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May 10th, 2006

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sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: peaceful peaceful
I'm currently hearin: Original of the Species (live) - U2

As we're all aware, today is the 46th birthday of our very favourite lead singer (as well as the 17th birthday of his eldest daughter Jordan). It was but a few days ago that I realized his birthday would be coinciding with Wednesday, and thus, my day for Song of the Day. I immediately changed my mind about what song I originally wanted to cover, and decided to choose something a bit more appropriate for the occasion:

"Original of the Species" from the Vertigo Chicago DVD

Now, as I'm sure you all know, this performance was recorded one year ago today, that alone makes it somewhat relevant, but considering the nature of the song, and that today is also Jordan's birthday, it's even more appropriate.
The album version's been covered, and even before that, I made a random discussion entry about the song, so I'm not going to bother reiterating what the song's about, or how special it is to me. If you want to know, well, there are your links. I will say that though it's been stated in interviews has having been written for Edge's daughter Hollie, it's through-and-through a father to daughter song, and thus, it was highly appropriate for him to dedicate it to her on their birthday.
The track starts out with Bono's little speech about it being his birthday, and that the show is being filmed. He finishes the speech out by introducing the next song, and that it's dedicated to Jordan. It'd like to add that at this point, he's still holding onto the tambourine he used during All Because of You. I think that this probably had me worried the first time I watched the DVD, because my general reaction to Bono-with-a-tambourine is "Oh no, that means he's gonna dance". Thankfully though, he puts it down before the song starts.
When I cover live tracks for SOTD, I usually go on and on about the aesthetics of the performance, but there's hardly a need to for this one. There's not a whole lot going on to bear describing. It's a beautiful, appropriately quiet performance. The stage is awash in deep blue light, and everyone's staying relatively still. Though one thing to watch for is Bono's fingers as he steps back from the mic (just before the "It's her birthday too" bit), he almost seems to be playing "air piano", which I find adorable. Speaking of which, the closeup shot toward the beginning of Edge's hands playing is beautiful, thanks to Hamish for including that.
Now, admittedly the band had trouble figuring out how to play this song live, and thus over the course of the tour, tried out a few different ways of going about it. This particular performance is the more scaled down version. I've heard some negative opinions about the song being performed this way, but I think it's perfect. Original of the Species is an unbelievably beautiful song, and just the subtle supporting piano, bass, and drums are all it really needs. I actually prefer it this way over the album version.



Ah, thank you very much, for coming out
I'm having a great week, here, in uh, in Chicago
And this is, I've had a few birthdays in Chicago
And uh this one, we wanted to put on film
So this is the Vertigo tour, forever

Look we uh, we want to play a tune
We've only played it a few times on the tour
It's uh, it's it's probably the best song on the album
We haven't quite figured out how to play it yet, live that is
Anyway, tonight it's, it's dedicated to a uh, a beautiful girl called Jordan
It was written for all our girls
And um, tonight this is for you, this is Original of the Species

Baby slow down
The end is not as fun as the start
Please stay a child somewhere in your heart, uh huh

I'll give you everything that you want
Except the thing that you want, oh oh
You are the first one of your kind

And you feel like no one before
You steal right under my door
I kneel 'cause I want you some more
I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not

Everywhere you go you shout it
You don't have to be shy about it, no

It's her birthday too

Some things you shouldn't get too good at
Like smiling, crying and celebrity
Some people got way too much confidence baby, baby

I'll give you everything that you want
Except the thing that you want, ooh
You are the first one of your kind

And you feel like no one before
You steal right under my door
And I kneel 'cause I want you some more
I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not

Everywhere you go you shout it
You don't have to be shy about it, no

Oh no, oh no, no not afraid

Didit, didit, didit, didit, didit, didit, didit, didit
Didit, didit, didit, didit, didit, didit, didit

Sugar come on, show your soul
You've been keeping your love under control

Everywhere you go you shout it
You don't have to be shy about it
Everywhere you go you see me there behind you love, oh my

You feel like no one before
You steal right under my door
I've got Eve, I want you more more
I want you some more
I want you some more

Oh love, oh love
Oh no, oh no

Thank you

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With the opening speech
Without the opening speech
 
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From:arcmorality
Date:May 10th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)

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A boring performance of a cracking tune. Not sure why they kept playing this version. The other live version they did in Milan, is far better.
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From:canadiens1160
Date:May 10th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Not a fan of this version at all. Crap arrangement of a wonderful, soaring song. Bono struggles through the climax of the song, and Edge on piano does not cut it for a track that has Beatles-esque melody to it.
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From:kashmir87
Date:May 10th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
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God, am I the only other one who likes it? Just this weekend I was watching the Vertigo DVD with a friend and I went on and on to her about how much I love this stripped-down version, it's one of my favourite performances on the whole DVD. I was actually really looking forward to it being SOTD'd.
From:stay_please
Date:May 10th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Alrighty, pushing it to a 3-2 majority, I'm throwing my lot with the people who like this version. I loved it on the iPod commercial (coincidentally, I received my new 30GB pod today, and it will be the first thing I watch on it). I think the stripped down version is perfect for the song. At my concert Edge was back on guitar, and Dallas came out to play keyboard. It was still good, but I liked the guitar-less live version better. (The single version trumps all, imo, but that's a digression.) I have no idea what went on with the above-mentioned Milan version. But hopefully we get a DVD release of that soon, too. :-)
From:sabneraznik
Date:May 11th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
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I love this song, live and otherwise. I really raptured out when they played it in Cleveland. i love how he points at himself when he says "some people have way too much confidence", and a personal performance became even more personal, and kinda creepy when one considers the implications of what Bono was saying) when he said "I've got Eve, but I want you some more". Teens are a tough time, and I hope he and jordan can work out their differences and she realises her old man loves her more than air. Yeah, it makes me want to cry.
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From:canadanne
Date:May 13th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
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I'm afraid I'm with arcmorality and canadiens1160 on this one. It's actually one of the only songs I bothered mentioning specifically in my original mini-review of the Chicago DVD:

"Original Of The Species, how crap was that with just the piano and no strings?  I know Bono says they haven't figured out how to play it yet, but... well, it shows. That arrangement just saps all the life out of the song."

The dedication to Jordan is sweet and all (and thus definitely an appropriate choice!), but I just think it's sad what they did to an amazing song there. How can you take a gorgeous orchestral epic like Original Of The Species, and perform it like *that*, all watered down and dull?  It's the same awful thing they did to Yahweh, which deserved a big joyous explosive arrangement as well. Such a waste. :(

The Amsterdam and Milan versions definitely sound a trillion times more magical, with all those lush strings and guitar. It gives the song an actual momentum and sense of climax like the album version has... beautiful. That Milan DVD can't come out soon enough, I want a high quality lasting reminder of the *proper* Vertigo Tour!
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From:kashmir87
Date:May 14th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC)
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I'm still on the 'like' side but I'm completely with you on Yahweh, good heavens, that really didn't work that way.

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