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U2 — Beautiful Day
Album: All That You Can't Leave Behind
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 2176









Released: 2000
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 2
The heart is a bloom, shoots up through the story ground
There's no room, no space to rent in this town
You're out of luck and the reason that you had to care,
The traffic is stuck and you're not moving anywhere.
You thought you'd found a friend to take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand in return for grace

It's a beautiful day, the sky falls
And you feel like it's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away

You're on the road but you've got no destination
You're in the mud, in the maze of her imagination
You love this town even if it doesn't ring true
You've been all over and it's been all over you

It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day

Touch me, take me to that other place
Teach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
See the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colours came out
It was a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
A beautiful day

Touch me, take me to that other place
Reach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case

What you don't have you don't need it now
What you don't know you can feel it somehow
What you don't have you don't need it now
You don't need it now, you don't need it now
Beautiful day
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Help, I'm stuck inside an effects rack with a  twat whispershouting at me.
 justin4kick wrote:
Their best song in this millennium. But I think everyone agrees that their best work is from the previous century.
 

Not everyone follows the crowd.  

What a great first song to log into on a Friday Morning
~~~~Aloha Friday R.P : >
"it's a Beautiful day"
Haters should start their own band and then work for justice in the world. U2 is part of the reason I spent 30 years working as a community organizer on a variety of issues.

Too many negative comments on RP. It's easier to tear down than build up.  My view is that if I don't like a song, others do, so I won't attack their taste.

Music is my religion. Grace my aspiration. Hope my energy. 
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Won't you be my neighbor?
 youngers wrote:
Less U2 please!
 
No more u2
 Laptopdog wrote:
Despite all the U2 bashing, this is still a great tune.

Aside from Bono's tediously annoying personal crusades, they still put out good stuff. 
Less U2 please!
It IS a Beautiful Day!

(PS: The Eels have a similarly titled tune that's really good!  And old timers know there used to be a rock and roll band with this name.)
 countyman wrote:
Has Bono saved the world yet?
 
Definitely more than you.
Standing by and criticizing those who try, while doing nothing yourself.
a very happy song
It's not the best song ... Boring for the U2's lesson repeat 
RP can’t please all the people all the time! I don’t like U2 but I know a lot of people do. Bill being one of them it seems.
 Sasha2001 wrote:

I suppose making an attempt is somehow worse than making no attempt...according to your logic.
 
It's classic "new-America" thinking and it really seems to be catching on these days.
        i wish i  was there they came to tulsa to me that is the last of the great band  i guess im gettin old lo,l U 2 IS THE LAST OF GREAT ROCK BANDS











Sasha2001 wrote:

I suppose making an attempt is somehow worse than making no attempt...according to your logic.
 

 countyman wrote:
Has Bono saved the world yet?

 
I suppose making an attempt is somehow worse than making no attempt...according to your logic.
Despite all the U2 bashing, this is still a great tune.
A Beautiful day to hide your tax money away.

https://www.dw.com/en/u2-frontman-bono-named-in-paradise-papers-tax-evasion-leak/a-41259900
Lazarus, I will echo O_T_B's comments.  I also enjoyed Cynaera's posts.

Just out of curiosity, in you case you might know, how did Cynaera's subdural hematoma come about? 
 jmsmy wrote:
I just saw U2 last Wednesday for the Joshua Tree 2017 Tour.
I highly recommend you go. 

 
I'd rather get a root canal.

And how, pray tell does this score higher than the previous play of David Gilmour-Smile?
Makes no sense.
I just saw U2 last Wednesday for the Joshua Tree 2017 Tour.
I highly recommend you go. 
 Lazarus wrote:
Ann Lucas passed away February 6, 2012 . . . (see below)
 
Lazarus, thanks for posting these comments about Cynaera.
Her presence here is missed.
 Cynaera wrote:
There's an image I'll always associate with this song. Don't laugh (oh, okay - go 'head and laugh), but it's from an episode of "Smallville." I don't remember the gory details, but at the end of the episode, Clark and Lana Lane were sitting at the top of the water tower, looking out over the green countryside. The sky was clear and achingly, beautifully blue, and this song was playing. 

Hard NOT to like it, with that kind of image.  But then, I love U2 anyway.
 
We still miss you so much, Cynaera...  you were such a fine writer...  love this song...

Ann Lucas passed away February 6, 2012, at University of Utah Medical Center, at age 55 due to a subdural hematoma, which required surgery. She was put on life support, but after three days without signs of improvement, her family made the difficult decision to discontinue life support and donate her organs on the 6th.

Ann was born on Oct. 12, 1956, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Buss and Dorothy Stepp, who encouraged her to follow her dreams. One dream was to become a published author, which she achieved in 2010 with her novel "Life-Dance". She also wrote fan fiction for the television show "La Femme Nikita".

Ann was also a freelance correspondent for the "Elko Independent" newspaper and had a recurring column called "Shaking the Tree", as well as writing articles for "Elko Daily Free Press".


I just hate it when I tune into RP for the first time today, and U2 is playing. Total buzzkill.
 Mirek wrote:
Wow, never realized U2 was so despised.  I guess RP is feeling like I do when we have friends over and my dear partner says to me, "put something on everyone will like".  I know I am done right then.  Thanks RP for the diversity - I won't love every tune you play, but you are orders of magnitude better than any other station I know.

 
Agreed, So much hate and ugliness, if you don't like them move on, spare us your drivel. Once again out of 1400 plus reviews it STILL gets 7.2,  haters go to the end of the line! lol 
 yougivememosi wrote:
I've heard a rumour that if you listen to U2 whilst accidentally breaking a mirror indoors and opening up an umbrella then the world ends. Just a rumour mind you, not tried it. 
Yet.  
 
Nope, that didn't work.  It's possible one may have to stand under a ladder as well.  I'd say I'd let you know if that works, but then it would be too late.  Carry on...
 maboleth wrote:

Haha!! GREAT comment, describes SO many things that's wrong with him/this band.

 
People like to make fun of Bono.   But I'd like to think that were I in his extraordinary position, I'd also try to use it to improve things in the world as much as I could.  An knowing myself, I'd also make a few missteps in the process.
If you drink a couple of beers and close your eyes and imagine the Glee cover of this, you'll understand why someone should have unplugged Bono's microphone about fifteen years ago.
 countyman wrote:
Has Bono saved the world yet?

 
Haha!! GREAT comment, describes SO many things that's wrong with him/this band.
Has Bono saved the world yet?
Today is apex of the sun's way.
You're lovin' this town
Even if that doesn't ring true
You've been all over
And it's been all over you
{#Headache}
The Sun Always Shines On TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ir9HC9vYg&list=RDa3ir9HC9vYg

 
When my heart shines it's a beautiful day!
 zigzag wrote:

I tend to agree. Though that isn't much of a recommendation.

Very neatly arranged but typically aimless in its delivery.

Always sounds to me like they employ their own albums as reference. Did they learn nothing from Eno? 

 
One of their best of the millennium, yes, but I like this. Not sure what you mean by employing their own albums as reference. That last album was so labored and earnest and tired
I've heard a rumour that if you listen to U2 whilst accidentally breaking a mirror indoors and opening up an umbrella then the world ends. Just a rumour mind you, not tried it. 
Yet.  

Garb. Drivel.


U2 sometimes stir me
Saw them live through the 80's
This feels a bit artificial and boring for my ears  
 justin4kick wrote:
Their best song in this millennium. But I think everyone agrees that their best work is from the previous century.

 
I tend to agree. Though that isn't much of a recommendation.

Very neatly arranged but typically aimless in its delivery.

Always sounds to me like they employ their own albums as reference. Did they learn nothing from Eno? 
I've tried for 30+ years to understand the appeal of these guys, and I still don't get it.
Their best song in this millennium. But I think everyone agrees that their best work is from the previous century.
Beautiful Day.... it was until this came on again!!!! 
Usual bilge.
the sequel from this into Zero 7 In the Waiting Line was perfect.
ego driven noise.  nothing to hear here.  move along, move along.  psd.
iconic 10{#Crown}
A breath of fresh air when I first heard it on FM radio. Which underscores the sorry state of FM radio.
In the context of everything on RP it still holds up pretty well. But when a hit single becomes overplayed there's not much that can rescue it.

Not a U2 hater or a fan boy, although I got a good laugh out of the iTunes fiasco.

Always interesting to read two sides going to war over a song or a band. I'm not sure it's Bill's intent to highlight the lack of real music appreciation that exists (they used to teach it in college, do they still?), and the extent of age- and era-ism that cloud people's perceptions of popular music. But since we come from roughly the same backgrounds (1970s "progressive" FM radio) I suspect that it is. 
 enkay wrote:

I hope you enjoyed the concert. I saw a clip on Youtube that showed they had quite literally lost their Edge. 

All mockery aside though I'm glad he was okay, could've been nasty. 
 
Yes, the opening night concert was memorable. Despite all the haters out there, U2 always raise the production/concert experience to the next level, which most bands will never achieve {#Cheesygrin}
 Mirek wrote:
sorry - too much coffee today

 
Gee Mirek.  A guy from Guelph, Ontario should know how to delete extra posts......
 ShaunJ wrote:

Well, despite all the U2 haters around I am looking forward to their opening night concert in Vancouver Thursday.

 
I hope you enjoyed the concert. I saw a clip on Youtube that showed they had quite literally lost their Edge. 

All mockery aside though I'm glad he was okay, could've been nasty. 
 Mirek wrote:
sorry - too much coffee today

 
Well, despite all the U2 haters around I am looking forward to their opening night concert in Vancouver Thursday.
sorry - too much coffee today
Wow, never realized U2 was so despised.  I guess RP is feeling like I do when we have friends over and my dear partner says to me, "put something on everyone will like".  I know I am done right then.  Thanks RP for the diversity - I won't love every tune you play, but you are orders of magnitude better than any other station I know.
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
Aside from the sun coming up, nothing is more predictable than the "I hate U2" contingent voicing their displeasure. 

If you have something constructive to offer, by all means do so. But if all you have to say is, "I don't like this, I'm hitting PSD," just save yourself the typing time and skip to the end.

Having PSD is nice, and I use it every now and then, but a side effect of having it is people feeling the need to record on the comments that they used it. It's not necessary. 

 
Perhaps you should lay out the circumstances under which it is "necessary" to respond. Then, I would no longer have to wonder. The uncertainty was wearing on me.
 
Aside from the sun coming up, nothing is more predictable than the "I hate U2" contingent voicing their displeasure. 

If you have something constructive to offer, by all means do so. But if all you have to say is, "I don't like this, I'm hitting PSD," just save yourself the typing time and skip to the end.

Having PSD is nice, and I use it every now and then, but a side effect of having it is people feeling the need to record on the comments that they used it. It's not necessary. 
 ......... please make it stop.  PSD time.
Always think its going to be a Stranglers song at the start.
Now I have to figure out which one. 
Hey, a little help over here...
All this sniping bullshit is ruining my beautiful day.  For goodness sake, enjoy the music you like, turn down what you don't and stfu!
 willmcnaught wrote:
Again the AVERAGE  rating is 7.3 , all the U2 haters  you are in the MINORITY,  as in irrelevant!! spare us your crap and move on  elsewhere, please!

 
So, minorities are "irrelevant"?  Remember: "Where all think alike, none think very much".  Anyhow, good tune.
 musikluvr wrote:
To all the U2 haters, and lovers out there; have a Beautiful Day!

 
Thanks!  I've having one, but I just silenced the RP stream in order to keep it that way.
To all the U2 haters, and lovers out there; have a Beautiful Day!

In line with that written below, I don't care for much of U2's body of work.  However, they have produced two handfuls of iconic songs in their 45 years of rock, and this is one of them.

It's a Beautiful Day, y'all!


 willmcnaught wrote:
Again the AVERAGE  rating is 7.3 , all the U2 haters  you are in the MINORITY,  as in irrelevant!! spare us your crap and move on  elsewhere, please!

 
You can be a RP listener and member of the community and dislike St Bonio and the Tax Dodgers. Strange but true. Plus minorities can put their oar in, despite being in a minority.

And unless RP has suddenly been taken over by you without any of us noticing, you shouldn't be telling folk to "move on elsewhere". I doubt that Bill & Becky appreciate a listener trying to drive other listeners, many of whom may be paying punters, away. Now if this were a U2-only station then you might have a point...

Worship St Bonio if you want - that's fine - but allow that others will be less enthusiastic about them or even (gasp) critical. One listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and that's a damn good thing.
 willmcnaught wrote:
Again the AVERAGE  rating is 7.3 , all the U2 haters  you are in the MINORITY,  as in irrelevant!! spare us your crap and move on  elsewhere, please!

 
Sorry Will - didn't realise I had turned up in the U2 Appreciation Society website. Will, they are and have always been overrated. It is not a matter of "hating" the band - it is a matter of having these fops rammed down our throats ad infinitum, with scant regard to others. If this entitles me to the label of hater, well then, so be it.
Again the AVERAGE  rating is 7.3 , all the U2 haters  you are in the MINORITY,  as in irrelevant!! spare us your crap and move on  elsewhere, please!
 By_The_Bay wrote:
Thought it was Coldplay for a second.
 

 
Are you sure? {#Rolleyes}
 Hoosfoos wrote:
Overrated and in full decline.

 
When? Now? Sure, their now 35 years into their run. Who else wasn't? They had a pretty good run though, as evidenced by the fact that so many people are sick of hearing their music everywhere they go. 

Between you and me, I'd call that triumphant.
Thought it was Coldplay for a second.
 
Yep - still utter tosh from the most overrated band in history. Was dreadful when it was released and hasn't changed with time.
Overrated and in full decline.
Like a genuine laugh, like your child's first steps, like seeing an old, dear friend....
 bstjames wrote:
Please - just one U2 song a day!  I don't listen 24 hrs a day, so that would at least increase my chances of missing them.

 
{#Yes}      {#Yes}      {#Yes}
Please - just one U2 song a day!  I don't listen 24 hrs a day, so that would at least increase my chances of missing them.
I couldn't agree more! Overrated, boring, offensive!
I'm breathing ... it's a beautiful day!
I still get goosebumps when I hear this...to me it simply means appreciate every moment of your life. Enjoy the mystery and be thankful for it!
 johnjconn wrote:
{#Biggrin}
Well, if you don't donate to RP, it's automatically free 

perrygibbs wrote:
I vote for an entirely U2 free day at least once a month. Anyone else?

 




 


This song was overplayed so much it was almost unlistenable. But I haven't heard it in ages and it really was/is a great song. 
 peregrin8 wrote:
It is, indeed.
Especially with that song {#Sunny} 
 
Yes, my friend, it is indeed a beautiful day in the Kingdom.  Glad it's beautiful where you are, too!  (And no one I know confuses Switzerland with Sweden.)
used to love this band until I saw them live for the 4th. time......they were so commercial and they stunk the place out........left me uninspired and pissed off.....God,is nothing pure anymore?
It is, indeed.
Especially with that song {#Sunny} 

it was!


Mediocre - by U2 standards!

Do not like the song!


Please give me the phone number of your pusher, I want some of his stuff as well ... 
coloradojohn wrote:
A stellar song among many in a mind-blowing monumental collection of musical works...and indeed, it's a Beautiful Day often enough to make life endurable, for me, at least, thank The Quantum-Rocking Universe!

 


wankers! all four!
What sucks about a "beautiful day" is most of the time you have to work that day.
Excellent song from one of their weaker albums.
Solid-sounding track, reminiscent of early guitar-driven sound with earlier albums!!  {#Angel}
 perrygibbs wrote:
I vote for an entirely U2 free day at least once a month. Anyone else?

 
Provided we can also have an all U2 day.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this beautiful song...
 

 
Hey, mine too! I had to turn it out to keep everyone happy.

Everybody in my church loves this beautiful song...
 
A stellar song among many in a mind-blowing monumental collection of musical works...and indeed, it's a Beautiful Day often enough to make life endurable, for me, at least, thank The Quantum-Rocking Universe!
I vote for an entirely U2 free day at least once a month. Anyone else?
i feel like this was played yesterday.
The hits just keep on comin'
An ugly song from a dead band.
 annie_fannie wrote: 
and me too my home business packing books : )
although it's hard to get things done - checking lyrics and writing comments about this great music
It is, indeed, a beautiful day, deep in Penn's Woods.
And the concert in Vancouver was fan-effing-tastic!
This is one of those U2 songs that one can play in a party mix and get no complaints and many compliments on the great mix. Trust me.
 Cynaera wrote:
There's an image I'll always associate with this song. Don't laugh (oh, okay - go 'head and laugh), but it's from an episode of "Smallville." I don't remember the gory details, but at the end of the episode, Clark and Lana Lane were sitting at the top of the water tower, looking out over the green countryside. The sky was clear and achingly, beautifully blue, and this song was playing. 

Hard NOT to like it, with that kind of image.  But then, I love U2 anyway.
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
 srose96 wrote:


it was a clear day wasn't it?
 

yes.
very much so.
Great song, and love The Edge's guitar work, he has not missed a beat since U2 Boy.
 Dahnyul wrote:

Sorry if I'm thick fellas, but I must have missed it in there somewhere.  So, did you DIG the song, or NOT dig the song?
  
Sorry, did we interrupt you? 
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

..... I didn't want to suggest that tax-dodging isn't the lowest form of anti-social behaviour in the wealthy (a belief I personally hold). But as a soon-to-be-lawyer with an interest in tax law......
 
Sorry if I'm thick fellas, but I must have missed it in there somewhere.  So, did you DIG the song, or NOT dig the song?
Could have been a Coldplay song

Easily a 3 

 fredriley wrote:

Fair point, which can lead into dense thickets, as you point out. I think that the usual legal position is that a corporation based in Country A pays taxes in Country A on its domestic and foreign earnings. This was certainly the case before multinationals became major world actors. However,  there are so many loopholes and tax dodges that that rarely happens these days - multinational corporations are expert at transferring earnings to, and declaring profits in, countries with low or no taxation.

If U2 were a standard pop franchise then there'd be no complaint about them acting to minimise taxation and maximise profits as other amoral corporations do. It's the moral stance that St Bonio takes on the duties of developed countries to cough up to developing and poor countries that turns U2's tax dodging into hypocrisy. A major rationale for developed countries to cough up is that much of their wealth (particularly nations with an imperial history) derives from the developing world so they should give something back. Well, U2's wealth derives plenty from their home nation and they should give something back to Ireland, particularly now that the place is broke. Hell, it's not as if they need the money - St Bonio and his mates must each have tens, if not hundreds of millions in their bank accounts, so they don't need to dodge taxes, and it's not as if Ireland is known as a high-taxation country. On the contrary, it gives out tax breaks like crazy (which is why, for instance, the film Braveheart was shot in Ireland rather than Scotland).
 
Oh no doubt, I didn't want to suggest that tax-dodging isn't the lowest form of anti-social behaviour in the wealthy (a belief I personally hold). But as a soon-to-be-lawyer with an interest in tax law, I know that the line between tax dodging and legitimate tax avoidance (paying no more than you're legally - and to an extent morally - entitled to) is a fine one, and when it comes to international, privately held corporations, that goes triple.

Edit: one other thing I forgot to mention. When you study tax law one of the first things you realize is that most of the loopholes in a country's tax code are intentionally left in (or specifically inserted) by the government, as a matter of tax policy. Thus, if U2 are dodging their tax responsibilities in Ireland, most probably it's because the Irish government is letting them do so, and must bear its own responsibility for letting their prodigal sons get away with off-shoring their corporation. 

And for interest's sake, the example you offer in your first paragraph is not necessarily correct. In Canada for example, the corporation pays income tax just like any other person, and like any other person, a corporation's income (revenue - expenses) is taxable depending on whether that corporation is or is not a resident of Canada, not where it was incorporated. Deciding where a corporation is resident is a...baroque...issue in tax law.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

I'm curious, just playing Devil's Advocate here, but how much of U2's income was earned in Ireland, compared to their income earnings in the rest of the world?  And to what extent should the band be taxed for income earned outside of Ireland? And given that U2 are touring around the world pretty much all the time, is it fair to say that no one member of the band is even a resident of Ireland anymore?  And if they're no longer resident in Ireland, should they pay taxes in Ireland?

All of which is not to say that you're wrong, but all of the questions I've posed are hard questions, and reasonable people may disagree on the answers to the last two in particular. Tax law - and tax policy - is complicated, subtle stuff.
 
 
Fair point, which can lead into dense thickets, as you point out. I think that the usual legal position is that a corporation based in Country A pays taxes in Country A on its domestic and foreign earnings. This was certainly the case before multinationals became major world actors. However,  there are so many loopholes and tax dodges that that rarely happens these days - multinational corporations are expert at transferring earnings to, and declaring profits in, countries with low or no taxation.

If U2 were a standard pop franchise then there'd be no complaint about them acting to minimise taxation and maximise profits as other amoral corporations do. It's the moral stance that St Bonio takes on the duties of developed countries to cough up to developing and poor countries that turns U2's tax dodging into hypocrisy. A major rationale for developed countries to cough up is that much of their wealth (particularly nations with an imperial history) derives from the developing world so they should give something back. Well, U2's wealth derives plenty from their home nation and they should give something back to Ireland, particularly now that the place is broke. Hell, it's not as if they need the money - St Bonio and his mates must each have tens, if not hundreds of millions in their bank accounts, so they don't need to dodge taxes, and it's not as if Ireland is known as a high-taxation country. On the contrary, it gives out tax breaks like crazy (which is why, for instance, the film Braveheart was shot in Ireland rather than Scotland).


I think we need some perspective...For all the claims of being tax dodgers and too preachy, Bono and U2 have used their position of influence to do much good in the world... A great uplifting pop song...Makes me feel good....
 fredriley wrote:

 Not everyone likes St Bonio and the Tax Dodgers.

 
I'm curious, just playing Devil's Advocate here, but how much of U2's income was earned in Ireland, compared to their income earnings in the rest of the world?  And to what extent should the band be taxed for income earned outside of Ireland? And given that U2 are touring around the world pretty much all the time, is it fair to say that no one member of the band is even a resident of Ireland anymore?  And if they're no longer resident in Ireland, should they pay taxes in Ireland?

All of which is not to say that you're wrong, but all of the questions I've posed are hard questions, and reasonable people may disagree on the answers to the last two in particular. Tax law - and tax policy - is complicated, subtle stuff.
 
 fortyonejb wrote:


wow, someone defending U2 by calling the opposition self indulgent?? have you even heard of U2 before? Bono invented self-indulgence.
 
Self-indulgence existed in music long before Bono...
Wakeman
and long before Prog-Rock, as well.
nero

 MiracleDrug wrote:
this song always does two things for me:

reinforce how BRILLIANT these guys actually are

remind me of 911
 



it was a clear day wasn't it?

This is a beautiful song on this fine day...  love it...
 
 cathenley wrote:
The Magic of Bill - Perfect segway = Pogues - Sunny side of the street, to U2 = Beautiful Day....{#Dancingbanana_2}
 
My perfect Segway?  That would be one of the 2-wheeled people movers with a metalflake green paint job and a beer fridge built in!

My perfect segue?  Sgt Pepper (Reprise) > A Day In The Life. 

this song always does two things for me:

reinforce how BRILLIANT these guys actually are

remind me of 911
 Lrobby99 wrote:
Nineteen "1" votes? Uh, ever hear of Pandora?
 
Uh, ever heard of 'subjective taste'? Quit being such a snob. Not everyone likes St Bonio and the Tax Dodgers.

For a song to celebrate a beautiful day, give me The Levellers song of the same name any day. Zip, energy, and radicalism - three things that the St Bonio McBand singularly lack these days.


This is a nice little pop song. U2 never claimed they were an intellectual band or trying to be creative, quite the opposite. Their goal was and is to be the biggest band in the world and this is the type of song that helped them accomplish that goal. Good for them. Not particularly for me, but good for them.
{#Neutral} too much u2 is bad for the soul...any u2 is a downer on ur day

 CascadianPDX wrote:
I know lots of folks think U2 are gods... I am not one of those people!!!!
 
Good for you!!!!

 Cynaera wrote:
There's an image I'll always associate with this song. Don't laugh (oh, okay - go 'head and laugh), but it's from an episode of "Smallville." I don't remember the gory details, but at the end of the episode, Clark and Lana Lane were sitting at the top of the water tower, looking out over the green countryside. The sky was clear and achingly, beautifully blue, and this song was playing. 

Hard NOT to like it, with that kind of image.  But then, I love U2 anyway.
 
The first time I heard this song was during half time of The Super Bowl. This happened to be The Super Bowl that followed the events of Sept 11th. In that time of frenzied, heightened security U2 busted out this song in front of a scrolling list of names of the people that perished on that fateful day. That image will never leave me even though the meaning of the song has changed for me over the years. Learn and look forward.