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February 25th, 2007

Song of the Day @ 12:47 am

xxpoptart:
I'm currently feelin: dorky
I'm currently hearin: U2- Do You Feel Loved?

Hey everyone, this my first SOTD :D Hope I do an okay job, please tell me if it sucks lol

The song I chose was....

Do You Feel Loved?

Some time ago, I realized that one of the U2 albums I was missing was POP. I had most of the songs off of it already, mostly from the “Best of...” albums I had, but it still felt wrong not to have it, especially since it seems the popularity of the album is kind of torn between fans, and I really wanted to know what the big deal was. It actually took me a month to find a copy, but three days ago I finally got it.

Personally, I love it, I think the 90's was U2's greatest decade musically (even if they don’t think so) Some of the songs I had never heard before, like Miami, The Playboy Mansion, and Wake Up Dead Man. But I have to say my favorite song off the album, counting the songs I already had, has to be “Do You Feel Loved?”

It was actually the first song I listened to when I got the album, and after about three days, the count of it being played on iTunes is up to 20.

The beginning really hits you, and I thought it definately reflected what the whole album was about through it's sound, very high energy, and best to listen to when not sitting down lol And it never loses it's energy either. The drums and bass really carry the song, especially towards the end.

Lyrically, I think it’s amazing, I’m actually considering using it for an art project for interpreting lyrics. My favorite lyrics in the song are probably in the first verse.


LYRICS

Take these hands, they're good for nothing
You know these hands never worked a day
Take these boots they're going nowhere
You know these boots don't want to stray.

You got my head filled with songs
You got my shoelaces undone.
Take my shirt, go on, take it off me
You can tear it up if you can tie me down.

Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?

Take the colours of my imagination
Take the scent hanging in the air
Take this tangle of a conversation
Turn it into your own prayer.
With my fingers as you want them
With my nails under your hide
With my teeth at your backAnd my tongue to tell you the sweetest lies.

Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?
And it looks like the sun
But it feels like the rain, oh.

Love's a bully, pushing and shoving
In the belly of a woman.
Heavy rhythm taking over
To stick together a man and a woman
Stick together man and a woman
Stick together.

Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?

And it looks like the sun
But it feels like rain
And there's heat in the sun
To see us through the rain.

Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?
Do you feel loved?


The first time I listened to the song, I thought of it as a kind of hopeful, very upbeat, but still with a kind of sad undertone. It seemed like one of those reflective types of songs where you have to try to answer those questions for yourself.

It wasn’t until I really started to listen to the lyrics completely that I thought of the song as a lot darker and maybe more selfish. After awhile, I kind of interpreted it to be the sort of voice a person would have if they knew they were the one doing things wrong, that knew they were hurting someone else, but instead of changing there actions, drove people away instead. Maybe even rubbing in the fact that someone trusted them in the first place? (Ex. With my fingers as you want them/ With my nails under your hide/With my teeth at your back/And my tongue to tell you the sweetest lies/ Do you feel loved?)

This is just my opinion, I might be way off lol I’m still trying to understand it, but maybe it’s one of those songs thats not supposed to have a definite meaning? Whats your interpretation?

Heres the song for anyone who doesn’t have it on YSI: Do You Feel Loved?

Hope to hear what everyone else thinks :)

P.S.- Also, does anyone know if there were any remixes of this song?
 
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From:8linepoem
Date:February 25th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
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i'm not a fan of Pop myself -- i like "Discotheque" and "Mofo" and "Staring at the Sun" and "Please" and that's about it. but U2 never fails to have good lyrics.
From:sammifredenburg
Date:February 25th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
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i've always been a fan of the music and the vocal on this more than the lyrics, the album seems to have a cynical or morose bend to it that i can handle in the hindsight but not wanting to stay or visit that place. i can listen to it knowing the band survived that period with their faith in God and humanity and each other intact. i can appreciate them being in that place, but appreciate it more them coming out of it as awesomely as they have.

great song choice here. i hadn't visited pop for a while, and really enjoy lighting it up in my ipod again.

stay close,

sammi =)
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From:lastrega
Date:February 25th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
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I absolutely adore this song; it shows up on every playlist I make. It's dark, and so incredibly hot and sexy it makes me a very happy fangirl.
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From:sapphires13
Date:February 25th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
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With a name like xxpoptart, I'm surprised you didn't already own Pop and love it to pieces =P But I am glad you're liking it, Pop is my favourite U2 album, and Do You Feel Loved is one of my favourite songs on it.

Do You Feel Loved is first and foremost, amazingly sexy. Not just because of the suggestive lyrics and Bono's husky delivery, but mostly because of that delicious bassline. That bassline made me fall in love with Adam.
For me the song doesn't really begin until 34 seconds in, when the bassline starts. Pop is the best Adam album ever. Oh man, I'm listening to the song now, as I'm writing, and it's just so amazing, I don't have words for it. I love the second part of the first verse "You got my head filled with songs, you got my shoelaces undone, take my shirt, go on, take it off me, you can tear it up if you can tie me down." Hot. And then there's the chorus, which is just the title repeated (Bono likes to do that), but it works here.
Of course, being the big pervert I am, one of my other favourite parts of the lyrics is the "With my fingers as you want them, with my nails under your hide, with my teeth at your back, and my tongue to tell you the sweetest lies". I actually quoted that to a guy once. Oh my. And the second chorus which is sung with more passion than the first one.
The bit before the middle eight is very interesting. It's debatable whether he's saying "I wouldn't hurt you" or "I wanna hurt you", maybe it's both, and the confusion is clearly intentional. Though this song never took off live (which is a pity), when it was sung live, Bono sung it both ways, alternating.
And lastly, I love the next chorus, especially the way it starts out "And I feel loved, do you feel loved?

Now for interpretation. You're hitting the nail pretty close to the head. It's a song about a one-sided relationship. It's a song about using someone. It's a song about a one night stand. But mostly, it's a song about confusing sex with love.
All the verses are suggestive of fully giving in to one's carnal desires. And then the verse is asking does this make you feel loved? It's a song about giving yourself up, in a sexual way, to try to find love. Which is where the "looks like the sun, but feels like the rain" lyrics. It might look like love, but it's not. It's empty.
I've also heard the theory that the "in the belly of a woman" verse is referencing an accidental pregnancy as a result of a one night stand. A pregnancy which forces two people who wouldn't normally have, to have to stick together. It makes sense, though it's not part of my personal view.

And I hope this massive comment made some sense, I'm about to fall asleep XD
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From:needleandspoon
Date:February 25th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
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I've also heard the theory that the "in the belly of a woman" verse is referencing an accidental pregnancy as a result of a one night stand. A pregnancy which forces two people who wouldn't normally have, to have to stick together. It makes sense, though it's not part of my personal view.

Yeah, I've never liked that sort of reductionistic interpretation of the lyrics either. Bono's lyrics are quite often a bit more oblique than that. It's one of the things that bothers me about Niall Stokes' book. Sometimes a cigar ain't actually a cigar, y'know?

Personally, I've always seen this as a song about sex, about the way we kid ourselves into thinking that sex is love and that we love the person we're having sex with. I think it's about the way sex and deception, and a little violence, get twisted up and packaged as love in our heads. It's a very adult song without being the dread Adult Contemporary. :-)

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From:xxpoptart
Date:February 25th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
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I know lol thats why I felt so bad not having it. I did have most of the songs from the album. But now that I've listened to it, it feels like I was missing the key songs in it that made the album what it was.

After reading comments, I feel like I've left out so much that I actully thought about the song, especially that it is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. I totally agree, the bassline is what makes the song so hot, I definately think of Adam taking the lead in this album. He's always been my favorite member of the band (I actually started playing bass because of him) so when I got this, it really made my day (or week lol)

I'm glad I was close in the interpretation. I definately think that if you had to have a quick explanation of the song "confusing sex with love" really descibes it. And I never even thought about that line that way ("looks like the sun, but feels like the rain") Your totally right, I don't know why I didn't think about it that way, but now that you mentioned it, it's so obvious.

Yeah, I heard that theory to about "in the belly of a women" but I did't think of it that way. I thought he was talking about violent sex, but the accidental pregnancy makes sense too.

Your comment really helped me out, you said some of the things I didn't know how to explain. Thanks a lot :D
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From:fiveandfour
Date:February 25th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
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This section of lyrics...

With my fingers as you want them
With my nails under your hide
With my teeth at your back
And my tongue to tell you the sweetest lies.


Makes me think of the duality of sexuality. There's that side that's akin to holy. Then there's the side that's akin to sin with a focus on pleasure, perhaps a little dark. This section of lyrics makes me think of the sinful side like in how Satan tempts with pleasure and lies. There's the temptation laid out to take a lover to a place where they are hard-pressed not to give in.
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From:adriana_is
Date:February 25th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
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I adore this song. And, really, I adore Adam playing the bassline here. omg between him and Bono's voice, it strikes a total sexual chord.

Of course, big pervert that *I* am...I interpret these lyrics not as pregnancy but as the sex act, maybe violent and a little dark..

Love's a bully, pushing and shoving
In the belly of a woman.
Heavy rhythm taking over
To stick together a man and a woman
Stick together man and a woman
Stick together.

The way I also see it is as a really tumultous relationship between two people. They've got this fiery passion (it feels like the sun) but it's full of conflict (but it feels like the rain) but despite that, the last part of it seems almost hopeful..(and there's heat in the sun to see us through the rain).

Hope I'm making sense...

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From:xxpoptart
Date:February 25th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Thats exactly how I thought of it too. When I heard about the accidental pregnancy thing, it didn't seem to fit the song as well, and when I first heard the song, I immediately thought of it as sex.

Hey, your right, I never thought about the change and that lyric :O (of course I didn't catch on to "it feels looks like the sun/ but it feels like the rain" until someone mentioned it lol) But it does seem to make the ending hopeful.
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From:kashmir87
Date:February 25th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I could fill books with my love for Pop, great choice! I have an odd notion about this song, that is, that it's somehow typical of the album, if I had to show someone the essence of Pop with one song, I'd choose this one. It's so deliciously dark.

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