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Old 02-10-2002, 01:54 PM   #1
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U2 Lyrics or Beatles Lyrics?

Which do you think are better? Maybe that's not a fair question to ask, seeing as Beatles career is over but U2 aren't... oh well gonna ask anyway!



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Total non-biased opinion, since I love both bands, but...I think U2's are better overall.



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I don't know ....., Beatles 've done some great stuff ....to compare them with U2 is heresy ???!!!
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u2 i've never heard bono talking about living in a yellow submarine
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Hmmm - this is tough.

I love both bands, but to be fair, i haven't heard all of Beatles' albums (as opposed to hearing all of U2's work).
Besides, i think time will tell how good Bono's lyrics are - on the other hand, Lennon/McCartney are considered the best songwriting team in history.

I've found lyrics that touched me on both sides - i couldn't pick.

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Old 02-10-2002, 05:57 PM   #6
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How many of you have listened to all of the Beatles stuff? You can't just listen to Help and Love me do to judge the beatles. they were great and had some great lyrics. Listen to across the universe off of Let it be.
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I'd give it a tie--tough call. The Beatles are my other favorite band ever, and have influenced countless people since them. U2 have had more time to develop their craft...but what is unique about both bands is that their sound changes continually. Both didn't know how to repeat themselves, and they've each been extremely innovative in their own right...

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Old 02-10-2002, 06:31 PM   #8
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Beatles here no question. They just had too many moments of brilliance after Revolver for it to be any other way (though U2 circa 1991-7 comes the closest of any band I know). I hate to use a cliched example, but the following lyrics represent the pinnacle of songwriting:

A Day in the Life (Lennon/McCartney)

I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph.
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.

I saw a film today oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
but I just had to look
Having read the book.
I'd love to turn you on

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on
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They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
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Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inviting and inciting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru deva om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
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Old 02-10-2002, 06:52 PM   #10
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Originally posted by bono-vox:
u2 i've never heard bono talking about living in a yellow submarine
I think singing about Yellow Submarine is more interesting than singing about "Discotheque".

Anyways, I think they're both great bands with great lyrics.

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Ringo wrote some weird lyrics while in the Beatles and continued to write weird lyrics after they broke up.

Man I wonder what he was on.

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Old 02-10-2002, 08:33 PM   #12
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To quote Flannagan: "I'll take 'we're free to fly the crimson sky/the sun won't melt our wings tonight' over 'yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye' any day."
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couldnt say...Beatles best stuff will last forever in the collective concience of society, but they also wrote a heck of alot of songs that were basically 'filler' for albums and singles made to order for record companies, particularly early on in their career.

U2 on the other hand have always sought to be grand and deep in their lyrics, trying to answer many questions of heart and soul. Sometimes i think this has come off as too grandiose, but on other occasions they have written some masterpieces. I think some of their work still needs another 10 years or so to cool off before a decision can be made.

One thing i will say is that the Beatles made lyrics of depth and quality before most other pop groups, and were among the 1st who made the transition from virtual boyband to being lauded by the serious music/media world. Perhaps only the likes of Dylan can boast the same...
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Quote:
Originally posted by bono-vox:
u2 i've never heard bono talking about living in a yellow submarine
Hardly a fair comparison. Do you think Bono is even capable of writing a kiddie singalong? Do you think the Edge would ever blow bubbles or swirl rags in a bucket on a recording?

I think the Beatles' finest lyrics hold up well with U2's. For example:

In My Life
A Day In The Life
Let It Be
Eleanor Rigby
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Strawberry Fields Forever
Blackbird

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Old 02-10-2002, 09:41 PM   #15
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Ringo wrote some weird lyrics while in the Beatles and continued to write weird lyrics after they broke up.

Man I wonder what he was on.

Lennon wrote "Tomorrow Never Knows" and put together "Revolution 9" (but not "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds") when on LSD. I think the entire band was on pot when they recorded "Helter Skelter".
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I'd give it a tie--tough call. The Beatles are my other favorite band ever, and have influenced countless people since them. U2 have had more time to develop their craft...but what is unique about both bands is that their sound changes continually. Both didn't know how to repeat themselves, and they've each been extremely innovative in their own right...

This is also an excellent point. The Beatles churned out their first six albums + singles in three years, then their next eight in four years (although of those next eight, 1/2 of "Yellow Submarine" and about 1 of the 2 albums of the White Album were just garbage they put out so that they could fulfill their record contract and break up.) So that's 12.5 solid albums in only seven years. U2 has recorded ten albums in 20 years.
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I think the entire band was on pot when they recorded "Helter Skelter".
The entire band was trying to outdo a review describing the latest single from The Who as 'the hardest rocking single ever' or words to that effect...i think the song the review referred to was I Can See For Miles. The first cut of Helter Skelter went for something like 20 minutes!



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One thing i will say is that the Beatles... were among the 1st who made the transition from virtual boyband to being lauded by the serious music/media world. Perhaps only the likes of Dylan can boast the same...
so Bob Dylan was a boyband in the early days?
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The Beatles weren't a boy-band in the early days. In Hamburg, they played great rock n roll, and took lots of speed to enable them to play monstrously long sets, lol...it was Epstein who made them change their image. John even made the remark that they had sold out when they calmed down their act and had to wear their little suits...

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As much as I love U2, and hate to say it, the Beatles were and are the greatest both lyrically, and musically, and that's the way it will always be...

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