. I know that there is a good reason for the lack in lyrics, but it still bothers me a little. The beginning of this song is pretty interesting, actually. The light "ahhhh" sounds and then bam! the "AH!" of Bono. For me, that's the only highlight of the song. I just don't get a good vibe from this song. I find the lyrics typical of other songs on the album, the music is good enough, but I think the repetition of words and generally boring lyrics take away from a lot of the song. The guitar solo from about 2:02-2:18 brings it back for me for about 16 seconds. The Edge should get props for this song, just because of that little break. Is this the worst song on October? No. Is it the best? In my opinion, no. Do I like the album in general? No. Would I vote the album off the island first? Oddly enough, no. I have some sort of love/hate relationship with October. I generally don't listen to it that often, but, there are times when it comes up on shuffle and I'm generally pleased to hear something. Sophomore albums are difficult anyway, and recently I saw the lead singer of The Killers in an interview, saying that Bono told him to "spare everyone an "exploratory" second album", or something to the same affect, which made me smile.
I'm glad Bono got his lyrics back in the briefcase earlier this year, and I'd be interested to see the original version of a lot of these songs. I wouldn't want a re-record of October (or any album, for that matter!!), but some just being able to SEE what the original was intended to be would satisfy me.


Falling falling
The sun is burning black
Falling falling
It's beating on my back
With a fire, fire / (With a fire)
With a fire, fire / (With a fire)

Falling falling
The moon is running red
Falling falling
It's pulling me instead
With a fire / (With a fire)
Fire / (With a fire)

But there's a fire inside
When I'm falling over
There's a fire in me
When I call out
I built a fire / Fire, fire
I'm going home

Falling falling
The stars are falling down
Falling falling
They knock me to the ground
With a fire / (With a fire)
Fire / (With a fire)

But there's a fire inside
When I'm falling over
There's a fire in me
When I call out
There's a fire inside
When I'm falling over
I feel the fire / Fire
I'm going home

Falling falling
Falling falling
Falling falling
 
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From:screendoor3
Date:October 2nd, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
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I simply adore this song.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 2nd, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Bono: "I actually got the lyrics back in the last six months and I'd love to say that they were genius - they're not. They're shorthand. But 24 years later, I can't remember what those word association games are! What is striking is there's a 'things to say from stage' section, and it's pretty hilarious. "Hello. My name's Bono. We're called U2. We're now going to play a song we've never played before and we're going to make it up." Hahaha! The others always reckoned I was hyping the value of the lost lyrics to explain the blank sheets of paper when they were recording October."

So it sounds like there weren't any real "original versions" of the songs... even Bono couldn't tell you what they were intended to be like!
From:amerrydeath
Date:October 2nd, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I looove Fire. I always thought it was CALLING, CALLING...
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 2nd, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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until, like, 4 years ago i thought it was "going, going"

lol
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From:typewriterking
Date:October 3rd, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
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Poor October, didn't even get a track (except a hidden one) on the best of disk.
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From:typewriterking
Date:October 3rd, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)

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When all the other albums were being picked for kickball, October had to watch from the sidelines.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)

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I'm not much of an October person, but Fire is one of the tracks that I genuinely enjoy. Perhaps partly because I have some fond silly memories associated with it. (Every year my best friend and I celebrate the birthdate of the inventor of the Bunsen burner... one year we had a party with a tape of appropriate music, and Fire was one of the songs I included on it. *g*)

But apart from that, it's just a great little song. Very catchy, distinctive and singalongable... one of the best tracks on the album, IMHO. I love the weird intro, with the almost choirboy-esque vocals before Bono comes in with that great "AH!" to smash the serenity of it all. And the whole song makes fantastic use of echo on the vocals, it really makes it sound cool - my favourite bit is the way Bono's voice echoes after "The moon is running red". Bono's vocals are cool anyway, I just love the way he sings this song. The melody is so irresistible... "(Falling, falling!)  It's pulling me inste-ead!  With a FI-RE!  Oh-oh ohhh-oh!" :D

The drums are fucking excellent as well, they're a major part of the song. And there are some mean guitar lines. It's fun all round, really.

I dunno if you've heard the U2 DMC Megamix, but I love the way they used Fire at the end of that, with the "Fire (Fire!) Fire (Fire!)" bit repeated and then a huge explosion sound bringing the medley to a close. :)

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