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:: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 ::

:: U2 Still Freakin' ROCKS ::
I haven't blogged much about "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" by U2 since I've been too busy to really immerse myself in it the way I normally do with every new U2 album. But I am going to talk about my favorite song: "City of Blinding Lights." I sing this song in the car when I'm driving every chance I get. It's that good. If you're wondering just how a bunch of guys in their 40s can still be relevant after almost 25 years together. listen to it and you'll understand why.

It starts slowly with a gradual buildup of The Edge's guitar, reminiscent of "Where the Streets have no Name." That driving guitar crescendos into this wide-open sound that evokes visual images of a summer sun rising over a city. Grand, magnificent, and it's going to just ROCK live.

As much as I love the sound, it's the lyrics that get me. Interpret them as you will: is he mourning a loss of innocence? Is it about where he grew up? A song for his wife? That's the cool thing about many U2 songs, everything is open to interpretation. These are the lines that get me every time:

I've seen you walk unafraid
I've seen you in the clothes you made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry; they all still got it.

:: Miscellaneous Ramblings by Dan-E at 10:43 PM [+] :: | 0 comments

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