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January 19th, 2006

Song of the Day @ 02:22 pm

bonoffee:
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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From:arcmorality
Date:January 19th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)

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Great song. Its got Dylan all over it. Its hard to beleive its not a Dylan penned song.
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From:dachelle
Date:January 19th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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I adore this song. It makes me so happy when I listen to it. Great choice for SOTD!
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From:specialcamper
Date:January 19th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I just discovered this song along with "Flower Child"

Love both of them.
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From:beowulfjones
Date:January 19th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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They wrote this in Connemara?? My gosh, I love Ireland. I went there last summer and believe you me: when the weather's nice, you really just can't take a bad picture out there in Connemara. Absolutely gorgeous country.

I also love the Rattle & Hum b-sides... if you put together a mix of the studio tracks from the R&H sessions (album and b-sides minus the live songs), you'll have this great, great album from some alternate universe. I tend to forget about this song, though -- it feels very off on its own. (But that doesn't mean it isn't good!)

Seems like there's a little bit of Achtung Baby in utero here: the whole idea of "love as a drug" ("I'm going higher, higher, higher / High on, high on, high on love") definitely reminds me of So Cruel ("And you need her like a drug"). I also think Hallelujah (Here She Comes) is something of a predecessor to Lady with the Spinning Head -- I mean, that song starts off with "Here she comes / Lady luck again"!

The Edge sounds great here, both vocally and... guitarily? I'd like to say that his "high on, high on, high on love" MAKE the chorus but, actually, I'm not sure if that's him or Billy Preston, who u2wanderer credits with additional vocals and organ. As for the rest of the band: although the same chords vamp over and over, I think they do a really nice job of weaving together the different parts (fading in and out, dropping to just the drums, letting the organ take the lead a few times).

Really cool little nugget of a song!
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 20th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
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I know where the lady goes
I know she got a ring on her toes
Hallelujah here she comes


Interesting lyric... but I seemed to be missing something, so I Wikipedia'd it:
Toe rings

...You learn new things everyday!
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From:canadanne
Date:January 21st, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
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That line has always reminded me of the nursery rhyme:
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes.


I've always kind of assumed that's what Bono had in mind when he wrote the song, but I guess there's nothing to really back that theory up!
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 21st, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
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Ooh! I know that song! We sang it in kindergarten :-)

Anyway, I think in India, if a lady wears toe rings, it means she's married.
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From:arlengirl
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Really great song. I've loved it since I can remember. It's very classy in a humble sort of way, you know? Really basic, but doesn't fail to give off a certain spark.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 22nd, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)

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I can't say I've ever considered this track to be unfinished-sounding, personally... it sounds like a neatly constructed little ditty to me!  It does have similar qualities to Desire, although this one's obviously a lot more laid back, and rather more sweet than sexy. Both great tracks, anyway!

The main thing that jumps out when I listen to this song is just how darn catchy it is - it's *impossible* not to tap your feet to that tambourine!  It's fun to sing, and I love how much Bono gets into it, with all his random yelps and improvisations. *g*  Somebody started a thread the other day about your favourite pauses in U2 songs... maybe a good one would be the long gap between "You get so high you can't come down" and Bono's little whispered "Yeah!" :)

It's not all that spectacular lyrically, but it doesn't need to be. The simplicity is part of its charm, as several people have mentioned. One of my favourite bits to sing along to is the "Gonna get higher, higher, higher on love" part, that's fun - all the backing vocals work really well on this track. I think the vocal highlight of the song for me would have to be to be the falsetto climax of "I'm gonna be therrre, when that light gonna shine / I'm gonne be therrre, when her heart kindles next to mine / I'm gonna be-e-e-e-eee... here she comes!". I LOVE that bit. :D  And the other part I especially adore is near the end when Bono is just kind of ad-libbing underneath the backing vocals. I love the bit where he gets to repeating "Here she come, oh here she come" over and over again, in an increasingly silly kinda voice - it's really cute. :)  Especially when he works himself up to the point where he just bursts out with "Here she come, whooo! ....Sing it!" :D

A really cracking B-side, as are pretty much all of the 80s B-sides. Probably one of the most joyful-sounding things they've recorded, without being in the least bit cheesy or uninteresting.

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