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December 14th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 03:21 pm

I'm currently feelin: exhausted exhausted
I'm currently hearin: Into The Heart

"Into The Heart" from Boy

Maybe not a throwaway song, but a throwaway SotD post for moi.  XD  Sorry folks, I'm tired.

Into the Heart isn't so much... about itself, but really a place for Edge to go with the shimmering interlude between An Cat Dubh and it.  To Bono's own admittance, during the Boy/October era the music was usually written first, and then the lyrics.  Some songs had even been improvised on the spot.  They had usually been performed live before recording, and the lyrics may have changed nightly.

Into The Heart (the book now) denies any thematic link between An Cat Dubh and Into The Heart, but I'm not so sure.  An Cat Dubh is almost... dirty, and sensuous, etc.  And Into The Heart is about the loss of innocence.  Half of U2's canon is about the loss of innocence in some way, I suppose... so I guess any song could fit after An Cat Dubh.  But not sonically, with that interlude, which proudly showed, on a debut album at that, that Edge would be a forerunner in legendary guitar rock.

The lyrics from U2.com:  (ZOMG no cut?!)

Into The Heart
Into the heart of a child
I stay awhile
But I can go there.

Into the heart of a child
I can smile
I can't go there.

Into the heart, into the heart of a child
I can't go back
I can't stay awhile.
Into the heart.

Into the heart.

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Date:December 14th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
I like this song, buti don't know what to say about it.
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Date:December 14th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
I can never get into this song.
I usually skip it.
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Date:December 15th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
The interesting thing about this great track is that it's the first one that starts to sound like what we've come to know as U2's "sound". Adam laying down a simple but powerful bassline, Edge using his trademark arppeggio patterns to build all sorts of sonic room for Bono to fit his lyrics into.

You can hear strains of the greatness to come in this song.
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Date:December 15th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
I love this song!

It's U2 at its most pure and raw... you can't listen to it on its own, it only works when next to An Cat Dubh
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Date:January 7th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Not really that much of a song on its own, but you can't imagine An Cat Dubh without it. And it is a nice little tune to sing along with. I love the glockenspiel!

I always heard the lyrics as "I can go back, I can stay a while". If U2.com's version is correct (*cough* that'd be a first...), it kinda puts a whole different spin on it. Personally I see it as a daydreamy sort of song... nostalgic, reliving your own childhood through the eyes of someone who is still a child. Which fits in nicely with the way Bono has brought kids on stage with him during this tour.

I like the quiet little "Oooo-oo-oooohh..." bit that Bono does halfway through the track, just before the final "Into the heart". And it's really quite impressive how the whole thing (ACD and ITH) is structured, musically... the way it finally winds down at the end, only to throw you straight into the pounding intro of Out Of Control. Great stuff!  (Mind you, this all confused the hell out of me the first time I ever listened to Boy. I was listening through headphones across the room, and *totally* lost track of which song we were up to!)

Was I not paying attention properly when I watched the Chicago DVD, or did Bono omit most of the lyrics when he sang this one?  It's a shame if he did (and would also indicate that Bono's memory for lyrics is worse than ever, considering how little there is to memorise here!!).

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