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Old 02-20-2009, 03:07 AM   #1
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The roar that lies on the other side of silence

Don't know if this has been posted already, or what thread it would go in, but i just thought this was interesting from a literary standpoint.

In BREATHE, bono sings:

But I’m running down the road like loose electricity
While the band in my head plays a striptease
The roar that lies on the other side of silence
The forest fire that is fear so deny it

In her novel Middlemarch, author George Eliot (pen name for Mary Anne Evans) says:

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.””

Just thought that was an interesting subtext to the lyrics in Breathe.
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Yep, our man knows his favourite literature. I like to see how he's inspired by books.
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Even more interesting because in that lighthearted little interview after the Brits Bono makes a reference to that seems like when he says "I can hear grass growing".

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Clawgrabber, thanks for that - impressed by your knowlede of Goerge Eliot too. it sheds a new light on Breathe.
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Ahhh... it makes Breathe even better!
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Even more interesting because in that lighthearted little interview after the Brits Bono makes a reference to that seems like when he says "I can hear grass growing".

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Wow! I missed that. Is there anywhere i can see that interview.

The more i think about the quote, the more i think it is the theme of the entire album. I mean he does say "Let Me In The Sound" on two different songs on the record before Breathe starts up, and this section happens toward the tail end of Breathe, also saying that "I found Grace inside the sound"

Like from the beginning of the album, he has been trying to slip into the marvel of the universe... and that he finally achieved it. Maybe in Being Born and White As Snow (dying)

Dunno yet. Still letting the album digest, but there are stronger thematic elements at work on this record than most of there recent stuff, in my opinion. I love it. It's like reading a great novel.
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Wow! I missed that. Is there anywhere i can see that interview.

The more i think about the quote, the more i think it is the theme of the entire album. I mean he does say "Let Me In The Sound" on two different songs on the record before Breathe starts up, and this section happens toward the tail end of Breathe, also saying that "I found Grace inside the sound"

Like from the beginning of the album, he has been trying to slip into the marvel of the universe... and that he finally achieved it. Maybe in Being Born and White As Snow (dying)

Dunno yet. Still letting the album digest, but there are stronger thematic elements at work on this record than most of there recent stuff, in my opinion. I love it. It's like reading a great novel.
Might be on Youtube. It was a quirky little interview at the Brits by two girls from All Saints? I think.

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Wow! I missed that. Is there anywhere i can see that interview.

The more i think about the quote, the more i think it is the theme of the entire album. I mean he does say "Let Me In The Sound" on two different songs on the record before Breathe starts up, and this section happens toward the tail end of Breathe, also saying that "I found Grace inside the sound"

Like from the beginning of the album, he has been trying to slip into the marvel of the universe... and that he finally achieved it. Maybe in Being Born and White As Snow (dying)

Dunno yet. Still letting the album digest, but there are stronger thematic elements at work on this record than most of there recent stuff, in my opinion. I love it. It's like reading a great novel.


i TOTALLY agree my dad and i are going crazy trying to figure out these lyrics, and i'm loving it
this album, more so than any other, the lyrics are just like poetry, and can stand on their own, away from the music
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is the interview you are looking for.
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