kat (bonoffee) wrote in u2,

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is...

Stand By Me (U2 & Bruce Springsteen) from the Rattle & Hum outtakes

I'm avoiding a big essay this week because I have one to hand in at uni instead, so this week I have chosen a fun, light-hearted track that some of you might not have heard, because I'm nice like that. :D

Anyway. The Rattle & Hum outtakes have a lot of good stuff in amongst some of the more dull footage and it's perfect for dipping into on a Sunday when you've nothing else to do but watch TV. This is one of my favourite moments of the lot. It's from the Philadelphia show 25/9/87, Bono's arm remains in a sling and he's trying to get someone else to play his guitar (which leads the world to breathe a sigh of relief). As you'll hear in at the beginning of the clip, Bruce Springsteen walks on stage when Bono asks if anyone wants to play his guitar, and I'm pretty sure it was an unplanned appearance as Bono looks as surprised as anyone to see him!

They launch into Stand By Me and it's a performance I really enjoy, every time I watch it, and I'm not usually a fan of collaborations at all. But it's just great fun. Bono's having a good time, Bruce is singing well, they've got one of the best songs in music history to mess around with - what else do you need?

There's added cute little bits, like when Bono asks Bruce if he's ever heard Edge play right before Edge's solo, and when Bono cries 'I'll always need you!' at Bruce during the song. It's impromptu, imperfect and it works well because, rather than in spite of, that fact. I'm not sure how good it is if you haven't seen the video and I'm just banging on about how great it is but I think it's worth a listen.

Lyrics are just Stand By Me lyrics (add in your own ad-libs, I hadn't time, sorry!) and the song's uploaded to YSI for your listening pleasure.

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, No I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me,
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

YSI upload

I'll see you all next week for something with a bit more depth, lol!
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