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

Today's song...

"MLK" from The Unforgettable Fire

I remember watching one of those numerous countdown shows on music television, and this particular one was counting down the 22 greatest live performers.  Don't ask me why 22.  I remember U2 placing fourth.  Anyway, one of the 'talking heads' said that U2 made them want to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.  A comment I found odd at the time.

A ha, a clue, Sherlock!  I eventually found out why.  I love the peacefulness of this song, which comes from its lack of instrumentation.  It's simply Bono, and some chords provided by... I'm guessing an organ or a synth.  It was ending yet another album on a peaceful note, a trend that was soon to change.  Just like War before it (40), and how October was supposed to end (Scarlet), a hopeful song of reconciliation. 
It's simplicity is meant to help it be sung in communion.  Whether used in peaceful protest, or to end U2 concerts (like '40'), I don't know.  But one can almost imagine this song ending a concert, leaving the audience singing "Let it rain, rain on he."


MLK
Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised.
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, rain down on he.
So let it be.
So let it be.

Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised.
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, let it rain
Rain down on he.

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