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Old 08-26-2000, 07:30 PM   #16
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About Alex.........../Korova 1

I think it refers to 'A Clockwork orange', the book by Anthony Burgess. At least the title makes this clear. As in the book, the main character Alex is used to drink loads of drugged milk (moloko), after which he starts to perform various acts of violence with his friends.
Later on he's been given a special kind of treatment for stopping this violence. During this treatment, which totally wrecks him, he has to listen to Beethoven's ninth (the 'trumpet'). I think the lyrics are about that treatment.
Maybe I'm totally wrong with my interpretation, but do read the book or see the movie, they're both great i think.


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Old 08-27-2000, 01:36 AM   #17
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It is indeed a reference to 'A Clockwork Orange'.. U2 was asked to come up with a song for the theatrical play, and in the end it wasn't used, so U2 took bits and pieces from what they had come up with and made 'alex descends into hell for a bottle of milk' -- very interesting i think
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Old 08-27-2000, 02:13 AM   #18
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I recently heard "Treasure". It's A good song, but I have no idea what they are singing about.
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Old 08-27-2000, 03:19 AM   #19
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Niall Stokes talks about Lemon in "Into the Heart" . . . LEMON IS A SONG ABOUT BONO's MOTHER, whom passed away when he was young . . . Bono found an old hoome video of his mother and father when they were younger at some airport, and Bono's mother is wearing this lemon coloured dress, the video and the image have haunted him and this was a bit of a catharsis for him . . .

"through light projected, he can see himself up close"

BTW: "A Clockwork Orange" is a must see/read
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Old 08-27-2000, 03:36 AM   #20
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Has anyone of you have any idea what Electric Co. is about, 'cause i just don't seem to be able to figure that out.....

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Old 08-27-2000, 07:37 PM   #21
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getting back to "daddy's gonna pay...":
I'm really surprised to hear the interpretations you guys have come up with. I always thought, or assumed, that it was about incest, a girl being molested by her father. I mean, just look at the lyrics:

'daddy gives you as much as you can take'
'butterfly kisses up and down your wrist'
'when you see daddy coming you're licking your lip/ nails bitten down to the quick'
'you cry for mama, but daddy's right along'

has anyone else ever considered this possibility? or have I been wrong for 7-odd years???
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Old 08-27-2000, 08:46 PM   #22
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and for probably the wrongest of theories:
I always felt it was bono talking to himself (- it could be the image of him getting ready as mcphisto in the sydney tape) because of the fact that bono always had his dad around but never his mom who he really longed for

the eeriest thing is that i was playing this song when i first heard the news of Lady Di's car crash
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Old 08-27-2000, 09:13 PM   #23
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I don't think you're wrong, Mermaid, but I've always seen it as an insinuation more than a legitimate part of the song -- just like "Discotheque" has a shade of drug abuse, but I think it ultimately comes back to "looking for love in all the wrong places."

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