Ashley (fluidwhispers) wrote in u2,

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Song Lyric Over-Analyzation

So I do this occasionally in my own lj, and I thought it might be fun to do it with the whole U2 community. Here's the idea: I'll post a U2 song, and then I'll over-analyze it. Simple, right? It's kind of like English class, where you have to pick apart a poem, only this is more fun because it's a U2 song instead.

Everyone is welcome to add their own over-analyzations; in fact, it is encouraged. You can go as crazy or as realistic as you'd like. (Ex: Bono's singing about ham sandwiches, his love for the guitar, or some kind of spiritual crisis are all perfectly valid arguments to make.) Really, I'm just trying to get us to all start talking about the songs in depth again.

So...let me kick this off...

Song Lyric Over-Analyzation - "New York"

In New York freedom looks like too many choices
In New York I found a friend to drown out the other voices
Voices on the cell phone
Voices from home

Yes, he probably means New York is the friend...but what if he means it more that he really found a friend? Or a "friend"? The point is, this friend or "friend" is causing him to ignore phone calls and his family at home. And he's suddenly got all this freedom and a ton of things to choose to do with his time. (My guess is the "friend".)

In New York, I just got a place in New York
New York, New York In New York you can forget, forget how to sit still
Tell yourself you will stay in
But it's down to Alphaville

Again, what's he forgetting? I know he means that he's out clubbing and drinking and being a social rock star, but what if that's how he met his "friend"?

Living happily not like me and you
That's where I lost you... New York

The 'you' could be Ali, his wife. Or it could be this unknown "friend". Either he's not living happily with Ali because he's in NY being irresponsible while she's in Ireland with the kids, or he's not living happily because he's having an affair and knows it's wrong.

In New York I lost it all to you and your vices
Still I'm staying on to figure out my mid life crisis
I hit an iceberg in my life
You know I'm still afloat
You lose your balance, lose your wife
In the queue for the lifeboat
You got to put the women and children first
But you've got an unquenchable thirst for New York

I think this is definitely about his "friend", if we're ignoring the fact that the friend is still probably the actual city, not a real person. But the 'lose your wife' is the interesting part, if we go back to my "friend" theory. And the 'you gotta put the women and children first'...what if it was actually 'woman' he meant? The wife and kids? Yet he's got an 'unquenchable thirst for "New York"'. Hehe.

Get it? Now it's your turn! :)

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