Caitlin (onebadkite) wrote in u2,
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Song of the Day

Dagens valg er...

"Babyface" from Zooropa

The early 90's, Achtung Baby, and Zooropa brought U2 to a different celebrity plane.  That of the supermodel!  Of course we all know about the Adam/Naomi relationship.  But it also brought along new friends like Kate Moss and Christy Turlington, who began making regular stops in Dublin.  So this song could be written about any of them, or none of then, but not in the way that you think.

Certainly I didn't understand the song until I read the lyrics this morning.  I had only focused on such lines as "Coming home late at night to turn you on, love" and "... let me untie your lace."  Uh oh, Bono wants to be frisky.  Little did I know, we must pay attention to ALL the lines to capture the full meaning.  Because it isn't really about foreplay, it's about television!  The mental image is supposed to be of a guy, sitting around watching TV *COpornUGH*, slowing the images, playing with the color and contrast, catching things in a freeze frame so many times, they become your best friend.

But the music plays it off as a love song. The intro is very playful, almost xylophone-y, the bass is more subtle.  It's one of those songs that Edge backs almost the entire thing, and I find that slightly annoying.  That and the "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba"s that invade later choruses.  I don't like them, I find them awfully uncreative, and more of a distraction than an emphasis.  Not sure what to think of Larry's drums, they're hardly there, and it's a very awkward beat.

Overall, a very odd duck of a song.  But the lyrics are kinda fun to look at, now that I have a new meaning.


Babyface

Catching your bright blue eyes in the freeze frame
I've seen them so many times
I feel like I must be your best friend.
You're looking fine, so fine
Dressed up like a lovely day.

Babyface, Babyface
Slow down child, let me untie your lace.
Babyface, Babyface
Cover girl with natural grace.
How could beauty be so kind
To an ordinary guy?

Comin' home late at night to turn you on
Checkin' out every frame,
I've got slow motion on my side.
Turnin' around and around
With the sound and colour under my control
Round and around, goin' down,
Dressed up like a lovely day.

Babyface, Babyface
Slow down child, let me untie your lace
Babyface, Babyface
Tinfoil hair all tied up in lace
Babyface, Babyface
Bitter-sweet girl, won't you give me a taste
How could beauty be so kind
To an ordinary guy?

Babyface, Babyface
Slow down child, let me untie your lace.
Babyface, Babyface
Open that door, let me unpack my case.
Babyface, Babyface
You're everywhere, child, you're all over the place.
Babyface, Babyface
You're comin' to me from outer space.
How could beauty be so kind
To an ordinary guy?

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