Love is Blindness - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Your Blue Room > Everything You Know Is Wrong > It's A Musical Journey
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-25-2002, 03:51 PM   #1
The Fly
 
UltravioletU2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 222
Local Time: 03:30 AM
Love is Blindness

Though many people think Love is Blindness is about love, I heard someone once say they thought it was about terrorism (given the band's political stances and orgins in Ireland, it would make sense). I recently analyzed the lyrics from a terrorist point of view, and it actually made sense.

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


Terrorists do awful things out of "love" or "passion" for a cause they truly believe in. There are, in essence, blinded by love for their twisted cause. Could wrap the night mean "let's wrap this up tonight" ???

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


Bombs have often hidden in parked cars in Ireland, and struck in crowded streets. Their love for their cause is fulfilled when they reap destruction.

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


Cold steel is probably a weapon, so squeeze the handle (trigger), blow out the candle (someone's life).

A little death
Without mourning
No call
And no warning
Baby...a dangerous idea
That almost makes sense


They kill and bring death- but they don't mourn for their victims. They don't call them or warn them. They simply kill. They are dangerous, but it makes sense to them.

Love is drowning
In a deep well
All the secrets
And no one to tell
Take the money
Honey
Blindness


Secrets....terrorists are full of them. They kill for their causes, and often get money for doing so.


Just some thoughts. I realize the song could also be about love, I was just wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on this? Edge's screaming guitar also sounds painful and mourning"ish". Which would work for either theme (love and terrorism).

The song actually makes more sense to me when I look at it from this point of view as opposed to a twisted relationship.
__________________

__________________
UltravioletU2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2002, 04:29 PM   #2
pax
ONE
love, blood, life
 
pax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Ewen's new American home
Posts: 11,412
Local Time: 04:30 AM
Wow! That's an interpretation I've never seen. Nice work.
__________________

__________________
and you hunger for the time
time to heal, desire, time


Join Amnesty.
pax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2002, 06:26 PM   #3
Blue Crack Addict
 
Moonlit_Angel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: In a dimension known as the Twilight Zone...do de doo doo, do de doo doo...
Posts: 19,228
Local Time: 02:30 AM
Re: Love is Blindness

Quote:
Originally posted by UltravioletU2
Though many people think Love is Blindness is about love, I heard someone once say they thought it was about terrorism (given the band's political stances and orgins in Ireland, it would make sense). I recently analyzed the lyrics from a terrorist point of view, and it actually made sense.

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


Terrorists do awful things out of "love" or "passion" for a cause they truly believe in. There are, in essence, blinded by love for their twisted cause. Could wrap the night mean "let's wrap this up tonight" ???

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


Bombs have often hidden in parked cars in Ireland, and struck in crowded streets. Their love for their cause is fulfilled when they reap destruction.

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


Cold steel is probably a weapon, so squeeze the handle (trigger), blow out the candle (someone's life).

A little death
Without mourning
No call
And no warning
Baby...a dangerous idea
That almost makes sense


They kill and bring death- but they don't mourn for their victims. They don't call them or warn them. They simply kill. They are dangerous, but it makes sense to them.

Love is drowning
In a deep well
All the secrets
And no one to tell
Take the money
Honey
Blindness


Secrets....terrorists are full of them. They kill for their causes, and often get money for doing so.


Just some thoughts. I realize the song could also be about love, I was just wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on this? Edge's screaming guitar also sounds painful and mourning"ish". Which would work for either theme (love and terrorism).

The song actually makes more sense to me when I look at it from this point of view as opposed to a twisted relationship.
Hmmm...interesting. Never thought of it that way...I see where you're going with that idea.

No matter what that song's about, it's still a hauntingly beautiful song...definitely one of my favorites off of Achtung Baby.

Angela
__________________
Moonlit_Angel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2002, 10:00 AM   #4
Offishul Kitteh Doctor
Forum Moderator
 
bonosloveslave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Taking care of kitties
Posts: 9,655
Local Time: 04:30 AM
There's a talk radio station in my area that plays the instrumental intro part of "Love is Blindness" in the background while they are giving the weather update.........I always drift off to U2 Land when it starts and I can never pay attention to the forecast!! Not that I'm complaining, I just need to hear about the weather somewhere else.

Sorry, wandered off a bit there....

You have a good interpretation, from what I've read they did write this about the troubles back home.
__________________
bonosloveslave [at] interference.com
bonosloveslave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2002, 12:39 PM   #5
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 8,800
Local Time: 10:30 AM
That's a cool interpretation. I have to admit that I never thought about Love Is Blindness being about anything else than a broken heart...
__________________
FallingStar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2002, 12:50 PM   #6
Acrobat
 
Zoocifer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: On the sheer face of love
Posts: 387
Local Time: 02:30 AM

That's funny...

I'd never thought of "Love is Blindness" as anything to do with Love or passion. I always heard it as a unstable, brooding, and perverted Darkness. I believe the theory behind the "Terrorism" is a very close one. I always think of Berlin and how it was at the time.

By the way - who here has seen the video to "Love is Blindness"? One of my personal favorites.

-[z]-
__________________
Zoocifer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2002, 08:46 AM   #7
Blue Crack Addict
 
Moonlit_Angel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: In a dimension known as the Twilight Zone...do de doo doo, do de doo doo...
Posts: 19,228
Local Time: 02:30 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by Zoocifer
By the way - who here has seen the video to "Love is Blindness"? One of my personal favorites.-[z]-
Ooh! *Raises hand high in the air* I've seen that video!

I think it's kinda trippy...but it's a cool video nonetheless. My sister finds it boring.

Angela
__________________
Moonlit_Angel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2002, 09:55 AM   #8
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
wertsie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: on a country road...
Posts: 4,752
Local Time: 03:30 AM
I love it when people point out new ways to look at U2 songs. I have never thought about it like that before, but that makes perfect sense.

Either way, I think Love is Blindness is a brilliant song. What a way to close AB!
__________________
wertsie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 12:46 AM   #9
Babyface
 
Imprimis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 6
Local Time: 03:30 AM
In response to terrorism interpretation...

Seeing as The Edge was in the midst of a terrible breakup, and the fact that both Bono and The Edge admit most of the songs on Achtung Baby are about said conflict, I'd have to say that though your interpretation is interesting and plausible, it's not the case. Achtung Baby is about love, the way we use it to hurt one another, how we lust after each other, the mire of passion and abuse derived from our souls. Love Is Blindness is the culmination of all these emotions. It tells us that however far we look, we will find no answers because love itself does not allow them. It simply exists, and, in fact, that's how we like it. If I could say exactly why I love my boyfriend, I wouldn't love him at all. This, however, is only my view.

Jen
__________________
Imprimis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 09:20 AM   #10
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
wertsie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: on a country road...
Posts: 4,752
Local Time: 03:30 AM
Re: In response to terrorism interpretation...

Quote:
Originally posted by Imprimis
Seeing as The Edge was in the midst of a terrible breakup, and the fact that both Bono and The Edge admit most of the songs on Achtung Baby are about said conflict, I'd have to say that though your interpretation is interesting and plausible, it's not the case. Achtung Baby is about love, the way we use it to hurt one another, how we lust after each other, the mire of passion and abuse derived from our souls. Love Is Blindness is the culmination of all these emotions. It tells us that however far we look, we will find no answers because love itself does not allow them. It simply exists, and, in fact, that's how we like it. If I could say exactly why I love my boyfriend, I wouldn't love him at all. This, however, is only my view.

Jen
Great Post!

PS. I'm Jen too!
__________________
wertsie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 02:59 PM   #11
War Child
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 613
Local Time: 08:30 AM
Re: In response to terrorism interpretation...

Quote:
Originally posted by Imprimis
Seeing as The Edge was in the midst of a terrible breakup, and the fact that both Bono and The Edge admit most of the songs on Achtung Baby are about said conflict, I'd have to say that though your interpretation is interesting and plausible, it's not the case. Achtung Baby is about love, the way we use it to hurt one another, how we lust after each other, the mire of passion and abuse derived from our souls. Love Is Blindness is the culmination of all these emotions. It tells us that however far we look, we will find no answers because love itself does not allow them. It simply exists, and, in fact, that's how we like it. If I could say exactly why I love my boyfriend, I wouldn't love him at all. This, however, is only my view.

Well, couldn't it be about both? Because I too have heard from numerous sources that its mainly about terrorism or was insired by terrorism for that matter. But I think it fits nicely into Achtung Baby because it could be using terroism as a metaphor for a failed relationship. Where one of the partners has ripped apart the bond like a terrorist rips apart a life or a building, etc. That's the way I always look at that song.
__________________
tackleberry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 04:26 PM   #12
Babyface
 
Imprimis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 6
Local Time: 03:30 AM

Of course Love Is Blindness could be interpreted as a song about terrorism. That's the beauty about lyrics/poetry. I'm a poetry student myself and it's amazing the way people have totally different takes on what one work means. I was simply trying to get at the roots of the song and share my opinion. I didn't mean to exclude the original idea. I had an argument once over the meaning of Discotheque, and I realized that arguing is worthless. In the end, U2 lyrics become a personal matter, and I find that my interpretation makes more sense to myself - the words help me in my own life. But carry on, please, because I love learning about different perspectives.

Jen
__________________
Imprimis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 04:53 PM   #13
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
wertsie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: on a country road...
Posts: 4,752
Local Time: 03:30 AM
Personally, I like it that the song can be interpreted so many different ways. It's all about depth, baby!
__________________
wertsie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 05:11 PM   #14
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
Giant Lemon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: out in the slipstream
Posts: 3,265
Local Time: 08:30 AM
Re: Re: In response to terrorism interpretation...

Quote:
Originally posted by tackleberry
Because I too have heard from numerous sources that its mainly about terrorism or was inpsired by terrorism for that matter. But I think it fits nicely into Achtung Baby because it could be using terroism as a metaphor for a failed relationship. Where one of the partners has ripped apart the bond like a terrorist rips apart a life or a building, etc. That's the way I always look at that song.
That's how I look at the song too. It's funny- I was always confused about the meaning of Love Is Blindness until I heard the terrorism interpretation awhile ago. I mean, the references to "clockworks" and "cold steel" never really made sense to me until I associated it with the problems in Northern Ireland. And I may be confused, but in the video don't they have clips of terrorism?
__________________
Giant Lemon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2002, 09:34 PM   #15
Blue Crack Supplier
 
Zoots's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: the great beyond
Posts: 36,802
Local Time: 10:30 AM
Thats amazing. Good job!! Eerily makes total sense!!
__________________

__________________
Zoots is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com