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May 20th, 2004

bible references in U2's music @ 10:10 am

eeviolet:
I'm currently hearin: U2 - 40 (stuck in my head)

hey all,
some of you have probably seen this already, but i just thought it was a nifty article...

http://www.atu2.com/lyrics/biblerefs.html


also: the reason i stumbled across this was because i was searching for the story behind "40" - i once read something about how it was named "40" because of it taking only 40 minutes to record and then it being from pslams 40 (as the bible references state). but i swore there were 2 other reasons...is it 40 lines as well?
just wondering...
 
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From:pornrockangel
Date:May 20th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
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not sure about that but I remember when I first found out about the psalm references it was so neat to go look at the psalm and see lyrics of u2 in it. :)
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From:hard2explain8
Date:May 20th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
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that's an awesome page...i was reading through them, and I had to laugh because when I got to "Running to Stand Still" it just dawned on me how ironic it was that it had biblical references to it when I heard the song is about a girl doing cocaine...or something about drugs....the bible and illegal substances...what a pair.
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From:eeviolet
Date:May 20th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
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indeed...have you ever heard that "bad" is about heroin addiction?
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From:wire_tripper
Date:May 20th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
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yeah, it's about a heroin, but not an addiction. The song is more about a heroin overdose. A friend of the band was given heroin for the first time on their birthday, and it ended up being more than they could handle and they died. Apparently when the authorities found them they had turned blue, which gives the title to U2's brother band, the Virgin Prunes, song "Baby Turns Blue".
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From:eeviolet
Date:May 21st, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
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ah...makes sense.
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From:trashcan17
Date:May 20th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Don't forget Bono and The Edge have very deep religious feelings ...

There are simply hundreds of references and "nod to" biblical things in their music and actions, many of these are not overtly apparent but can be seen in much of their campaigning work ...

There is I believe straight lifts from the Bible in the lyrics of 40 and the band have always been open about it's source ...

Mnay many yeras ago U2 played the Greenbelt Christian Arts festival in the UK I think it was around 83/84 before they broke into their global success....
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From:eeviolet
Date:May 21st, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
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true, true indeed. i appreciate the way U2 uses scripture...because i'm not a huge fan of the bible, but i do agree with the way U2 believes...they are some of the most, what i feel to be, true christians.

hope that wasn't saying too much.

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