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Old 06-16-2010, 01:43 PM   #16
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It's probably referring to Revelation, which was written by John of Patmos, also known as John the Revelator (put him in an elevator) or St. John the Divine. The John who wrote the Book of John (nowadays, I'm pretty sure they're assumed to be different people) isn't usually referred to as St. John the Divine, so it's probably Revelation.

Revelation 9:9 is, for the record:
They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.

Do as you with with that.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:49 PM   #17
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Well Divine rhymes better than Revelation haha....
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:56 PM   #18
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It's probably referring to Revelation, which was written by John of Patmos, also known as John the Revelator (put him in an elevator) or St. John the Divine. The John who wrote the Book of John (nowadays, I'm pretty sure they're assumed to be different people) isn't usually referred to as St. John the Divine, so it's probably Revelation.

Revelation 9:9 is, for the record:
They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.

Do as you with with that.
Oh, very cool perspective! Thanks!
I love the mystery of it but still would love to hear what Bono means by it's reference. I tried looking up verses also but that one about doing battle may well be it!
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:03 PM   #19
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I woulda been in Oakland right now!
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:08 PM   #20
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Hmm that's interesting about the Bloomsday... I wonder how it relates to the song though unless and gentleman is the one ringing the doorbell
I don't really understand the song either. I go back and forth with it.
I can't remember Ulysses ...perhaps there is an obvious reference in it regarding the symbolic salesman in this song? Anybody know?

The verses are what confuse me. I think the jist of the song refers to Bono being able to breathe a bit easier now because AIDS drugs are getting to Africa and saving lives! Finally!! So he is saying to world leaders that there's nothing he needs now since they have forgiven African debt, ect... but the bit about the salesman at the door is strange unless it represents the church?
Selling 3 things as in the Holy Trinity? ?? You know how Bono says he doesn't find God in church building?
Here's the whole quote:
"I often wonder if religion is the enemy of God. It's almost like religion is what happens when the Spirit has left the building. God's Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. I love that. You know, it says somewhere in the scriptures that the Spirit moves like a wind -- no one knows where it's come from or where it's going. The Spirit is described in the Holy Scriptures as much more anarchic than any established religion credits."
BONO

I love that quote by the way and totally agree!
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Really wishing I was at a concert today...
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:16 PM   #22
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Don't worry...I would have started a countdown for my concert which would have been one month from today...

Anyway, happy 16th of June!!! Love that song...and the cockatoo too!!!
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:12 PM   #23
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Don't worry...I would have started a countdown for my concert which would have been one month from today...

Anyway, happy 16th of June!!! Love that song...and the cockatoo too!!!
Mine was June 30th. I plan on watching the Rose Bowl DVD that day Next year hurry please!!

Happy 16th of June everyone
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:27 PM   #24
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I woulda been in Oakland right now!
Me too.
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I just have to say that, tonight while eating dinner, some guy came to our door looking for donations for local nature preservation...

We don't get that kind of thing more than a few times a year. I was unnaturally thrilled when the doorbell rang
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I just have to say that, tonight while eating dinner, some guy came to our door looking for donations for local nature preservation...

We don't get that kind of thing more than a few times a year. I was unnaturally thrilled when the doorbell rang
Do they preserve cockatoos at that nature preservation?
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Great song, great lyrics!!

Don't know why it gets put in the "ok, but nothing great U2 by numbers 2000s category" by so many.

There are of course better openers out there,(and even U2 has vocally acknowledged as much by this point) but this is a real gem of a song overall.
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Happy Bloomsday everybody
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God Dammit- I would have been singing that at Oakland Coliseum earlier tonight.
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I always thought the song was about Bono the salesman, Africa and the Soweto Uprising... Never heard of the Bloomsday connection before.
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