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Old 08-26-2002, 05:47 PM   #21
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I think the song is about Bob Hewson.

Could you elaborate on that a little more?
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Old 08-26-2002, 05:59 PM   #22
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I can't really explain it, but the lyrics and the "Heyyyyyyyyy" wails in the middle of the song suggest something bigger than a love song. To me it suggests the emotional struggle (Electrical Storm) Bono went through with the passing of his father.

"If the sky can crack, there must be some way back..."
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Old 08-26-2002, 06:35 PM   #23
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Old 08-27-2002, 07:11 AM   #24
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I can see how it can be about Bono's Father....

It's hot as hell, Honey, in this room
Sure hope the weather will break soon
The air is heavy, heavy as a truck
Hope the rain will wash away our bad luck



(my take)....it's kinda like "Something is about to give" the heat and heavy air is the tension and stress of knowing that someone is going to die. When someone is that sick all you want is a little mercy for the pain to end...you want that tension to break. As much as you don't want a loved one to die, you also don't want them to suffer. I think the storm his father's passing, if you will, while thunderstorms can be horrible and a bit scary, but afterwards usually it cuts the heat and humidity.

Does that make any sense?????? I'm not too good at putting my ideas into words.




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Old 08-27-2002, 02:20 PM   #25
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Old 08-27-2002, 10:40 PM   #26
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The more I look at the lyrics, the more I believe it's about his dad's death. There are a lot of images and feelings that describe a son (Bono) waiting for his father to pass on.
Here are a few examples:
1. At a lot of the Elevation shows following his father's death, he would say that he made peace with his dad and his dad made peace with him. I clearly see this reference in the lines:

" Let's see colours that have never been seen/Let's go to places that no one else has been."

It's like they put the past behind them, made peace, and enjoyed the remaining time that they had together. They revisited their past memories and they saw them in a new light now that they had made "peace" with each other.

2. When some is about to die and you know they are going to, there is a tension in the air. The news of the death can come at any moment. You are not yourself and you're just getting by. It's like you're on survival mode. You go through the daily motions ( "Coffee is cold, but it will get you through) .

3. Your thoughts about your loved one all of the time and you know that there is nothing that you can do to help them live. You accept what is goig to happen.
" You're in my mind all of the time / I know that's not enough"

4. You wish for a peaceful passing. You want the suffering to end. :
"Sure hope the weather will break soon
The air is heavy, heavy as a truck,
Hope the rain will wash away our bad luck"

5. I totally agree about what others have said about the wailing in the middle the song. It could be a reference to the emotion he felt when his father did pass away. It makes sense.

6. At the end of the song someone is consoling someone. It could be Bono consoling someone, or Bob consoling Bono.
" Baby don't cry,
Baby don't cry,
Baby don't cry,
Baby don't cry."

7 I see a heaven reference, too.
"If the sky can crack, there must be some way back ( refering to heaven) for love and only love.


Well, I'm rambling......
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Old 09-06-2002, 07:45 AM   #27
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[i]Originally posted by Zoocifer

I can see many biblical references, also (which is no secret in U2 songs). It almost seems as if it's a mix between the layered lyrics of Pop and the simple musical structure of ATYCLB.
I didn't see them - could you list them for me?

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Old 09-06-2002, 10:27 AM   #28
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Like I said in another post, I think it's "the air is heavy as a drug". Truck is just too cheezy.

I have a hard time with the first line, "the sea it swells like a sore head." Bono always has such great similies, but this one makes no sense. A swelled head is a metaphor for pride. But...a sore and swollen head? Maybe I'm too analytical here, but it just seems very cheezy and "un-Bono like".

Back to the original topic, I like the analysis of how the song is about Bono's father, and I agree with a lot of it. The part that throws a monkey wrench in is "two lovers lie with no sheets on their bed." Wonder what that line is supposed to mean?

I know, I'm too analytical!
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Old 09-06-2002, 10:50 AM   #29
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Looks like we're all wrong:

From The Daily Telegraph:

Weller sings out, the rest stay silent
BY NEIL MCCORMICK

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U2 have recently recorded a new track, Electrical Storm, for a forthcoming
best-of. Bono says that, although it was his intention to write
about the aftermath of 9/11, it has turned out to be a love song. "It's about a
couple in a room, feeling a storm brewing in the sky
outside and equating that to the pressure they feel in their relationship. I
think it captures a sense of unease I feel around the world,
especially in America, an air of nervous anticipation. It's not an overtly
political song, but I don't think we could have written it before
what happened in New York."
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Old 09-06-2002, 11:07 AM   #30
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I have always seen that first verse
The sea it swells like a sore head and the night it is aching....2 lovers lie with no sheets on their bed...and the day it is breaking"
as a comparison of the beginning of the storm..the sea becoming restless to the beginning of a storm brewing inside the bedroom. The sore head aches...like a headache....possibly the character returning home from a night of partying?...the lovers lie naked.....I actually love the 1st and 3rd verses of this song...the first verse setting up the storms in the bedroom and outside...and the last verse which suggests that the tension in the room is "hot as Hell" and the possiblity that the rain from the storm could metaphorially wash away their bad love....ie, redeem it. If only I didn't feel that that second verse was kind of awkward.
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Old 10-26-2002, 05:03 AM   #31
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I feel so much better with "heavy as a drug"

"heavy as a truck" really let me down. I knew instantly that didn't fit.
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Old 10-26-2002, 03:28 PM   #32
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I know. I had faith it was heavy as a drug because heavy as a truck is too cheezy. When the official lyrics were printed, I quickly checked. Boy, what a let down!

Oh well, the song is still good!
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Old 11-08-2002, 07:00 AM   #33
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lyrics on U2.com / car alarm line in ES

hey there

I'm guessing this is probably the right forum to post this in?....

anyway, I'm having a debate on the Wire about the accuracy of the lyrics section on U2.com.......and I seem to remember that many others also believe that it has many errors....can anyone give me examples that they know of where it's blatantly inaccurate, so I can back up my argument?

Also, the debate on Wire is whether the line in ES is

'Car alarm won't let you back to sleep'

or

'Car alarm won't let John back to sleep'

I know the official lyric is 'you', but I reckon it sounds a hell of a lot more like 'john'

What do you guys think? And if there's already been a debate on this, I'd love it if people could point me towards it!

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Old 11-08-2002, 12:23 PM   #34
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YES. U2.com definitely messed up the lyrics to "Bad" They state the lines:

"To let it go, and so to FIND A WAY...."

When we all know that it should be:

"To let it go, and so to FADE AWAY"


As far as Electrical Storm goes, I definitely thinks its "Car alarm, won't let YOU back to sleep" because the next line "you're kept awake dreaming someone else's dream" still refers to that YOU line. Whereas, if it was John then the next line would have to be "HE's kept awake, dreaming someo else's dream."

So in conclusion: its you.
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Old 11-08-2002, 12:39 PM   #35
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thanks for the example, tackleberry....

I agree that 'you' makes much more sense. But it just doesn't sound anything like that to me! But a healthy debate is always fun!

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Old 11-08-2002, 02:51 PM   #36
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It's definitly YOU but I think what's confusing you is that he says:

"Car alarm won't let you TURN back to sleep"


At least that's what my ear tells me. And "turn" does make since if you think about is as turning over and sleeping.
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Old 11-08-2002, 06:18 PM   #37
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it's funny......I've heard from more people saying it says 'John' than I have saying it says 'you'

'you' makes more sense, but I just don't hear that. Neither do about 15 other people. But I can see where the 'you' camp are coming from. It sounds more like 'john' to me. But lyrically, 'you' makes more sense.

but I still can't here a 'you'. Still sounds like 'john' to me. and many more people!!!! AAAAAAArrrrrgggggh going to have to go to ireland and ask bono!!!! (only about a 10 hour train ride......I can afford that......honest......)

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Old 11-08-2002, 06:24 PM   #38
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This is definitely the right forum. Good for you, and welcome to IAMJ!

I am hooking this thread onto the other "Electrical Storm" thread.
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Old 11-08-2002, 06:25 PM   #39
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At first, I thought it was "Car alarm won't wretch you back to sleep".
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