February 1st, 2006

Kick the darkness

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OMG, I almost forgot to do this, because Madonna is taking over my brain, and I can't stop listening to her new album. But, I'm forcing myself to take a mini-break from her to bring you the Wednesday Song of the Day. It's only 4:30 AM here, but I plan on spending the rest of the day sleeping and/or dead, so you guys get this a bit early.

"Walk On" from All That You Can't Leave Behind

Ahh, where to begin. ATYCLB is really not one of my favourite albums (I can be quite bitter about it too), but Walk On is one of the few highlights on the album, to me at least.
For those that don't know, this song was written for Aung San Suu Kyi, a political activest kept under house arrest. Though she's free to leave the country, she would never be able to return if she did. Thus, she stays to fight for her freedom, seperated from her husband and children in the UK, who have been denied entry into Burma.
Knowing that, you can see how the lyrics of the song make perfect sense in the context. Of course, U2's lyrics are known for being universal. Personally, for me, this song is sort of like Stuck In A Moment (You Can't Get Out Of) part 2. Whereas SIAMYCGOO is tough love, Walk On is Bono giving you a cuddle and telling you to keep your chin up.
In theory, the song is uplifting. It ought to be, anyway, shouldn't it? But personally, I find bitterness when I listen to it. It's the sort of song I'd listen to when I'm feeling really miserable and wanting to start tearing my room apart, oddly enough.

The song starts with a tambourine (Off topic, but my immediate reaction to Bono with a tambourine tends to be: "Oh no! He's got a tambourine! That means he's gonna dance **facepalm**"). Bono delivers his spoken opening lines, and then the song really begins, with Edge's famous chiming guitar.
I tend to focus solely on the lyrics when I listen to this song, so I haven't much to say about the music itself. Except that Larry's using a ton of cymbals, and I can barely even hear Adam. Overall, the song is beautifully written, both musically and lyrically. The chorus is one of those choruses that you just have to sing along with, as loud as possible.

I'd also like to point out, that I adore the video for this song (which can be viewed here). The imagery of all of the people, so different on the outside, changing from one to another, suggests that deep down we're all the same, we all hurt, we all have pain, we all have problems, but we all walk on. Another interesting thing to note, is the shirt-tearing. In Judaism (and this goes back to Old Testament characters such as Jacob and David), Keria is the ritual tearing of one's clothing as a sign of mourning.

...and I talk to much, but, I'm smart and I make you guys learn stuff!

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Favourite lyric:
And I know it aches
And your heart, it breaks
You can only take so much

Walk on...

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I read (on ebay of all places, on a ticket auction) that entry into the Ellipse for the Vertigo tour was being done on a random basis, based on computer ticket selection – so every GA ticket holder had an equal chance of getting into the eclipse no matter when they arrived at the stadium.

Can anyone who has been to a Vertigo show confirm this? I already have tix to the Sydney show, and will probably be showing up at the crack of dawn to line up anyway, but Im curious – it struck me as completely different from the Elevation procedure (first come, first served, basically).

(Sorry if this has been covered before, its not in the memories!)

[Edit: As has been pointed out a couple of times, the stadium set up is different and there is no ellipse, so there is no question. Back to planning my plan of attack to get near the stage!]
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The joy of record shops...

I love those second-hand record shops where you can pick up albums and singles for next to nothing! I really like old records so I've been expanding my U2 record collection, I have a whole bunch of singles, mostly 80s, and just today I got the October LP for 50p! 50p! That's like... less than my bus fare home, haha! It wasn't even that tatty, it was in pretty ok condition.

Anyway I just fancied sharing that with you all, haha. I would love a record player in my room but unfortunately we only have one downstairs and I have to wait till the room is empty before I can indulge and dance around the room like a loon/pretend to be Bono for an hour or so. Ah, fun.

But... 50p! *can't get over it* I mean, October's not my fave but it's not THAT bad. ;)