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Old 01-31-2009, 01:15 PM   #101
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"Laughter is eternity if joy is real" is one of the best lines Bono has written in a long time.
It's funny, people seem to either love it or hate it. I love it too.

Speaks to the pursuit of happiness. True joy is unconditional love and is the key to eternity whether eternity is here and now or in the hereafter for those so inclined.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:36 PM   #102
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^ True. "If joy is real" may refer to superficial forms of entertainment. Bono says true and real joy can only be found in love and community. It's interesting because in the past he has talked a lot about how difficult it is for an artist to express joy, wheres sadness or despair are much easier to convey.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:43 PM   #103
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Interesting, I wonder if people who like/dislike that line felt the same way about "freedom has a scent"....
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:50 PM   #104
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Freedom is something we cherish and would give our lives to protect...like our children. Describing it as a baby's scent suggests that it's instinctual and part of our very nature. It figures that it sounds awkward coming from a dad lol.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:56 PM   #105
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Interesting, I wonder if people who like/dislike that line felt the same way about "freedom has a scent"....
I wouldn't doubt it. Neither line is "cool," but both are well-thought poetry.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:57 PM   #106
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To me, it sounds like this:

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Old 01-31-2009, 08:54 PM   #107
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Classic.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:49 PM   #108
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In regards to the "laughter is eternity" line, Bono has talked about the effect of humor and comedy for years in interviews. He talked in the 90's about laughter being the best defense against facism. That comedy was connecting and communicating better than straight forward earnestness. That's part of what ZooTV was all about. The playfulness and poking fun got through to people where the earnestness of early U2 was being tuned out. But a lot of that laughter was born out of fear and nervousness. Black comedy keeps you sane in an insane world. There are many kinds of laughter but laughter that is born out of joy keeps you young and is healing hence "laughter is eternity if the joy is real."

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Old 02-14-2009, 09:46 AM   #109
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Love the groove of GOYB, but what happened to Bono's lyric writing ability? Remember Love Rescue Me, Running to Stand Still, With or Without You, Please? It seems like lately it's either completely nonsensical (GOYB) or very cheesy (Miracle Drug).
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GOYB Isn't nonsensical, it just has a deeper meaning you actually have to THINK about.

And Miracle Drug is not cheesy, it's beautiful.
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My favorite line is

"Here's where you gotta be.... love and community"

This song, like Bono and Edge said, is about women of the future holding the big revelations, ending war.. (Hillary is the new Sec.Of State) ect...fighting poverty, but to break it down even further, the boots in general are WORK boots. They are cheering us on to get to work in our communities. The grassroots. The ONE campaign reference is in the video. How many times has Bono said helping others is SEXY?

There is an obvious nod to the new moon, the new spiritual awakening happening in the world triggered and is perhaps most apparant with the new Obama administration (love and community) coming in to power.

Be the change you want to see in the world. ....it's sexy.
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