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Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« on: February 06, 2009, 03:03:21 AM »

I was listening to 'Mercy' on youtube and have come to the conclusion Bono has become one of the worst lyricists in popular music:

'I know Im weed killer, honey, and youre sugar
If youre the prosecution I get away with murder
If you were ice, Im water
And with your telescope I can see further
Were binary code, a one and a zero'

Or try

'I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not'

from Original of the Species.

And this is from a man who can write beautiful words like:

'And I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance between a man and a woman

For love and faith and sex and fear
And all the things that keep us here
In the mysterious distance between a man and a woman'




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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2009, 03:05:08 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2009, 03:07:56 AM »
Do I dare comment?

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2009, 03:09:06 AM »

Please do comment

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009, 03:15:23 AM »
I need to get to bed. I will later today. :)

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009, 03:19:56 AM »
And I read your other post. Im not here to throw my toys at you. But I think you want other people too. Hope that doesnt get me detention. Just my opinion.

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2009, 03:30:10 AM »

You're right up to a point. The herd mentality in never something that's appealed to me  - and U2 fans are rather like sheep.

That said, U2 used to be my favourite band. I went all over the world to see them. But, I think they've lost a lot of what made them special.

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009, 03:35:04 AM »
*throws hammer at author*

But still, Bono at his songwriting worst is still better than Chris Martins/Coldplays or Brandon Flowers'/Killers songwriting, but I won't go too far into that.

I'm hopeful that Bono is returning to his songwriting best, from what i've read on some album reviews the lyrics they have mentioned have been terrific.  :)

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009, 03:42:42 AM »

I'm with you on the Coldplay and Killers angle.

To be fair, Bono has written some glorious lyrics - but not recently.

As far as the new album is concerned, I'm not as hopeful as you...

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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2009, 03:48:40 AM »
I hear what your sayin Andy. I encourage negative comments. Nothing wrong with a opinion. Ill probably get beat down, but Ive never been a big fan of Mercy. It sounds like an unfinished song. But I do like the lyrics to Original Of The Species.

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2009, 03:53:23 AM »

Yeah, I love Original too. But Bono always seems to blow it:

'Baby slow down
The end is not as fun as the start
Please stay a child somewhere in your heart'

is great!

but then he blunders:

'I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not'

which doesn't really make sense. But set to an amazing melody

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2009, 04:14:18 AM »
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I was listening to 'Mercy' on youtube and have come to the conclusion Bono has become one of the worst lyricists in popular music:

'I know Im weed killer, honey, and youre sugar
If youre the prosecution I get away with murder
If you were ice, Im water
And with your telescope I can see further
Were binary code, a one and a zero'

Or try

'I want the lot of what you got
And I want nothing that you're not'

from Original of the Species.

And this is from a man who can write beautiful words like:

'And I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance between a man and a woman

For love and faith and sex and fear
And all the things that keep us here
In the mysterious distance between a man and a woman'



That's why I didn't want to comment on Mercy....

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2009, 04:17:28 AM »

Yes, although to be fair, even Bono has admitted that the words to 'Where the streets have no name' don't mean anything and don't make sense...

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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2009, 04:24:20 AM »

And let's not forget Martin Luther King wasn't shot (from 'Pride')

'early morning, April 4th'

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'late aftrenoon, April 4th'


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Re: Has Bono lost the plot lyrically?
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2009, 06:05:34 AM »
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And let's not forget Martin Luther King wasn't shot (from 'Pride')

'early morning, April 4th'

more

'late aftrenoon, April 4th'


don't you know the lyrics don't mean sh*t its all about the drums  ;D