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April 7th, 2006

Song of the Day - Friday Flashback! @ 12:45 pm

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I'm currently feelin: exhausted exhausted

Jack in the Box



This track features... prominent cowbell?
Joking aside, this is a 180˚ from last week's debacle of a song.
Though this is on the same 1978 demo as the others I've been showcasing, it sounds as though it's much further along in the band's development. Edge's riffs here are quite recognizable; his distinct structure and tone are as clear as they would be on Boy. Their timing is dead on, if simple. As usual, the weakest link is the vocals.... Whomever convinced Bono to STOP with those affected "Neh-oooooe!"s by the time they started cutting actual 45s is probably partially responsible for the band's early success...
(for pete's sake..a Dublin "No" doesn't even sound like that, wtf??)

I'm not having any luck finding lyrics anywhere online.
I can hear "I'm the jack in the box" in there..
who's up for posting the rest of it?
 
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:April 7th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)

Somebody has to say it....

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Needs more cowbell.
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From:typewriterking
Date:April 9th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)

Re: Somebody has to say it....

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More cowbell!


Cowbell!






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From:canadanne
Date:April 7th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)

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This is another new one on me, woohoo!

@U2 calls this song "Jack In A Box", and has a (fairly dodgy-looking) transcription of lyrics which I assume must be from a live version, as it hardly corresponds with your MP3 at all. Copy & pasted FYI:

Delayed for a time, trip for an answer
We're in for a line, I can't think to carry on
We're able to chew it, chained for a speaker
And I won't move it, he's gonna have to carry on
I wait for the time when my tunes feel better than life
I know

Who will buy me, who will try me
Who will buy me, look
Jack in a box
Jack in a box

They shuffle and look, readin' your book
Look in their face, I don't
I said no, we know

Who will buy me, who will try me
Who will buy me
Jack in a box
Jack in a box

Let's go

Who will buy me, who will try me
Who will buy me up
Jack in a box
Jack in a box
Jack in a big box
Jack in the box
Jack in a box
Jack in a box
Jack in a big box
Jack in a big box


And here's my *attempt* at transcribing the lyrics of the demo version....!

Wait for a line, stay(?) for an answer
Taking my time 'cos there's no rush to carry on
Walk in a line but a two-way circle(?)
Make me a line(?) and I don't need to carry on

I'm spending my time and I'm wasting time, let's go
Let's go

Who'll buy me, who will try me?
Who'll buy me, (who)?
I'm Jack in a box
Jack in a box

Take(?) me a reason, give me an answer
What good is time if you have no wish to carry on
I'm wasting my time and I ain't got a light(?), let's go
Hello

Who'll buy me, who'll try me?
Who will buy me, (who)?
I'm Jack in a box
Jack in a box...


Anybody agree/disagree with that?  It's so hard to decipher Bono's slurring and mumbling, as usual. Some of it sounds right, but I'm struggling to pick out some of those words in the lines that are currently nonsensical!  I have to say I love that line "What good is time if you have no wish to carry on" - assuming I've heard it correctly, that's not a bad lyric for baby Bono. *g*

You're right about the band sounding a lot more skilled on this track than some of the others!  I like what everyone is doing here, it's a jaunty little number that's really quite enjoyable to listen to. The way it goes all moody for the chorus and then kicks back in (with the, er, cowbell! *g*) is very effective. :)  Adam doesn't seem to feature all that much, but the slidey notes he plays to coincide with the "Let's go" and "Jack in a box" lines are way cool.

As usual, the weakest link is the vocals....

*stifles a giggle* Oh, Bono, how far you've come. I actually quite like his vocals on this track, though!  I'm getting a little worried by how many of these early demos I'm enjoying now, I think you're brainwashing me by throwing all these MP3s at me each week. ;p  Or maybe it's just a relief whenever Bono isn't putting on a bizarre mockney accent and hiccuping his way through the song. It probably helps when there aren't accompanying visuals to increase the cringe factor, too. *g*

But no, slurring aside, I think he's reasonably tuneful and charismatic here, and I love the cutesy voice he puts on for the "Whooo'll buy me?" lines!  He hits a great low note on the "Who will try me?" line, too - it's even better on the second chorus, *totally* reminding me of some later Bono vocal that I cannot put my finger on. Love it. Plus the "oooo!" bits can't help but have a certain appeal to such a hopeless falsetto whore as myself. :p

It's a shame this track fades out when it does, it sounds like it could make a great polished song.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 7th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)

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He hits a great low note on the "Who will try me?" line, too - it's even better on the second chorus, *totally* reminding me of some later Bono vocal that I cannot put my finger on.

Lady With The Spinning Head! On the bridge, the "credit guys have got the power" bit. :D

It could be that, anyway...

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