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December 15th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 12:07 pm

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I'm currently hearin: When Love Comes To Town

"When Love Comes To Town" from Rattle & Hum

B.B. King and blues music is certainly never something I could really get into, not sure why.  This song took a loooooong time to grow on me.  Poor Edge, reduced to playing chords.  Damn Bono, for volunteering him.  *ahem* Anyway...

I suppose what I first liked about the song was the idea.  "Sorry baby, I love music and my guitar more than you.  Don't blame me, it's the music's fault..."  Achtung Baby still being my favorite era, I love the hoarsey vocals Bono pulls off on the entire R&H album.  But his are the only vocals I like.  As the song fades away, those background singers sound a little lost... "are we done yet?"  Thank gosh U2 rarely employs such singers, these came attached to B.B.

Other than that... there's really nothing musically that grabs me.  B.B. has his little guitar bits, and they're okay, but like I said before, I don't much care for blues guitar.


When Love Comes to Town

I was a sailor, I was lost at sea
I was under the waves before love rescued me.
I was a fighter, I could turn on a thread
Now I stand accused of the things I've said.

When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame.
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town.

Used to make love under a red sunset
I was making promises I was soon to forget.
She was pale as the lace of her wedding gown
But I left her standing before love came to town.

I ran into a juke-joint when I heard a guitar scream
The notes were turning blue, I was dazed and in a dream.
As the music played I saw my life turn around
That was the day before love came to town.

When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame.
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town.

When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame.
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town.

I was there when they crucified my Lord
I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword.
I threw the dice when they pierced his side
But I've seen love conquer the great divide.

When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame.
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town.

 
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From:hard2explain8
Date:December 15th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I am the complete opposite of you on this song. I love it. Everything about it grabs me- and I'm not even huge into blues music. I love BB in this song, and his riffs, although I've heard him play better, are extremely appropriately paced with this song.

Oh I love it!
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From:jenvargas
Date:December 15th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
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I. Love. This. Song.

Has anyone heard the new Joss Stone/Jonny Lang cover of this on Herbie Hancock's new album Possibilities?
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From:zoostation
Date:December 15th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I heard a portion of it at Starbucks.
Weird!
lol
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From:zoostation
Date:December 15th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)

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On a scale of 1 - 10, one being ridiculously craptastic and ten being a "never-skip in my life" song, this is a 7.
I love it, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for it.

This right here is the best part of the song:
    Used to make love under a red sunset
    I was making promises I was soon to forget.
    She was pale as the lace of her wedding gown
    But I left her standing before love came to town.

    I ran into a juke-joint when I heard a guitar scream
    The notes were turning blue, I was dazed and in a dream.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 7th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)

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That is my favourite part exactly!
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From:tinamachina
Date:December 15th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I love this song! This may be one of the songs that got me into U2.
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From:forsberg21
Date:December 16th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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I looove this song. My dad listens to a lot of BB King and blues in general, so perhaps I'm a little biased; but I think it's perfect for Rattle & Hum considering the point that U2 makes with Rattle & Hum... R&H was about exploring America and American music.

To quote Bruce Springsteen, "For in art and love and rock and roll, the whole had better equal much more than the sum of its parts, or else you're just rubbing two sticks together searching for fire."
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From:canadanne
Date:January 7th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah, this one took a while to grow on me as well - it was one of my least favourites on the Best Of (the only U2 CD I had to begin with). I guess I'm just not that fond of B.B. King's vocals and musical style, so the choruses still annoy me slightly, but the verses are great!  I love the bit in the film where B.B. compliments Bono on his songwriting ("You're mighty young to write such heavy lyrics"!) and I really enjoy singing along with Bono, he's very passionate on this track. I also love the "He-eeyy yea yea-eah!" bits, especially in the intro.

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