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U2 — All I Want Is You
Album: Rattle & Hum
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7.8

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Released: 1988
Length: 6:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold.
But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you.

You say you'll give me a highway with no-one on it
Treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night.

You say you'll give me eyes in a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest.
But all the promises we make, from the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you.

You say you want your love to work out right
To last with me through the night.

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold.
All the promises we break, from the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you.

You...all I want is...
You...all I want is...
You...all I want is...
You...
Comments (483)add comment
 Will62 wrote:
Pretentious, over-bloated tosh. I'm sure these self-absorbed twits fiddle away with a smug inner glow . . .
 
But enough about your song comment.
Long Live RP



My rating stays at  8   
    


Do Paul, David, Adam & Larry actually sponsor PR...? 
 Pjesnik wrote:
I assume that many commenators here could not recall the experience of getting to hear the October for the first time somewhere in 1983. Those of you so easy on words, why not take a look at the album's cover? And those of you who, like me, don't have a loads of money, what do we know about our possible decissions where to pay taxes? 
Am I bugging you? Don't mean to bugg you.      
 
This starts out well but leaves me bugg-ed and confussed.
worst concert I've ever bee to cosmicjoe54 wrote:
. ginger wrote:
Ah yes, it does have power! He's an ex now, but whenever I hear this song I flash right back to 1991 when I was wooed with this by a guy I had a crush on, but was planning to say no to dating. He gave me this as a CD single (or maybe EP) but anyway it was titles "All I Want is You". It worked...I ended up marrying him!


Ludovic wrote:
One of those songs that you wish someone would sing to you
 

 
 
. ginger wrote:
Ah yes, it does have power! He's an ex now, but whenever I hear this song I flash right back to 1991 when I was wooed with this by a guy I had a crush on, but was planning to say no to dating. He gave me this as a CD single (or maybe EP) but anyway it was titles "All I Want is You". It worked...I ended up marrying him!


Ludovic wrote:
One of those songs that you wish someone would sing to you
 

 
Ah yes, it does have power! He's an ex now, but whenever I hear this song I flash right back to 1991 when I was wooed with this by a guy I had a crush on, but was planning to say no to dating. He gave me this as a CD single (or maybe EP) but anyway it was titles "All I Want is You". It worked...I ended up marrying him!


Ludovic wrote:
One of those songs that you wish someone would sing to you
 

This played at a friend's wake. Hits me in the feels every time.
 kosta_n190 wrote:
Goosebumps folks, every time when I listen to this song!
This is not my favorite U2 song, but it's in the top 3.
 

Goosebumps folks, every time I hear this song!
This is not my favorite U2 song, but it's in the top 3.
 Art_Mickey wrote:
Funny how this still falls flat after all this time.
 
Funny how wrong you are.
One of those songs that you wish someone would sing to you
...
"One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven"
...
"You Never Give Me Your Money" (Lennon/McCartney)
 kimschoice wrote:
Little heavy on the U2 rotation

 
Still.....

Its interesting to read the comments on their songs here. Such a polarizing group. 
Some love them, others like me, just don't "get" it. Never have. I've tried to give them a chance.
But then there's quite a few "popular" bands that make me feel that way. So its me. I accept that.

Granted, this IS one of their better examples. I guess. 
Maybe if they had a better guitarist? I dunno. Maybe.

But for me, my reply to #kimschoice would be: "Kinda hard to avoid...... if you play any U2"
Funny how this still falls flat after all this time.
 newbolddrive wrote:
Just realised the end is a bit like that Van Morrison song, what's it's name...

 
'Astral Weeks'  -  I heard it 6 hours after this one right here on RP.  I hadnt realized it either til I heard it - Good Job {#Notworthy}
Just realised the end is a bit like that Van Morrison song, what's it's name...
 maboleth wrote:
A masterpiece. Masterwork. Gets me every time.

 
Agreeing with you maboleth.....superb sounds from a master master musos !{#Daisy}
 stalfnzo wrote:
Incredibly mediocre. They're just not very talented musicians. Great at "image spin," but not so much with their "music."
 

Please send Bill your list of mediocre, "not very talented musicians" who are great at "image spin" but not so great with music so he can get started cleaning up his cluttered playlists. Whew!  {#Rolleyes}
 Proclivities wrote:

There must be hundreds of artists through the history of recorded about whom that can be said, though that would not prevent their music from being mediocre, it could possibly encourage it.  However. there are also hundreds of "talented musicians" who have made mediocre (or worse) music throughout their careers (e.g.: Kenny G, Chicago, Toto, etc.).  I'm not particularly excited by this song, but it has nothing to do with the technical prowess of the musicians involved.

 
Well put! You forgot to add Steely Dan to the list.
 poetdancer wrote:
Going to see them May 17th! Who-hoo!
 

Going to see them May 17th! Who-hoo!
I admit, the gulf I perceived between this and The Joshua Tree (which itself took me a while to fully process as a whole, it having been so deep and so different from their sound on the albums preceding it) seemed mighty big for me at the time...and I didn't come around to a real appreciation of this period until later... Then came along the staggering Achtung, Baby! and wow, I had to realize: this band has to be taken in the context of what they are trying to do with each particular effort, NOT through a lens clouded by a rush to judgement or an unfair, stubborn comparison. This realization helped prepare me for the resurgent brilliance and heartbreakingly poignant vulnerability of All That You Can't Leave Behind — and thus more fully allowed its therapeutic effect to help me deal with what I was going through at the time: family disintegration, divorce, relocation, upheaval, loss; all relevant themes artistically explored and poetically expressed within the album, and similarly, better readied me for their subsequent works, which continue(d) to emerge and remain as relevant touchstones in My Life's Journey. I really cannot think of any other band that has so 'been there for me' through all
 stalfnzo wrote:
Incredibly mediocre. They're just not very talented musicians. Great at "image spin," but not so much with their "music."

 
There must be hundreds of artists through the history of recorded about whom that can be said, though that would not prevent their music from being mediocre, it could possibly encourage it.  However. there are also hundreds of "talented musicians" who have made mediocre (or worse) music throughout their careers (e.g.: Kenny G, Chicago, Toto, etc.).  I'm not particularly excited by this song, but it has nothing to do with the technical prowess of the musicians involved.
The best U2 song with where the streets have no name. My 9.
A masterpiece. Masterwork. Gets me every time.
Little heavy on the U2 rotation
It's not one of my favourite songs, albums or bands. Yet still I feel a tinge of pride to have been a teenager when this came out. So much of the music of that time still touches, even though it might just be mediocre pop stuff.

Not sure if it's just a personal thing, like most people liked being a teenager, or if the 80s were special in some way. I think both is true. Today pop is so focused on the business side of things, it drowns out all creativity. Still a few good artists around, but all in all? I don't know, I liked the 80s, partly also the 90s, much better.
Robert Johnson>Elvis Presley>60s Trifecta of Dylan/Stones/Beatles>U2>Everything After
I am not a big U2 fan. Some of their stuff borders on brilliance, much of it on mediocrity and still some more is just truly bad. This is a good one. While I am flummoxed at the exposure U2 gets on RP, this is a good one for the rotation.
 Baron77 wrote:

George Harrison - not the greatest guitar player Bob Dylan - not the greatest vocalist 
Charlie Watts - not the greatest drummer in the world - solid sure..but good Lord it's the freaking Beatles -it's freaking Bob Dylan and the Stones. 
 

 

 
Comparing U2 to any of those artists is absurd.


It's a 10 from me, again.
I assume that many commenators here could not recall the experience of getting to hear the October for the first time somewhere in 1983. Those of you so easy on words, why not take a look at the album's cover? And those of you who, like me, don't have a loads of money, what do we know about our possible decissions where to pay taxes? 
Am I bugging you? Don't mean to bugg you.      
 stalfnzo wrote:
Incredibly mediocre. They're just not very talented musicians. Great at "image spin," but not so much with their "music."
 

 
George Harrison - not the greatest guitar player Bob Dylan - not the greatest vocalist 
Charlie Watts - not the greatest drummer in the world - solid sure..but good Lord it's the freaking Beatles -it's freaking Bob Dylan and the Stones. 
 

 
Incredibly mediocre. They're just not very talented musicians. Great at "image spin," but not so much with their "music."
 
I dig this band, a lot. But Bono has rubbed me wrong since I first heard his affected vocals back in the '80's. Dude annoys me. It's kind of like saying I'm really into Keith Richard's band but I can't stand that Mick Jagger. Not true, just an example, cuz they're so perfect together. So it's kind of crazy. Given their popularity I am in a distinct minority, but, hey, personal taste. I will always have to rate (nearly) everything they do with a 5: great band, some awesome songs...noxious singer.
Not a fan at all, but this one gets me.
 terryd wrote:

That's a good point about the strings, I am listening to it now and thinking that it is reminiscent of the addition to one or two Beatles tracks as well?

 
Yes, I think you right!
 Pike wrote:
All I Want Is You................ to stop playing U2

 

Sorry, won't happen with the rating of 7.9...
All I Want Is You................ to stop playing U2
 Jannne wrote:
  iconic and splendid  {#Crown}

 
Indeed, listened to Rattle and Hum the other day, start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed it. Must purchase the DVD to replace the VHS version. 
One of my favourite songs to actually play on a guitar - then you realise how simple and great it is - just a few chords - no string arrangement necessary whatsoever :)

 
This is an awfully pretty song. I just can't understand the negative comments, except to assume that some people have just decided to dislike U2 and have closed themselves off from every enjoying a U2 song not matter how incredible the song is... 
  iconic and splendid  {#Crown}
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
So many comments about band personnel and not enough about the music. There is nothing the Irish hate more than the British is some of their own standing above the parapet.  Apparently that makes them fair targets for spite and jealousy.  Getting back to the music (and not politics or taxation) the string arrangement is excellent on this track - the song would not be as good without it.

 
Indeed, the string-arrangement, especially at the end, is fantastic!
From the cradle to the grave...this song is by my side.
I love U2. I love FredRiley and his comments. I love this world.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
So many comments about band personnel and not enough about the music. There is nothing the Irish hate more than the British is some of their own standing above the parapet.  Apparently that makes them fair targets for spite and jealousy.  Getting back to the music (and not politics or taxation) the string arrangement is excellent on this track - the song would not be as good without it.

 
That's a good point about the strings, I am listening to it now and thinking that it is reminiscent of the addition to one or two Beatles tracks as well?
 stalfnzo wrote:

I love this comment, but I especially enjoyed learning a new word: gobshite. "A stupid, foolish, or incompetent person." I think that pretty much describes the whole band. Not very talented.

 
Well, for all the U2 haters out there I was fortunate to attend their opening night concert in Vancouver last Thursday. They did not disappoint as the stage production and sound was brilliant. Complain all you want about this band they still perform at a level few bands could ever dream to achieve.
 fredriley wrote:

Laugh away. U2 do avoid paying taxes in their native Ireland. That's documented fact. U2 defend the practice. It's a matter of judgement whether one accepts or rejects the defence.

Bono is a smug moralistic gobshite. That's opinion, but a legit opinion seeing as yer man puts himself about on the 'world stage' and hobnobs with presidents and prime ministers. That makes him as ripe for comment as any other public figure.

U2's music is so-so, though they've had their moments. That's subjective musical opinion as a listener, as valid as any other listener's opinion.

Personally I'm aggressively indifferent about the band and its music, but Bono and the Tax Dodgers ask for it through their actions.

 
I love this comment, but I especially enjoyed learning a new word: gobshite. "A stupid, foolish, or incompetent person." I think that pretty much describes the whole band. Not very talented.
 willmcnaught wrote:

use PSD button lol 
{#Music} 

 

So many comments about band personnel and not enough about the music. There is nothing the Irish hate more than the British is some of their own standing above the parapet.  Apparently that makes them fair targets for spite and jealousy.  Getting back to the music (and not politics or taxation) the string arrangement is excellent on this track - the song would not be as good without it.
 fredriley wrote:

Laugh away. U2 do avoid paying taxes in their native Ireland. That's documented fact. U2 defend the practice. It's a matter of judgement whether one accepts or rejects the defence.

Bono is a smug moralistic gobshite. That's opinion, but a legit opinion seeing as yer man puts himself about on the 'world stage' and hobnobs with presidents and prime ministers. That makes him as ripe for comment as any other public figure.

U2's music is so-so, though they've had their moments. That's subjective musical opinion as a listener, as valid as any other listener's opinion.

Personally I'm aggressively indifferent about the band and its music, but Bono and the Tax Dodgers ask for it through their actions.

 
Let's not be hypocritical now.  I'm sure if there was a practice that would allow you to avoid those onerous UK taxes, acceptable or not, you would take it in a second Fred.   It seems the good fortune of others has made you aggressively bitter.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
U2 songs way way overplayed. Please stop.

 
No.
U2 songs way way overplayed. Please stop.
 veloman wrote:

Agree agree agree

 

 DaMoGan wrote:

I agree!, and to many U2 songs to come! Cheers!

/Or maybe you meant "too many U2 songs"?

 

 helgigermany wrote:
to many U2 songs in the rotation for my taste!

 
I agree!, and to many U2 songs to come! Cheers!

/Or maybe you meant "too many U2 songs"?

Edit: Ok, given your name, I probably shouldn't tease your slight misuse of English, seit Mein Deutsch ist ganz furchtbar! Es tut mir leid.
 helgigermany wrote:
to many U2 songs in the rotation for my taste!

 
use PSD button lol 
{#Music} 
to many U2 songs in the rotation for my taste!
 Will62 wrote:
Pretentious, over-bloated tosh. I'm sure these self-absorbed twits fiddle away with a smug inner glow, knowing that the very institutions they smite with fisted rage and poisoned pen are the mechanisms for their mass popularity. Have seen them twice (albeit a long time ago) and came away mightily impressed - with the support acts. Nothing but anthems and lullabies for drunk twenty-somethings beguiled by their baby-boomer parent's nostalgic ramblings.

 
You seem to recognize these "twits" so well....wonder why?

Wonderful song.
Yes, the internet is where the few haters can feel good about getting their voice heard.  In the mean time, the masses, right or wrong still decide. I rate this an 8, but I'll "edge" higher if a few more haters post something to get the rest of the masses riled up.
Bono - see you next Tuesday
 fredriley wrote:

Laugh away. U2 do avoid paying taxes in their native Ireland. That's documented fact. U2 defend the practice. It's a matter of judgement whether one accepts or rejects the defence.

Bono is a smug moralistic gobshite. That's opinion, but a legit opinion seeing as yer man puts himself about on the 'world stage' and hobnobs with presidents and prime ministers. That makes him as ripe for comment as any other public figure.

U2's music is so-so, though they've had their moments. That's subjective musical opinion as a listener, as valid as any other listener's opinion.

Personally I'm aggressively indifferent about the band and its music, but Bono and the Tax Dodgers ask for it through their actions.

 
I understand what you're saying, but at the end of the day they are only musicians.  I'm sure many rock singers are gobshites.  It's the rest of us who put them up on a pedestal (or simply support them through our patronage) who are to blame for any higher importance.  They're like royalty, which I find strange!  I certainly have my issues with some musicians, but it's related more to illegal or extremely reprehensible behavior.  I think you would put Bono in this category and that's fine.  We all have to draw a line somewhere.  For me, I like some of their music a lot.  Most of it I could take or leave.  I think this is a 10.  {#Cheers}
 fredriley wrote:

Laugh away. U2 do avoid paying taxes in their native Ireland. That's documented fact. U2 defend the practice. It's a matter of judgement whether one accepts or rejects the defence.

Bono is a smug moralistic gobshite. That's opinion, but a legit opinion seeing as yer man puts himself about on the 'world stage' and hobnobs with presidents and prime ministers. That makes him as ripe for comment as any other public figure.

U2's music is so-so, though they've had their moments. That's subjective musical opinion as a listener, as valid as any other listener's opinion.

Personally I'm aggressively indifferent about the band and its music, but Bono and the Tax Dodgers ask for it through their actions.

 
Well said! Thanks for this.
 Will62 wrote:
Pretentious, over-bloated tosh. I'm sure these self-absorbed twits fiddle away with a smug inner glow, knowing that the very institutions they smite with fisted rage and poisoned pen are the mechanisms for their mass popularity. Have seen them twice (albeit a long time ago) and came away mightily impressed - with the support acts. Nothing but anthems and lullabies for drunk twenty-somethings beguiled by their baby-boomer parent's nostalgic ramblings.

 
But it was so refreshing and new when it came out. 
I'm no expert, but I would say that someone's "talent" can also be measured by how they stand out from the herd of other "talented" players.  The distinctive guitar here is recognisable anywhere, so must count for something.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

.... yes he is
 
Peter (and Stingray) - couldn't agree more. Why does this Edge chap receive kudos when there are an infinite number of guitarists that show him up as bereft of any appreciable talent. One example (well two actually) - Denny Dias and Jeff Baxter on 'Bodhisattva' from Steely Dan's 'Countdown to Ecstasy'. THAT is sublime mastery of strings - not somnambulent strumming akin to the local band at a High School dance. Good grief!! Please consign them to the archives.
Pretentious, over-bloated tosh. I'm sure these self-absorbed twits fiddle away with a smug inner glow, knowing that the very institutions they smite with fisted rage and poisoned pen are the mechanisms for their mass popularity. Have seen them twice (albeit a long time ago) and came away mightily impressed - with the support acts. Nothing but anthems and lullabies for drunk twenty-somethings beguiled by their baby-boomer parent's nostalgic ramblings.
 Stingray wrote:
In my (semi-expert) opinion THE EDGE is a fucked-up guitar player!

 
.... yes he is
 tiggers wrote:

Seconded, the haters are sad laughable creatures... if they just said they didn't like their music I could get it, but all this Bono is a ****er and they avoid their taxes and they sold out etc.etc...... it's just pathetic!!!

 
Laugh away. U2 do avoid paying taxes in their native Ireland. That's documented fact. U2 defend the practice. It's a matter of judgement whether one accepts or rejects the defence.

Bono is a smug moralistic gobshite. That's opinion, but a legit opinion seeing as yer man puts himself about on the 'world stage' and hobnobs with presidents and prime ministers. That makes him as ripe for comment as any other public figure.

U2's music is so-so, though they've had their moments. That's subjective musical opinion as a listener, as valid as any other listener's opinion.

Personally I'm aggressively indifferent about the band and its music, but Bono and the Tax Dodgers ask for it through their actions.
Not especially a U2 fan, but this is elevated greatly by coming after the interminable dross of BRMC.
Gratuitous and overlong ending. Less that, 10.
 Shimmer wrote:
This is a guilty pleasure. Back when U2 could crank out gorgeous songs on a whim. And this one doesn't really sound like much more than a whim, but I still love it.
 
Why the guilt? RP listeners rate this a solid 8. The haters are just more vocal; you know, like when babies poop their diapers?

This is a guilty pleasure. Back when U2 could crank out gorgeous songs on a whim. And this one doesn't really sound like much more than a whim, but I still love it.
 westslope wrote:

Funny about the word 'hate'.

 

I learned, rather concluded at an early age that the term 'hate' should be reserved for military occupiers and similar.  Not chocolate, not art, not music.



 
I do not hate this band or song.  I gave it a 9.  Maybe a 10?  Not sure.  {#Wave}
Great band, in the top tier of great musical acts of all time. This is really only, IMHO, a 2nd tier song of theirs. And it STILL is fantastic. H8rs, {#Nyah}
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Eek}  This band is Soooooooooooo overrated 
 
Shore got that right..
 Mike_Sneade wrote:
{#Cry} not great is it?

 

avarage rating says it's "Most Excellent". Close enough to "Great" for me.
Of course it is a geat song. Way way over played everywhere. Please stop. I would like to enjoy it again someday in the far distant future. I just can't take anymore U2 songs at all, maybe for another 30 years.
You "dislikers/haters" are definitely in the minority for this song.
so then you should PSD
{#Cry} not great is it?
 stalfnzo wrote:
ARRGGGHHHH!!! My ears are bleeding! Please, no more U2. Marginal band, at best.

 
Amen!  Such a crap band.
In my (semi-expert) opinion THE EDGE is a fucked-up guitar player!
ARRGGGHHHH!!! My ears are bleeding! Please, no more U2. Marginal band, at best.
U2 is OK but are played (in my opinion) way too much on RP.
 westslope wrote:

Funny about the word 'hate'.

 

I learned, rather concluded at an early age that the term 'hate' should be reserved for military occupiers and similar.  Not chocolate, not art, not music.



  It's too bad that 'hater' has become a part of our lexicon. I guess everything needs to be exshtreme these days. Win/lose, right and wrong, winner take all, blah, blah.


I love this one...


One of U2's great songs - and they have many.

Funny about the word 'hate'.

 

I learned, rather concluded at an early age that the term 'hate' should be reserved for military occupiers and similar.  Not chocolate, not art, not music.


I love U2's music.  Also am very fond of Abba and Coldplay.

 

Bono's politics are naive and frankly counter-productive at times but his music and vocals are great.  


 lemmoth wrote:

Right at the top of my list of greatest U2 songs.

For all the haters out there - just because you are popular doesn't mean your music can't be great.
Just because you are political, doesn't mean that you are annoying.

Just because you layer on the sounds, doesn't mean you are pretentious.

Just because you had your peak early in your career, doesn't mean you can't continue to put out strong albums.

This band has stood the test of time.  They have grown and experimented and remain at their core a great rock band.

I always come away from one of their concerts with an renewed appreciation for their talents and their passion.

Each album brings new pleasures and repeated listening deepens that enjoyment.

They are one of the great bands in rock and roll history.



 
Seconded, the haters are sad laughable creatures... if they just said they didn't like their music I could get it, but all this Bono is a ****er and they avoid their taxes and they sold out etc.etc...... it's just pathetic!!!

Love this song...  it is from a great album released in 1988...  time flies when we're having fun...
wankers! all four!
Just playing loads of U2 won't make them sound any better!
 suggettsmiss wrote:


And don't forget tax avoidance too!

 

Cut the crap.  From a cultural, social, peace making and economic sense, U2 has done far more for their country than their efforts to minmize their taxes could possibly have done harm.
The amounts of reverb and delay in this song annoy me to bits. Just like any other U2 song {#Sick}
Let me help: {#Dancingbanana}  (<--- Cynical response to yet another song about unrequited love.  I'll feel better in the morning.)
Again? Ugh.
 suggettsmiss wrote:


And don't forget tax avoidance too!

 
Mitt Romney, is that you?!?
Not again.
 lemmoth wrote:

Right at the top of my list of greatest U2 songs.

For all the haters out there - just because you are popular doesn't mean your music can't be great.
Just because you are political, doesn't mean that you are annoying.

Just because you layer on the sounds, doesn't mean you are pretentious.

Just because you had your peak early in your career, doesn't mean you can't continue to put out strong albums.

This band has stood the test of time.  They have grown and experimented and remain at their core a great rock band.

I always come away from one of their concerts with an renewed appreciation for their talents and their passion.

Each album brings new pleasures and repeated listening deepens that enjoyment.

They are one of the great bands in rock and roll history.

 

And don't forget tax avoidance too!
ambrebalte wrote:

  
{#High-five}
  


Hugs to you...  love this song...

  horstman wrote:
Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my church be dancing...  love this song...
 
 
He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome back Romeotuma or whoever or whatever the hell you are!
  
{#High-five}


 horstman wrote:

He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome back Romeotuma or whoever or whatever the hell you are!
 

Thank you!  I be me...  hope you are having a great day...

love this song...
 
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church be dancing...  love this song...
 
 
He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome back Romeotuma or whoever or whatever the hell you are!
RP has played a lot of U2 lately - me likey. 

Everybody in my church be dancing...  love this song...
 
Still a great creation -
 Blastcat900 wrote:
ok, hate me. I just think U2 are pretentious and .... well, ok, ive never been to one of their concerts.. just the albums. Am I the only guy on earth who doesn't like U2?
 
we have an Summer outdoor concert series in our town, and the U2 tribute band comes every year and kills it.
a Free and Fine way to enjoy the music w/o the Bono attitude. 
Chris Christie? He ain't little, but I'll go for contrived.

 
darcand wrote:
After Anna Ternheim, it sounds as contrived as that little man from New Jersey.
Not my favorite U2 song.
 


Raw gritty and sounding awesome.
 FooledAgain wrote:
   max_redonx wrote:

No.    You are not.  

But it is just the two of you.
 
You've been 'fooled again'...you forgot to add me. That makes "three" so far.
 darcand wrote:
After Anna Ternheim, it sounds as contrived as that little man from New Jersey.
Not my favorite U2 song.
 
Lou Costello, contrived?
I agree with some here that their 80s music was superior.  I still like some of their 90s music too.  Just not quite as much as, say, Unforgettable Fire or Joshua Tree.  This song is also not up to those two albums (nor is this album) but it's still quite good.
After Anna Ternheim, it sounds as contrived as that little man from New Jersey.
Not my favorite U2 song.
 WayUpNorth wrote:
So I have become ambivalent about U2.  I loved their music, including this song, back "in the day" and even up until quite recently.  I introduced my sons to their vast body of work as they grew up.  But the band and I have broken up — I just don't feel the magic anymore.  I don't know what happened.  Maybe absence would have made the heart grow fonder — in the 2000's they were just EVERYWHERE.  I felt much of what they did was manipulative, media focused, mass produced:  their music, public personas and political pursuits.  The magic is gone. In contrast, I can still get warm and fuzzy when I hear REM.  What do you think?
 
I have to reluctantly agree. You got it right about that elusive, indefinable "magic" factor. Hard to say why, maybe just overexposure as you have suggested, but even their classic songs just sound kinda tired and lifeless to me these days (with a handful of exceptions, including this, of course).
 WayUpNorth wrote:
So I have become ambivalent about U2.  I loved their music, including this song, back "in the day" and even up until quite recently.  I introduced my sons to their vast body of work as they grew up.  But the band and I have broken up — I just don't feel the magic anymore.  I don't know what happened.  Maybe absence would have made the heart grow fonder — in the 2000's they were just EVERYWHERE.  I felt much of what they did was manipulative, media focused, mass produced:  their music, public personas and political pursuits.  The magic is gone. In contrast, I can still get warm and fuzzy when I hear REM.  What do you think?

I would look at it this way.  Suppose a political genius, like Bill Clinton, tried late in his career to become a hip rocker.  It would be a very bad joke of course.  This is what U2 has become, a bad joke.  Bono is a musician-cum-global-politician that fashions himself as the world's conscience.  He should have focused on his music, which clearly suffered as a result.  I don’t think they could have still been the 80s band they were in 2000, but they could have at least pumped out some good music.  I like their music in the 90s though.
So I have become ambivalent about U2.  I loved their music, including this song, back "in the day" and even up until quite recently.  I introduced my sons to their vast body of work as they grew up.  But the band and I have broken up — I just don't feel the magic anymore.  I don't know what happened.  Maybe absence would have made the heart grow fonder — in the 2000's they were just EVERYWHERE.  I felt much of what they did was manipulative, media focused, mass produced:  their music, public personas and political pursuits.  The magic is gone. In contrast, I can still get warm and fuzzy when I hear REM.  What do you think?
Perhaps the best thing from "Rattle", in my opinion. It's one of those songs that reminds me where I was back when. It stands up well, I think.