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Old 11-05-2002, 02:36 PM   #1
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The First Time

Okay...I do find this a bit strange. For a song that U2 has never played live (in its entirety) nor released as a single, this song has been on three releases: Zooropa, Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack, and now the Best of 1990-2000.

Admittedly, I love this song to death, so I'm happy it keeps on reappearing; but what do you think of this song?

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Old 11-05-2002, 02:44 PM   #2
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I like the song, but it's nothing special. It is the exact same chord progression as "All I Want Is You", so I don't think of it as having taken the band much time to write...the lyrics are great though.

Is it really "this good"? I'm not sure what you mean by that, but while I would say it is good, I wouldn't say it's worthly to be included on the new Best Of CD instead of Lemon, The Fly or WGRYWH.
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:59 PM   #3
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The Fly is on the best of. The First Tims... I really like this tune, but I'd have loved So Cruel and/or Ground Beneath Her Feet to have been on this collection.
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Yes, amazing song.

Playing it live (First Time) or putting it on an album (HMTMKMKM) doesn't mean it ain't a great song.

Kudos to U2 for including it.
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Old 11-05-2002, 03:55 PM   #5
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I really like it. It is evocative, dark, and has a meloncholy to it as well.
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Ive always adored the First Time but really if this IS a Best of..how do they put it on there over Th Fly? Its just quite bizarre.
Im not complaining, i love the song. I just would like to know why U2 made certain choices.
C'mon boys, put up a detailed list of why each song was chosen for the album so we can all get some sleep at night will ya?
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Old 11-05-2002, 04:48 PM   #7
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My guess is the band put it on the Best Of because they love the song and want to give it more exposure - after all, how many people besides U2 fanatics bought the Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack?

Anyway, I have no complaints. I love The First Time.
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Since I got Zooropa, it has been one of my favorite U2 songs...beautiful, haunting, and dark...many of the other descriptions posted fit here too...wonderful tune!
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it's a good song , but Please and The Fly are more interesting .
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I think its beautiful...that's all I can say
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My guess is the band put it on the Best Of because they love the song and want to give it more exposure - after all, how many people besides U2 fanatics bought the Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack?
The First Time was originally on Zooropa, though. I think that if they wanted to include a song from the MDH soundtrack they should've picked TGBHF.

I love The First Time, but I do think it's kind of weird that they put it on The Best Of.
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Old 11-05-2002, 10:09 PM   #12
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I'm actually really pleased that they put it on the Best Of.. Yeah i'm sad they left of a couple others, but man.. i don't know. just listening to it now i remember how much i've always loved it... the simple swelling of the piano at the end just gets me i tells ya.
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The Fly didn't age well... so says the Edge.

The First Time--

I imagine that this song must be a meaningful song in relation to where they at in the 90s... the lifestyle, the partying, the cabaret, etc. etc. My father is a rich man/ He wears a rich man's cloak/ Gave me the keys to his kingdom coming/ Gave me a cup of gold// He said I have many mansions/ And there are many rooms to see/ But I left by the back door/ And I threw away the key
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It is interesting that they decide to put the song in this cd; but I think that it works, especially as the last song. It for some reason gives it a sense of completion to the whole disc. Anyway that's my opinion
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Old 11-05-2002, 10:35 PM   #15
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Good question. I wasn't really that taken with it when I first heard Zooropa. In fact, it was probably my least favorite on the album...probably still is. I appreciate the song more now especially after listening to it on the MDH album. It's a good song, but I can take it or leave it depending when I'm listening to it. I was very surprised to see it on the Best of. There are several other tracks I would that I think are better suited to the Best of such as TGBHF, Lemon, Last Night On Earth or Please, but that's just my opinion.
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The song is like the teachers pet , and the teacher is very proud of this student, thus passing over other students that are acting out.

<----still that The Fly was not included on ALL versions.
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Yeah, actually, it is. It's simplicity is so startiling compared to the rest of the album. I love it as the closer.
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The Fly didn't age well... so says the Edge.

It's too bad they didn't come up with a new mix that reflected how the song was presented on the Elevation Tour.
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LOVE the song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...but shouldn't be on this Best of Disc.
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Old 11-06-2002, 03:52 AM   #20
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It fitted so well on Million Dollar Hotel the movie, as if Wim Wenders scripted that scene to make a video for the song. By default I like these type of U2 songs, very dreamy.
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