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Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:59:43 AM »
New to the forum... lifelong U2, about the same age as the band members!) First post... here goes!

Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?

Yesterday my Pastor was speaking about the "joy" of Christmas. He started by saying he wondered what it would be like if Jesus was born today with all of the technology that allows us to communicate so rapidly... Who would the angel have appeared to first? Then he goes on to say in that time the angels appeared to the shepherds... the lowest of the low in society.

So at that point my mind makes this connection between these statements and the song Unknown Caller...

The timing … An angel appeared to the shepherds in the dark of night...

The character in the song...

"I was lost between the midnight and the dawning
In a place of no consequence or company..."

The shepherds didn't know what was going on at first (getting a message but not knowing from who or where or how it was coming from.... an Unknown Caller so to speak)

In the song a character, perhaps on drugs or about to give up all hope, starts getting messages on the cell phone... but there is no signal... and it happens at a time 3:33 that references Jeremiah 33:3 (“I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things...”)

The lowly shepherds get a message...

“Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger”

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.”

The lowly character in the song gets a series of messages...

“Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh”

“Escape yourself, and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh”

“Restart and re-boot yourself
You're free to go
Oh, oh”

“Shout for joy if you get the chance
Password, you enter here, right now
Oh, oh”

Then of course the instrumental part of the song borrows the tune from the hymn "My Savior's Love" during the "How Marvelous, How Wonderful" part of the chorus...  And in concert as they roll into this song Bono shouts "A Chorus of Voices! A Chorus of Voices!" and the crowd, 100,000 strong,  sing the "Oh, Oh" all together... I begin to get a little glimpse of…

“At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”

So... anyway... that is how my twisted mind works during church services!!!

Merry Christmas!



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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 07:20:34 AM »
Interesting.


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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 09:26:58 AM »
It's still a crappy song though

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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 10:13:40 AM »
I think it's a great song. I have a deep, personal connection to it.

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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012, 11:28:06 AM »
I quite like it and I like the chants too.  Obviously it's not a top rank U2 song, but it's enjoyable in it's own right.  I also happen to think the live version was one of the highlights of the 360 tour.


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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012, 12:59:08 PM »
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I quite like it and I like the chants too.  Obviously it's not a top rank U2 song, but it's enjoyable in it's own right.  I also happen to think the live version was one of the highlights of the 360 tour.



It was the perfect bathroom break song, and i'm not joking. I think half my section left to get a beer/go to the bathroom during Unknown Caller. Probably why it was dropped for the next leg of the tour.

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012, 01:19:02 PM »
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I quite like it and I like the chants too.  Obviously it's not a top rank U2 song, but it's enjoyable in it's own right.  I also happen to think the live version was one of the highlights of the 360 tour.



It was the perfect bathroom break song, and i'm not joking. I think half my section left to get a beer/go to the bathroom during Unknown Caller. Probably why it was dropped for the next leg of the tour.

That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.


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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012, 01:48:05 PM »
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That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.



I agree. So many people sat down during both 'Stay' and 'Zooropa' when I went. It kind of bothered me.

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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2012, 01:52:51 PM »
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That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.



I agree. So many people sat down during both 'Stay' and 'Zooropa' when I went. It kind of bothered me.

But at least it gave you sense of superiority.  Didn't it?


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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2012, 01:54:20 PM »
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That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.



I agree. So many people sat down during both 'Stay' and 'Zooropa' when I went. It kind of bothered me.

But at least it gave you sense of superiority.  Didn't it?



Ha. Yeah, it did.

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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2012, 02:03:32 PM »
Can anybody think of a worse song about cell phone technology?  I can't.  Well, at least Unknown Caller has one accomplishment it can brag about.

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That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.



I agree. So many people sat down during both 'Stay' and 'Zooropa' when I went. It kind of bothered me.

But at least it gave you sense of superiority.  Didn't it?



Ha. Yeah, it did.

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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2012, 02:11:26 PM »
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Can anybody think of a worse song about cell phone technology?  I can't.  Well, at least Unknown Caller has one accomplishment it can brag about.

I don't know what the song is about and quite frankly, I don't care.  I just enjoy mindlessly chanting along to it when I'm driving my car.


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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2012, 04:38:55 PM »
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I quite like it and I like the chants too.  Obviously it's not a top rank U2 song, but it's enjoyable in it's own right.  I also happen to think the live version was one of the highlights of the 360 tour.



It was the perfect bathroom break song, and i'm not joking. I think half my section left to get a beer/go to the bathroom during Unknown Caller. Probably why it was dropped for the next leg of the tour.

That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.



I stood firm, but if I did have to go Unknown Caller would have been my song of choice.

I've had friends leave at the very worst times during concerts. At a Stones show a friend took a pi*s break during Symphathy for the Devil, at a U2 show a friend left for a pi*s during Bad, and at a Page/Plant concert my buddy left for a pi*s during Kashmir. Maybe this is why I rarely drink before/during concerts.

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Re: Unknown Caller... A Message to Shepherds?
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I quite like it and I like the chants too.  Obviously it's not a top rank U2 song, but it's enjoyable in it's own right.  I also happen to think the live version was one of the highlights of the 360 tour.



It was the perfect bathroom break song, and i'm not joking. I think half my section left to get a beer/go to the bathroom during Unknown Caller. Probably why it was dropped for the next leg of the tour.

That's the problem with stadium shows, they have lots of unreal U2 fans in the audience.  I hope you stood firm and did your duty.



I stood firm, but if I did have to go Unknown Caller would have been my song of choice.

I've had friends leave at the very worst times during concerts. At a Stones show a friend took a pi*s break during Symphathy for the Devil, at a U2 show a friend left for a pi*s during Bad, and at a Page/Plant concert my buddy left for a pi*s during Kashmir. Maybe this is why I rarely drink before/during concerts.

Dumbfounded!!! Bad is always in my top 5 and mostly top 2. Kashmir was my high school obsession. Sympathy For The Devil is...

And, UC definitely speaks to me. I love it and liken it to some George Harrison songs of the Beatles.