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Old 12-16-2004, 12:46 AM   #1
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U2's best song lyrically.

Here's a question for discussion: what song do you feel has U2's best lyrics?

I'm talking in an overall sense of the whole song, not just a couple of lines (for example, your favourite line may come from Sunday Bloody Sunday but you consider that as a whole unit, New Year's Day has better lyrics).

In my opinion, One Tree Hill has NO competition. None at all. If only U2 would write another song as lyrically brilliant as this ...
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For me, it would be Heartland. The lyrics are so poetic, and flow with the music wonderfully. I love it.
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Off the top of my head...I'm thinking Running To Stand Still....
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can't decide between until the end of the world and please
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can't decide between until the end of the world and please
add to that acrobat (just saw the other thread)
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For me, it would be Heartland. The lyrics are so poetic, and flow with the music wonderfully. I love it.
You almost had me there for a second! And true, Heartland has absolutely stunning and beautiful lyrics. I guess One Tree Hill has a little competition. The JT era had some of the most incredible lyrics.
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The JT era had some of the most incredible lyrics.
Absolutely true. Although they're not my favourite years of the band, lyrically they are the best.
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the Fly or Running to Stand Still
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As a whole ... I'd have to go with Running to Stand Still. But it's a hard choice! I think anything from JT, like Axver and Aardvark747 said, is a contender.
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funny, i thik that the strongest album lirically is pop.
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...interesting choice Beli. I hadnt really thought about any song off AB...
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funny, i thik that the strongest album lirically is pop.
In a sense, I would be somewhat inclined to agree. Pop definitely contains some of Bono's best themes and ideas and parts of the album are absolute magic.

However, from my perspective, the JT era is absolutely incredible. While Pop addresses issues and is a lot deeper than many give it credit for being, JT also tackles major issues (Bullet and Exit, anyone?) while painting incredible pictures in one's mind. I am in awe every time I listen to it. I also feel a similar thing can be said for some of what was produced during the UF era.

Songs like A Sort Of Homecoming, Running To Stand Still, One Tree Hill, Exit, Mothers Of The Disappeared, and Heartland are incredibly well written and poetic, contain much depth, and paint pictures in one's mind. Oh, I could talk for hours about how much I love this stuff.
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Without a doubt, Running To Stand Still. Pure poetry in 4 minutes of musical bliss.
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Mothers is beautifully well written.
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One, Running to stand still, So cruel, The Fly, A sort of homecoming...but there are so many more...
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For me AB is the best album for the lyrics: The Fly, Acrobat and One in particular!
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