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January 6th, 2006

"Love is Blindness" @ 09:55 pm

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I'm currently feelin: confused confused
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Zooropa.

This has been bothering me. Unless has said it before, but is that song written for or about Edge's (first) divorce?
I understand that that's a personal question, but the guitar riff and the lyrics are just so ridden with heartbreak, that's the only backstory I can think of. =(
 
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From:zoostation
Date:January 7th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
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I'm gonna paraphrase Bono:
He said it was unfair to lump all the negativity in that song and other songs on AB on Edge's divorce but it was a major infulence in the songwriting.
And the guitar riffs Bono has pretty much said was Edge expressing himself. That he was just letting it rip on his life or something. So much so that the strings are heard breaking at the end.

Someone will come along and post the exact quotes along shortly, I'm sure.
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From:alternatending
Date:January 7th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
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Wow.

When you make a guitar string (s) break, there's something going on there for sure.

Thank you.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:January 7th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
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I'd always heard it was about terrorism, specifically from the perspective of someone who is so desperate in their political situation that they are weighing the idea of actually becoming a terrorist: "In a parked car in a crowded street/You see your love made complete/Thread is ripping/The knot is slipping" "A dangerous idea/That almost makes sense".

But I wouldn't be at all surprised if Edge's divorce is in there, too. Achtung Baby deals a lot with betrayal and the dark side of love. So many of U2's songs have multiple meanings (and many more that the fans adopt, too).
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 7th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
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I've heard that theory before, and I like it. Maybe I just like the idea of a song about terrorism disguised as a love song.

A lot of the lyrics do fit though. With the "parked car in a crowded street" being where a bomb might be planted. And "clockworks and cold steel" referencing the makings of a bomb. And "a little death without mourning, no call, and no warning" referencing the actual act of like, a suicide bombing.

In the end, it fits both ways, as so many U2 song wonderfully do.
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From:carobanano
Date:January 7th, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
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I've always heard that it was about terrorism. But, as the others have said, it (and many other U2 songs) can be interpreted in a variety of ways. I love it!
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From:whatsername_31
Date:January 7th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
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To me the one I always put with the pure heartache element is "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"..

The terrorism thing kinda sticks....I had not heard that before..

Tis a beautiful song though, and very moving.
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From:reecord2
Date:January 7th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
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Strings are actually breaking in this song? I must go have a listen now!
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From:zoostation
Date:January 7th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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So Cruel is all about sex. Alllllllllllllllllll about sex.
Hint: Look up definition to "mire" and then read the lyrics with a dirty mind.
I don't think there can be any other interpretation of it.
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From:jenday
Date:January 7th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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yup. sex. i've always liked that song. glorious. lol.
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From:boriel
Date:January 7th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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there is a quote about it in the Michka book Bono in Conversation, and yes, the strings broke near the very end....and yes its about Edge and his divorce...i dont have time to look up the exact quote, but if anyone has the book, its near the first four chapters of the book.

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