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Online Bundang Dave

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2017, 10:36:27 AM »
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I actually like all three "hearings" of the line.

"Lions" does make the most literal sense in context, as Exile points out.

But "lies" and "eyes" both make the line more intriguing through personification.

I had always heard it as "eyes," but that's probably because my eyes always want to feed on skin.

But do your eyes like getting seed in them?  ;D ;D

No. Unfortunately, I have allergies to that kind of thing.

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2017, 04:00:54 PM »
Well this has been eye opening.  I always thought it was flys.

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2017, 12:31:38 AM »
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Interestingly a quick search through about ten lyrics sites returns 'lies' every single time....

Because they just parrot one another unthinkingly. The lyric is "lions," it's the only option that makes any sense either in general or in specific context. "Lies" do not want skin and seed. Neither do "eyes." Lions, however, do want skin and seed (blood) from Herod's perspective since he martyred John the Baptist at Salome's request.

But whatever. Let's not allow historical context to get in the way of what the authorities say is true.

I agree with you.....lies is of course closer in sound than eyes and that is why all the lyric sites have it.

One thing I would say it definitely isn't either way is eyes.



You genuinely here an L sound prior to the rest of the word? Which version of AB are you listening to?

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2017, 12:05:17 PM »
I just listened on Spotify... and I definitely hear an "L". The lyric definitely isn't "eyes".

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2017, 12:06:54 AM »
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I just listened on Spotify... and I definitely hear an "L". The lyric definitely isn't "eyes".

Interesting. I'll try a different format tomorrow.

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2017, 04:47:56 PM »
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I just listened on Spotify... and I definitely hear an "L". The lyric definitely isn't "eyes".

You're right, it's not "eyes." It's "lions," due to the historic context of the song's title and characters. And all the other considerations I adduced. There's more to deciphering lyrics than simply listening real hard.

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2017, 06:42:08 PM »
I think what's confusing Ian is how Bono pronounces the word. He says it almost as if he has a southern drawl of sorts... so lions sounds like "lines".
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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2017, 08:16:55 PM »
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I just listened on Spotify... and I definitely hear an "L". The lyric definitely isn't "eyes".

You're right, it's not "eyes." It's "lions," due to the historic context of the song's title and characters. And all the other considerations I adduced. There's more to deciphering lyrics than simply listening real hard.

There's also more to deciphering lyrics than putting the stamp of what you assume they should be on them. I mean, I've met people who get really pi**ed off at the idea that One is about anything gay, because they decided to put their stamp on what they assume the song is. But I will add this to the massive list of lyrics questions I have for Bono, should I ever get to interview him. Although what he says at the end of ATAP will always be at the top of the list.

I've switched "eyes" out for "lies" because the transition from "got" to "lies" could just be sloppy delivery from Bono and that's what the official lyric is, but there's no way I'm assigning two syllables to that word. 

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Re: Suggested Correction
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2017, 11:00:29 AM »
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But I will add this to the massive list of lyrics questions I have for Bono, should I ever get to interview him. Although what he says at the end of ATAP will always be at the top of the list.

Another Time Another Place? That's easy. He's also talking about lions. Duh.
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