kat (bonoffee) wrote in u2,
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SOTD

Bit late today, sorry folks, but here we have Thursday's Song of the Day which is...

She's A Mystery To Me

a.k.a. the best U2 song they never kept for themselves. In my opinion, at least!

This is the song Bono and Edge wrote for that great singer, Roy Orbison. In 'Into The Heart' it mentions the fact Bono wanted to write a "truly classic song" and wanted someone amazing to sing it. "She's A Mystery To Me" is the perfect song for someone of Roy Orbison's talent and stature. He has the kind of honest, plaintive voice that really suits the mood of the song and the lyric. I'm a fan of much of his stuff anyway, so of course I love his version. I haven't heard it often and don't have it to upload, maybe someone else could oblige and be so kind.

However this is a U2 community so I am singing the praises of U2's own rendition of that beautiful song. In 'Into The Heart' it states nicely that it's "a song that was both so characteristically their own and yet so beautifully and accurately weighted for Orbison." This is so true and why it works so well with either artist performing. There are a few versions but the one I'm going to upload is the live one from Brooklyn Bridge in 2004. I sometimes wish they'd do a 'definitive' but I enjoy the atmosphere of the live tracks so much it doesn't really matter.

The main reason why I adore this song is its lyrics. We all know that Bono is a brilliant lyricist and here he does it again, producing a bitter-sweet tale of a man unable to drag himself away from the spell of a woman. As with my song choice last week ("Hallelujah Here She Comes") once again we have the image of woman as the temptation, irresistible, on a pedestal, except here there is, to me, more pain involved for sure. The lyrics to the 'proper' Orbison version are, unsurprisingly, longer and more involved than whatever Bono managed to remember at Brooklyn ;) It's all about night-time, the enigma of a woman, how someone can be so entranced and so captured without knowing that much about the other person. We've probably all been there to some extent at one time, and it's this realism and resonance that gives the song its edge.

The live version is gorgeous with Bono seemingly at random deciding to play a rarely-heard gem, then the others join in until he turns to Larry for help ending the song! I'm going to include both sets of lyrics for y'all from u2wanderer.org.

Fave lyric:
In the night of love
Words tangled in her hair
Words soon to disappear
A love so sharp it cut
Like a switchblade to my heart
Words tearing me apart


Darkness falls and she
Will take me by the hand
Take me to some twilight land
Where all but love is gray
Where I can't find my way
Without her as my guide

Night falls, I'm cast beneath her spell
Daylight comes, our heaven turns to hell
Am I left to burn, and burn eternally?
She's a mystery to me

She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl

In the night of love
Words tangled in her hair
Words soon to disappear
A love so sharp it cut
Like a switchblade to my heart
Words tearing me apart

She tears again my bleeding heart
I wanna run, she's pulling me apart
Fallen angel cries
And I just melt away
She's a mystery to me

She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl

Haunted by her side
It's a darkness in her eyes
That so enslaves me
But if my love is blind
Then I don't want to see
She's a mystery to me

Night falls, I'm cast beneath her spell
Daylight comes, our heaven turns to hell
Am I left to burn, and burn eternally?
She's a mystery to me

She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's... a mystery girl

She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl

She's... a mystery girl


Darkness falls and she
Will take me by the hand
Take me to some twilight land
Where all but love is gray
And I need find my way
Without her as my guide

Night comes, I'm fast beneath her spell
Daylight comes, our heaven turns to hell
Am I left to burn, and burn eternally?
She's a mystery to me

She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She... is a mystery girl

In the night of love
Words tangled in her hair
Words soon to disappear
A love so sharp it cut
Like a switchblade to my heart
Words tearing me apart

Night falls, I'm cast beneath her spell
Daylight comes, our heaven turns to hell
Am I left to burn, and burn eternally?
She's a mystery to me

She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She's a mystery girl
She... a mystery

Not quite sure how to end this


Song uploaded to YSI here, if someone could then put it in Gmail I'd appreciate it as my computer will die if I even try!

Thanks and goodnight, more next week!

EDIT: Realised I have said nothing of note about the music of the song - it probably shows that I am the typical English Lit student obsessed by the poetic/language side to the omission of all else. ;) Anyway, as a short-hand version, Larry's gentle drums, Adam's low-key bass and Edge's beautiful guitar all contribute to make the live 'random' track sound like it had always meant to be. :)
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