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Offline nufc_nz

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2016, 03:41:25 AM »
I always thought the line was "The more you have, the more it takes to beg"... "Today" doesn't make sense.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2016, 12:42:46 PM »
I thought it was "the more you have, the more it takes to gain." Haha. Makes sense eitherhow, though!

I enjoyed reading your interpretations. I guess it's not as "deep" a song as many other of U2's songs, but we obviously still find some different meanings of it. I always thought of it as a YOLO song with a questioning undertone, if you'd like. Like two different voices in the chorus, one saying "You gotta give it (your life) away" as in not only living selfishly and only for yourself. But "She don't care what it's worth, she's living like it's the last night on earth." "She" don't want to think about the consequenses her way of living may cause, to herself or others.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2016, 03:51:38 PM »
I always thought the title was taken from Bukowski's book The Last Night of the Earth, poems written at the end of his life.  U2 have lifted lines from him deliberately before, i.e. the days roam away like wild horses over the hills.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2016, 08:49:37 PM »
"You've gotta give it away." What I take from this is the notion of self-surrender.  You may be leading a materialistic and shallow existence, but at some point you may have to give it all away--to a spouse, a child, a lover, a Higher Power, etc.  Bono references surrender often, going back to the War album up to the current SOI tour.  I think he is a person with a very healthy sense of self/ego who is fascinated with the notion of giving it all away, laying it down for someone/something else.  "If I wanna live I gotta die to myself someday," he sang on "Surrender".

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2016, 11:54:34 AM »
"Afraid of what you'd find / if you took a look inside" gives it away that the sun in "Staring At The Sun" is at least partially the Sun newspaper.

However, I don't think it's that Sun in "Last Night On Earth".

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2016, 05:10:44 PM »
The song to me is tinged in apocalyptic symbolism.  The sun comes, but presumably will also be extinguished at some point in time (the last night on earth).  She, the girl in the story, is not waiting on a savior to come, but he may come anyway.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2016, 09:59:45 PM »
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I always looked at it as a song about materialism and the fact that we can't take anything with us when we go. It could also be about experience and living each day as if it could be our last.

this. this isn't one of my fav songs on the album but i've always seen it as materialism, hedonism, what have you. esp. considering the commercialism spoof that was PopMart.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2016, 07:19:42 PM »
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I always looked at it as a song about materialism and the fact that we can't take anything with us when we go. It could also be about experience and living each day as if it could be our last.

this. this isn't one of my fav songs on the album but i've always seen it as materialism, hedonism, what have you. esp. considering the commercialism spoof that was PopMart.

whooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..... hold on now.... PopMart was a SPOOF on commercialism?!?  Dang, now I get it.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2016, 11:06:28 PM »
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I always looked at it as a song about materialism and the fact that we can't take anything with us when we go. It could also be about experience and living each day as if it could be our last.

this. this isn't one of my fav songs on the album but i've always seen it as materialism, hedonism, what have you. esp. considering the commercialism spoof that was PopMart.

whooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..... hold on now.... PopMart was a SPOOF on commercialism?!?  Dang, now I get it.

no one likes a smartass.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2016, 10:18:43 AM »
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I always looked at it as a song about materialism and the fact that we can't take anything with us when we go. It could also be about experience and living each day as if it could be our last.

this. this isn't one of my fav songs on the album but i've always seen it as materialism, hedonism, what have you. esp. considering the commercialism spoof that was PopMart.

whooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..... hold on now.... PopMart was a SPOOF on commercialism?!?  Dang, now I get it.

no one likes a smartass.

or a humorless bore.  which I know you are not.

Come on Thrillho, take a joke.

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2016, 11:31:12 AM »
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I always looked at it as a song about materialism and the fact that we can't take anything with us when we go. It could also be about experience and living each day as if it could be our last.

this. this isn't one of my fav songs on the album but i've always seen it as materialism, hedonism, what have you. esp. considering the commercialism spoof that was PopMart.

whooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..... hold on now.... PopMart was a SPOOF on commercialism?!?  Dang, now I get it.

no one likes a smartass.

or a humorless bore.  which I know you are not.

Come on Thrillho, take a joke.

 :P :-*

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Re: Last night on earth - meaning?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2016, 03:18:43 PM »
gosh, I really DID miss all this stuff while I was away. lol