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December 20th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 10:10 am

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I'm currently hearin: Red Light

"Red Light" from War

"... but Red Light is regarded as one of U2's most unsatisfactory cuts..."

That's one of the closing lines of Red Light's blurb in Into The Heart.  I think Bono's lyrics are as strong as ever, but sonically it's very different.  First, the use of back up singers.  That's a rare U2 move, and maybe it put off some listeners.  Plus the use of brass, the trumpet solo, that's very rare for the boys, too.

The song can take many layers, as usual.  A love song, Bono singing to a prostitute, a prostitute singing to a customer, or the one I missed... another plea to save Adam's soul.  Apparently the guy needs saving, because lots of songs reference this in the book.  War has at least one other... and maybe you'll get to see it later on in War Week. ;-)  (Srsly, it's the only album left... 'cept the R&H cover songs.)


Red Light

Oh I talk to you, you walk away.
You're still on the down beat
You say you don't want my help.
But you can't escape if you're running from yourself.
I give you my love
I give you my love
Give you my love
Still you walk away.
Well

It's your own late show as you jump to the street below.
But where can you go to leave yourself behind?
Alone in the spotlight of this, your own tragedy.
I give you my love.
Love.

I give you my love.
Give you my love.
I give you my love.
I give you my love.
I give you my love.

Fave Lyrics:
But where can you go to leave yourself behind?

 
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From:zoostation
Date:December 20th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
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All I can remember about this one is the background singers that always makes me think of them as "sirens" calling from the shore.
It's not a favourite from War, but I always listen to it anyways.
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From:thegoal_issoul
Date:December 20th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I dont really like the back up singers for whatever reason, but I usually don't skip the song...

eh, it doesnt do much for me *shrug*
From:dysprosium
Date:December 20th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I can't stand Red Light! No wonder it's regarded as unsatisfactory.
From:nonsvch
Date:December 20th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
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i like this song. i adore Edge's guitar work, especially in the beginning.
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From:corianderstem
Date:December 21st, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
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My least favorite U2 song, by far. The backup singers, the horns, the melody ... I strongly dislike all of it.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 7th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
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It was definitely those bloody Coconuts that put me off Red Light and Surrender to begin with - I found their vocals really irritating and didn't feel they were welcome in the middle of a U2 album. Both songs grew on me over time, when I got used to the backing singers being there, but Red Light has turned out to be the weaker of the two because it doesn't have the gorgeous lyrics and atmosphere that Surrender has. In fact, I'd always found the lyrics of Red Light pretty indecipherable until you posted them there - somebody get that boy to enunciate!

Still, even though I skip it more often than not, I don't find Red Light unpleasant, so I'm not sure why it seems to get so much hatred. My favourite parts are when they all sing different harmonies on "I give you my love... love... love... love..." with the descending scale - that alone makes the backing singers worthwhile, it sounds really nice!

War Week. ;-) (Srsly, it's the only album left... 'cept the R&H cover songs.)

The cover songs and the live tracks!  If I'm not mistaken, apart from R&H it's just Drowning Man and the album version of Dirty Day that we haven't done now, right?

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