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Old 11-08-2004, 08:48 AM   #1
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HTDAAB: Has Bono's songwriting hit rock bottom...

... or is he just making one cohesive album with a unifying theme?

A few words are repeated a number of times in the album. Here are some of the oft-repeated words. (The numbers next to the words are the corresponding song numbers in the album on which they appear. It would be too much of a pain to write the complete song titles):

HEART - 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11
LOVE - 1, 2, 4, 7. 10, 11
BABY - 2, 4, 8, 10
CHILD - 6, 10, 11
BEAUTIFUL - 5, 6 -- plus "Are You Gonna Wait Forever?"
TEACH - 1, 11
CITY - 5, 11
ROMANCE/ROMANTIC - 2, 7

Has Bono's vocabulary gone downhill? It seems like U2 indiscriminately uses the words love and heart more often than your regular balladeer or mushy boyband. What has gone on with U2?

Ironically, the song about one of the people Bono loves the most - his dad - doesn't have either love or heart.

If you ask me, I don't think Bono's songwriting has hit rock bottom. I think he is just tying up this album with a nice unifying theme - heart and love. And if you think about it, those are what you need to dismantle an atomic bomb.

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Um, I think I remember suggesting a while ago that you should maybe think about reading your messages before you post them and editing them if they reek of negativity.
I think maybe you should concider this for your thread titles as well...
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Jick, you've gone from my least favorite person around here to near perfection. You remind me of the late great " multiple deathbears" with more numbers and less spacy wierdness...

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Re: HTDAAB: Has Bono's songwriting hit rock bottom...

You've answered your own question in your own post!

Regarding the number of words appearing throughout the album, wouldnt that point to a running theme from first song to last?
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What about not replying his posts?
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Jick - I agree with you that this album has a running theme of love and hope. The songwritting here is more universal/more real/much more gutwrenching and therefore simply beautiful. This album is a true album - not just 11 songs that the band like the most.
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Um, I think I remember suggesting a while ago that you should maybe think about reading your messages before you post them and editing them if they reek of negativity.
I think maybe you should concider this for your thread titles as well...
If you check out how America is run, Dubya takes a "preventive" stance against terrorism. Get rid of them before they can strike us. That is how he goes about business and he gets criticized for that. Here in Interference, I felt the need to take a preventive approach. Before "fake" U2 fans start dissing Bono for repeating words song after song, I feel the responsibility to take the initiative and do the explaining as a preventive measure. Before overly negative people will start accusing Bono of hitting rock bottom in songwriting, I will take the cudgels and respond prematurely.

And back to the irony, while this band uses "love" and "heart" in this album more indiscriminately than Barry Manilow and Air Supply and Richard Marx put together (Bono even used the phrase "romantic love" -- eeew!) - Bono's song for his dad uses violent words like "fight", "tough", and "punches." I guess Bob Hewson truly is the atomic bob Bono was referring to.

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dont get it... lyric wise he's on top of his game.
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If you check out how America is run, Dubya takes a "preventive" stance against terrorism. Get rid of them before they can strike us. That is how he goes about business and he gets criticized for that. Here in Interference, I felt the need to take a preventive approach. Before "fake" U2 fans start dissing Bono for repeating words song after song, I feel the responsibility to take the initiative and do the explaining as a preventive measure. Before overly negative people will start accusing Bono of hitting rock bottom in songwriting, I will take the cudgels and respond prematurely.


Oh, thank you so much!
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Re: HTDAAB: Has Bono's songwriting hit rock bottom...

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Ironically, the song about one of the people Bono loves the most - his dad - doesn't have either love or heart.
One. Step. Closer. "A heart that hurts is a heart that beats."

That'd be about his daddy, too.
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Re: Re: HTDAAB: Has Bono's songwriting hit rock bottom...

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One. Step. Closer. "A heart that hurts is a heart that beats."

That'd be about his daddy, too.
Obviously I was referring to Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.

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Re: Re: Re: HTDAAB: Has Bono's songwriting hit rock bottom...

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Obviously I was referring to Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.
Unfortunately, the implication was that SYCMIOYO was the only Bob Hewson song. So, clarification is always beneficial.
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Just stop posting and/or go away - problem solved.
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This is dumb.

I remember back in 1987 when a few critics were complaining that Bono overused certain words and images in The Joshua Tree, such as fire, rain, stones, etc. Today the album is considered a classic.

The reason Bono tends to repeat the same words in various songs on an album is because he wants the album to have a unified theme or mood.
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HEART
LOVE
BABY
CHILD
BEAUTIFUL
TEACH
ROMANCE/ROMANTIC


well, at least the repeated words are positive w/ good messages. it could be worse, he could have used the word bitch or ho 10 times an album !!
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