Sonya (honey_child) wrote in u2,

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Song of the Day: Your Very First U2 Song

So we haven't always been U2 fans. Before I was a u2 fan, I was a Savage Garden fan.

Don't worry, this relates to U2. But first, a history lesson.

I've always felt like u2 has been an ever-present entity in my life. When I was a kid, I thought With or Without You was the scariest song in the world because of the infinite guitar opening (even now I still find it a bit freaky). I also remember seeing or hearing references to them during my childhood. A character on a show would mention Sunday Bloody Sunday or I'd see the grandma from Family Matters reading a Rolling Stone with u2 on the cover.

I even had a bit of a run-in with a u2 show while I was in the nearby city of Winnipeg on a class trip when I was 11. I saw a billboard of Bono advertising the Popmart show in my fair city and even ended up in the parking lot of the stadium hearing the beginning of Mofo before my mum dragged me away, yelling at me for running off. I suspect life was trying to turn me into a u2 fan.

But back to Savage Garden. I was a big poster on the official Savage Garden BBS (do they even HAVE those now?) back in 2001 or so. I was using dial-up at the time and so it was very rare when photos on the BBS would load for me. One day they did and I saw this graphic using a few lyrics from a song called Kite. Asking around on the site, I finally found out who the band was and resolved to get the CD.

The nearest record store was 2 hours away and my town had a small selection of CDs that often included Brooks and Dunn, Shania Twain, and the thousandth re-release of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits. I lucked out though and one of the newer releases they had was All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Around this time, my father had a massive heart attack and required surgery to save his life. Being 400 kilometers away from my dad and being uncertain that he was going to pull through, I turned to this new CD to distract me from the uncertainty of my father's situation as well as from the boredom of having to stay at my grandma's house while we waited for news.

In summer I can taste the salt in the sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me

Though it wasn't the first song I ever heard by U2, Kite was the first song I ever loved by the band. It helped me to overcome the fear I had of potentially losing my father and gave me hope that I was going to be ok whether or not he pulled through.

My dad survived the surgery and I wore out that CD. And U2 has been one of my favourite bands ever since.

So u2, what's your very first u2 song?
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