Caitlin (stay_please) wrote in u2,

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Song of the Day

"Drowning Man" from War

Alright, folks, the last album track (that isn't a cover) to be originally posted in SotD. Can ya handle it?

"Drowning Man" is the 'pretty' song among militant drumming, angry lyrics, and shouts.  It is much like "Stay" in Zooropa, only a little bit less so.  I find it easier to stand out against experimentalism than anger, at least in music. Edge is quoted as saying DM is perfection, that many of the tracks on War could be gone back to and improved, but don't mess with this one.

The crux of the music is that wonderful acoustic guitar supplied by Edge.  I also like the layering of vocals, as if singing into a cavern of some sort. "This love, this love, this love... lasts forever". It isn't Bono put up to an echo effect, but he and Edge alternating. Larry's brushes (no, not the ones for his mullet) make him almost inaudible. Adam, too, is very low in this song, and you really have to listen for our rhythm section.
Speaking of our favorite bass player, this song is dedicated to him. While the song is deeply spiritual, and could be a love song. The last line in Into The Heart, kinda mentions as an afterthought "And it is addressed to Adam." I'm guessing Adam and Bono were BFFL or something, because Adam would even stand as best man in Bono's wedding. Not to mention Adam would very soon need some help from friends

Today's lyrics are brought to you by and the letter P.
(sorry, couldn't resist)

Drowning Man

Take my hand
You know I'll be there
If you can
I'll cross the sky for your love.
For I have promised
For to be with you tonight
And for the time that will come.

Take my hand
You know I'll be there
If you can
I'll cross the sky for your love.
And I understand
These winds and tides
This change of times
Won't drag you away.

Hold on, and hold on tightly.
Hold on, and don't let go of my love.
The storms will pass, it won't be long now.
This love will last, this love will last forever.

And take my hand, you know I'll be there.
If you can I'll cross the sky for your love.
Give you what I hold dear.

Hold on, hold on tightly.
Hold on, and hold on tightly.
Rise up, rise up with wings like eagles.
You run, you run.
You run and not grow weary.

Hold on, and hold on tightly.
Hold on, hold on tightly
This love, lasts forever.
Now this love lasts forever.

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