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Title: Bono's Most Emotional singing on a Studio Song
Post by: AltonDalton on November 08, 2015, 04:03:18 PM
Bono sings very passionately on most U2 songs. But three that stick out the me are one tree hill, ultraviolet, and moment of surrender.
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Post by: World71R on November 08, 2015, 05:33:40 PM
Please
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on November 08, 2015, 08:21:50 PM
I agree with Please and One Tree Hill, I'd also add Acrobat to that list.
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Post by: jimothy17 on November 09, 2015, 12:14:50 AM
Running to Stand Still comes to mind
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Post by: tom_b1807 on November 09, 2015, 12:49:19 AM
WOWY, Stay, SYCMIOYO
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Post by: Kite32 on November 09, 2015, 01:32:04 AM

Sometimes you can't make it on your own - I don't understand why this song isn't more appreciated here on the forum. Bonos vocal is epic and the subject matter highly emotive. Check out this performance from Milan :

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ea0Fm8z0Cl0

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Post by: Volcanogirl on November 09, 2015, 01:44:59 AM
Drowning man
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Post by: Waffles on November 09, 2015, 01:52:17 AM
Kite, on that whole "I'm a man" part
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Post by: So Cruel on November 09, 2015, 09:02:57 AM
A Sort of Homecoming, So Cruel, One
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Post by: Alison on November 09, 2015, 09:12:14 AM
Tomorrow...

The 'I want you'-part. :'(
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Post by: Thunder Peel on November 09, 2015, 12:22:28 PM
I don't know if it's the most emotional but the raw power and enthusiasm on A Sort of Homecoming blows me away every time.
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Post by: AltonDalton on November 09, 2015, 09:34:42 PM
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I agree with Please and One Tree Hill, I'd also add Acrobat to that list.
Oh acrobat, is a song that has everything but sadly always gets neglected.
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Post by: U2_fan8 [aka U28] on November 09, 2015, 09:36:38 PM
If you're talking emotionally SAD, One Tree Hill is the winner. The first chorus especially - "You run like a river, oh, to the sea..." - and then at the end when his voice catches as he's shout-singing the repeated "rainin'" lines. Please is a close second.

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Post by: Blueyedboy on November 10, 2015, 12:01:53 AM
Tomorrow, SBS and Please spring to mind.
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Post by: tom_b1807 on November 10, 2015, 12:33:05 AM
Surprised nobody's mentioned Bad yet.
It's not quite what it is live in studio but it's still pretty emotional.
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Post by: MEMORY_MAN on November 10, 2015, 12:38:29 PM
Red Hill Mining Town
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Post by: SlyDanner on November 10, 2015, 11:11:17 PM
Can't believe Bad has not been mentioned.  Nothing else touches it.

Although Kite, as Waffles mentioned, is also notable...
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Post by: Mr. Sarajevo 20 on November 16, 2015, 08:22:26 AM
One Tree Hill.
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Post by: jc619er on November 18, 2015, 01:25:29 PM
Pride and almost the entire War album.
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Post by: rlabs19 on December 01, 2015, 12:07:26 PM
One Tree Hill
Running to Stand Still
A Sort of Homecoming
Elvis Presley and America
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Post by: PopMart on December 01, 2015, 01:56:15 PM
Bad: "I'm wide awake" and that's enough said.

Sometimes you Can't Make it on your own: My favourite U2 song, and holy hell this song is powerful. "Can you. Hear. Me. When. I. Sing!"

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): This one always feels so desperate. It's excellent in how it portrays that.

Wake Up Dead Man: One of my favourites and Bono just sounds so lost and resigned. It's a really powerful song.
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Post by: missey on December 01, 2015, 04:55:28 PM
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One Tree Hill
Running to Stand Still
A Sort of Homecoming
Elvis Presley and America

Excellent choices!
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on December 01, 2015, 06:43:27 PM
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Bad: "I'm wide awake" and that's enough said.

Sometimes you Can't Make it on your own: My favourite U2 song, and holy hell this song is powerful. "Can you. Hear. Me. When. I. Sing!"

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): This one always feels so desperate. It's excellent in how it portrays that.

Wake Up Dead Man: One of my favourites and Bono just sounds so lost and resigned. It's a really powerful song.
Looks like I'm not alone, very underrated song! Love the distorted vocals!
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Post by: U2_fan8 [aka U28] on December 01, 2015, 07:05:57 PM
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Bad: "I'm wide awake" and that's enough said.

Sometimes you Can't Make it on your own: My favourite U2 song, and holy hell this song is powerful. "Can you. Hear. Me. When. I. Sing!"

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): This one always feels so desperate. It's excellent in how it portrays that.

Wake Up Dead Man: One of my favourites and Bono just sounds so lost and resigned. It's a really powerful song.
Looks like I'm not alone, very underrated song! Love the distorted vocals!

I'll third this. I absolutely love that song, I always have. Criminally underrated, and some of Bono's best lyrics too.
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Post by: andrewau2 on December 01, 2015, 08:13:10 PM
around 3 minute mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=897WjTBePik#t=3m (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=897WjTBePik#t=3m)
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Post by: PopMart on December 01, 2015, 09:16:40 PM
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Bad: "I'm wide awake" and that's enough said.

Sometimes you Can't Make it on your own: My favourite U2 song, and holy hell this song is powerful. "Can you. Hear. Me. When. I. Sing!"

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): This one always feels so desperate. It's excellent in how it portrays that.

Wake Up Dead Man: One of my favourites and Bono just sounds so lost and resigned. It's a really powerful song.
Looks like I'm not alone, very underrated song! Love the distorted vocals!

I'll third this. I absolutely love that song, I always have. Criminally underrated, and some of Bono's best lyrics too.

Looks like I'm not so "alone in this world" seeing as other people like Wake Up Dead Man!
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Post by: Achtung_Dublin on December 03, 2015, 09:43:00 AM
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I don't know if it's the most emotional but the raw power and enthusiasm on A Sort of Homecoming blows me away every time.

ASOH definitely comes to mind. I would also like to add Iris. He doesn't really belt it out, but you can totally hear the emotion in his voice.
"Iris says that I will be, the death of her it was not me... Iris."
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Post by: mariamontreal on December 04, 2015, 04:47:51 PM
Kite,Sometimes you can't make it on your own, wake up dead man my pics
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Post by: codeguy on December 04, 2015, 11:13:20 PM
Hawkmoon 269
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Post by: TheEnd on December 12, 2015, 08:09:23 PM
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Bad: "I'm wide awake" and that's enough said.

Sometimes you Can't Make it on your own: My favourite U2 song, and holy hell this song is powerful. "Can you. Hear. Me. When. I. Sing!"

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): This one always feels so desperate. It's excellent in how it portrays that.

Wake Up Dead Man: One of my favourites and Bono just sounds so lost and resigned. It's a really powerful song.
Looks like I'm not alone, very underrated song! Love the distorted vocals!

I'll third this. I absolutely love that song, I always have. Criminally underrated, and some of Bono's best lyrics too.

Looks like I'm not so "alone in this world" seeing as other people like Wake Up Dead Man!

It would be near the top of my list too.
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Post by: scrittoresabino on December 12, 2015, 09:16:15 PM
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Bad: "I'm wide awake" and that's enough said.

Sometimes you Can't Make it on your own: My favourite U2 song, and holy hell this song is powerful. "Can you. Hear. Me. When. I. Sing!"

Stay (Faraway, So Close!): This one always feels so desperate. It's excellent in how it portrays that.

Wake Up Dead Man: One of my favourites and Bono just sounds so lost and resigned. It's a really powerful song.
Looks like I'm not alone, very underrated song! Love the distorted vocals!

I'll third this. I absolutely love that song, I always have. Criminally underrated, and some of Bono's best lyrics too.

Looks like I'm not so "alone in this world" seeing as other people like Wake Up Dead Man!

It would be near the top of my list too.

Bad:  Bad LIVE is maybe my all-time favorite songs.  I can't stand the recorded Unforgettable Fire version.  It's so, forgettable.  Flat.  Lifeless.  I never listen to that version.  Every single bootleg far surpasses it. Even the "Let it go" on the album is so restrained in comparison.

Agree on Wake Up Dead Man!!!: Now here is an album recording which exudes emotion even though it starts out so subdued.  The desperation and rawness just oozes out of him.
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Post by: Starman on December 12, 2015, 09:17:10 PM
SYCMIOYO, A Sort of Homecoming and Bad are some of the best.
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Post by: Cityofblindinglights on December 12, 2015, 09:48:05 PM
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Stay (Faraway so close)
Original of the species Only in some parts
Bad
Ultra violet
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Post by: wraitii on December 13, 2015, 12:53:52 AM
Heartland probably deserves a shout. Otherwise it's one of Tomorrow, Bad or good old One for me.
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Post by: rubbersoul on December 13, 2015, 06:13:16 AM
Unchained Melody
Dreaming With Tears in My Eyes
Kite
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Post by: Starman on December 13, 2015, 11:23:02 PM
Stay and Kite are definitely up there.
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Post by: d.darroch on December 15, 2015, 11:05:26 AM
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Kite, on that whole "I'm a man" part
I love that part. Great on the album, even better live!
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Post by: Hwy 190 on December 16, 2015, 03:05:44 AM
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Hawkmoon 269

Oh yeah:

"Like black coffee
Like nicotine"
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Post by: Hwy 190 on December 16, 2015, 03:22:21 AM
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Red Hill Mining Town

Zenith of the song:

"Love, slowly stripped away
Love, has seen its better day"

The crowning moment of the Joshua Tree LP ...you know it's true!
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Post by: redrunningred on December 23, 2015, 05:02:42 PM
Sometimes You Can't Make it on your own
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Post by: Kite32 on December 24, 2015, 01:34:57 AM
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Sometimes You Can't Make it on your own

I am baffled as to why this song doesn't get more attention around these parts -

'a house does not make a home,
don't leave me here alone'

breaks my heart every time...
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on December 24, 2015, 10:56:41 PM
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Sometimes You Can't Make it on your own

I am baffled as to why this song doesn't get more attention around these parts -

'a house does not make a home,
don't leave me here alone'

breaks my heart every time...
For me, it's easily the best song on an otherwise abysmal LP.
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Post by: Am I bugging you? on December 25, 2015, 04:44:10 AM
  At least half the tracks on the Unforgettable Fire album would qualify. A Sort Of Homecoming, Pride, The Unforgettable Fire, Bad and MLK all spring to mind. The heartfelt emotions heard in Bono's voice, is what has made this album a fan favorite.
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Post by: AltonDalton on December 29, 2015, 11:49:35 PM
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  At least half the tracks on the Unforgettable Fire album would qualify. A Sort Of Homecoming, Pride, The Unforgettable Fire, Bad and MLK all spring to mind. The heartfelt emotions heard in Bono's voice, is what has made this album a fan favorite.
That's a great point
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Post by: Kite32 on December 30, 2015, 07:57:10 AM
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Sometimes You Can't Make it on your own

I am baffled as to why this song doesn't get more attention around these parts -

'a house does not make a home,
don't leave me here alone'

breaks my heart every time...
For me, it's easily the best song on an otherwise abysmal LP.

I'd agree apart from A man and a woman and Yahweh it's a pretty forgettable album. Nice melodies on Miracle too spoilt by those awful lyrics.
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Post by: riffraff on December 30, 2015, 08:27:16 AM
Red Hill Mining Town, Hawkmoon, Ultraviolet, Luminous Times
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Post by: binary_code on December 31, 2015, 02:48:29 AM
Well, Bono is a master in channeling emotions. It struck me as I watched the Paris concert on TV that he lets himself be so emotionally involved in every part of the show, every song. Of course, he is an artist, an actor as well, but it sure doesn't look fake to me. It must be very exhausting going through that huge spectre of intense emotions for two straight hours every other night. Respect!

Back to the real question of the thread: The belting on A sort of homecoming, Heartland, Bad and Hawkmoom is so powerful! And the sadness of SYCMIOYO, Kite and Wake up dead man can bring me to tears.
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Post by: binary_code on December 31, 2015, 02:49:41 AM
Wow, and I don't know how I could forget Please! That one breaks my heart every time.
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Post by: miryclay on December 31, 2015, 08:26:36 AM
Springhill Mining Disaster on YouTube
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Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on December 31, 2015, 01:43:40 PM
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Springhill Mining Disaster on YouTube
True, but that isn't a studio song.
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Post by: Neil Young, man! on January 01, 2016, 08:02:22 AM
Master of the obvious but Still haven't found and With or without you are up there, too.
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Post by: Neil Young, man! on January 01, 2016, 08:04:04 AM
Master of the obvious but Still haven't found, Pride and With or without you are up there, too.
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Post by: GardenTart on January 01, 2016, 11:57:44 PM
Sorry if I missed it but Iris and Mofo spring to mind immediately.

Totally agree with:
Tomorrow
Please
Bad
So Cruel
WUDM
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Post by: OptimaX on January 03, 2016, 09:54:08 AM
Clannad - In a Lifetime

https://youtu.be/b_klil_eOEY

I think this is the peak of Bono's voice of his entire career.

And this is a seriously forgotten jam too I think:

Two Shots of Happy One Shot of Sad.

https://youtu.be/fg0BMw8Uex0
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Post by: emalvick on January 05, 2016, 04:41:16 PM
Kite
Exit
Bad
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Post by: MASTER YODA on January 07, 2016, 06:00:32 PM
No one mentions Pride???
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Post by: riffraff on January 08, 2016, 10:02:17 AM
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No one mentions Pride???

ohmygosh! You are so right...Pride is right up there, or maybe above most of the others listed.
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Post by: Am I bugging you? on January 08, 2016, 07:41:18 PM
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No one mentions Pride???

ohmygosh! You are so right...Pride is right up there, or maybe above most of the others listed.
   I did.
   There is some footage of the recording of Pride, where Bono is going way overboard. I think it was Lanois, or possibly Eno, who says to Bono, something like, that was ok, but could you try it with a little more emotion. It was quiet funny.
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Post by: PopMofo97 on January 09, 2016, 09:52:14 AM
Walk On, Miss Sarajevo, WOWY
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No one mentions Pride???

ohmygosh! You are so right...Pride is right up there, or maybe above most of the others listed.
   I did.
   There is some footage of the recording of Pride, where Bono is going way overboard. I think it was Lanois, or possibly Eno, who says to Bono, something like, that was ok, but could you try it with a little more emotion. It was quiet funny.
Yeah, that was in From The Sky Down. "Could you maybe stand up for this one, Bono?"  :)
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Post by: missey on January 09, 2016, 06:38:31 PM
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No one mentions Pride???

ohmygosh! You are so right...Pride is right up there, or maybe above most of the others listed.
   I did.
   There is some footage of the recording of Pride, where Bono is going way overboard. I think it was Lanois, or possibly Eno, who says to Bono, something like, that was ok, but could you try it with a little more emotion. It was quiet funny.
Yeah, that was in From The Sky Down. "Could you maybe stand up for this one, Bono?"  :)

It was also part of a documentary that came with the reissued Unforgettable Fire. It was really good. 
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Post by: Doc_Holiday on January 09, 2016, 06:42:55 PM
^ It's also an extra on the Live from Slane Castle DVD. Great documentary
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Post by: missey on January 10, 2016, 04:27:11 PM
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^ It's also an extra on the Live from Slane Castle DVD. Great documentary

Oh, right, of course.  Actually I think that's what I meant.  I knew it was included on one of the DVD's as an extra. 
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Post by: riffraff on January 11, 2016, 10:51:56 AM
I'm listening to Joshua Tree, and man oh man, One Tree Hill...so passionate.
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Post by: StefanCorney93 on January 12, 2016, 05:39:18 AM
Stay, Tomorrow, Surrender, Into The Heart.
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Post by: riffraff on January 12, 2016, 07:29:16 AM
Ah, yes...Into The Heart...