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July 4th, 2006

In A Little While... @ 01:06 pm

supacatie:
I'm currently feelin: confused confused
I'm currently hearin: Staring at the Sun

Can someone settle and arguement between my friend and I?

She seems to think In A Little While is a "beautiful touching tribute to Ali Hewson", where as I'd read it was about a hang over.

Which one of us is right? Does anyone know? Please tell me I'm right (even if I'm not, ehehe)
 
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From:vintagefuck
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
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http://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=36928
"Bono says in the U2 live dvd (or cd) that it's about a hangover and it is, in fact, the last song played to Joey Ramone before he died. To Ramone it was somewhat of a Gospel song. "

I dont know how accurate any of these are, but hey... haha. you can tell her you're right.
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From:chelsea_doll
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
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I've heard Bono say it was about a hangover but after Joey Ramone died, it took on a deeper, spiritual meaning.
From:8linepoem
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
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taken from u2star:

There's the belief that this song is about Bono's relationship with Ali and his family. On U2.com, Adam describes Bono when they were working on ATYCLB:


'Bono's lyrics this time, in a sense, they're less poetic, less romantic and more real. To me they're much more about where he's coming from and what he's dealing with. I think this record has a great tenderness. And I'm sure it addresses the way he feels about the commitment to the band and to his family, to his children and Ali.'


On the Elevation tour show in Boston on June 6th, 2001, Bono said that the song was originally about a hangover; however, he now sees it as a gospel song due to the effect it had on Joey Ramone. Said Bono, "So this is a song that Joey Ramone loved... We played it to him while he was lying in his hospital bed a couple months back. It was the last song that Joey Ramone heard in his life here, and... That's an amazing thing for someone who grew up as a fan of Joey Ramone, I can tell you that. Anyway, Joey turned this song about a hangover into a gospel song, I think. 'Cause that's the way I always hear it now, through Joey Ramone's ears."
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From:trappedinabox__
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
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Didn't Bono mention on the Elevation DVD that the song was originally about a hangover, but now he sees it as more of a gospel song due to Joey Ramone?
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From:supacatie
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
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I love being right :)
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
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Why can't it be about both? If you're reading the actual lyric rather than reading *about* the lyric it seems to be about coming home after a weekend out. So it might be through the lens of a hangover, but it could still be read in other ways as well.
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From:supacatie
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
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Because that'd set the arguement off again. And that would be exhausting.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:July 4th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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The point is there need be no argument, as both of you could easily be right without any compromise.
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From:supacatie
Date:July 4th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
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No, see I can't do that, I have to be right. :P
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From:fagerstrom
Date:July 4th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
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ew, people with too much pride then neccesary.

(haha, just kidding, I just had to end a friendship with someone who always had to be right so I'm just biased right now but I understand that you were probably joking too)
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From:supacatie
Date:July 4th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
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No really...I can't stand not being right, but will be more than willing to admit when I'm not. I'm wrong alot of the time and I'm not afraid to admit it, however, I'd much rather prefer to be right.

I do agree with what you're saying though, two levels, two meanings. Like I said to her, music is art and art is subjective. Yes?
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From:fagerstrom
Date:July 4th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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haha, No I can see where you're coming from. To be perfectly honest, I'm the exact same way. Haha, I get so excited when I find out I was right in an argument.

Yeah, exactly
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From:bonophile
Date:July 4th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
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I agree with you. Why do we have to pin any specific meaning to the lyrics or the song? The beauty of U2's music and lyrics is that they tend to have vague meanings--ones that can apply to many different situations and people. I don't think anyone is right or wrong in their interpretation of the lyrics.

Well...in most cases. ;-)
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From:fagerstrom
Date:July 4th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I was just gonna say that and you beat me to it. I was thinking that it was about both because if you read the lyrics it seems as if Bono has come home hungover from a night of drinking and Ali getting fed up with it and such. The lyrics tend to suggest that he is grateful, that Ali put up him, in retrospect.
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From:reecord2
Date:July 4th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
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I'll most definetly wager that it's about both. As far as the hangover and Joey Ramone parts go we know that because Bono said so on the DVD, but the lyrics about "spanish eyes" are a common theme in songs about Ali, because of her brown eyes and how they're somewhat less common in Ireland.

As far as the argument goes, I feel like you want to 'win' more than be 'right.' Save yourself some stress and let it go, life is awfully short for these things.

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