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January 22nd, 2006

Song of the Day! @ 08:41 pm

inklingfair:
I'm currently feelin: contemplative contemplative
I'm currently hearin: "Sunday Bloody Sunday," PopMart Live from Sarajevo (1997)

Greetings from your near future! Er... let me explain. I'm well ahead of most of you by at least half a day. So for some of you, your midnight is (roughly) when my day begins...

But let's cut to the chase. Welcome to your new SOTD Sunday edition! (A big thanks to sirensong984 who graciously let me have this job.)

It's... "Sunday Bloody Sunday"!

Oh NO... I've had enough of "martial drumbeats" and "Bono waving a white flag" and "troubles in Northern Ireland". - not that song again!

Ah, folks, but this isn't quite the same song - listen to this version sung solo by The Edge during the PopMart show in Sarajevo: at poplemon.com. (Just scroll down to the Listen to The Edge singing "Sunday Bloody Sunday," Live from Sarajevo (PopMart Tour 1997) audio link.)


"Sunday Bloody Sunday" here is a far cry from the Bono's passionate rendition at Red Rocks. A bit of history: SBS is considered one of U2's "warhorses"; it's been played in most of U2's tours since War. The song wasn't included in the set during the first Popmart shows, but when PopMart came to troubled Sarajevo, The Edge delivered this gentle, almost pleading version in lieu of his usual Pop karaoke sing-along.


My thoughts:

This is definitely not a rebel song in the strictest sense of the word - it comes to me almost as a lament.

It actually reminds me of that gospel story where Jesus looked over Jerusalem and said: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to thee; how often I have longed to gather your children together like a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not let me! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate... (Luke 13:34-35)

The anger is still there in the words, but there is no militant drumbeat, no boiling-blood guitar. To me, it's the sigh, "I've tried shouting, I've tried threats, I've showed you blood and gore. I'm hoarse and weary, but I'm not giving up on you. Listen and make peace with your brothers." Incidentally, I believe Bono's voice was in bad shape at the time, but though the body was weak, the spirit was willing. Thus, Sarajevo the torn and broken sang - as one - with the Edge and his guitar that day.

How long must they sing this song? Well, for as long as the battle between races, religions, tongues, and tribes rages.

And I shall sing along, too.




Sunday Bloody Sunday


I can't believe the news today
I can't close my eyes and make it go away
How long? how long must we sing this song?
How long? how long?
'Cause tonight we can be as one - tonight

Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across the dead end street
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up, puts my back up against the wall

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday --

And the battle's just begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has won?
The trenches dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

How long? how long must we sing this song?
How long? how long?
'Cause tonight we can be as one - tonight
Tonight
[Sunday, bloody Sunday]
Tonight, tonight
[Sunday, bloody Sunday]

Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
I'll wipe your tears away
I'll wipe your tears away
[Sunday, bloody Sunday]
I'll wipe your bloodshot eyes
[Sunday, bloody Sunday]
Sunday, bloody Sunday

And it's true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die

The real battle yet begun
[Sunday, bloody Sunday]
To claim the victory Jesus won
[Sunday, bloody Sunday]
On Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

(lyrics from threechordsandthetruth.com)


 
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From:music2bio
Date:January 22nd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Great choice for SOTD - can we get this placed up on g-mail? I serioulsy love it soo much - thanks for finding it!
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 22nd, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure how to upload it to gmail, though. Where do I send it? I actually downloaded that clip from poplemon.com, but it's hell on dialup. :-P
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From:music2bio
Date:January 22nd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't know - but how did you save it? I tried to right click it and save it, I didn't see how to do it. If you could let me know it would be great - Thanks!
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From:tehlils
Date:January 22nd, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
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I'm uploading to the gmail right now.
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From:peachy_ewan_muf
Date:January 22nd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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That's a wonderful version. Great choice.
From:striped_bouncer
Date:January 22nd, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
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This Edge version of SBS is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Very touching. And yes, there is a tear in my eye right now as I listen to the song...

Great choice for SOTD, thanks so much for sharing this version, you just made my day :-)
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 23rd, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
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Thanks! It is such a beautiful version. I can't imagine Bono singing it acoustic.
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From:volare
Date:January 22nd, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
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*nods*

it's like the first night of R&H, when it became a dirge before exploding into sheer rage... first time we'd ever heard it change..

here it's a pure lament, only Edge could sing it like this.

thank you.
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 23rd, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
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it's like the first night of R&H, when it became a dirge before exploding into sheer rage... first time we'd ever heard it change..

*shivers* I wish I'd been there.

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From:beowulfjones
Date:January 22nd, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
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What can I say?! This is the best live reinvention U2 has done of one of their songs. Edge nails it, from the sound he picks out for the guitar to the pace (in the Popmart video, the audience's clapping gets away from them, but he keeps right on the beat) to the strumming in the second chorus... it's so simple that it's perfect. The words weigh so much.

Also, although I'm not a fan of the Bullet the Blue Sky they did during Popmart, the note Edge snaps right after Sunday Bloody Sunday is FANTASTIC.
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From:wydok
Date:January 23rd, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
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This song is also available on the "If God Could Send His Angels" single, and (I think) is often falsly attributed as a Radiohead cover on P2P networks.
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From:carobanano
Date:January 23rd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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I love this version. It makes me wonder how other U2 songs would sound if they were radically reworked like this.....
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From:whatsername_31
Date:January 23rd, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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That rendition was incredible. It really does put a whole new angle on the song, but the message is the same....without the rage, without the force..it is still the same.

Only this soft, gentle statement makes me cry...

I will always be one of those idealists who believes some day everyone will realize we can be one. And we won't have to sing "this song" anymore.
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 24th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
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I will always be one of those idealists who believes some day everyone will realize we can be one.

So am I.
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From:whatsername_31
Date:January 24th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
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It is good to know we are not alone huh?

My sister and I got into a terrible argument once about my being too idealistic about the world(well, she was arguing, I was trying to calm her down)..the thing is, if we all were, to some degree, I think we would try to work things out peacefully. it is possible. People just need to see it.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 23rd, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I must confess this isn't a track I've played many times... I guess I just love the full-power version too much, so I get a little frustrated with this slow and gentle rendition that never bursts into life. Still, it's a brave thing to do, drastically reinventing a song as well known as Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Edge does a great job with it. I can imagine a haunting version like this being used on a film soundtrack, with the camera slowly panning over a mist-covered, body-strewn battlefield or something....
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 24th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
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You took the words right out of my mouth. :)
From:iodine73
Date:January 23rd, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)

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thanks for the post, inklingfair! :D

I've always thought Edge had a good voice(i.e.-"Van Diemen's Land"). The solo piano really adds to the inherent sadness of the song. Sadly, I feel it will always be sung.
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 24th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)

Re: !!!

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Welcome! I'm so glad many people liked my first SOTD. I've always liked how U2 reinterpret their own songs - they always find new ways to express themselves. It's what makes them so timeless. :)

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