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

Today's selection...

"Rejoice" from October

Okay, I ditched the theme, perhaps I was getting a little too obscure.

This is a standout track on October, for me.  Which is odd, because I'm as irreligious as they come, agnostic to the fullest.  At the time of recording this album, Larry, Edge, and Bono were heavy into the Shalom group and dissecting the Scriptures.  Bono goes so far as to say that during this period, the rock thing was just a day job, and that their Shalom meetings were what it was all about.

I love the energetic guitar part, especially towards the latter part of the track, when it almost seems to become a live track and the boys just imrpovise it.  Bono screaming, Edge wailing on the guitar, and Larry's drumrolls (2:03 = LOVE). 

The lyrics are limited, but wonderful.  I love the line "I can't change the world / but I can change the world in me,"  even if it is naive.  Bono was distressed with the idea of music, especially punk, being the way to enlightenment, or the heart of the revolution.  You can sense his frustrations with half of the lines being pleading questions like "What am I to do?" or "what am I supposed to say?"  Some of his best lyric work on October, IMO.  And apparently this song was entirely imrpovised on the mike, much to producer's chagrin.

Rejoice

It's falling, it's falling
And outside a building comes tumbling down.
And inside a child on the ground
Says he'll do it again.

And what am I to do?
What in the world am I to say?
There's nothing else to do.
He says he'll change the world some day
I rejoice.

This morning I fell out of bed
When I woke up to what he had said
Everything's crazy but I'm too lazy to lie.

And what am I to do?
Just tell me what am I supposed to say?
I can't change the world
But I can change the world in me
Rejoice.
Rejoice.

And what am I to do?
Just tell me what am I supposed to say?
I can't change the world
But I can change the world in me.

I rejoice.

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