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September 24th, 2004

Uno, dos, tres, catorce @ 01:22 pm

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From:axver
Date:September 24th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
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Actually, I am now pretty certain he is counting 'eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen'. I have a Spanish speaker who is certain of this. The first number is definitely eleven, the last is definitely fourteen, and we are dead certain the middle two are twelve and thirteen, just slurred and poorly enunciated. And we all know what Bono's like with that enunciation ...
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From:lovedstrangely
Date:September 24th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC)
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he says unos, dos, tres, catorce

eleven is once, twelve is dose, thirteen is threce. It's entirely possible it is 11,12,13. I speak spanish and I really don't think that's what he's saying though.

also, if that's what it is....this wouldn't solve the mystery, merely have has going.."why is he saying 11,12,13,14?" hahaha.
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From:prettytheworld
Date:September 24th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
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Actually, "eleven" is "once," "twelve" is "doce," and "thirteen" is "trece."
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From:lovedstrangely
Date:September 24th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
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ok, so I spell horribly, same words :-P
From:shagadellique
Date:September 24th, 2004 04:19 pm (UTC)

you are correct!

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it is 1 2 3 14. I was just wondering why. Perhaps catorce just sounds cool. who knows?
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From:axver
Date:September 24th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)

Re: you are correct!

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I'm pretty sure it's 11-14, but if it's not, Bono's just emphasising vertigo. People are reading far too much into this.
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From:axver
Date:September 24th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
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He doesn't say unos. I've been playing this very loud, and I am absolutely 100% sure it is 'uns', which is a lot closer to 'once' than 'uno'. Then the next two numbers are said that fast that he could just slur or fail to enunciate. You count it fast and tell me - considering Bono's poor enunciation ("your eyes make a circoh" - slow part of I Will Follow!), it would not surprise me at all if he is trying to say 'twelve, thirteen'. Whatever the case, I say it is, without a doubt, 'eleven, slurred number, slurred number, fourteen'.
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From:canadanne
Date:September 24th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I thought it might be "uns, dois, três, quatorze", which is what BabelFish informs me is Portuguese for "one, two, three, fourteen". I dunno how exactly you pronounce those words, though, so I can't be sure. :)
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From:axver
Date:September 25th, 2004 12:01 am (UTC)
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Hm, now that's interesting. I'm not 100% on the pronunciation, but from what I know, it seems plausible ...

How about we wait for the album booklet with the lyrics? Actually, considering the unreliability of those in the past, maybe that's not such a good idea!
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From:canadanne
Date:September 25th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
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Hehe, yeah... the same can be said of the lyrics on U2.com, they're frequently wrong and I'm sure they're just lifted from other fan sites!
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From:axver
Date:September 25th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I don't even think they're from fansites, because even those places tend to be more precise! Half the time, I wonder if the people compiling the 'official' lyrics have problems hearing ... I don't see why Bono doesn't just write them down himself. It can't be that hard!

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