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December 2nd, 2004

Purple Irises @ 03:39 am

canadanne:
I'm currently feelin: thoughtful thoughtful

Does anyone else think it's significant that Bono included the word "iris" in City of Blinding Lights, or am I just reading too much into it?
 
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From:sirensong984
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure it's a referal to his mother. I'm only assuming because he himself doesn't exactly have purple iris-eyes. :) For some reason I hope it is a referral to his mom. I like that idea.
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From:rogue_writer
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I assumed he was talking about those ugly photographs you can get with the glassy purple eyes or red eye, given the context of the verse...
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From:canadanne
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Well yes, that's obvious, but he could have just said "eyes" or something... I can't help wondering if he made a special point of using the word Iris, given the parental theme of the album as a whole... it struck me the first time I heard it.
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From:rogue_writer
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
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I guess I would have thought if he was to mention his mother, it would be more of a significant approach, y'know? "Irises" fits the meter more than "eyes", and he used the plural, not "iris".
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From:aloneinthelight
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
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interesting thought
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From:hard2explain8
Date:December 1st, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
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i actually thought of his mother when i first heard that line. and i still think of her when i hear it
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From:eyesmakeacircle
Date:December 1st, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I noticed it the first time I heard the song. It really struck a chord with me. Maybe it was just having seen the irises on Bono's gates in front of his house, but it really did catch my ear.
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From:pornrockangel
Date:December 2nd, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)
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wow, he has irises on the gates of his house? fantastic...and quite jealous that you can see it ;)

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