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May 31st, 2006

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sapphires13:
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I'm currently hearin: God Part II - U2

Okay, so I missed last Wednesday, oops. Hopefully you'll forgive me =P Today's Song of the Day is:

"God Part II" from Rattle and Hum

This song... like Night and Day is one of those bridging-the-gap songs between the 80s and 90s. This song is dark and gritty and different. It's woven together by a dominant bassline, crystal guitar riffs, emotional vocals, and powerful drumbeats.
Let's start with the title. "God Part II", well where's God Part I?! John Lennon wrote it in 1970, simply titled "God", you can find the lyrics here. Bono's version is a sort of sequel/response to the original. Whereas John Lennon rattles off a number of things (mainly widely idolized things, including dieties, and The Beatles) which he doesn't believe in, ending with that he simply believes in himself and Yoko (their love), Bono rattles off a number of contradictory lyrics, ending with "I believe in love" (God's love).
I adore the lyrics, this is a song full of contradictory statements and hypocrisy. This song is like... a preview of The Fly (the song, and the persona). Look at the lyrics side by side and see the similarities. Both songs are full of statements and truths, and while God Part II really doesn't have a chorus, every verse is capped with the same point: Love. A point which also comes across the lightwalls during The Fly on the Vertigo tour.
I'm going to get into the psychology of the song and tell you this. The song is from the point of view of a hypocrite. He lists all of these things he doesn't believe in, and yet he's knee-deep in them. Somehow he sees himself as exempt from his own ideals of society. I think everybody can say they've met someone like that.
The next part gets to go under a cut, for the sake of saving the length of everyone's Friends page. Basically, I'm picking apart some of my favourite lines, and interpreting them:


Don't believe in forced entry
Don't believe in rape
But every time she passes by
Wild thoughts escape

I'm ace at catching really obscure biblical references in songs. The first thing that comes to mind from this verse is Matthew 5:28 (Jesus speaking): "But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Don't believe them when they tell me
There ain't no cure
The rich stay healthy
The sick stay poor

Wow, this could almost be a tagline for Bono's work raising awareness/money for AIDS in Africa. It fits amazingly well. The statement "The rich stay healthy, the sick stay poor" is very clever, and somewhat circular.

Don't believe in Goldman
His type like a curse
Instant karma's going to get him
If I don't get him first

If you don't know Albert Goldman was an author infamous for his controversial (and somewhat scathing) biographies of Elvis and John Lennon. "Instand Karma" is also a John Lennon song, making this another very clever use of words on Bono's part.

Don't believe in rock 'n' roll
Can really change the world
As it spins in revolution, baby
It spirals and turns

I had to sit and think about this one for a minute, and then I finally got it. Rock 'n' Roll can't really change the world, instead, it changes as the world changed. This song itself is evidence of that. This song is the first taste of what in the next couple of years became a huge change for U2, and the entire music industry.

Don't believe in the 60's
The golden age of pop
You glorify the past
When the future dries up

Much the same way that U2 fans glorify the 90s, now that the present music (ATYCLB and HTDAAB) has seemingly dried up. And that's all I'll say about that can of worms =S

Heard a singer on the radio late last night
He says he's gonna kick the darkness
'til it bleeds daylight

See icon, I LOVE this line. I'm often found instructing my friends to "Kick the darkness, kick it until it bleeds" when they get upset/depressed. And much as I love it, the line is not Bono's. It's from the 1983 song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Bruce Cockburn, a Canadian musician. But if Bono hadn't quoted it, I'd have never known about it, so there you go.

Now onto the song itself. We start out with that dominant bassline, and... is that a drum machine? Sounds like it to me. Bono kicks in after 8 seconds, and we hear nothing from Edge until a breif jangly guitar sound at 50 seconds into the song. The real drums kick in at 0:57, and then Edge dives in (he was just testing the water the first time) at the 1 minute mark.
Now that the music has finally come together, Bono begins shouting. Bono is good at shouting, though he (thankfully?) doesn't do it that often in songs. At 1:42 we get Bono shouting "Love!" a few times (and when I listen to it, I always picture Bono running back and forth on the stage as he sings it, as he did during the God Part II performance on the Australian Lovetown TV special,), and I love the five guitar notes which follow every shout of "Love!".
Immediately following this, we get one of the sexier moments during the song. Not quite sure what's going on here, because it's all distorted, but Bono appears to be moaning, and I'm not going to complain about that. This (and Bono's striptease during the first part of the song on the Lovetown special, see above link), is further evidence that this is a bridging-the-gap song. U2 were sexy in the 90s, and they were sexy in this song as well.


Don't believe the devil
I don't believe his book
But the truth is not the same
Without the lies he made up
Don't believe in excess
Success is to give
Don't believe in riches
But you should see where I live
I... I believe in love

Don't believe in forced entry
Don't believe in rape
But every time she passes by
Wild thoughts escape
I don't believe in death row
Skid row or the gangs
Don't believe in the Uzi
It just went off in my hand
I... I believe in love

Don't believe in cocaine
Got a speed-ball in my head
I could cut and crack you open
Do you hear what I said
Don't believe them when they tell me
There ain't no cure
The rich stay healthy
The sick stay poor
I... I believe in love

Love, love, love, love
(Oh, there, mmm do it, oh yeah)

Don't believe in Goldman
His type like a curse
Instant karma's going to get him
If I don't get him first
Don't believe in rock 'n' roll
Can really change the world
As it spins in revolution, baby
It spirals and turns
I... I believe in love

Don't believe in the 60's
The golden age of pop
You glorify the past
When the future dries up
Heard a singer on the radio late last night
He says he's gonna kick the darkness
'til it bleeds daylight
I... I believe in love

Love, love
Love love love

I feel like I'm falling
Like I'm spinning on a wheel
It always stops beside of me
With a presence I can feel
I... I believe in love
Stop it
 
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From:volare
Date:May 31st, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Bono taught me how to strip. :p
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From:cabaiste84
Date:June 1st, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
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Your icon= teh yum.

Love the text as well...Hawkmoon 269 is a fantastic song.
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From:oddangel
Date:May 31st, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
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where's God Part I?

I always thought that Lennon's version was considered part I.
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 31st, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
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If you read the line I wrote right after that one, I explained that =P
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From:oddangel
Date:May 31st, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
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When I read that following line, it sounded like you still didn't get it. It didn't read like an explanation to me. Didn't realize the question was rhetorical. :-)
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 31st, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Probably my fault. I'm under the influence of allergy medicine, and feeling rather incoherant today.
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From:oddangel
Date:May 31st, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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LOL. No worries. I'm PMS-ing and on pain meds so I'm a little in la-la land myself. Woohoo!
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From:canadanne
Date:May 31st, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for the YouTube link!!  I've never seen that, apart from the running bit which was used in some montage or other. I love how Bono slips a bit of I Feel Love into the middle there!

Great post, btw - I agree with everything you said (well, apart from that controversial remark which I shall steer clear of *g*). It seems I wasn't feeling particularly eloquent when I commented on this song in the past, but your review managed to put a lot more of my own thoughts into words!
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From:boriel
Date:June 1st, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
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i love your song of the day most times, and this is one of my favorites. It indeed seems a sequel to the Actung Baby style change, but of course we had no clue back then what was coming :)

this line:
He says he's gonna kick the darkness
'til it bleeds daylight

i heard that they had to pay royalties to Bruce Coburn for the lines, as well as give him credit on the album liner. i cant remember what song those lyrics come from in Bruce's song though (i am a poor example of a canadian :: sigh ::) lol.

its been a long time since i listened to rattle and hum... will have to do that tomorrow i think. and thanks for the link.
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From:boriel
Date:June 1st, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
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this version (on youtube) is quite different in some spots ( those 5 notes after 'Love') than the album version - i love it. and around 2:15ish they show Edge's feet... edge foot stomp just kills me. (so does his long hair - i miss it)
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From:inklingfair
Date:June 1st, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)
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Wild thoughts escape

I love the vulnerability exposed in this line. No one is really exempt from lust.
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From:cabaiste84
Date:June 1st, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
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A kickass song from a truly kickass album. Rattle and Hum is so many shades of wonderful.

Don't believe in forced entry
Don't believe in rape
But every time she passes by
Wild thoughts escape


I love this bit...absolutely gorgeous. Chilling and creepy, but gorgeous all the same. Go you for getting the Bible verse! :P

And much as I love it, the line is not Bono's. It's from the 1983 song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Bruce Cockburn, a Canadian musician. But if Bono hadn't quoted it, I'd have never known about it, so there you go.

Oh Bono, you are such a Post-Modernist! :P I adore this line myself, and I was kinda gutted to hear that he didn't come up with it himself. But hey, I always manage to smuggle references to other poems into my own writing, so there you go. And "every poet is a thief" after all. :P

Much the same way that U2 fans glorify the 90s, now that the present music (ATYCLB and HTDAAB) has seemingly dried up. And that's all I'll say about that can of worms =S

I, for one, would like to have a discussion about this! If your up for it, that is. :P













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From:sapphires13
Date:June 1st, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Go you for getting the Bible verse! :P

Should've seen me the time I proved With or Without You was about God, by pointing out all of the biblical references ;P

I, for one, would like to have a discussion about this! If your up for it, that is. :P

90s-U2 vs 00s-U2 is a great subject of debate over on Interference. It almost always turns into a Pop vs ATYCLB argument. I'm not nearly as militant about it as some people, but Pop is my favourite album, and I tend to defend it as though it were my child. Sometime you and I definitely should get together and discuss this, among other things =P
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From:cabaiste84
Date:June 3rd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
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Should've seen me the time I proved With or Without You was about God

It SO is!! THANK YOU! In my reading of it, it's about Bono's struggle to reconcile his music with his faith...and it's something I definitely relate to, seeing as bringing my art and my Christianity together is one of my biggest battles, as I think I've already mentioned.

I particularly feel a twinge when listening to him sing "and you give yourself away"...cos part of a personal relationship with God is surrendering everything before Him, and giving Him charge of every single part of your life. Well, there are things that I don't particularly want to give to Him, my writing and music being just a couple...and I gather it's the same for Bono, cos when he sings of giving himself away, it's hurting him like hell, and he doesn't feel any sense of freedom or release. And surrendering all before God is something that for me also brings a fair bit of heartache at times too.

Ok, that was deep...;)

It almost always turns into a Pop vs ATYCLB argument. I'm not nearly as militant about it as some people, but Pop is my favourite album, and I tend to defend it as though it were my child.

Heee. :P This is going to sound so terrible, but I haven't heard either Pop or ATYCLB in full. *ducks* But I will say, I like the songs I know from the former so much more than the latter. Once I've heard both properly, I'll get back to ya. :P

What are your thoughts on ATYCLB anyway? I know a lot of hardcore fans see it as a massive disappointment at best...

Sometime you and I definitely should get together and discuss this, among other things =P

Definitely. :) Argghh, if only we lived in the same hemisphere! :P That's the problem with LJ- it's like being in an aquarium, and you see all these wondrous and beautiful creatures and you can't play with them for real! :P But hey, my email and my journal is always there if ever you need a place to vent about U2 or faith or anything at all. :)

*hugs*





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From:kashmir87
Date:June 1st, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
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Great SOTD. This song is so awesome, it bites. Sometimes I half-consciously sing the lyrics of The Fly over it, the two are really quite similar. Thanks for the link! Wouldn't it be awesome if they pulled out this song live a few times nowadays?
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:June 1st, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Totally agree with you about this being a precursor to the '90s stuff, "The Fly" specifically. Love "God, Part II"; it's one of those songs I've had to ban from my car, though, because it makes me speed really badly when it's on.

Although, I feel a little sheepish. I got so distracted by Bono stripping in that clip, I completely missed the second verse! I thought he'd forgotten lyrics again, only to realize it was just my dirty mind.

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