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Old 11-13-2001, 09:06 AM   #1
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The album with the best lyrics

Which one of these albums is your favorite when it comes to lyrics? I personally would pick

1. Achtung Baby
"Between the horses of love and lust,
We are trampled underfoot "

2. The Joshua Tree
"She stands with a naked flame, I stand with the sons of Cain"

3. ATYCLB
"I wasn't jumping, for me it was a fall, it's a long way down to nothing at all"

4. Rattle And Hum
"No man is my enemy, my own hands imprison me"
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Old 11-13-2001, 09:14 AM   #2
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1. Acthung Baby- every single song, pure genius.

2. Pop

3. Joshua Tree (for nothing else, the imagry on this album)

4. ATYCLB

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Old 11-13-2001, 09:24 AM   #3
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Gotta go with Achtung.

"Time is a train, makes the future the past, leaves you standing in the station, your face pressed up against the glass."

"The sun won't melt our wings tonight...take me higher."

"Have you come here for forgiveness, have you come to raise the dead, have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?"

"In my dreams I was drowning in sorrows, and my sorrows they learned to swim."

"Took a drive in the dirty rain, to a place where the wind calls your name"

"The men who love you, you hate the most...they pass right through you like a ghost. They look for you but your spirit is in the air...baby, you're nowhere."

"One day you'll look back and you'll see where you were held there by this love while you just stand there and just move on this moment, follow this feeling."

"It's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else. They say a secret is something you tell one other person, so I'm telling you...child."

"Sunrise like a nosebleed, your heart hurts and you can't breathe...been trying to throw your arms around the world."

"You bury your treasure where it can't be found, and your love is like a secret that's been passed around...when I was all messed up and I heard opera in my head, your love was a lightbulb hanging over my bed."
(I love UV, can ya tell? )

"And I'd join the movement if there was one I could believe in. Yeah, I'd break bread and wine if there was a church I could receive in..."

"Love is clockworks and cold steel, fingers too numb to feel, squeeze the handle, blow out the candle...blindness..."




I love Achtung Baby. Every song has strong lyrics, imo.

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Old 11-13-2001, 09:34 AM   #4
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Agreed
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop - again underrated however lyrically superb
3. Atyclb
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Achtung Baby
POP

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Old 11-13-2001, 10:17 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by zoomerang II:
Agreed
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop - again underrated however lyrically superb
3. Atyclb
My thoughts exactly.



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Old 11-13-2001, 10:25 AM   #7
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Achtung definitely.

Then JT and ATYCLB.

And I have to say I think the lyrics on Boy may not be their best but compared to most 18-year-old songwriters, the words on that album are absolutely amazing.

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Old 11-13-2001, 10:36 AM   #8
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I think ATYCLB and then AB

I love the lyrics in NUMB and LEMON, I'm suprised nobody has said ZOOROPA
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I can't decide!!!

I do agree that POP is very underrated lyrically though!


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Old 11-13-2001, 11:04 AM   #10
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As always it's hard to list a 'best of' anything concerning U2. We always hear this when someone tries to compile a list of everyone's "favorites". Nevertheless, I'll go ahead and say it...

I can't really list ONE album that has superior lyrics (LOL). I will, however, list the albums that have great lyrics and those that leave something to be desired.

The Great Lyrics come from:

1)Achtung Baby...by far
2)The Joshua Tree...
3)Pop

The Good Lyrics come from:
1)Rattle and Hum
2)All That You Can't Leave Behind
3)War

The 'So-So' Lyrics come from:
1)The Unforgettable Fire
2)Zooropa
3)October
4)Boy
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Old 11-13-2001, 11:21 AM   #11
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1)Achtung Baby
2)(...AB is by far the album with the best lyrics!)
3)Pop
4)JT
5)Zooropa
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Old 11-13-2001, 11:34 AM   #12
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I'm surprised everyone is picking POP as one of their top albums. I always thought POP was a waste of U2's musical and lyrical talent.

I thought people who liked POP were fans who would pretend to like anything U2 put out.

Maybe I'm wrong. I should probably give it another listen.
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Old 11-13-2001, 11:45 AM   #13
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My favorites are:

1. POP (MOFO, Staring at the Sun, Gone, Please, Wake Up Deadman)
2. Zooropa (Zooropa, Numb, Lemon, Stay, The First Time)
3. Rattle and Hum (God Part II, Heartland, All I Want Is You, Desire)

They are odd choices I know, but I think the lyrics on U2's most underrated albums are the best. Obviously Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree are outstanding as well. I think U2's worst lyrics are on:

1. ATYCLB (this album just seems to have over simplified lyrics to me, maybe I am spoiled from POP, Zooropa, and Achtung Baby)
2. October (Bono lost his lyrics book, 'nuff said)
3. The Unforgettable Fire (some strong moments and some weaker moments)

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"I swore to my father I'd never do hamster-style again."

"looking for the sound thats gonna drown out the world
looking for the father of my two little girls
got the swing go the sway got my straw in lemonade
looking for the face i had before the world was made." - MOFO
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:01 PM   #14
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Yes you most definetly cant go past Achtung Baby in the lyrics department, every song on that album is lyrically magnificent......fave lyric from this one would probably be,

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head?
Did I ask too much?
More than a lot?
You gave me nothing
Now it's all I got
We're one
But we're not the same
We hurt each other
Then we do it again

Now as for seconds, well I like of the lyrics to the Joshua Tree, and it does comprise what I think is the most beautiful of all U2 songs (lyrically speaking), the gorgeous One Tree Hill, but along with the Joshua Tree I am also going to suggest 'The Unforgettable Fire'. Now when you think about some of the songs that are on this album it is pretty damn good, such as....

This desperation
Dislocation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation
Let it go
And so fade away
To let it go
And so fade away
To let it go
And so to fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping

When you think about what Bad is about and the way that Bono sings that last bit, wow!!!those words are just so powerful, I love that bit....anyway, just my optinion
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Achtung Baby. It's a masterpiece of work!!!
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Old 11-13-2001, 01:31 PM   #16
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1-AB
2-JT
3-ATYCLB

honorable mention-UF
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Old 11-13-2001, 02:35 PM   #17
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1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa/Pop (tie)

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Achtung has some amazing lines but I hate Tryin to Throw...in so many ways, both lyrically and musically. Sorry, I just always have. But the album does have great lyrics, possibly the best. I also like UF, JT and ATYCLB a lot. In some ways UF might be my favourite--very poetic.



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Old 11-13-2001, 04:12 PM   #19
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Quote:
Originally posted by U2Kitten:
Look at the album as a whole- the silliness of Discotheque, and the lameness of Miami and Playboy Mansion rival of surpass the output of some 'crap' bands. There is so much sorry lyrical work on that album it borders on disgracefulness for a band of U2's abilities.

U2 has some songs which in terms of sound I find more irritating than Playboy Mansion, but Playboy Mansion actually makes me angry because I believe it is U2's most pointless song ever. Incredibly flat, dull music, and the lyrics represent what I dislike most about Bono's lyrics. "If Coke is a mystery, Michael Jackson history..." Bono is capable of so much more than this juvenile trying-to-be-relevant stuff.

*waits for flames*



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Old 11-13-2001, 04:25 PM   #20
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1) AB
"She wears my love like a see through dress, Her Lips say one thing, her movements something else, oh love, like a screaming flower, love dying evrery hour."
"you're dangerous, cuz you're honest, you're dangerous, cuz you don't know what you want."
2)Pop
"Mama, am I still you're son? You know I've been waiting so long to hear you say so."
"She's not waiting on a saviour to come. She's at the bus stop with the news of the world and the sun, sun here it comes."
3) ATYCLB
"I am not afraid of anything in this world, there's nothing you can throw at me, that I haven't already heard."
4) Rattle and Hum
"Don't belive in excess, success is to give, don't belive in riches but you should see where I live. I, I belive in love."
5) Here I am going to actually go for Zoorpa. Yes I know that say "SOme Days" has very silly lyrics, yes yes all that BUT...
"I feel like I'm slowly slowly slowly slipping under, I feel like I'm drifting drifting drifitng from the shore."
Oh it's heart wreching.
PLUS
"Don't worry baby, it's gonna be alright, uncertainty could be the guiding light"
LOVE IT!


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