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Old 03-07-2004, 09:05 PM   #1
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God, Bono, and Switchfoot

Maybe this isn't the right forum, but I wonder if anyone had a thought on this...

Switchfoot is a great new up-and-coming Christian band that has had some crossover into mainstream. My husband has had their album "The Beautiful Letdown" for awhile now, and hasn't shared it much for me to have a listen. They have a song called "Gone" that I know from radio play. Normally, they cut the song before it completely ends, and today I had it up loud and heard it all the way to the end. Here's the lyrics to the song, I'll bold the end part in question:

"Gone" by Switchfoot

she told him she'd rather fix her makeup
than try to fix what's going on
but the problem keeps on calling
even with the cellphone gone

she told him that she believes in living
bigger than she's living now
but her world keeps spinning backwards
and upside down

don't say so long, you're not that far gone
Don't spin today away, 'cause today will soon be

gone, like yesterday is gone,
like history is gone,
just try and prove me wrong
and pretend like you're immortal

she said he said live like no tomorrow
every day we borrow
brings us one step closer to the edge (infinity)
where your treasure, where's your hope
if you get the world and lose your soul
she pretends like she pretends like she's immortal

don't say so long
and throw yourself wrong
this could be your big chance to makeup
today will soon be

gone, like yeterday is gone,
like history is gone,
the world keeps spinning on,
your going going gone,
like summer break is gone,
like saturday is gone
just trying to prove me wrong
and pretend like your immortal

we are not infinite
we are not permanate
nothing is immediate
we're so confident
in our accomplishments
look at our decadence

gone, like Frank Sinatra
like Elvis and his mom
like AL Pacino's cash nothing lasts in this life
my highschool dreams are gone
my childhood sweets are gone
life is a day that doesn't last for long

life is more than money
time was never money
time was never cash,
life is still more than girls
life is more than hundred dollar bills
and roto-tom fills
life more than fame and rock and roll and thrills
all the riches of the kings ends up in wills
we got information in the information age
but do we know what life is
outside of our conveinent Lexus cages

she said he said live like no tomorrow
every moment that we borrow
brings us closer to the God who's not short of cash
hey Bono i'm glad you asked

life is still worth living, life is more that we are


I know he's somehow making a nod to Bono's statement in BTBS from Rattle and Hum - but the 'I'm glad you asked' part has me confused. Bono obviously made a statement, not a question with the God/cash comment. If he's 'answering' Bono's question in the last line, do you think he's talking about some u2 song? I'm just trying to decipher this code
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Hello Beth...Switchfoot is a great band. I saw them live about 4 months ago and they rocked!

I've often thought about the bolded lyrics in question, and I'm not sure if it refers to the statement Bono made in Rattle and Hum. I know that the lead singer of Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, was asked, along with other Christian artist, to hear Bono speak on his Heartland tour to drum up support for DATA. Jon was deeply touched how Bono asked for their support, and I'm guessing that these lyrics may be in reference to this meeting with Bono.
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I thought you might respond Chris, I know how much you like them

They were here at school and of course I was gone on an internship and missed them!

Yep, still a bit of a mystery...
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Yeah the played here too, I could've gotten you a $5 ticket!
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New Swithfoot Tour Starting in March...Beth, you have to promise me you won't miss them this time. I'll be going to the San Francisco show at The Filmore on Thursday, 3/18!

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Oh well...missed Switchfoot tonight in San Francisco...I guess I'll just have to wait for their new DVD that will be arrving in a few days!
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Maybe we'll drive out to Grand Rapids, Pontiac is kinda scary

Lies - how is the Orbit Room? Do you know anything about it?
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Is it just me, or does that song (at least the lyrics) remind anyone else of Last Night On Earth?
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Well, we drove out to Grand Rapids last night to see them (thank you StoriesForBoys for help with the tix!) and they put on a great show. They saved Gone for last, and unfortunately did not sing the Bono line But we had a nice night out, I would definitely recommend seeing them if you get the chance
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Good on ya Beth...I'm glad you finally got to see them, and you weren't disappointed.
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i've listened to Switchfoot and I thought they were

Are they a religious band..?

What is a christian band ? - does it mean that the artist is christian...or do they want to propogate Christanity thru their song..

if its former , if its latter , i should stop listening to them
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I think they are sort of like U2 - they are Christians themselves, but at this point are not overtly trying to convert listeners to Christianity. If you listen to their lyrics from a Christian viewpoint, you'll probably get more out their music than just listening at face value. And like with many of U2's songs, their music can be about God or girls, so to speak.
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Re: God, Bono, and Switchfoot

Quote:
Originally posted by bonosloveslave
she said he said live like no tomorrow
every moment that we borrow
brings us closer to the God who's not short of cash
hey Bono i'm glad you asked

life is still worth living, life is more that we are
I think that the underlined portion should be
hey Bono i'm glad you asked...
life is still worth living, life is more that we are

So I think it's in answer to this lyric from Peace on Earth:

"Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth
This peace on Earth
"


What do you think?
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Could be
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Most Christian bands don't like the moniker "Christian band". The label confines their musical abilities in a narrow "Christian" ghetto. Like U2, like any band, they want to crank out great music. As one recent artist said:

" No one expects artists who are Buddhist to make Buddhist music, why should a Christian make 'Christian' music?"

POD, Sixpencenonethericher, MXPX, 12 stones, Pillar, Lifehouse are examples like Switchfoot.
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Oh reminds me of a story. Jon foreman goes up to Bono and gives him the last 40 bucks his pocket. Bono asks why, Jon replies that he snuck into a U2 concert when he was young. Bono gives the money back and sez he did the same thing as a young lad. Jon was relieved, he needed the 40 bucks....
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Quote:
Originally posted by Shaizari
Most Christian bands don't like the moniker "Christian band". The label confines their musical abilities in a narrow "Christian" ghetto. Like U2, like any band, they want to crank out great music. As one recent artist said:

" No one expects artists who are Buddhist to make Buddhist music, why should a Christian make 'Christian' music?"

POD, Sixpencenonethericher, MXPX, 12 stones, Pillar, Lifehouse are examples like Switchfoot.
Lifehouse are another of my favourite bands, so I'm glad somebodys mentioned them...
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" No one expects artists who are Buddhist to make Buddhist music, why should a Christian make 'Christian' music?"
True, but the writer's beliefs do tend to sneak into the lyrics, whether deliberately or otherwise.
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