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Old 11-08-2009, 01:03 PM   #1
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Does anybody love Stay (Faraway, So Close!) like I do?

I am in love with this song! It just is so beautiful. Especially the Live from Boston version from Elevation Tour. I just need to spit it out. I've had this song stuck in my head ever since Thursday. It's on constant play on my iPod. Anybody else think this is U2's best song?



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Old 11-08-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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Yes, it's one of my top 10 songs also and I absolutely love it as well.

Have you closely heard The Unforgettable Fire, Neon Lights, and Beach Sequence? These are very similar and relaxing.
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Love the song.

The soundtrack version is my favorite:



Also, I forgot to mention that the video (with either the soundtrack or album version) is one of U2's best (all of Zooropa's singles made amazing videos, really).
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I would say that most of the forum does. Personally, it's my third favorite U2 song, and love every version of it, though studio is definitely the most haunting and awesome.
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I do , 2nd favorite for me, just behind Acrobat!
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I love this song a whole lot. The studio version and electric live versions that is.



Acoustic Stay? What a waste of a great song.
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I don't love it as much as a lot of people here. It's not in my top 10. But I still really like it.
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Love the song. My favorite version is the version done on the '93 tour.
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Love the song. My favorite version is the version done on the '93 tour.


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Yes, it's one of my top 10 songs also and I absolutely love it as well.

Have you closely heard The Unforgettable Fire, Neon Lights, and Beach Sequence? These are very similar and relaxing.
Those are all very close to Stay, in that they are relaxing. And all of those create an atmosphere.
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Cheesehead Edge always makes me smile.
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Cheesehead Edge always makes me smile.
Yep, he's the coolest!
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:42 PM   #13
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yes, I agree with TheEdgeU2. It's one of their truly great compositions -- the lyrics are particularly touching and well written. I also agree that the Boston acoustic version is sublime, as is the studio original. Come to think of it, the Dublin '93 one is amazing too. Damn, they're all good.

Another thing about this song I like is that it's so restrained, which is very un-U2. With such a strong melody and those high-notes-in-the-choruses, I presume it would have been easy for them to turn this song into another epic anthem to raise the rooftops, but instead they kept it low-key.
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yes, I agree with TheEdgeU2. It's one of their truly great compositions -- the lyrics are particularly touching and well written. I also agree that the Boston acoustic version is sublime, as is the studio original. Come to think of it, the Dublin '93 one is amazing too. Damn, they're all good.

Another thing about this song I like is that it's so restrained, which is very un-U2. With such a strong melody and those high-notes-in-the-choruses, I presume it would have been easy for them to turn this song into another epic anthem to raise the rooftops, but instead they kept it low-key.
I agree with all of this. One of u2's greatest songs, one of their top 10, very restrained, one of Bono's finest vocals. It's possibly their best video too.
Shame they don't do it full band live as the usual live version is boring.
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Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the Bono & Edge acoustic version. I'm glad I got to hear it in Chicago, as that was the first time I've heard it live, but I'd love it if they played it full band again, even in acoustic form.
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Full band was pretty awesome. ZooTV was the last they did right? And if you haven't heard full band here is a good version.

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Yep, the full band version was only done on the Zooropa and Zoomerang legs of ZooTV.

I really wish they had done a full band electric version, though. Edge's guitar tone on the album is sublime.
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This and Electrical Storm are their best videos, to me anyway, .
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It is one of my favorites, definately in my top 5!
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Great song on Zooropa and great song when played full band. Lame when done acoustically though.
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