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Offline macphisto

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U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« on: December 24, 2008, 08:02:07 AM »
Bonjour my fellow zootopians.

I just realized this this morning. Please bear with me if I sound deranged or completely off the Wire. But I've just been inspired and running on Sunkist....

OK, it's no secret that the band appreciate the music of Jimi Hendrix. As evidence, I cite their cover of a Dylan/Hendrix song 'All Along the Watchtower', their inclusion of a snippet of the Star-Spangled Banner on Rattle and Hum, and their involvement of Hendrix at 2:25 of the Windows in the Sky video.

And now, the revelation. I was listening to Mysterious Ways and zeroed in on the following phrase (taken from U2's website for authenticity): If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel

I was struck by the parallel to a line from the classic Hendrix song, Purple Haze excuse me while I kiss the sky


Now this is a LONGGG shot, but perhaps I've hit onto something here.

  • Both songs deal with the unknown and a sense of elevation (be it chemical or spiritual).
  • Both songs involve a mention of a woman in the first verses.
  • Both songs have an aura of uncertain funk/boogieeness...
  • Both songs seem to be about something material at first but have deeper meanings about the soul or something transcendent (ie. the Spirit in Ways, the mention of heart...n' soul in Haze)
  • Both testify to transformation - (She moves through me, spirit moves in mysterious ways and that girl put a spell on me, something's happening something's happening ooh ahh...ooh ahh...)

Crosses fingers...

Purple haze moves in mysterious ways,
macphisto
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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways???
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008, 08:49:44 AM »
Interesting... I doubt anyone would have thought of connecting U2 with Hendrix.

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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008, 02:51:31 PM »
I think I thought of "Purple Haze" the first time I ever heard that line.  Yeah, it's possible Bono was trying to reference one of his heroes.  (At least it doesn't sound like he's saying "Kiss this guy!")

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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008, 05:50:23 PM »
Ye I must admit when I first heard that line it did remind me of the Hendrix song . But never really gave it much thought beyond that  as Bono takes lyrics from all sort of places. After all if it wasn't for the Bible he'd be really stuck  :D

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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008, 06:13:37 PM »
It always seemed obvious to me that it was a Hendrix reference.   ???

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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2008, 09:27:30 PM »
Way back in 91, when I first heard the song, I made the connection with Hendrix. I'm sure it's an intentional reference.

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2008, 06:28:26 AM »
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(At least it doesn't sound like he's saying "Kiss this guy!")

Well, with Bono's big smooch with Adam on U23D, it could be another aspect of their Hendrix appreciation!

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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2008, 07:16:03 PM »
I think I saw Bono clarify this somewhere. It is intentional, but I can't remember the source!! Sorry.  :P

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 11:13:05 AM »
I thought U2 Mysterious Ways was about an alcoholic living in a subway drinking to much whiskey, moonshine in particular. The spirit in this case being the whiskey.  Everything can be interpreted in many ways.  :)

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Re: U2 and Jimi Hendrix in Mysterious Ways? PLEASE WEIGH IN...
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2018, 02:06:56 PM »
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(At least it doesn't sound like he's saying "Kiss this guy!")

Well, with Bono's big smooch with Adam on U23D, it could be another aspect of their Hendrix appreciation!

Scuse me while I kiss this guy.