Caitlin (onebadkite) wrote in u2,

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Song of the Day

Today, I present...

"The Wanderer" from Zooropa

I must admit, the first time I listened through Zooropa, nothing caught my attention.  It was background music, to a fault.  I do remember this song catching my ear, and then thinking something was broken when the alarm noise came on.  Those clever Irish folk.

I was going to wait on this one until the Johnny Cash bio-pic came out, but it's Zooropa week!  And I'm impatient.  It starts of with our loverly Adam, in a really cheap (purposefully) bass sound.  Then.... what's this? *enter zoostation's Bono OMG icon here* Johnny Cash!?  It makes it a really anachronistic track, leagues different from Lemon and Daddy's Gonna Pay...

But, it works still.  It's almost as if Zooropa becomes a story-telling album instead of a concept album.  At the end, we felt like we've wandered through this amazing world that is U2.  So clearly Bono couldn't sing this reflection of a song, we need an outside influence.  The Man in Black and Bono had been waiting to collaborate for years, and here came an opportunity, both in song and time and place.

Much love to Adam and his bass sound straight out of PacMan.  I also like the background vocals, which I assume is Bono and Edge, but it sounds like more than two people.  Could Larry be thrown in there?  Watch out, here comes the alarm...

The Wanderer

I went out walking through streets paved with gold
Lifted some stones, saw the skin and bones
Of a city without a soul
I went out walking under an atomic sky
Where the ground won't turn and the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye.

Yeah, I went with nothing, nothing but the thought of you.
I went wandering.

I went drifting through the capitals of tin
Where men can't walk or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in.
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit.
They say they want the kingdom
But they don't want God in it.

I went out riding down that old eight-lane
I passed a thousand signs looking for my own name.
I went with nothing but the thought you'd be there too,
Looking for you.

I went out there in search of experience
To taste and to touch and to feel as much
As a man can before he repents.

I went out searching, looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who would sit at his father's right hand.
I went out walking with a bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one.

Now Jesus, don't you wait up, Jesus I'll be home soon.
Yeah, I went out for the papers, told her I'd be back by noon.
Yeah, I left with nothing but the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you.

Yeah, I went with nothing, nothing but the thought of you.
I went wandering.

Fave Lyrics: Probably the opening lines for the "OMG Johnny Cash" moment.

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