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September 5th, 2002

so here's my question @ 07:13 pm

Okay, as typically happens with most U2 songs, I like Electrical Storm more with every listen, but for a song to mean something to me, the lyrics have to have some meaning, they can't just be throwaway lines to make the song sound good. So, with that in mind, can anybody tell me what this line means:

And if the sky can crack, there must be some way back
for love and only love.

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Date:September 5th, 2002 05:18 pm (UTC)
I suppose you could interpret it as anything...

I always assumed "if the sky can crack" was another way of saying, "if the clouds open up and it starts to pour rain".

But knowing Bono, it could also be some metaphor describing a passage way between the earth and the heavens. And who is this love? Who is going back where? All these questions can be interpreted further.

There's been recent talk about this song using the theme of the "Little Mermaid"... of course, using a mermaid in their yet unseen video adds to this, but U2log.com quoted the following paragraphs from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale:

"It was very late; yet the little mermaid could not take her eyes from the ship, or from the beautiful prince. [ ... ] A dreadful storm was approaching; once more the sails were reefed, and the great ship pursued her flying course over the raging sea."

“It was you,” said the prince, “who saved my life when I lay dead on the beach,” and he folded his blushing bride in his arms. “Oh, I am too happy,” said he to the little mermaid; “my fondest hopes are all fulfilled. You will rejoice at my happiness; for your devotion to me is great and sincere.”

It just seems awfully strange that U2 are now singing about fairy tales, if this is the case.
All in all, I like Electrical Storm, but the lyrics don't really do a thing to me... yet. I'm still searching for the intended metaphor, such as, is Bono really talking about the sea? Or is it a metaphor for something a little more complex? Typically, it would be the latter. But something about this song... *shrug* - there is nothing groundbreaking and awe-inspiring about it.

Whoever it was that thought the first lyrics of this song were simply amazing... well... I don't think I can agree.
Date:September 5th, 2002 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info !

I agree with you - I also think that "if the sky could crack" is referring to the way rain can start pouring down in an instant -- he may also be talking about the crack of thunder or the way lightning pierces the clouds.

I was also unimpressed with most of the lyrics. :(
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Date:September 5th, 2002 10:54 pm (UTC)


My gut reaction is that the "Electrical Storm" is some kind of cathartic epiphany that transforms something (a life?) that is routine and mundane into something intense and alive and exciting. In a sense, it almost seems like the song is a prologue to Beautiful Day. But that one line just seems so empty, so disposable, that it makes it hard to appreciate the rest of the song, lyrically speaking. It's great to here Edge having fun (the guitar practically jumps out of the speakers), but the lyrics make me shrug.
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Date:September 5th, 2002 11:18 pm (UTC)
The only lyrics I really like are, "Two lovers lie with no sheets on their bed."

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Date:September 6th, 2002 02:56 am (UTC)
poor lovers, no sheets, thats no way to live
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Date:September 6th, 2002 08:53 am (UTC)
Hee, I know.

I love it because it says so much more than just the words. The rest of the song seems to be able to be taken completely literally, but that line gives us background and a great image and the *feeling* that the lovers have.

My radio station keeps making the mistake that it's the Best of 1990-2002, about five times, so next time I'm going to call them and *tell* them what it is, really.
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Date:September 6th, 2002 02:58 am (UTC)
i think of it in a sci-fi way. Like if the star trek dudes find a wormhole they can travel through they go 'yay', so bono goes 'a crack in the sky! yay'!

i know, im not normal

They are unual lyrics for Bono, but hey, its all good
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Date:September 6th, 2002 03:22 am (UTC)

Call me weird....but I took the whole song to be about wanting to change one's life, etc. I could go through the whole song, but that would be boring! ;)
So here's just a few examples:
Two lovers lie with no sheets on their bed -could mean that Bono and "god" are both exposed, naked.
You're in my mind all of the time
I know that's not enough
-"knowing" god in an intellectual sense, is not enough....it must be felt/experienced/lived
If the sky can crack there must be some way back
For love and only love
-if "god" is able to tear the sky open (metaphorically and literally), why can't there be a way back to him/her/it/god?

I know it's a stretch, but....it's Bono! Ya never know, hahaha. :p

Date:September 6th, 2002 09:31 am (UTC)
The lyrics to Electrical Storm don't really stand out to me as being extraordinary. I don't really feel anything when I listen to the song.

I mean, it sounds great, and it's fun to listen to, but I just don't feel a spark.


It's still a great song, though. It'll get a lot of radio play. ;)
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Date:September 10th, 2002 12:47 pm (UTC)
The lyrics really hit a nerve in me, just at face value. Yet again, Bono's lyrics seem to apply to something in my life. For me to explain why the lyrics mean a lot to me would require spilling a lot of personal details that won't interest anyone... that, or climbing into my brain, which I wouldn't wish on other people. ;> I don't suppose they're great poetry, especially when compared to the lyrics from Achtung Baby, but I'm finding it hard to separate my emotion reaction and look at them intellectually.

I *don't* like what I'm reading about how the song was inspired by a need to write a song about September 11th, but then that's because I'm far beyond weary of 9/11 "anthems".

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