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In behalf of the new ones...

Since volare is doing a Friday Flashback/Weekend Wayback theme already, I think I'll do SOTD flashbacks - the old old SOTDs - either different versions of the song, or some other interesting facts about the song that haven't been brought up.

[EDIT: There we go... I must switch to Photobucket. This just gave me an idea! Maybe I can post the old SOTDs' music video screencaps - like "Favorite Music Video Moments" - during Sundays. Let me know if that's a good idea :)]

So today, I'd like to pay homage to the first SOTD post, by hue126: I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For.

There are actually two different R&H (gospel) versions - the album one, and the one in the actual film. The one I'll be discussing is the film's ISHFWILF.




Edge:
Well, we wrote the song, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, which is a gospel song pretty much. It doesn't sound much like a gospel song the way we do it, but if you look at the lyric and the basic music, that's exactly what it is. We got a cassette from a friend of ours at Island Records of a gospel choir covering the song, and it sounded like - it sounded totally different, but it sounded really exciting and new. So we travelled down to Harlem and visited this church in the middle of Harlem where this choir were going through a rehearsal, and we played with them, and got the idea to do a kind of combination arrangement.

ISHFWILF begins.

Larry:
My own conga. My verra own conga.(I always griiin at this...)

Bono:
I have climbed the highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run (Bono's voice seems to be a bit strained here)
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

And the choir joins in:
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

Bono again:
I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
You're burning like a fire (Choir: Burning hot as fire)
This burning desire (Choir: Burning with desire)
I have spoke with the tongue of angel
I have held the hand of the devil
It was warm in the night (Choir: In the night)
I was cold as a stone (Choir: Cold as stone, ooh- oh) (Here Larry is shown tapping away at his Verra Own Conga)



Bono and choir:
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

Bono:
All right.
Sing with me. Yeah, yeah!

Choir stands up:
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (The woman up front starts singing along, shaking her tambourine)
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (One of my favorite bits: Adam is shown smiling his upside-down smile and clapping)


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (Edge stops playing guitar and starts clapping along)

(Here we go, gospel)
I believe (I believe)
In kingdom come (kingdom come)
All the colors bleed into one
Oh, I believe it
(When you look at the background, Adam is clapping enthusiastically while Larry is sitting rigidly with arms crossed. Wonder why?)


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (No, no, no, no, whooo!)
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (Searching high, searching wide)
No I still haven't found what I'm looking foooooooor (I'm the one breathless, watching that woman hold that note)






I like this version better than the one in the R&H album - well, because I feel it's more intimate and spontaneous, which is the way gospel songs should be. And Adam relaxed and clapping - what a heartwarming sight to see. Bono's drunken-I'm-a-rock-star-in-church swaying is fun to watch.


*nostalgic sigh*
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