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October 9th, 2005

Song of the day @ 03:03 pm

sirensong984:
I'm currently feelin: cheerful cheerful
I'm currently hearin: Don't Take Your Guns to Town//Johnny Cash

Today's Song of the Day is..

Don't Take Your Guns to Town

Originally recorded for a television special honoring Johnny Cash, the song eventually appeared on a version of the Elevation single in 2001.  The band put a new spin on a Johnny Cash favorite, adding a steel drum/Jamaican feel to a country song.  The Edge's vocal back up is one of the best features of the song, as well as Bono's deeeep singing on the verses.  Bono added little additions like "Don't take your guns to town, son, Leave your guns at home Bill.." where the Man in Black simply left it at "Don't take your guns to town...".  Bono seems to love to add those little words in songs he covers, no matter who is present (Think "I've Got You Under My Skin") (this is currently under dispute..!).  :)  Nothing extremely groundbreaking here, but a feel-good diddy that came up on my iPod Friday and made me smile.

Enjoy the

A young boy named Billy Joe, restless on the farm
A boy filled with wanderlust, who never really meant no harm
He changed his clothes and he shined his boots
And he combed his dark hair down

But his mama cried as he walked out:
'Don't take your guns to town
Don't take your guns to town
Don't take your guns... to town'

He laughed and kissed his mom and said 'Your Billy Joe he's the man
I can shoot as quick, I can shoot as straight, as anybody, can
But I wouldn't shoot, without a cause, or gun nobody down'

But she cried again as he rode away:
'Don't take your guns to town
Son, leave your guns at home
Don't take your guns to town'

Well he drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hands
And he tried, he tried to tell himself at last he had become a man
But a dusty cowpoke stood at his side, began to laugh him down

And he heard again his mother's words:
'Don't take your guns to town
Son, leave your guns at home
Don't take your guns...'

Don't take your guns....
Don't take your guns to town
Don't take your guns....
Don't take your guns to town

Filled with rage then Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw
But the stranger drew his gun and fired before he even saw
As Billy Joe fell to the floor the crowd all gathered around

And wondered at his final words:
'Don't take your guns to town
Son, leave your guns at home
Don't take your guns to town'
 
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:October 9th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Johnny Cash sung the lyrics "Leave your guns at home Bill."

I don't think Bono added them. I know I've heard Johnny sing them on either an original version or an early live version.
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 9th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Interesting, the CD I have it on doesn't have it. Perhaps a live version?
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:October 9th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 9th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Definitely my favorite U2 cover. Simple arrangement, but Bono's voice steals the show. :)
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 10th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you liked the pick. I think it's a great cover song too :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 10th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
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It was most definitely an excellent choice. :)
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From:surfgirl83
Date:October 10th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
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Can someone share it? Please?
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From:typewriterking
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
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They way U2 has it arranged with the steel Caribbean drums, it sounds more like a Jimmy Buffett song than something by Johnny Cash.
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
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True, I never thought "Jimmy Buffet", but that's interesting! :)
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From:canadanne
Date:October 15th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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Had to go and dig out the DVD for this one - I'd only watched it once before, so I barely remembered what it sounded like!  It's so much more upbeat than I thought it was.

I definitely like the contrast between Edge's high vocals and Bono's low ones, that works very nicely. Catchy tune, good lyrics. I think my favourite part is the "Don't take your guns... don't take your guns to to-o-own" bridge. It's a cool little video as well, I like the way it's constantly switching between different shots, with some nice close-ups and Bono smiles. :)  I can't believe how different they looked, especially Adam - he's changed so much in the last couple of years!!  Bono looks odd compared to his current image, too.

I'm not sure the song itself is really something I'd feel like listening to often, even if I had it on CD, but it definitely has a feelgood quality with the accompanying visuals (not that it's supposed to be a feelgood song, heh). And it does grow on me each time I listen to it. I've never heard the original so I don't know how this version compares.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 15th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)

D'OH!

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...........And upon reading your post again, I notice the words "Elevation single". Whaaaaa... I go to my CD rack, and lo and behold, there it is. I had no recollection of them including this song as a B-side!!  I can't believe I've had it on CD this whole time and didn't even know it. I needn't have bothered searching for the DVD after all!!  (Though I'm glad I did.)

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