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October 4th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 05:13 pm

onebadkite:
I'm currently feelin: sick sick
I'm currently hearin: Some Days Are Better Than Others

I am a sucker for themes, even if I broke off the one I was doing last week.  And thus, I declare....

Zooropa Week

No, I'm not being a total weirdo and forcing it upon my loverly SotD partners.  But my tracks this week will all be from Zooropa.   So today, I was late for work, I couldn't keep my lunch in my stomach, and was generally a craptastic person.  So la seleccion de hoy...

Some Days Are Better Than Others

I'm very pragmatic and post-modern if I do say so myself, and it comes off as uncaring at times.  This song fits my life philosophy, in a way.  It generally plays as background music, and I don't give it a second thought.  It doesn't make me feel better, or more depressed... it's just the way things are.  Today was crap, tomorrow my be better.  Today was stupendous, well, tomorrow could be crap.  Who knows? 

Bono describes SDABTO as a throw-away, summery fun kinda song.  But you have lines like  "some days you wake up the army/some days it's the enemy."  To me, sounds oddly like "vampire or a victim, it depends on who's around..."  So, from throw-away groove, to desperate plea, we have the same themes.  As Zooropa is one very unemotional album, with "Stay" being the pinnacle of emotion, it's funny to find such a link in lyrics. 

I'm  a pretty lyrics-focused Edger of a U2 fan, and Larry's easy to talk about back there all by himself.  Poooor Adam has been neglected in my entries.  This one is all him, though, as is most of Zooropa (and Pop).  The bassline is almost melodious, and during the verses do we even have an Edge?  I dunno, someone with a better trained ear back me up on this.  Edge is heard during the chorus, with a shiny-glimmery guitar part.  Too twangy for my tastes.  Later there's a distorted guitar solo that I don't much care for either.  It's all lyrics and bass here, for me.

Some Days Are Better Than Others
Some days are dry, some days are leaky
Some days come clean, other days are sneaky.
Some days take less, but most days take more
Some slip through your fingers and on to the floor.
Some days you're quick, but most days you're speedy
Some days you use more force than is necessary.
Some days just drop in on us.
Some days are better than others.
Some days it all adds up
And what you've got is enough.
Some days are better than others.

Some days are slippy, other days are sloppy;
Some days you can't stand the sight of a puppy.
Your skin is white, but you think you're a brother.
Some days are better than others.
Some days you wake up with her complaining.
Some sunny days you wish it was raining.
Some days are sulky, some days have a grin;
And some days have bouncers and won't let you in.
Some days you hear a voice
Taking you to another place.
Some days are better than others.

Some days are honest, some days are not;
Some days you're thankful for what you've got.
Some days you wake up in the army
And some days it's the enemy.
Some days are work, most days you're lazy;
Some days you feel like a bit of a baby
Lookin' for Jesus and his mother.
Some days are better than others.
Some days you feel ahead;
You're making sense of what she said.
Some days are better than others.

Some days I hear a voice taking me to another place.
Some days are better then others.

Fave Lyrics:
Some days are sulky, some days have a grin.
Some days have a bouncer that won't let you in.

Ain't that the truth?

 

 
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From:hot_coffee
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Yay! ZOOROPA!
I love this song too much.
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From:tinamachina
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
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That song convinced me to buy Zooropa, after hearing it on a "U2 marathon" on a local classic rock station.

I love that song. Fave lyric "Sometimes you feel like a bit of a baby/Looking for Jesus and his mother" Then there's the "bouncers that won't let you in" part. And the "skin is white/but you think you're a brother" line. I guess what I'm saying is for a throwaway, it's lyrically the strongest song on the album.
From:onebadkite
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I didn't mean "throwaway" as any offense, I probably should've chose a different word. But Zooropa was an album thrown together while on tour, and not emotionally heavy, it's meant to be fun-throwaway, not lazy-throwaway. I'd have to disagree and still go with "Stay" as the strongest lyrically.
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From:tinamachina
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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No offense taken. I knew what you meant--it's not meant to be "SERIOUS SOCIAL COMMENTARY GOSPEL ANTHEM" It's just a cool song. So yay!Zooropa.
From:restfortheweary
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Maybe this will help me learn to love Zooropa. For some reason, I can't get into it. It's the only U2 album like that for me. I dont understand why because everyone loves it so much.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)

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Probably 95% of the people who love it so much, couldn't get into it for the longest time either.

One day it's bound to happen, probably when you least expect it. It's the weirdest slow-burner I've ever come across, nearly everyone seems to go straight from one extreme to the other with it.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Funny you chose that song today, because it's really been "one of those days" for me, where it's just one crappy thing after another. Yeesh...

Those are my favourite lyrics from the song too.

Zooropa is one very unemotional album, with "Stay" being the pinnacle of emotion

Huh... interesting. I hear what you're saying there, but I'm not sure it's wholly true - I think there's some great emotion in Lemon and Zooropa as well, and to a lesser extent Dirty Day and The First Time (those ones are more emotions bubbling under the surface rather than bursting out).
From:sabneraznik
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
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I would have to agree with you about there being plenty of emotion. Esp. Dirty Day, which is about a father who abandoned his kids and feels guilty but doesn't know where to begin to heal the breach. And Lemon started out as being about his Mom tho it evolved into something else. Daddy's Gonna Pay... speaks for itself, Gosh, I love it! And I can't get enough of Babyface. It makes me want to curl up in his lap. LOL I can't believe I just said that... *blushes*
From:onebadkite
Date:October 5th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
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I have to say that declaring it entirely unemotional was wrong. While I do say most of the emotion still lies in Stay, I don't find Lemon or Zooropa that emotional. Not completely void, but to me, if you hold either one up to One or Streets or Miracle Drug or whatever, I'd say it's apples and oranges. Not that it makes any less of either song. Numb is obviously emotionless... and that was probably the most retarded U2 statement I've ever made, LOL.
Babyface, Dirty Day, and The Wanderer remain untouched as far as SotD is concerned. Maybe I'll find more emotion in them later this week...
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From:claudiathefish
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I do love this song, especially the "Hoo-hoo" after the chorus.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
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And I meant to mention,
I used to dislike Zooropa for the longest time; it frightened me and I didn't like the music at all, but this is one of the songs that actually made me start to like it. I fear I actually might like the album now.
From:tigervol
Date:October 4th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I have noticed that people like to call Zooropa out for being a subpar album, which always strikes me as odd. The album is wonderful, and has wonderful songs. I would much rather have the effort of this album than that of the last bomb--pun intended. As far as the song, super in my books.

and for the record, I like HTDAAB, it just seemed very safe to me, where as Zooropa was like their second album all over again, and they nailed it this time.
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From:zoostation
Date:October 4th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Zooropa week is going to rule.
Yay Zooropa!
And yay this song. Not the easiest song to get into, but it's like a hidden gem. Adam is superb! I'm so glad you finally acknowledged him! Adam pwns the 90's. The mid to late 90's anyways.
From:sabneraznik
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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Those are my fave lines too! I can't help but giggle whaen I hear them. :) And I love the little Rolling Stones spoof in the falsetto blended with the music as the song ends. Whenever I'm having a bad day, this song will always make me smile!
From:walrusoct9
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
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Best U2 album ever. I don't care what anyone else says. :-P
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From:luindilwen
Date:October 5th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
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Excellent song. Excellent album.

Yayyyy!
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:October 5th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
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YAY ZOOROPA WEEK!
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From:wydok
Date:October 5th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
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It's my theme song!

"Some days it all adds up
And what you've got is enough."

I can't think of any songs I dislike on this album, with the possible exception of the warning alarm at the end of The Wanderer. :)
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From:domnace9
Date:October 5th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I adore this song!! I feel like it makes them more human to me. I can relate to the guys, and everyone else for that matter, through this song. Everyone has their up days and down days. You move on and know that someone else has experienced that same situation.

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