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Song of the Day

Welcome to the all-new Thursday SOTD brought to you by me! Thanks very much to stay_please for giving me her Thursdays, now you're all stuck with me, mwahaha.

There are just a couple of things you should know about me before we start:

There are hardly any U2 songs I actually don't like. So if my SOTDs are all full of positivity, that'll be why. ;) I'll do my best to be constructive about it, though.

I love Edge.

I'm very random and I plan to pick songs for no other reason than I want to. Hee.


So, without further ado, I present to you Thursday's SOTD which is...

"Hallelujah Here She Comes" from the single "Desire"

I think firstly I shall turn to 'Into The Heart' (because I can)

"Another song that The Edge and Bono came up with in John Heather's house in Connemara, 'Hallelujah (Here She Comes)' is a piece of upful gospel rock. That productive songwriting session yielded 'Hawkmoon 269', 'Desire' and the beginning of 'Angel Of Harlem'. "'Hallelujah' just didn't seem to fit the album," The Edge says. It was the B-side to 'Desire', released in September 1988." ('Into The Heart', Niall Stokes)

Presumably it was because the song didn't fit on R&H that it sounds so unfinished, but I think that adds to the charm it has in abundance. It's like the last hurrah of organic U2 before ZooTV hit and blew everything away. It's included as a B-side to 'Desire' which works nicely as I find it a similar kind of song musically, a similar sort of sound.

'Hallelujah...' as a track is very basic, sounding much like it was recorded in the one take, with Bono seeming to forget his place on a couple of occasions. Edge adds a pretty backing vocal and Larry's understated, insistent drum gives the song its addictive rhythm. It's a song I can't stop singing for ages after I've listened to it, it's very catchy.

'Hallelujah...' is probably U2's most straightforward love song without the obvious bitter undercurrent or dark edge that characterises songs like 'WOWY' and 'All I Want Is You'. It's celebratory in its lyrics, with the 'hallelujah' being applied to a woman - Bono was right when he says he puts women on pedestals, and why not indeed! ;) It's a lovely idea that someone would think such a joyous word when they saw their lover coming towards them. The only line I'd pick up on would be "I see you dressed in black, I guess I'm not coming back" which I always get a 'black widow' vibe from, the woman coming to get her man and do with him what she will - maybe not eat him, but near enough. ;) Even that, though, is done light-hearted and adds a clever little turn to the song.

Overall then, I love this song and feel it's very underrated and much forgotten-about. I love its lack of polish and basic-ness (yup that is a word, honest), and it makes me want to sing along loudly.

Lyrics (from u2wanderer.org):
I see you're dressed to kill
I know I can't wait until
Hallelujah here she comes

I see you're dressed in black
I guess I'm not coming back
Hallelujah here she comes

Born and raised
On the wrong side of town
You get so high
That you can't come down

Yeah

I see the road is rough
You know I'm not giving up
Hallelujah here she comes

I know where the lady goes
I know she got a ring on her toes
Hallelujah here she comes

Born and raised
On the wrong side of town
You get so high
That you can't come down

I'm going higher, higher, higher
High on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love
I'm gonna be there
When that light's gonna shine
I'm gonna be there
When her heart comes next to mine
I'm gonna be...
Here she comes
Yeah here she comes

I see you're dressed to kill
I know I can't wait until
Hallelujah here she comes

I see you're dressed in black
I guess I'm not coming back
Hallelujah here she comes

Born and raised
In the wrong side of town
You get so high
You can't come down

I'm gonna be there
High on, high on, high on love
Gonna get high on, high on, high on love
(Gonna get) high on, high on, high on love
(Gonna get) high on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love

I'm gonna be there
When that light's gonna shine
I'm gonna be there
When her heart is next to mine
I'm gonna be there

Be there
When Hallelujah...here she comes
Here she comes...
Here she comes...
Here she comes...
Here she comes...
Here she comes...
Oh Here she comes...
Here she comes...
Oh Here she comes...
Here she comes...
Woo sing it

High on, high on, high on love
High on, high on, high on love


Song is here for downloading via YSI or in gmail as usual!

This SOTD was brought to you by me, hope you enjoyed, expect more randomness next week!

EDIT: I can't put the actual song into gmail right now as I'm in uni and they expel people for downloading/uploading songs, so I forwarded the YSI details instead, and will do my best to put the song into gmail tonight. Sorry!
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