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Old 09-11-2002, 05:19 PM   #1
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"An Cat Dubh" and "40"

Why were 'An Cat Dubh' and '40' named so? Anyone know what these song titles mean?
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an cat dubh: gaelic for the black cat

40: after psalm 40, which the song was mostly based on.
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oh yeah...i thought i should elaborate on why they named it an cat dubh, or the black cat. btw, in some early demos/live versions, he actually says "an cat dubh, the black cat." i guess to clarify for those who didn't speak gaelic.

anyway, there is a story about a black cat who will stalk its prey, a bird, and they lay next to it. bono said the song was written in a similar vein, where the cat was some chick (or bono, he said, iirc, that they can be interchangable) and the bird was him. it was written about a short time where bono and ali and broken up and he went off with some other girl.
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Re: "40"

Just an aside:

Bono had this to say at the Chicago show on April 29, 1987: "This is a song that when we were being thrown out of the studio... we spent ten minutes writing this next song, ten minutes recording it, ten minutes mixing it, ten minutes playing it back, and that's nothing to do with why it's called '40'."

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psalm 40... I read that to my dog one evening while rubbing her head and she fell asleep.

Okay, that was random. Sorry. I miss my doggie!
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an cat dubh: gaelic for the black cat
I did not know that. Thanks for the info. But how do you pronounce that?
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I did not know that. Thanks for the info. But how do you pronounce that?
bono pronounces it like "on cat dubh" (like the first syllable of dublin)
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bono pronounces it like "on cat dubh" (like the first syllable of dublin)
I think it sounds more like "on cat dove" (although it also sounds like "an cat dove").

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I think it sounds more like "on cat dove"
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