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Song of the Day!

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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