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October 16th, 2005

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sirensong984:
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Today's Song of the Day is

Walk to the Water

Originally released on the With or Without You single, it reappeared on November 3, 1998 on the Best Of 1980-1990 B Side disc.  Pretty moody, unique, but nice. Reminds me of the album October, though I can't say why. Typical of b-sides (for me anyway) it's one of my favorites that will never be performed or thought of much...the lyrics are my favorite part.  It reminds me of snow, not because of the lyrics, but because I bought The Best Of on a snow day from school and the b-sides disc lived in my stereo for a loooong time.  I was willing to pay for the Best Of cd just for the b-sides.  I rarely set out with intentions to listen to this song, but when it comes up on the iTunes shuffle, I am always utterly pleased. 

 

She said it wasn't cold
She left her coat at home that day
She wore canvas shoes
White canvas shoes
Around her neck
She wore a silver necklace
'It was given to me by my father' she said
'It was given to me'

She took the back way home
Past the lights at Summerhill
Turn left on to the north strand
And on, on towards the sea

He said he was an artist
But he really painted billboards
In large capital letters
In large capital letters
He was telling jokes
But nobody else would listen to him

I saw you that day
Your lips were cherry red
Your legs were crossed, your arms wide open

Your hair was coloured gold
And like a field of corn
You were blown by the wind
You were blown by the wind

Walk, walk, walk to the water
Walk with me awhile
Walk, walk, walk to the roadside
Walk me in a light

A room in the Royal hotel
With sea facing views
A man with a suitcase
Full of things he doesn't need
I'm looking through your window
I'm walking through your doorway
I'm on the outside
Let me in

Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me

Walk, walk, walk to the water
Walk with me
Walk, walk, walk to the roadside
Walk with me a while

 
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From:kabuki_party
Date:October 16th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I LOVE this song. And there's a funny little part in it- after Bono sings/says "he was telling jokes, but nobody else would listen to him" listen very closely- right afterwards, someone says "except edge" lol
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From:rockstarsex
Date:October 16th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
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LOL!
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From:canadanne
Date:October 23rd, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)

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I'm buggered if I can hear that, but LOL!
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From:rockstarsex
Date:October 16th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
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I really love this song. It tells a story. ♥
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:October 16th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I can't listen to JT without the B-Sides anymore. Walk to the Water, Silver and Gold, Spanish Eyes..... as perfect as it was, it really could have been released as a double album.
From:sabneraznik
Date:October 17th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
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Only the most sexual song of their ealy years! OMG, love it!
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From:structure_d
Date:October 17th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
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It reminds me of early mornings.

This really is one of those beautiful little gems.
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 17th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
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I like songs that remind of different things. Like summer, nighttime, early morning, etc. :)
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From:canadanne
Date:October 22nd, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)

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Mmmmm, a marvellous song. Those 80s B-sides are special to me anyway because the Best Of was the first U2 CD I ever bought, but they're also *great* tracks. It's a shame you don't get stuff like this on the newer singles.

It's always felt like an autumn song to me... it just has an autumnal feel to it. The lovely chaotic intro makes me think of fallen leaves being blown around, and I imagine the girl walking home in the early evening when it's already starting to get dark (plus there are lyrics about being "blown by the wind" and choosing not to wear a coat, etc). I think that's partly why I love the song so much, because autumn is my favourite time of year. There's something very comforting about the nights starting to draw in, and a slight chill creeping into the air.

It's definitely a fascinating song lyrically - it's so descriptive, you can't help but pictures the scenes unfolding in your head. And yet it's like you've joined the story halfway through, so you're not entirely sure what's going on and it's all very intriguing. Who is "she" with the canvas shoes and the silver necklace?  Who is "he" that paints the billboards and tells these jokes?  It's kind of fun not knowing - you can fill in the gaps however you want. I also like the use of repetition in the lyrics... I always wonder what the great significance of the "large capital letters" is. :)

It's very elegant musically as well. I've already mentioned the intro, which is really strange in a good way - I like how it gradually settles into a rhythm, with little more than that gentle guitar melody swirling around as if the wind catches it every so often. Beautiful, and so relaxing... I'm sure Walk To The Water is one of the songs that really caught my attention on that first ever listen to the Best Of, I could see myself listening to it often when I needed to de-stress.

I love Bono's performance, he shows quite a range of talents on this track. He's mostly just talking over the first couple of verses. Then you get a few lines where he's still talking, but it becomes melodic at the same time. Then from the chorus onward, he's properly singing - switching back and forth between soft breathy vocals and full-on passionate wails. It's really nice, you can tell a lot of thought and effort has gone into creating the perfect atmosphere as the song progresses - they exercise restraint in all the right places.

Without a doubt my favourite part of the song is this:
"I'm looking through your window
I'm walking through your doorway
I'm on the outside, let me in
Let me love you
Let me love you
Let me...
"
It's one of those utterly spine-tingling moments - one moment Bono's singing in this low, weary kind of voice, and without warning he's suddenly screaming "LETTT MEEE INNN, let meeee love youuuu!". It's just gorgeous... how desperate is he to be with this girl, it sounds like his whole life depends on it. And again you're wondering what the story is, why she's shutting him out like this...

It's just an amazing song that makes you think "Wow" every time you hear it.

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