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Old 09-09-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
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why lemons?

i mean, i know lemon was written b/c bono's mom wore a yellow dress, but why did the lemon stick and become so prominent in u2's image in the 90's? the mirrorball lemon, the lemons in last night on earth, the constant lemonage(new word)...is there any reason behind it?
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Old 09-09-2007, 02:48 AM   #2
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Why not?

Why a heart?

Why a TV?
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Because lemons are freaking awesome


But seriously, I imagine it went like this: Bono wrote Lemon based on his mother's dress, then when PopMart came along, they drew the connection because:

1. lemons are freaking awesome
2. the song Lemon is freaking awesome
3. the tour theme was of a supermarket and lemons are sold at supermarkets
4. the whole stage setup was so over the top, that once they decided they wanted a giant mirrorball something on the stage, a lemon seemed like an obvious choice for a shape for it, to fit the recurring theme
5. once they'd decided on the mirrorball lemon, everything thereafter (such as the lemons in the Last Night on Earth video) fit perfectly

Also, don't forget, they also had an olive


....and I put too much thought into that.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:13 AM   #4
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Why lemons? Because when Bono went to buy a mirrorball fruit, lemons were on special and pears weren't.
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Maybe you can see a connection between Lemon and Mofo, where Bono talks about his mother. Maybe they wanted to capture that Lemon theme during the Popmart Tour to pay a tribute to Bono's mom. When they got lifted with the Lemon, it could have been a will of Bono to reach his mother, by the mean of the colour of a dress of her. I don't know if it's so, but I think there's a higher emblema hidden behind the simple figure of a lemon
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the u2nicorns said "lemon", and so it was a lemon.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:06 AM   #7
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Lemons are tasty.
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Well here must be the reason, this also explains the what made Edge dance so strange in the Lemon video.

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Hmmm... but I love Edge's dance in the Lemon video.
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U2's lemon is basically the equivalent of Pink Floyd's flying pig. Some bands like to hold on to a recurring cryptic symbol like that and make it their own.
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U2's lemon is basically the equivalent of Pink Floyd's flying pig. Some bands like to hold on to a recurring cryptic symbol like that and make it their own.
well said
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Only, a flying pig is way cornier. =P
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U2's lemon is basically the equivalent of Pink Floyd's flying pig. Some bands like to hold on to a recurring cryptic symbol like that and make it their own.
Except the lemon's disappeared post-Popmart while Roger Waters still has a pig.

Oh, and for the record, the Pink Floyd pigs are so much better than a lemon. When was the last time lemons went flying over Battersea Power Station?
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Lemon is easier to rhyme than orange

The design of Popmart was very grounded in pop art, and pop art often relied on very simple objects and images (think Warhol's Campbell's soup can, or his banana). The lemon was probably one of the simplest images from a U2 song in that era (even if it was left over from Zooropa).

Maybe if some Pop songs reappear on the next tour, we'll get some more cool pop art-esque video images, or the second coming of the giant lemon! You've got to wonder whatever happened to that thing.
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for next tour, a giant LED lemon :lemon:
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Except the lemon's disappeared post-Popmart while Roger Waters still has a pig.

They showed up in the US version Stuck video.
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for next tour, a giant LED lemon :lemon:
No, a lemon shaped b-stage. I dreamt it once and it was beautiful
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Oh, and for the record, the Pink Floyd pigs are so much better than a lemon. When was the last time lemons went flying over Battersea Power Station?
I really should be studying right now, but I couldn't resist:

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Lemons are the ideal mode of transport, seating a family of four comfortably.
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