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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2016, 03:24:02 PM »
I think i and i in the sky is a Rastafarian thing.  I remember reading that somewhere.

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2016, 03:24:38 PM »
I thought the verse was "pick me up and spin me 'round."

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2016, 09:37:02 AM »
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I thought the verse was "pick me up and spin me 'round."

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2016, 11:57:12 AM »
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I think i and i in the sky is a Rastafarian thing.  I remember reading that somewhere.

does this mean if you smoke enough weed, eventually the line might begin to make sense?   8) 8)

I like the song, but I will admit this is about as dumb a line as B has ever written.

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2016, 01:55:51 PM »
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I think i and i in the sky is a Rastafarian thing.  I remember reading that somewhere.

I would bet Bob Dylan.

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Some songwriters and lyricists (Bono, Anthony Kiedis)refer to either songs or titles to create a patchwork or sentiment. They want to evoke the aforementioned song in the new song. Stating it directly isn't subtle but sometimes it can rhyme or blend in if the word has two meanings.

Check out this lyric by AK:
 
        Space may be the final frontier

        But it’s made in a Hollywood basement

        Cobain can you hear the spheres

        Singing songs off station to station 1

        And Alderon’s 2 not far away

        It’s Californication

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 And finally, he says, "And Alderon's not far away, It's Californication." This line is actually a Star Wars reference as is apparent in more knowledgeable circles. Sure the spelling is different, but maybe Anthony thought he spelled it right, but I do believe this is what he’s talking about….Planet Alderaan was the pristine home of Princess Leia, the first planet destroyed by the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. This is a major symbol because he is pretty much saying "our perfect world will be destroyed soon, it's Californication" by saying that Alderaan is no far away. Again he's touching upon the destructive nature of this force, a theme I poked earlier on.


Station to Station is a great reference because the word station is so generic that a passive listener would just allow it blend in. But an active listener would know AK is referencing the 70's Bowie album. 
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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2016, 02:07:21 PM »
When the listener hears these references a mental synapse is evoked by the sentiment of that song. It is a great trick that shows that songs come from a great tradition.

I also think it is Dylan because Bono has referenced Dylan by lyric and title before. 'Cradle to the Grave' for example is of course from AIWIY but the lyric is also in other tracks such as Oh, Sister.

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2016, 03:32:15 PM »
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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2016, 03:35:00 PM »
Regarding I and I, I looked it up:  it means, I, we or all Rastafarians.  So perhaps it's a reggae thing?  If you smoked something while listening it might make more sense.

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2016, 04:13:23 PM »
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I think i and i in the sky is a Rastafarian thing.  I remember reading that somewhere.

I would bet Bob Dylan.

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Some songwriters and lyricists (Bono, Anthony Kiedis)refer to either songs or titles to create a patchwork or sentiment. They want to evoke the aforementioned song in the new song. Stating it directly isn't subtle but sometimes it can rhyme or blend in if the word has two meanings.

Check out this lyric by AK:
 
        Space may be the final frontier

        But it’s made in a Hollywood basement

        Cobain can you hear the spheres

        Singing songs off station to station 1

        And Alderon’s 2 not far away

        It’s Californication

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 And finally, he says, "And Alderon's not far away, It's Californication." This line is actually a Star Wars reference as is apparent in more knowledgeable circles. Sure the spelling is different, but maybe Anthony thought he spelled it right, but I do believe this is what he’s talking about….Planet Alderaan was the pristine home of Princess Leia, the first planet destroyed by the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. This is a major symbol because he is pretty much saying "our perfect world will be destroyed soon, it's Californication" by saying that Alderaan is no far away. Again he's touching upon the destructive nature of this force, a theme I poked earlier on.


Station to Station is a great reference because the word station is so generic that a passive listener would just allow it blend in. But an active listener would know AK is referencing the 70's Bowie album.

i ALWAYS thought this was "Spears singing off station to station" as in, "Kurt aren't you ashamed of what's being played on the radio (Britney Spears, at the time, obv)"
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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2016, 04:14:23 PM »
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Thrill Ho, Like a record, baby!

Thrillho, as in Thrillhouse.

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2016, 02:51:08 PM »
K, gotcha.  It comes out Thrillho in your tag....

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2016, 04:34:23 PM »
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K, gotcha.  It comes out Thrillho in your tag....

i know. but it's 1 word not 2. just clarifying.

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Re: What the heck does Bono say in Elevation
« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2016, 10:07:56 PM »
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Regarding I and I, I looked it up:  it means, I, we or all Rastafarians.  So perhaps it's a reggae thing?  If you smoked something while listening it might make more sense.

It might be Dylan referencing Rasta. When I think of Rasta I think of 'bloodclot' from Egg Man by the Beastie Boys.