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Old 03-02-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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What happened to the desert plain?

Random inquiry for the day.

In streets nowadays, Bono says

"I'll show you a place, that's high... high... where the streets have no name"

Am I the only one who's really annoyed by this?

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Old 03-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #2
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I think Bono just really likes getting high
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
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Bono's always messing with lyrics .... sometimes even on purpose!

If you let it annoy you that much, you're just going to turn into a giant ball of rage, and no one wants to be around giant balls of rage.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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Bono's always messing with lyrics .... sometimes even on purpose!

If you let it annoy you that much, you're just going to turn into a giant ball of rage, and no one wants to be around giant balls of rage.
I don't usually. But this particular one just sounds so... stupid.
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I think Bono just really likes getting high
I'm not going to think this until he starts snippeting John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High."
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I always loved the "desert plain" line...it fits in so well w/the general them of the record.

Having said that, Bono was never happy w/the lyrics to Streets (though I never understood why), and as Cori correctly pointed out, he's always messing about with them live, and this one seems to be one of his favourites for that.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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I am probably totally wrong, but I've thought for a while on the last tour Bono tried to move the song from a more specific story of the desert/Africa and his time in Ethiopia with his wife (high on the desert plain) that originally inspired the lyrics to a more broad/universal view of the lyrics to be more about God/heaven instead....

Personally I prefer the original lyric better.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:35 PM   #9
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Actually, I like the "with no sorrow or pain" line from the Elevation tour better than the original...
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Sometimes he says "I'll show you a place, far from sorrow, far from pain" too. so
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Random inquiry for the day.

In streets nowadays, Bono says

"I'll show you a place, that's high... high... where the streets have no name"

Am I the only one who's really annoyed by this?

Actually, I really liked when he sang it like that. For me, there was something kind of freeing about it. Hard to explain, but I liked it.
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Didn't he sing this line back on Popmart ?
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I love the delivery of that line on the album version so it bugs me as well sometimes. I don't see the point of changing it either...
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