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December 3rd, 2004

(no subject) @ 10:28 am

So I noticed some lyrics on HTDAAB that sounded kind of familiar...

I put together a little list to share with you all of some lyrics from the new album, along with lyrics from past songs that they share some of the same words with, or just echo in some way.

Anyone else notice these? Anyone notice any others??

Take these shoes/Click clacking down some dead end street/Take these shoes/And make them fit - Yahweh
----Take these boots they're going nowhere/You know these boots don't want to stray - Do You Feel Loved

Take this shirt/Polyester white trash made in nowhere /Take this shirt /And make it clean - Yahweh
----Take my shirt, go on, take it off me/You can tear it up if you can tie me down - Do You Feel Loved

Take these hands /Teach them what to carry/Take these hands/Don’t make a fist - Yahweh
----Take these hands, they're good for nothing/You know these hands never worked a day - Do You Feel Loved

But you’re like honey on my tongue - A Man and A Woman
----Like honey on her tongue - Hawkmoon 269
----I have kissed honey lips - I Still Haven't Found...

The more you know the less you feel - City of Blinding Lights
----The more you take, the less you feel/The less you know the more you believe - Last Night on Earth

But time won’t take the boy out of this man - City of Blinding Lights
----Time is a train, makes the future the past - Zoo Station
----She sees the man inside the child - Mysterious Ways
----I'm a man, I'm not a child - Kite
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 07:41 am (UTC)
Hello, Hello - Vertigo
--also in Stories for Boys

The soul needs beauty for a soulmate - A Man and a Woman
-- also in Always
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
"The soul needs beauty for a soulmate"

^^that is one of my favorite lyrics off the entire album...i can't believe i never noticed it in Always!
Date:December 3rd, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
A Man And A Woman: .....on Rue Saint Divine....

There is a Gavin Friday song called Saint Divine.
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
I think "Always" also had a line about "honey on the tongue."

There's also a "dream out loud" line in both "Acrobat" and "Zooropa."
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
nope, no honey on the tongue in always

but Always does have "if you dream, then dream out loud"

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Date:December 3rd, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
I'll give you everything you want
Except the thing that you want
- Original of the Species
----I gave you everything you ever wanted/It wasn't what you wanted - So Cruel

Maybe Bono's trying to be postmodern again by being so self-referential. Or maybe he's just being lazy. :)
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)

maybe he IS just being lazy...
maybe he has so much on his mind with being the lead singer of the best band in the world and trying to save the world that he doesn't even remember writing the lyrics the first time, lol

can't you just see it:
Bono: Hey, Edge - I just thought of this brilliant lyric for the new record, "the soul needs beauty for a soulmate," what do you think?
Edge: I think that lyric is from "Always"
Bono: What the fuck are you talking about?
Edge: *plays "Always"*
Bono: Oh... *pause* Well...can't we use it again? I really like it!
Edge: *sigh* I guess so -- but Larry's not going to like this...

My guess is that Bono just really likes the lyrics he keeps re-using like "dream out loud" -- and I like them too!
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
I definitely noticed the similarity in Yahweh and Do You Feel Loved because I always want to sing "DYFL" lines instead of the real ones!
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)

that's great - i've done that too :)
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
Do you think he even realizes all the repeats?

Maybe he came up with a line he really likes and then wrote a song a few years back and then when writing a new song that same line again pops in his head again and he uses without thinking about it.

You never know.
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
When I first read the title "A Man And A Woman" I immediately thought of the line, "Stick together, a man and woman" from Do You Feel Loved.
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
It's not from another U2 song, but is still weird.

how can I hurt when holdin' you?

What song is this from? A Man And A Woman AND Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. hehe I heard Sweet Caroline in a store and heard that line and was like "heeeeey!"
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
oh my god!
Date:December 3rd, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
These aren't really very similar, but these lines in Love and Peace or Else reminded me a ton of Sunday Bloody Sunday:

The TV is still on
But the sound is turned down
And the troops on the ground
Are about to dig in

(When fact is fiction and TV reality
The trench is dug within our hearts)

I think the TV part sounds like another song too, maybe If God Will Send His Angels, but I can't remember right now.
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
Your mention of If God Will Send His Angels reminded me of one similarity that I don't think has been mentioned here yet (if it has, forgive my lack of observance).

"Where is the love?" - Love And Peace Or Else

"So where is the hope, and where is the faith and the love?" - If God Will Send His Angels
Date:December 3rd, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
ok, i've been singing ISHFWILF wrong all these years....
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
LOL it happens to the best of us...
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
Regarding the Yahweh/DYFL similarities, I suspect Bono kept those ideas in his head because he really liked them but was unhappy with the results of DYFL - after all, the band stopped playing DYFL after six performances that a lot of people (including, one would assume, U2) consider to be poor. I even have a performance of Streets (I forget the date, but sometime late in the first leg of Elevation) where Bono sings "do you feel loved?"

Maybe there's a connection and this is continued U2 song development (they are known to hold onto ideas for years, after all), or maybe there is no connection at all and Bono accidentally repeated himself. Just speculating.
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe there's a connection and this is continued U2 song development (they are known to hold onto ideas for years, after all)

I think this is a good theory.

I feel like all of the lyrics that we've noticed that have been repeated are lyrics with really big meanings (dream out loud, the soul needs beauty for a soul mate, and all of the Yahweh/Do you Feel... similarities).
It seems to me that they are all issues that Bono wants to keep exploring through new songs.

If you compare Yahweh and Do You Feel Loved, for example -- there's a good amount of lyrical similarity, but the songs are SO different.

I'm excited this post got so much response

I love U2 fans!
*gets a warm fuzzy feeling*
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
In addition to all the ones that have already been mentioned, here are a few more I picked up on:

"The night is full of holes / As bullets rip the sky" (Vertigo)
"See the sky ripped open..." (Bullet The Blue Sky)
"We'll punch a hole right through the night" (In God's Country)
"While bullets rape the night of the merciful" (One Tree Hill)

"Your love is teaching me how / How to kneel" (Vertigo)
"Teach me, love" (Beautiful Day)
"If you wanna kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel" (Mysterious Ways)

"I want to hear you when you call" (Miracle Drug)
"And if you listen, I can't call / And if you shout, I'll only hear you" (Stay)
"I'd catch you if I heard your call" (Slide Away)

"Beneath the noise, below the din / I hear your voice, it's whispering" (Miracle Drug)
"In the stillness of the evening, when the sun has had its day / I heard your voice whispering" (New York)

"We’re gonna break the monster’s back" (Love And Peace Or Else)
"And you become a monster / So the monster will not break you" (Peace On Earth)

"I saw you in the curve of the moon / In the shadow cast across my room" (All Because Of You)
"Johnny take a walk with your sister the moon / Let her pale light in to fill up your room" (Mysterious Ways)
"Tonight, the moon is a mirrorball / Light flickers from across the hall" (If You Wear That Velvet Dress)

"Take the heat from the sun" (A Man And A Woman)
"And there's heat in the sun / To see us through the rain" (Do You Feel Loved)

"You can run from love / And if it’s really love it will find you / Catch you by the heel" (A Man And A Woman)
"You run from love and don't believe / Unless it catches you by the heel" (Never Let Me Go)

"Brown-eyed girl across the street" (A Man And A Woman)
"Blue-eyed boy meets a brown-eyed girl" (Sweetest Thing)

"But I need something other" (Crumbs From Your Table)
"And these are the days when we look for something other" (Lemon)

"I would believe if I was able" (Crumbs From Your Table)
"And I'd join the movement / If there was one I could believe in" (Acrobat)

"Well the heart that hurts is a heart that beats / Can you hear the drummer slowing" (One Step Closer)
"Slow down my beating heart / Slowly, slowly love" (In A Little While)

"I've got the nightly news to get to know the enemy" (Fast Cars)
"If you just close your eyes, you can feel the enemy" (Acrobat)

"There is no fiction that will truly fit the situation" (Fast Cars)
"Fact is fiction and TV reality" (Sunday Bloody Sunday)

I'm sure "Baby don’t fight, we can talk this thing through" reminds me of some older lyric as well, but I can't think what it is at the moment!
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Date:December 3rd, 2004 11:15 pm (UTC)
Great post! The "Baby don't fight" line reminds me a lot of the "Baby don't cry" lyric from Electrical Storm... but maybe that's just me.

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