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Old 11-03-2017, 07:57 PM   #1
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Which lyric would you have someone read...

In another thread we’ve been talking about lyrics, and it got me thinking about this question. I didn’t want to derail that thread any more than it has.

It’s hard to detach a lyric from the song, especially one you’ve been listening to for decades in some cases. But if you were to try and introduce someone to U2 from a lyrical standpoint, what lyric would you choose? In other words they were only allowed to read the lyric, what is the one lyric that stands strongest on its own?
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:59 PM   #2
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The wind will crack in winter time
This bomb-blast lightning waltz
No spoken words, just a scream
Tonight we'll build a bridge across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again
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Which lyric would you have someone read...

Don’t know why, but this was the first lyric that popped up in my head.

Carnival, the wheels fly and the colours spin through alcohol
Red wine that punctures the skin
Face to face in a dry and waterless place

So many great lyrics in that album.
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The wind will crack in winter time
This bomb-blast lightning waltz
No spoken words, just a scream
Tonight we'll build a bridge across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again
Yeah, came into this thread to say A Sort of Homecoming.
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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Don’t know why, but this was the first lyric that popped up in my head.

Carnival, the wheels fly and the colours spin through alcohol
Red wine that punctures the skin
Face to face in a dry and waterless place

So many great lyrics in that album.

I was literally about to post these.
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I sent Until the End of the World lyrics to my mom recently, knowing she would have no interest in the actual song.
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Originally my thought when I created this thread was RTSS.

But after reading it without trying to sing it in my head, it loses some of its meter.

LM’s was a great choice!
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Tough to say, because they're so tied to the delivery.
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I thought that said 3:33 at first and I was gonna fucking kill you
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I thought this was going to be a piss-take using 0:50.
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Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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I thought this was going to be a piss-take using 0:50.
I truly believe 3:35 is among the most cringeworthy moments of Bono's career. And there is no shortage of those.
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Eh, it's not great but there's worse on Rattle and Hum.

That BB King quote is gold though.
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I truly believe 3:35 is among the most cringeworthy moments of Bono's career. And there is no shortage of those.


The first time I saw Rattle and Hum was in 1995, I was 13. I remember that moment made me cringe even back then! I thought "geez, what a douche!" Still cringeworthy, now that I'm like 8 years older older than Bono was in that video.

My wife is really into lyrics. She says that Stay are Bono's best lyrics. She was drawn to that song even before we met.

He had a gift earlier in his career. His lyrics and vocals were almost like an abstract painting or something. Now it's much more on the nose. Like "this is what I'm singing about and these are the words I am singing to make my point!!" UF - Pop era Bono wouldn't have written SUC, for instance.
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Love is Blindness. Either in it's entirety, or just:

In a parked car
In a crowded street
You see your love
Made complete
Thread is ripping
The knot is slipping
Love is blindness

Love is clockworks
And cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel
Squeeze the handle
Blow out the candle
Love is blindness

Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me?
Oh my love
Blindness

Achtung, for irony's sake, almost intentionally throws a 'baby' or some lyrical quirk in every song, and that makes some otherwise great lyrics difficult to read w/out the music, but I think this one escapes it for the most part.
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It's tough, but the lyrics immediately springing to mind are from Lemon:

"She wore lemon
To color in the cold grey night
She had heaven
And she held on so tight

A man makes a picture
A moving picture
Through the light projected
He can see himself up close
A man captures color
A man likes to stare
He turns his money into light to look for her"

I dunno. It touches me
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It's tough, but the lyrics immediately springing to mind are from Lemon:

"She wore lemon
To color in the cold grey night
She had heaven
And she held on so tight

A man makes a picture
A moving picture
Through the light projected
He can see himself up close
A man captures color
A man likes to stare
He turns his money into light to look for her"

I dunno. It touches me
Aaahhh, you beat me to it!! so good.

So my second favorite lyric set about his mother is from Mofo.

Mother am I still your son
You know I've waited for so long to hear you say so
Mother you left and made me someone
Now I'm still a child
But no one tells me no

Lookin' for a sound that's gonna drown out the world
Lookin' for the father of my two little girls
Got the swing got the sway got my straw in lemonade
Still looking for the face I had before the world was made



And one of my favorite sections of a U2 ever. Is from Kite. But like someone said earlier, this one definitely has a lot to do with delivery. But the lyrics are still strong. A great example of Bono being able to write more literally, but if paired with the right song/delivery, it is absolutely epic.

In summer I can taste the salt in the sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me

I'm a man, I'm not a child
A man who sees
The shadow behind your eyes
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Hahha no joke, I was vacillating a bit with that Mofo lyric. It's one of those moments where the momentum of the music really helps to elevate the dramatic honesty in the lyrics. Great stuff 8)
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