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December 3rd, 2007

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I'm currently feelin: confused confused
I'm currently hearin: Gackt and Ayumi Hamasaki - Itsuka No Merry Christmas

I have a dilemma.

Today, in my AP English class, we got the information for our next project. The project is to take a song, analyze it, and ask the class questions about it. Naturally, I knew I'd pick a U2 song.

My dilemma is I can't choose between 6 songs.

My options are:

Staring At The Sun
A Sort Of Homecoming
Wake Up Dead Man
Running To Stand Still

I'm also sort of considering Until the End of the World, because I go to a Lutheran school, and it might be kinda interesting to see what the class would say about the whole betrayal shown through Judas' eyes.

Also, that song is just cool.

So...thoughts? Input? Which one do you guys think I should do?
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Date:December 4th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
My vote's split down three ways: Please, Until the End of the World, and Running to Stand Still.

The first two would be especially interesting to analyze for a class, considering how religion figures in your school -- plus, the make some pretty powerful statements. RTSS would also be good, considering the ripeness of the lyrics.

Your choice, of course, but those three are standouts to me!
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Date:December 4th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Cool project! Wish my English classes had been so interesting...

Anyway: thematically, Running to Stand Still and Bad are both about drug use. Please is more political, and Wake Up Dead Man is more religious (I don't know the other songs so well, so I can't remember what they're about).

So which of these themes interests you most? I'm guessing at a Lutheran school, the religious theme could be very interesting.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
my vote goes to PLEASE and Running to STand Still...
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Date:December 4th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
I think A Sort of Homecoming is a good choice, given all the nuclear winter imagery in it. You can read what I wrote about it here.

Alternately, if you go with Until the End of the World, you can compare the religious interpretation of the song (Judas singing to Jesus) with the secular one (a man singing to the woman he betrayed.) You can read my version of the secular interpretation here.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
Can't go wrong with Joshua Tree. It's a soft and slow enough song that I'm sure nobody will find it offensive or irritating.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Plus you can make out the lyrics pretty easily just by listening to it once. A very non-mumbly song.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
I'd go for Running To Stand Still. Lyrically, it's probably my favorite.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
The religious overtones of Until the End of the World would probably stir up good discussion in your class since you go to parochial school (so did I once upon a time, but never got to do cool stuff like this!).

However, Running to Stand Still - while about heroin use, like Bad - has one of my favorite lines EVAR in a U2 song...

"...you've got to cry without weeping
talk without speaking
scream without raising your voice..."

Song Facts.com might help you with some info, as well :)
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Date:December 4th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
I think Untill The End of the World would be a cool idea to go with, it would be an interesting discussion to have.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
I'd go with A Sort of Homecoming or until the End of the World
Date:December 4th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
that's a difficult decision indeed..... but if I had to make it, I'd take Until the end of the world :-) it would be interesting to find out what the others think about the lyrics.
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Date:December 4th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
The only potential downside of Until the End of the World, if you go to school that is in any way religious, is the oral sex reference in the song.

If you do A Sort of Homecoming (which has great potential to be broken down and analyzed), do remember that it was inspired by the poetry of Paul Celan.

Wake Up Dead Man and Please would be my choices on that list.

Other options:

Grace (not a great song, but it's a great intro to the idea of grace)
Crumbs From Your Table
Stay (Faraway, So Close) - my personal choice
Date:December 4th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
running to stand still. that is a very easy song to analyze. there are lots of references to the Bible you can explore. And if you go on the idea that it is about doing heroin ... it opens up a lot of discussion.
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Date:December 5th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
You can try comparing Wake Up Dead Man to one of the psalms of Lament. Although that was done in the book Get Up Off Your Knees
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Date:December 5th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
I'd go with PLEASE, not only is it my favourite song, but the song is fantastic to analyze, there are so many metaphors... it is about the conflict in Ireland and the song is truly heartfelt. I think it is perfect to analyze.
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Date:December 5th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
If I were you, I should go with A Sort Of Homecoming. Because when you read those lyrics, it really feels like "valleys explodes"... Even the music sounds like that. And the phrases:

The wind will crack in winter time
This bomb-blast lightning waltz.
No spoken words, just a scream
Tonight we'll build a bridge across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again tonight.

And your heart beats so slow
Through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning to a light that's in the distance.
Oh, don't sorrow, no don't weep
For tonight at last I am coming home.
I am coming home.

just feels like he's talking about his love, but just can't reach her... And when he will be with her, his whole world will explode and erm... They're gonna make great love, mhahaha "She will live and die again, tonight".

I know he's living in a fantasy world in these lyrics, but we all are if we think about love.

So, that's why you should choose this one, haha... And if you want, I can give you the meaning of the lyrics and the story behind the song too, it's somwhere on the floor in my room...
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Date:December 6th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Well, if I were to pick a U2 song myself, I would say Grace...the lines "grace, she takes the blame, covers the shame, removes the stain" are beautiful...

...but from the ones you're considering (sorry, I don't mean to add to your list), I'd have to agree that Until the End of the World is the one to go with. The story is incredible, and I love the dual imagery...
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Date:December 11th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
wake up dead man or bad.

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