Chass (sapphires13) wrote in u2,
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Yea, yea, I know, I haven't been SOTDing like I should be, and I won't even bother with excuses, but I will say that I have a special 3-part SOTD up my sleeve. Unfortunately, I won't be posting it today, as I haven't had the time to watch it (yes, watch, it'll be another live-video SOTD), and do the write up, so instead I have for you:

"Love Is Blindness" from Achtung Baby

I didn't think I'd be SOTDing this, as I was around to comment on it the last time it was covered, but alas, I was listening to it the other night, and I was just overcome by it's beauty. I have more to say about this song, dammit, and so I'm gonna!
Love Is Blindness starts out with 20 seconds of a lone organ (played by Brian Eno, if I'm not mistaken), the sorrow exuded in these first moments is your first clue that the forthcoming song is not going to be a very joyous one.
When the rest of the music comes in, it becomes even more chilling. The bassline is subtle, but vital to the overall feel of the song, the percussion is simple and crisp and perfect for the song. This song has so many layers, and they come together so perfectly that it's difficult to even seperate them into seperate pieces within your mind.
I'm quite a whore for lyric interpretations, and as mentioned in my comment on the previous SOTD, there's one that the song is about terrorism, and it fits, especially considering some of the imagery in the promo video for the song. There's also the more conventional interpretation, that the song is about the breaking down of a relationship (which fits the whole chronological theme of Achtung Baby), personally I think it's both.
Love Is Blindness is one of U2's finest songs. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful in their poetic vagueness. Every bit of the music sends across the perfect colours and emotions for the song. Bono's voice aches with sorrow as he sings, he sounds tired and somewhat in despair as he sings. Take note of how rough his voice is on "without mourning".
Anyone who has read the In Conversation book (again, see the comments of the previous SOTD for quotes) knows what Edge went through playing the solo at the end. And the solo is amazing, but that is not my favourite Edge moment of the song. The riff just after the "that almost makes sense" bit is absolutely painful. I have a very clear memory of listening to this song in bed one night, in the dark, and when Edge played thar riff, I cried out and gasped. It still gives me chills. It's a very dark, and very amazing few seconds of music.
There are some U2 songs which are always better live (WTSHNN) and some which are rarely better live (One), but for me, Love Is Blindness will always be best on Achtung Baby. While writing this, I just popped in the ZooTV Sydney video to compare, and while it's amazingly beautiful (the WOWY-LIB-CHFIL trio is a gut-wrenching thing of beauty), Love Is Blindness almost seems to just drag on toward the end, and the song loses something as a result. Plus my very-favourite-riff is not the same, and the da-da-da-da outro is gone.
Also, it's somewhat annoying that when I have all of my U2 albums in one playlist, they go in alphabetical order, which makes Beautiful Day follow Love Is Blindness. Terrible, terrible, terrible. After having your soul torn open by Love Is Blindness, the last thing you need is "It's a beautiful day! Don't let it get away!" **shakes head** I once threatened to throw my iPod against the wall, seriously. Love Is Blindness is just too amazing to be followed by anything (except for Can't Help Falling In Love, of course).
In conclusion, there are just not enough adverbs in any language to explain how fantastically, wonderfully, amazingly, beautiful this song is. Thankfully the song exists and can speak for itself, to those that listen.


Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me
Oh my heart
Love is blindness

In a parked car
In a crowded street
You see your love
Made complete
Thread is ripping
The knot is slipping
Love is blindness

Love is clockworks
And cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel
Squeeze the handle
Blow out the candle
Love is blindness

Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me
Oh my love
Blindness

A little death
Without mourning
No call
And no warning
Baby, a dangerous idea
That almost makes sense

Love is drowning
In a deep well
All the secrets
And no one to tell
Take the money
Honey
Blindness

Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me
Oh my love
Blindness


Favourite lyrics:
Love is clockworks
And cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel
Squeeze the handle
Blow out the candle
Love is blindness
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