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It's been a while since I've done this... I used to do a SOTD every week! I think I must've gotten lazy and also run out of songs that I could still be interesting about. Sorry =(
But today I actually have a song to talk about! So yay!

Rockin' in the Free World (Make Poverty History)

On November 17th, Bono and Edge joined Pearl Jam onstage at the Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, Australia for an energizing rendition of this classic Neil Young song. I have been rocking so hard to this performance, that one day my dad actually stopped in the hallway outside my room and went "Are you rocking in the free world?" and I was like "OH HELL YES!" Except I didn't really say 'hell', because he doesn't like that, and if he knew that my two favourite words were 'whore' and 'fuck' (my third favourite is 'Saskatchewan', go figure), he'd probably slap me XD


What makes this such an interesting SOTD to do is that, while it is a cover, it's been pretty much given all new lyrics, aside from the first verse, and the chorus, which both remain unchanged.
There are several copies of the video on YouTube, but I think I found the best-quality one here, I've also included a ripped mp3, at the end of this post.
What makes this an annoying SOTD to do is that I had to transcribe the new lyrics myself, and there are a few spots where I just had no clue what was being sung. You know, I do consider myself a bit of a music whore, but I charge extra for lyric transcribing. SOMEBODY PAY ME ALREADY!

So anyway, Pearl Jam and Edge take the stage, and as soon as Eddie Vedder reaches his mic, he says "It's a beautiful day" and the crowd all go whooo and he kinda steps back and smiles like 'I am so clever'. After another few moments, the song begins, and let me tell you, I think Eddie's voice was made for this song. Nothing against Neil Young, but I think it sounds better when Pearl Jam does it.
Now, during the first verse, a little thing comes up in the corner of the screen, of a silhouetted crowd wearing white MPH bands. They're a little bit creepy. They're moving like marionettes, and marionettes are creepy, y'all.
So, during the first chorus, Bono pops out from backstage, and the entire crowd goes "OMG BONO YAY!" Bono reaches his mic in time for the last line of the chorus, but he doesn't actually sing into it, he just wiggles it around a bit.
When Bono begins singing the second verse (which is new!), it becomes painfully obvious that he's reading them off of a prompter. Oh Bono, that bending down thing isn't fooling anyone. Just get some ginkgo biloba already. Anyway, the lyrics are new, and I have this wonderful vision of Bono and Eddie cozied up somewhere the night before, figuring up the new lyrics, like high school students cramming for a test. Cute.
The first two lines of this first new verse are reminiscent of the first part of the first verse. "There's colours on the street, green, white, and gold" Is this an altered reference to the Irish tricolour? I know it's actually orange, not gold, but nothing rhymes with orange. Plus, the image of 'green, white, and gold' brings to mind money, which is what MPH is really about, in the end. Anyhow, the new lyrics are just an energized punch-in-the-air of 'We can do this, we can Make Poverty History!'
Then the chorus again, and Edge does this solo which... actually sounds a bit like the solo in All Because of You O_o Anyhow, the next verse is cute, just because of what Bono does. Eddie starts it out: "I'm over on the left!", and then Bono suddenly runs way over to the right side of the stage for his bit "I'm over on the right!" I also kind of love the Bono "Oh yeah!"s and Eddie "Yeah yeah!"s at the end of this verse. The next part is cute too, Eddie: "I'm a singer in a band!" Bono: "I'm a father of four!" Eddie: "I do what I can!" Bono: "I wanna do more!" **giggles**
And then another chorus and solo, while Bono and Eddie hold hands. You know, the first time I watched this, like as soon as it hit YouTube, my mom heard it from the other room and came in and said "Are you listening to Neil Young?" I went "Nope! Pearl Jam and U2 singing a Neil Young song!", and then she made me start it over so she could watch. And at this point, when Bono and Eddie were holding hands, she said "They make a good couple, they're both short." My mom is so awesome XD
So then Bono gets to make his little speech, in which he renames the combined bands "UJam" which is cute XD He then sends a salute to the MPH campaigners, and if you watch closely, while he's talking, he's switching his MPH/ONE band from his right wrist to his left wrist for some reason. So then Bono pretty much finishes off the song himself with a couple more lines of the chorus, there's a bit more music, and then it's over.
Amazing, powerful, performance. Just watch the crowd, they're incredibly energized, and totally into it. I just wish I could've been there. I think the new lyrics, and the hope in them and this performance are why I like it so much. And of course, I love both Pearl Jam and U2 ;P

Now, my transcription is as good as I could manage. There are a gaps, but anyone that wants to help me fill them (or correct me anwhere else) is welcome to:

Eddie is italics, Bono is Bold, regular text is both/all together.

There are colours on the street
Red, white, and blue
Yeah, people shufflin' their feet
Yeah, people sleepin' in their shoes
There's a warnin' sign in the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead
I don't feel like Satan, but I am to them
So I try to forgive 'em any way I can


Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world

There's colours on the street
Green, white, and gold
A thought you can't defeat
A thought that's never growin' old
You can write it on your t-shirt
Or write it on your heart
[...]
[...]
You used your vision of a visibility

You wanna Make Poverty History

Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world

I'm over on the left
I'm over on the right
But we both stand together
Stand together tonight

You can write it on a t-shirt
Write it on your heart
It's a long, long road
But tonight we make it start
You gotta choose your vision over visibility

You wanna Make Poverty History

Yeah yeah
Oh yeah

Yeah yeah
Oh yeah
Yeah yeah
Oh yeah
Yeah yeah

I'm a singer in a band
I'm a father of four
I do what I can
I wanna do more

And when she wakes up in the night
I hold my little girl
[...]
[...]

You gotta trust your vision of visibility
You wanna Make Poverty History

Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world

Good evening, good night
Pearl Jam and U2
We offer you UJam
To the Make Poverty History campaigners, we salute you
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
(Keep on rockin' in the free world)
Politicians have to do what you tell them to do
Go scream it from the mountain
Go scream it in the air
Go scream it from the billboards
Go scream it everywhere
[...]
No labour to the world
Of the visibility

You wanna Make Poverty History

Rockin' in the free world
Rockin' in the free world

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