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February 22nd, 2006

Song of the Day 2/22/06 @ 09:13 am

sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: thoughtful thoughtful
I'm currently hearin: Levitate - U2

I am a liar. I said I was going to do one song per album, going backward, but I lied. I got down to Achtung Baby and decided I didn't want to do a song from it. I love Achtung Baby, and trying to choose between those twelve songs would be like trying to choose between my children (not that I have any). Moreso than that, Achtung Baby is so overdone =P
So I decided to mix it up and do a rarer track.

"Levitate" - Outtake from either Pop or ATYCLB

It's impossible to feel bad listening to this song. I remember once, several months ago, I was out to dinner with my parents and a friend of theirs. We'd mostly finished our food, and they were all talking about something or another that didn't interest me at all. I was rather bored, and the restaurant was very noisy. I slipped my iPod on, and played this song. As the song slowly built up, and grew louder and louder, everything else around me was drowned out. It was almost like a scene in a movie, where the moody protagonist slips on their headphones, and the noise of the world is slowly drowned out by the music. It was awesome.
This song has an amazing beat to it. Edge provides the atmosphere, but this song is all Larry and Adam, especially the second half. Bono's voice is not at it's best, but the lyrics are great. If you know U2's catologue, you should be able to see which songs this one got broken up into.
Levitate is a love song, and for once, it's not bittersweet at all. I can almost picture it in my head as I listen, the man is singing to his lover, and he's so totally in love with her that conquering the world seems completely plausible. He's telling her: "As long as we've got eachother, we can do anything." It could almost be a theme song for an epic love story, maybe it really belonged on Passengers =P
At the same time, there's something obviously spiritual about it. The entire song could instead be seen as a prayer to the Holy Spirit. Instead of a message to a lover, the song becomes a pronouncement of faith: "As long as I still believe in God's love, I can do anything".
I think it's a little bit of both actually, because that would be a very typically Bono thing to do =P


It's in your voice, I can feel it, I can tell (it)
It's in your voice, has me ringing me like a bell
Peace of mind, peace comes dropping slow
I'm in the mind, to let go of control
Spirit come on down, no I'm not coming down

In the backstreets, in the backstreets of our love
Through the locked doors, deep down, deep down is not enough
Spirit come on down, no I'm not coming down
(And guitar)

Who can stop us now
It's much too late
Can't slow us down
We can't hesitate
I want a love that's hard
As hard as hate
Levitate

To be the bee, to be the bee and the flower
Before the sweetness, before the sweetness turns to sour
When freedom comes, freedom has a scent
It's like the top of a newborn baby's head
Baby we can taste it, you and I

Spirit come on down, no I'm not coming down

Who can stop us now
Who could make us wait
Who could slow us down
Make us hesitate
I want a love that's hard
As hard as hate
Levitate

Oh, lift me up

Spirit come, come on down, no I'm not coming down
Spirit come on down, no I'm not coming down
Spirit come, come on down, no I'm not coming down

[Repeats until end]
(Coming down)
[Then]
(Stop)


Favourite lyrics:
I want a love that's hard
As hard as hate

It makes perfect sense to me. Hate is such a strong and intense thing, sometimes love itself seems to pale in comparison. I can totally understand the longing for a love so strong and intense that it's nearly violent.
 
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From:zoostation
Date:February 22nd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I love this song soooo much. I still agree with my original statement that the first minute or so is boring but after Larry's drumming kicks in it's amazing.
I'd love to have an instrumental of this track because Bono's voice is off putting almost. :/
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From:claudiathefish
Date:February 22nd, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love it. I first heard this song when I was evacuated for hurricane Katrina. I was in an extremely depressed state and nothing could shake me out of it. Then I heard this song. For some reason, it cheered me up completely.

This song can get stuck in my head for days at a time

I like the lines "Who can stop us now?/It's much too late!/Can't slow us down,/We can't hesitate!"

No, I'm not coming down... Just seems like one of the best statements ever.
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From:inklingfair
Date:February 23rd, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
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I've never heard this song before but...

When freedom comes, freedom has a scent
It's like the top of a newborn baby's head
Baby we can taste it, you and I


!!?!
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From:sapphires13
Date:February 23rd, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
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Bono likes to copy himself ;P

Also..

Levitate:
Spirit come on down
No, I'm not coming down


Gone:
I'll be up with the sun
I'm not coming down
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From:canadanne
Date:February 24th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)

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You're getting the same mental image that I get, aren't you?
Bono licking babies' heads.... gross.
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From:inklingfair
Date:February 24th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
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As Phoebe (Friends)would say, "ew, ew, EW!"
From:deltawing
Date:February 23rd, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
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Does anyone have a copy they'd be willing to share?
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From:zoostation
Date:February 23rd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, I could have sworn I had uploaded it to gmail ages ago.

There will be a copy in there later today if no one else gets to do it.
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From:sapphires13
Date:February 23rd, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
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From:deltawing
Date:February 23rd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Ta.

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