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Old 04-01-2005, 05:01 PM   #1
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Sure... Sometimes is good but...

I don't understand the hype behind this song. It's just kinda boring to me up until the (awesome) bridge. I just don't see what's so special about it.

It's also overplayed live IMO. It sounds the same basically every time. I hear everyone swooning over the "can you hea me when I siiiing" on the live versions too. Why? Bono has an awesome voice, yes, but he doesn't sound to great when he sings that. On the album, yes. Live he can't pull it off.

I think it's a good song, but there's been many better songs over the past few albums.
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It's an extremely emotional song, and he's hit the note live everytime I've heard it.

I know a girl who said she's never even liked U2(all she listens to is singer/songwriter stuff) and this song made her weep, this is the song that turned her onto U2.
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This is gonna turn into a Bash HTDAAB thread, I know it. I think I'll stay out of it...... Oops, too late.
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Re: Sure... Sometimes is good but...

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...I hear everyone swooning over the "can you hea me when I siiiing" on the live versions too. Why? Bono has an awesome voice, yes, but he doesn't sound to great when he sings that
listen to more live versions. ive not heard him miss that note yet
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:36 PM   #5
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He hits the note, but it doesn't sound nearly as powerful s the studio version. It doesn't really sound that powerful at all.

He sounds flawless for the rest of the song live though.
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Shart has been making many u2-bashing threads.... there was the bono ego one and now this....
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But he won't show up to back them up, don't worry about that.
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As for the song - I love it. Great emotionial song - there always seems to be at least one on a U2 album. And Bono's live performences of it have so much passion in them, it's amazing.
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I don't know, I always felt we got another song on the level of One with this one.

I like the way it builds up slowly but IMO it starts off in the second verse.

The "sing" part - he's hit it in every version I heard so far - BBC, Jonathan Ross, SNL, Brooklyn Bridge, Oscars.
Brooklyn gets me the most emotionally, and Saturday night live is just atomic in that bit - he sings the "siiing" line so long, he can't add the full "you're the reason I sing" line afterwards.
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i think you meant Grammys U2 girl

phenomenal song, it sounds fabulous live, and i really love the slow build up, especially the guitar before the first 'Listen to me now....'
all the hype is justified and no way have there been 'many better songs over the past few albums.'
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But he won't show up to back them up, don't worry about that.
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Every live version I've heard has Bono hitting the glory note just fine - as good as, if not better, than the album version.

That said, I'm not a huge fan of this song either - but then, it took me a while to enjoy "One" and now it's a favorite.
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there's absolutely no discussion: sometimes you can't make it on your own is one of those song wich will everytime break my heart in two. tears came out of my eyes when i listened to it for the first time, something which never happened me with any other song.........................this song is way too much special, there's the whole unexpressed love of bono to his father. it's a perfect song, lyrics, melody, emotion..............i'm wrapped in velvet when this tune is on
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I love it live. Very emotional.

And I'm not one to pass up on a chance to bash the new album.
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Re: Sure... Sometimes is good but...

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I don't understand the hype behind this song. It's just kinda boring to me up until the (awesome) bridge. I just don't see what's so special about it.

It's also overplayed live IMO. It sounds the same basically every time. I hear everyone swooning over the "can you hea me when I siiiing" on the live versions too. Why? Bono has an awesome voice, yes, but he doesn't sound to great when he sings that. On the album, yes. Live he can't pull it off.

I think it's a good song, but there's been many better songs over the past few albums.
whats so special about it? the fact that he wrote it about a parent which he lost, simple as that
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Not to detract from a song which I think is good - but subject matter does not make a song good. I could write a song about how much I love my mom and it could still be utter shite. All the fans here know the history between Bono and his dad, all of the stuff that happened at the time of his father's passing, the history behind this song being written - will we ever be able to judge the song objectively? No.

I still think it's a good song, but I can see how some people might find it boring. It does start off very slow.
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Not to detract from a song which I think is good - but subject matter does not make a song good. I could write a song about how much I love my mom and it could still be utter shite. All the fans here know the history between Bono and his dad, all of the stuff that happened at the time of his father's passing, the history behind this song being written - will we ever be able to judge the song objectively? No.


Yeah, good point, I try to kinda just stay out of conversations about this song for that reason. I know there is absolutely no way I will ever be able to judge it objectively.
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I think it's a fantastic song. I haven't actually cried listening to it, but this is one of the VERY FEW songs that actually gave me major chills on first listen and still occassionally gives me chills today.
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One of their best...
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isn't good, it's amazing

like many people in this thread said, because its emotion it's a unique song
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