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Old 02-19-2009, 03:51 AM   #1
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Favourite album lyric so far?

'Shout for joy. If you get the chance.'

Please don't move this to the lyrical interpretations board. It's smelly and no one goes there
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:54 AM   #2
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"I was punching in the numbers / at the ATM machine"

When I first read this lyric a couple weeks ago, I cringed. It seemed like a painful attempt by Bono to sound modern and futuristic... on paper, it just didn't look right. But he sings it perfectly, and the vocal delivery almost has a country twang to it, which makes the "ATM machine" sound like something old-fashioned. It works perfectly in the context.
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So far, for me its the whole last verse from Breathe:

Walk out, into the sunburst street
Sing your heart out, sing my heart out
I’ve found grace inside a sound
I found grace, it’s all that I found
And I can breathe
Breathe now
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:03 AM   #4
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"I was punching in the numbers / at the ATM machine"

When I first read this lyric a couple weeks ago, I cringed. It seemed like a painful attempt by Bono to sound modern and futuristic... on paper, it just didn't look right. But he sings it perfectly, and the vocal delivery almost has a country twang to it, which makes the "ATM machine" sound like something old-fashioned. It works perfectly in the context.
Yeah I agree


There are so many to choose from...here are just a few:

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify

We set ourselves on fire
Oh God, do not deny her

Playing with the fire
Until the fire played with me

A speeding head, a speeding heart
I’m being born, a bleeding start
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:29 AM   #5
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God is love, and love is evolution's very best day
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:56 AM   #6
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Basically all of White As Snow. Simply beautiful.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:50 AM   #7
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Moment of Surrender:

"Two souls too smart to be
In the realm of certainty"
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:09 AM   #8
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I’ve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My body’s now a begging bowl
That’s begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

and pretty much all of MOS.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:14 AM   #9
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Aside from what Bonogirl777 posted, it's

Stand up to beauty, dictator of the heart
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:36 AM   #10
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I did not notice the passers by
and they did not notice me


if I had to choose.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:45 AM   #11
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I’ve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My body’s now a begging bowl
That’s begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

and pretty much all of MOS.
Yes, that's brilliant, also the way Bono sings it!
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:28 PM   #12
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It's so hard to choose. I really think this is the lyrically strongest album ever.

I would have to say everything from MOS is incredible. Also NLOTH, WAS, and Breathe.
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:49 AM   #13
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I love "at the moment of surrender, I folded to my knees. I did not notice the passers by and they did not notice me." I also like a few others, but I'm too tired to figure out what they are. That was just what immediately came to mind.
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I’ve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My body’s now a begging bowl
That’s begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

and pretty much all of MOS.
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Ok these are just my first impressions. The thing is that whilst there are some good lines I just don't think the lyrics on NLOTH as a whole aren't Bono's best. Also some of them just sound like bumper stickers. I just hope over time they grow on me.
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Walk out, into the sunburst street
Sing you heart out, sing you heart out
I’ve found grace inside a sound
I found grace, it’s all that I foundAnd I can breathe
Breathe now
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:15 AM   #17
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There are so many, so I'll post just a couple of them.

"Every night I have the same dream
I´m hatching some plot, scheming some scheme" - No Line on the Horizon


I can really relate to this line. It seems that on some nights, we just go crazy and start tending to "overdream" or overanalyze. Especially in my case with this girl... ahem different story.

"I was punching in the numbers at the ATM machine
I could see in the reflection
A face staring back at me" - Moment of Surrender


OK, not exactly the deepest lyric. But there is that image of simplicity that I find touching. Such a deep song, yet such a simple image. It's just one of those reflective (no pun intended) moments we all have in our most somber moments. And I like the way he says it.

She's a rainbow and she loves the peaceful life
Knows I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight - I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight


I really think the title of this song is good. I get those moments where I wish I'll take action, but it doesn't turn out my way or I don't even try. I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy and just DO it!

I really love all of Moment of Surrender and -gasp- Crazy's lyrics.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:24 PM   #18
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Every Beauty needs to date an idiot.

The line is funny because its true.....
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:06 PM   #19
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There's only one lyric I think that is really one of his best ever:

This shitty world sometimes produces a rose
The scent of it lingers, but then it just goes


The best two lyrical tracks are the title track and Cedars of Lebanon.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:50 PM   #20
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There are several lyrics on the album that I'd say are among Bono's best ever.
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