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December 10th, 2005

Question about the lyrics for "Gone" @ 05:13 pm

prince:
    You wanted to get somewhere so badly
    You had to lose yourself along the way.
    You changed your name
    Well that's okay, it's necessary
    And what you leave behind you don't miss anyway.
Does anyone know who Bono is singing about in this track? Thanks :-)
 
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From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)

(thought i feel weird for putting a smiley after that... his loss is still felt as though it were yesterday)
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From:zoostation
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Icon love!
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From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
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i like your's better :)
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From:sirensong984
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)

Oops...

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It couldn't have been written about Michael Hutchence. The song was written before the release of the album Pop, obviously, and Hutchence didn't die until the third leg of the Popmart tour, around November of 1997, I was at the concert. It was indeed dedicated to him after he died many times in concert, though.
From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Oops...

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i think their confusion was in part due to this...
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From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Oops...

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no problem :) thank you for taking the time to answer :)
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From:zoostation
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)

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I thought it was about himself?

I thought the entire song was about himself actually...
From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)
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From:beowulfjones
Date:December 10th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
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The Mirrorball Man "suit of lights" reference, at the least, is definitely about Mister Bono himself.
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From:forsberg21
Date:December 11th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
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Oooh, love your icon! Could I ever use it?
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From:zoostation
Date:December 11th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
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Of course!

I made a huge post of OOTS icons at u2icons on Thanksgiving if you want to see other ones.
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From:volare
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
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himself....
From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
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thank you :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 10th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
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The pdf file that came with iTunes Complete U2 suggested that "Gone" was a song from U2 to the fans saying that if it was useless to hope that the band would go back to the musical style of the glory days. I thought it was an interesting interpretation of the lyrics.
From:prince
Date:December 10th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
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cool, thanks for the info :)
From:leelee_cakes
Date:December 10th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
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I've always felt it was a continuation of "The Fly" thematically, to be honest. Talking about his celebrity status, what happens to his life because of that, etc.
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From:ajamison
Date:December 10th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Not sure about Bono...but to me, I interpret it as someone who has given up on their faith, rejected God. They lost their true self through the process and don't care...

U2 can write some powerful stuff that can be so personal and deep to so many people.
From:amerrydeath
Date:December 11th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
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It being about himself makes the most sense to me. But, as with many lyrics, it can be interpreted any way and there is no real "correct" interpretation.
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From:forsberg21
Date:December 11th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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I agree with the comments that say he wrote it about himself. The "leave behind" thing seems to be a theme, too.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:December 11th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
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You change your name
Well that's okay
It's necessary


It's entirely about him.

It's also one of their best songs!
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From:mrslat
Date:December 11th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
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You might find this site useful when you're trying to figure out what U2 songs mean:

http://hem.bredband.net/steverud/U2MoL/index.html

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