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Old 10-03-2004, 10:31 AM   #1
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What's the meaning behind love is blindness ?

The lyrics although beautiful I could never understand fully ?


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Old 10-03-2004, 10:37 AM   #2
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Well, you know the old adage "love is blind." This is a very dark as night song about the death of a relationship. Gorgeous.


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One interpretation is also it's about terrorism in N. Ireland, if you listen at the start you'll hear a drum rhythm similar to a (bomb) clock ticking and the lyrics make sense too.


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One interpretation is also it's about terrorism in N. Ireland, if you listen at the start you'll hear a drum rhythm similar to a (bomb) clock ticking and the lyrics make sense too.
That took a whole new meaning to the song for me when I first found out it could be about Northern Ireland, used to think of it as a bittersweet love song, and yes the lyrics do make sense too!

especially this bit:

In a parked car,
In a crowded street,
You see your love made complete (car bomb)

and also

blow out the candle (snuffing out life?)

I think Edge solo in this song is a beautiful interpretation of pain! Thats what it always remind me off!


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I don't think all interpretations must be this concrete. Many seems to want to give a song a specific meaning. Here, for example terrorism in N.Irland. But that doesn't do anything but limit the song to a specific meaning. I don't mean that it is wrong to do that, but i just want to say that a song may have the same impact as a poem, where the song not always has a concrete meaning, but gives us more of a feeling or atmosphere.

For me this song gives me a feeling of a person that is lonely. He/She is parked in a car ... among lots of people, but does not get noticed. Maybe even suicide.


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I've never noticed the N.Ireland theme because of the dramatic "end of a relationship" tones throughout the album...

"Thread is ripping
The knot is slipping
Love is blindness"

This feels like a description about the binds of a relationship breaking. You "tie the knot" when you get married, and this knot here is slipping.

"A little death
Without mourning
No call
And no warning
Baby...a dangerous idea
That almost makes sense"

This feels like the description of the relationship's death rattle. "Baby a dangerous idea that almost makes sense" almost felt to me like Bono describing divorce.

"Take the money
Honey"

This sounds like alimony or similar money exchange.

As my parents were going thru a terrible divorce at the time this song came out, it really pained me to listen to it. But this N.Ireland theory is very meaty and very involved!


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I really, really love that song 'cause it's got such a strong emotion on it. I especially love the Zoo-TV Sydney video of it. Both Bono and The Edge (just listen to that solo!) can bring so much feel to it.

But it's a sad song. A really, really sad song. I was wondering about the lyrics also and years after it occured to me - It's about suicide!

- A little death without mourning, No call and no warning. Baby...a dangerous idea that almost makes sense (You're thinking about suicide)
- squueze the handle (handle of a pistol)
- blow out the candle (life escapes you, you're dead)

So I think it's about losing the one you love and commiting a suicide because you can't live without the one you lost.


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I love the whole idea behind this song. You know your spouse or lover is cheating on you, but you choose to ignore it. This song says a lot about the human condition and how we can sometimes react in a way that would perplex others.

"Love is blindness/ I don't want to see"

It comes down to this one line for me.


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i've always thought it was a song that bono was trying to write from the perspective of a terrorist setting off a car bomb... not that he was trying to sympathize, just that he was trying to understand how someone could do it.


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It prolly has a very different meaning for me then Bono or U2 might have intended but thats the great thing about U2's lyrics you can use them to fit your life and it makes sense to you.

The tone of this one in particular is just that of a very deep love ( that be of country..man/women or whatever )that can be blinding and the different emotions (despair etc) that kind of blindness takes you through


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I can't see it in other way than being about a terrorist attack. It seems somewhat ... sick in any other context.


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Quote:
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I've never noticed the N.Ireland theme because of the dramatic "end of a relationship" tones throughout the album...

"Thread is ripping
The knot is slipping
Love is blindness"

This feels like a description about the binds of a relationship breaking. You "tie the knot" when you get married, and this knot here is slipping.

"A little death
Without mourning
No call
And no warning
Baby...a dangerous idea
That almost makes sense"

This feels like the description of the relationship's death rattle. "Baby a dangerous idea that almost makes sense" almost felt to me like Bono describing divorce.

"Take the money
Honey"

This sounds like alimony or similar money exchange.

As my parents were going thru a terrible divorce at the time this song came out, it really pained me to listen to it. But this N.Ireland theory is very meaty and very involved!
OOh, i like this so much I'll leave the whole quote in and eat a page!
(sorry)
love and terror together again in a song..
I don't know why love is blindness is such a fav for me..

and I never really caught the N. Ireland vibe before now,

but that song would always make me feel both the inevitability of
my relationship's demise *and* my commitment to it at the same time,
which is a very very heavy trip that would just make me feel numb,
like I'd drowned my sorrows waaaay too long in the little club bono was singing the song in....

cheers all!


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Great song, I actually like it better than One, and it is one of my most favourite memories of the Zoomerang gig that I went to, this song was just so haunting played live, right at the end of the show. It could of been a great single, but then again practically every song from Achtung could of been a great single


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love is blindness is an AWESOME song, the pain is so real when you listen to it. unfortunately it ALWAYS skips on my copy of AB because i play it so much! i may have to buy another copy just so i can listen to that song clearly. you can feel it tugging at your heart when you listen.


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