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Old 04-05-2002, 09:39 AM   #1
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A 'crummy' question about 'Mysterious Ways'.

Right, well, as we know it is a religious song, and Im pretty sure someone here said Bono sings about 'she moves in mysterious ways', like God is a woman......right?

Well, if the song is about God, whether it even be about God being a woman, why belly-dancers in the video and at the Zoo concert?

see, I got confused, tinkin maybe its about the 'mysterious movements of a belly-dancer'....or is Bono trying to make God through a belly-dancer.....

I know, I know, :rolleye: I have asked a real stupid question, but what the hell, Im curious!!!!
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It's really not that bad of a question.

IMO, the band just likes to play off on the duality of the lyrics.

BTW, I think the song is about the Holy Spirit...I think Bono has said before how the Spirit is very maternal and that's why he refers to it in the feminine voice.

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Well, if the song is about God, whether it even be about God being a woman, why belly-dancers in the video and at the Zoo concert?

Because, to quote Bono, "I have a weakness for belly-dancers."


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because they filmed the video in Morocko and there are loads of belly dancers???

and to me the song always sounded a bit oriental

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and to me the song always sounded a bit oriental

Ditto.

As for the bellydancers.. I think it was just a visual thing, not really meant as an interpretation of the song.

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I think teh bellydancer is a reference the Oscar Wilde play salome
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I think teh bellydancer is a reference the Oscar Wilde play salome
oh, well Im thick, I've never seen it!!!

sorry everyone.......

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It's really not that bad of a question.

IMO, the band just likes to play off on the duality of the lyrics.

BTW, I think the song is about the Holy Spirit...I think Bono has said before how the Spirit is very maternal and that's why he refers to it in the feminine voice.


I agree. I don't see it as a religious song, but a spiritual one, and I see the belly dancer as symbolic of Spirit. It also reminds me of the Goddesses of the eastern traditions (Shiva and Shakti). One of the things I love about U2's music is how universal it is spiritually. While they may be influenced by Christianity, they make it universal so that people of different belief systems can transfer the imagery to their own beliefs.


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Mysterious Ways has never been a religious song. In my mind, it is simply a song that worships the beauty of the feminine spirit.

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Mysterious Ways has never been a religious song. In my mind, it is simply a song that worships the beauty of the feminine spirit.

Yes, i always thought of it as a tribute to all Women.

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I see the bellydancers as an interpretation of the song, definately. I don't think U2 has done many things simply for visual purposes... as Hamish said on the making of the Elevation DVD--if U2 wants a light blue, there's usually a reason why it's blue.

I think this song is about man's adoration of women in general. Hence the reason Bono reaches out to the bellydancer, as if trying to be graced with her beauty. You'll also see this subjection to female beauty earlier in the Zoo TV performance when Bono kneels down before the woman-faced pendulum (on your knees boy!)

Bono has said "I've always believed that the spirit is a feminine thing... at times I do tend to idealize women. It's easy to fall into the trap of separating them into angels and devils for the sake of the drama."

Given this mentality, you can see how the spiritual and the physical become interchangeable here.
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The song was inspired by 'Salome"
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it's about bowel movement
hence belly dancing

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I'm remembering another Bono quote that may shed light on this. Quote based on memory, but he said something like, "Our songs are about God and women, and we often get the two confused."

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anyone who says it's not a reiligous song..is uhm mistaken...even the reference to johnny..indicates it's religous...(john the baptist). And..Shiva...is not a goddess
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And..Shiva...is not a goddess
Thank you--I stand corrected.

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Bono says he often writes about God and woman in the same vein...that there is a spiritual side of woman and a sexual side of God...the two are not mutually exclusive.

As for the belly dancing, I'd heard that before the tour started a belly dancer offered her services in the parking lot of the venue in which they were rehearsing. They brought her in to dance for the song as almost a joke on Bono, and he loved it and she was added to the show (Christina), later to be replaced by Morleigh.

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Bono says he often writes about God and woman in the same vein...that there is a spiritual side of woman and a sexual side of God...the two are not mutually exclusive.

As for the belly dancing, I'd heard that before the tour started a belly dancer offered her services in the parking lot of the venue in which they were rehearsing. They brought her in to dance for the song as almost a joke on Bono, and he loved it and she was added to the show (Christina), later to be replaced by Morleigh.


Yeah, that's what it said in Flanagan's book. I think that's probably all it is, and the "weakness for belly dancers" thing.


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Old 04-11-2002, 11:57 PM   #20
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What is he singing in the opening and near the end of the song during the Sydney video? Are these parts of other songs?

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