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Offline fresno dave

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printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:55:52 PM »

Anyone familiar with the "official liner notes lyrics vs. what Bono actually sings" syndrome knows well that the printed lyrics often represent an earlier incarnation of the song (form criticism!):  "Counting down to the Pentecost" became "Counting down till the pain would stop"  by the time"Moment of Surrender" was recorded, etc etc.

I guess I never thought to even check the lyrics in the 2008 remastered edition of the "October" album, especially with the amazing essay by Neil McCormick stealing the thunder (and worth the price of buying a CD you already own)..

But today i caught these lyrics to "Rejoice"  in that official booklet:




It's falling, it's falling

And outside a building comes tumbling down.

And inside a child on the ground

Wants out of his playpen.

and

This morning I fell out of bed

When I woke up to what my father said


It was amazing, I can't pretend or lie.


Of course, what the man sings on record is:

It's falling it's falling
And outside the buildings
Are tumbling down
And inside a child on the ground
Says he'd do it again

and

This morning
I fall out of bed when I woke up to what he has said
Everything's crazy
But I'm too lazy to lie




Any thoughts?   

I can't find my original lyric sheet to October (remember that big fold out lyric poster you had to order through the mail?) to consult.  Are the lyrics there the same?

Does the briefcase help?

Interpretations?

I find no reflections on this in the fan forums.

Thanks
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Re: printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 09:50:18 AM »
I've noticed this too. Maybe these are the original lyrics that Bono wrote and then he ended up singing something different on the record, or else that's how they were interpreted. 

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Re: printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 09:39:51 PM »
yes, my assumption, too

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Re: printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 02:11:33 AM »

One thing's for sure - it's a great song  :D

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Re: printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 09:23:00 AM »
It's probably to do with album sleeve production, which probably was a quicker process back in the day, with maybe some discord between finished recording/mixes and production deadlines. Bono's MO is to tweak lyrics til they smack him and tear the Beta 58 out of his grip, so no wonder some lines change after the garnishing is served. The album running order is probably set relatively early on, so there's no problem with that, although it's weird they had such a typo on NLOTH.

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Re: printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 11:20:04 AM »
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"Counting down to the Pentecost" became "Counting down till the pain would stop"  by the time"Moment of Surrender" was recorded, etc etc.

Which is odd, since MOS was supposedly recorded in one or two takes over a very short span of time. Hmm....

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Re: printed vs. sung lyrics in "Rejoice"
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 11:33:03 AM »
:-)))