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Feedback, Suggestions and Help Desk / Re: 3 Picks among many options
« Last post by Vox on April 25, 2018, 03:28:25 PM »
Excellent -- thank you Hawkmoon2e.  For some reason, the night I was trying to do this I was thinking the "maximum votes per user" was that people could vote multiple times.  That's just my bad for overthinking it.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Ranking the SOE songs
« Last post by laoghaire on April 25, 2018, 03:25:08 PM »
Also, I don't watch Spongebob.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Ranking the SOE songs
« Last post by laoghaire on April 25, 2018, 03:24:11 PM »
It's not just WHAT he says, but HOW. Straight into my ear, almost privately, very warmly, with a pitch and timbre that literally vibrate some part of my brain like a harmonic.
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Tours / Re: Why No Toronto?
« Last post by miryclay on April 25, 2018, 03:23:55 PM »
If you weren't paying attention, Game 7 of the NHL is tonight, so if a concert is to be announced it could be soon. Just speculation.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Ranking the SOE songs
« Last post by Vox on April 25, 2018, 03:19:06 PM »
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I hear that opening line and immediately think of Spongebob.  It's the beeeeesstt daaayy evveeerrrr, beeesst daaayyyy eevvveeerrrrr.

AS just all sounds off to me for some reason.  Also, I loved that part in XXX so much, the bass, the drums, it was so smooth and cool, and I think it's a great lyric.  Putting it to the dumb overdone instrumentation we got on the final version was such a mistake, I think.

I totally get what you're saying (and the SpongeBob reference -- loved SpongeBob up to that episode -- now that song's stuck in my head again, thanks!  :) ).

It's an incredibly straightforward, over-the-top, some-may-say cheesy line.  But for me, it's so naked and almost childlike -- striking, in a way-- that it startles me into getting it doubled back around into something more meditative and contemplative.  Bono could say something similar in a bunch of different ways...  For me, the meaning of it is:  sure, things may seem really, really sh**ty right now, for a multitude of different reasons -- but there's nothing that can hold you back to making THIS day, RIGHT NOW, a day that's both special and unique.  What's inside us right now can turn this mother around.  For me, Bono saying something like that, in an almost adolescent way (and have it be the very first line on the new album -- there was surely a lot of thought behind that line), makes me look at it, and address it straight on.  And he's f****** right -- there's nothing to keep us from where we should be.

All that being said, again, I totally understand what you're saying.  It took me a little bit to be cool with it, myself. 
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: SOE pronoun questions
« Last post by laoghaire on April 25, 2018, 02:48:08 PM »
Sorry for typos. Don't feel like fixing. Gah.
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The Music and Lyrics / SOE pronoun questions
« Last post by laoghaire on April 25, 2018, 02:44:57 PM »
LIAWHL
Who is "you"? "I wanted the world but you knew better."
Same "you" as "now you're at the other end of a telescope" or if that a different Bono singing to a different you?
And is She ("seven billion stars in her eyes") Iris?

LOH
Who is the "your" in "in your eyes alone I see the lights of home"?
Contenders I see are Iris and Jesus. Jesus is in the second person earlier ("oh Jesus if I'm still you friend") but Iris maybe has the stronger case given 1) a 37 year history of playing on her name with lyrics eg your eyes make a circle, B) she's dead, 14) he presumably just referenced her in the immediately preceding song, and 9) she's his mother and she is home.
However, Jesus was previously in the second person, and going home to Jesus/God is definitely a major cultural image.
Or, probably it's both. A dual meaning from Bono is not exactly unheard of.
Free yourself to be yourself, I assume is Iris talking to Bono again, which would add point Q) to the argument that it's in her eyes alone that he sees the lights of.

YTBTAM
We all know who You is here. My question is just, who sings the bridge? I'm hearing impaired and can't be sure whose falsetto that is. Either Edge is telling Bono that he can see what Bono can't see, or Elderly Bono is telling Young and Dumb Bono that.

TLTTGYA
"You're the only thing matters" - all along he's been talking to himself so this line sat a little strangely with me. The theme of the album is love for his family and other people. But when it came down to the big event, he was the only thing that mattered? Convince me, please, that I got it wrong.

LIBTAIIW
Everything I see written about it assumes it's to his son. The lyrics read more like he's adressing his younger self. Opinions?
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Tours / Re: The Screens and the Seats Behind the Stage
« Last post by KMciver81 on April 25, 2018, 10:25:06 AM »
I was behind the stage for Vancouver 2 in 2015. Unfortunately when ticket first went on sale, the nature of the production and how the stage shape would be used was not at all clear. I thought I'd be in a prime spot, but ended up at the opposite end, behind the big stage rather than in front of the little stage. When I showed up at the arena I was pi**ed. And it was not nearly the experience it was for those who could see the screens. The rear screen was a very poor substitute. I had behind-stage seats on Vertigo and had no issues with that. It is interesting to see that angle, and Adam especially makes an effort to play to the rear crowd. But for this production, you're missing the wow factor.
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News and Rumors / Re: Brand New Beck Remix of ‘Lights of Home’
« Last post by aaronmcurtis on April 25, 2018, 09:56:16 AM »
The link is now dead (copyright issues) ... any clue on how to hear this song elsewhere?
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Liam Gallagher having a dig at u2 again
« Last post by Marwood on April 25, 2018, 09:55:17 AM »
Hmm: to tell the truth, U2 play a lot more shows than the Stones these days (although the Stones generally charge a lot more for their tickets)
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