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SOTD : The first time...

One day (and it seems such a long time ago), I was sitting down in front of HBO waiting for some movie to begin. There was a concert of some old rock band that I knew very little about then. There were four of them: the lead singer was all in black and drenched in sweat; the bassist looked a lot like my father when he was younger; the drummer looked like he was in his twenties; the guitarist reminded me of Richard Gere.

I wasn't a rock fan then, and I wasn't paying much attention till this one song was sung. It changed my life forever:



(I'm going to try to remember how it was the first time... It was the intro that pulled me in. I thought the bass line was really sexy.)

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait (He's kneeling down, looking at the sea of hands before him. What is he looking for?)

And I'm waiting for you
With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you (Ah, he's pulling up a girl from the audience. Who is that?)

With or without you
With or without you (What on earth? They're lying down!)

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away (This line made me catch my breath. They are so close, and she's singing along...)


My hands are tied
My body's bruised, got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose
And you give yourself away (Oh, God, he's looking at her.)
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away (Oh, God, he's putting his arm around her, he's putting her hand over his heart? Who is this girl? She can't be his girlfriend or anything...)

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

Oooh-oooooh.....


With or without you
With or without you

Oooh-oooooh.....

(By this time I had irrevocably fallen in love - and I didn't even know his name.



With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you



The song is so beautiful. The guitar, the bassline, the beat, and the anguished vocals... After watching that, I felt like I was there, I was Bono, I was with the thousand-strong audience, I was the girl, drained but longing for more. My heart just leaped to my throat at the bit where the heart lights up and Bono clutches the girl to his chest like they were the only two people in a world that was coming to an end.

And I have never even seen them live...

So that's my story... And U2 and I lived happily ever after.

[EDIT: Apologies if the images don't show up sometimes. Geocities has a measly 4.2 MB data transfer limit...]
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