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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
U2 songs about Mothers and Fathers
All good song writers tap their family tree for lyrical inspiration now and then. There's been plenty of popular songs that feature lyrics about parents and their children. A classic example is Cat Steven's Father and Son.
It's with no great surprise then that Bono has chosen to reveal insights to his feeling about his family in a few of U2's songs. Here's some thoughts about a selected few...
Mofo was sixth single flogged from the supposedly terrible Pop, album the lyrics in part refer to Bono's beloved mother, whom he lost at the age of fourteen.
Mothers of the Disappeared
The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, is a unique organization of Argentine women who have become human rights activists in order to achieve a common goal. For over three long decades, the Mothers have fought for the right to re-unite with their abducted children. It was this work that inspired Bono's lyrics.
Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own
The lyric was written by Bono as a tribute to his father, Bob Hewson, who died in 2001. Bono sang this at his funeral. In the video for the song it was prefaced with the following from Bono "My father worked in the post office by day and sang opera by night. We lived on the north side of Dublin in a place called Cedarwood Road. He had a lot of attitude. He gave some to me - and a voice. I wish I'd known him better." On Your Own song shares similar parental sentiments as found in Kite from the All That You Can't Leave Behind album.
The October album was definitely Bono on channeling and challenging his spiritual side - Tomorrow sees him exploring his thoughts around his mother's death and the spectre of her possibly meeting Jesus.
Written by Greg Lake, I Believe in Father Christmas with a view to making a critque about how Christmas had changed from being a celebration of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, into one huge and disgusting orgy or shopping.
Done with this page? Want to know more about some other U2 lyrics? Check out 10 U2 Love Songs.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Beatles sang that All You Need Is Love and just about every band since has as well so it's no surprise that U2 have song a few songs that ponder the wondrousness of it all.
Here's a few songs that either feature the subject love in their lyrics or are clearly love songs.
Love is Blindness
A haunting tracking that closed the mighty body of work that was Achtung Baby - the lyrics suggest an quite desperate love where nothing else matters but that love - a deep play on the phrase love is blind but the neighbours aint joke perhaps?
When Love Comes to Town
Some men are afraid of love. They'd prefer to hit it and quit before they have to contend with their feelings. At least that's what this duet between Bono and B.B. King might leave you thinking....
Love Rescue Me
Love And Peace Or Else
I didn't have a choice
But to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to"
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
U2360° At The Rose Bowl will be released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray by Mercury Records on June 7, and in the US on June 3, 2010.
You might recall the show was broadcast live on Youtube. Here's the set list.
Order the 2 disk DVD or the ">Blue Ray at Amazon.
U2360° At The Rose Bowl was the penultimate gig of last year's U2360° Tour in support of their Grammy nominated album No Line on The Horizon. The Rose Bowl performance was the band's biggest show of 2009 and U2's biggest ever US show, with a live audience in excess of 97,000.
The show was also streamed across seven continents via YouTube. The first ever live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl had over 10 million views on the channel in one week.
Shot entirely in HD, the concert was filmed with 27 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who had previously worked on U23D, the first live action 3D concert movie taken from U2's Vertigo Tour.
Available in standard and 2-disc deluxe DVD formats (see below), U2360° At The Rose Bowl will also be U2's first concert available in Blu-ray. The deluxe formats and the Blu-ray will feature a new documentary called Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360° with new interviews from U2, Paul McGuinness and the team behind the touring production.
The track listing of U2360° At The Rose Bowl is as follows:
Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Beautiful Day, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, No Line On The Horizon, Elevation, In A Little While, Unknown Caller, Until the End of the World, The Unforgettable Fire, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight, Sunday Bloody Sunday, MLK, Walk On, One, Where The Streets Have No Name, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), With Or Without You, Moment Of Surrender.
Check out Ordinary Love, a song by U2 that was inspired by Nelson Mandela.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
U2 Los Angeles Rose Bowl Set List: Breathe, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Beautiful Day (with a few lines from In God's Country), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (The Edge played it with a capo on the 2nd fret, coda of Stand By Me, massive crowd singalong), Stuck In A Moment (acoustic guitar version), No Line On The Horizon, Elevation, In A Little While (Bono changed the lyrics to say space travel turns him on, song finished with last verse spoken by an astronaut in the International Space Station), Unknown Caller, Until the End of the World (frenetic Edge solo), The Unforgettable Fire (Edge pulls double guitar and piano duties), City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (stale remix version), Sunday Bloody Sunday, MLK (Martin Luther King tribute), Walk On (with Aung San Suu Kyi protesters on the stage wearing masks of her face, Never Walk Alone snippet at end).
Bono thanks LA, everyone on youtube.
Desmond Tutu recorded message urging us to all be one....
One, Amazing Grace (lead into) Where the Streets Have No Name, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), With or Without You, (Bono thanks a million people for their contribution to AIDS awareness and anti AIDS drug measures, he then asks everyone to turn on their cell phone lights to turn the stadium into the Milky Way) Moment of Surrender