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U2 — Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (alt)
Album: Achtung Baby
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Released: 1991
Length: 3:48
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You're dangerous 'cause you're honest
You're dangerous, you don't know what you want
Well you left my heart empty as a vacant lot
For any spirit to haunt

Hey hey sha la la
Hey hey

You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a piece of glass left in a beach
Well, you tell me things I know you're not supposed to
Then you leave me just out of reach

Hey hey sha la la
Hey hey sha la la

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Well you stole it 'cause I needed the cash
And you killed it 'cause I wanted revenge
Well you lied to me 'cause I asked you to
Baby, can we still be friends?

Hey hey sha la la
Hey hey sha la la

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Oh, the deeper I spin
Oh, the hunter will sin for your ivory skin
Took a drive in the dirty rain
To a place where the wind calls your name
Under the trees the river laughing at you and me
Hallelujah, heavens white rose
The doors you open
I just can't close

Don't turn around, don't turn around again
Don't turn around, your gypsy heart
Don't turn around, don't turn around again
Don't turn around, and don't look back
Come on now love, don't you look back!

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna taste your salt water kisses?
Who's gonna take the place of me?

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna tame the heart of thee?
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Why is this version measurably different than the one on my iTunes and pod?

 stalfnzo wrote:
God, I hate it when I turn on RP and there's a U2 song playing. Dreck.

 
Someone you have something in common with:
Image result for baby crying

Tired.
Great song!
it says no comments so far - surely some mistake?
God, I hate it when I turn on RP and there's a U2 song playing. Dreck.
Usual mediocre dross.
U2 is highly overrated eclectic vapor. Schalala songs without ANY substance. 
Yeah, missing the rich production from the album version.  
 pousso wrote:
This is like a bad cover of a great song.  A dull alternative rendition

 
I don't mind hearing this one every now and then, for variety. I'm not even sure if it's a different rendition or just a different mix; I think it's the latter, but either way it's not as good as the album version.
please make it stop, absolute awful 
 Will62 wrote:


More like Achoo Babies - U2 have this knack of making me expel effluvium reflexively

 
Congratulations, you are digusting.
Hey hey sha la la

Donna Shalala...
This is like a bad cover of a great song.  A dull alternative rendition
The chose the right version for the album; this falls flat.
Terrific song — the studio version, that is. This sounds canned, flat and a tad too fast. 
 CamLwalk wrote:

Achtung Babies?


 

More like Achoo Babies - U2 have this knack of making me expel effluvium reflexively
 coloradojohn wrote:
Oh, how this incredible band has spoiled its fans to expect the truly miraculous with every effort!  In my estimation, there are not many other bands that can even hope to come half as close to that as U2...verily, among all their gems are some exquisite pieces that shine even more brightly still...and some amazing surprises, as well!  Bravo, RP for dusting them off and sharing!

 
Time to come down from the high altitude John
 ziakut wrote:
As much as I am sick of this band and virtually all of their output...I do somewhat enjoy this song. The ending is my favorite part. It leads to a different song and band.

 
Funny that - the ending is my favourite part also!! Neither meets the fan's expectations nor inspires new fans to climb on board. Solid 1 for this self-indulgent drivel.


Do we need Bono to save the world, or do we need the world to save us from Bono?
Awesome song! You're on a roll. Must be time to send y support via donation!

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this alternative version, as well as the original version of the song...  it tweaks our nipples...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

As much as I am sick of this band and virtually all of their output...I do somewhat enjoy this song. The ending is my favorite part. It leads to a different song and band.

This version is soooo good it makes us tear off our clothes and dance...
 
 CamLwalk wrote:
I have friends that follow U2 around like Deadheads.   What do you call U2-heads anyway?
 
Bonoheads
Oh, how this incredible band has spoiled its fans to expect the truly miraculous with every effort!  In my estimation, there are not many other bands that can even hope to come half as close to that as U2...verily, among all their gems are some exquisite pieces that shine even more brightly still...and some amazing surprises, as well!  Bravo, RP for dusting them off and sharing!
 addicted2music wrote:

Recently it's also been issued on the Deluxe Edition of the Achtung Baby remaster – see the Temple Bar remix on the 2nd disc (also on Amazon).
 
THANK YOU! :)
 tonyp wrote:
Where can I find this version? It's fantastic. I see from the comments it's on the single 'WHRYWH', but I'm non the wiser which that is!
 
Recently it's also been issued on the Deluxe Edition of the Achtung Baby remaster – see the Temple Bar remix on the 2nd disc (also on Amazon).
Where can I find this version? It's fantastic. I see from the comments it's on the single 'WHRYWH', but I'm non the wiser which that is!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this version of the song, as well as the original...

 
 CamLwalk wrote:
I have friends that follow U2 around like Deadheads.  What do you call U2-heads anyway?
 
Achtung Babies?

 CamLwalk wrote:
I have friends that follow U2 around like Deadheads.  What do you call U2-heads anyway?
 
people that can feel and think simultaneously...

I have friends that follow U2 around like Deadheads.  What do you call U2-heads anyway?
 lemmoth wrote:
To all the haters out their - U2 are musical royalty, and most people who know music know it, so enjoy your limited appreciation of music (Comment left on this song)

To all haters out their - Neil is a god, and most people who know music know it, so enjoy your limited appreciation of music.
(Comment left on Neil Young's Four Strong Winds)
  To all lemmoth's out there, you do not create fact with your opinions, so enjoy your limited ability to write comments that actually contribute to the dialogue. 



I'll dance to this...

 
I don't mind this but it's really a title and then a bunch of cast-off lyrics in search of a tune.

Either that or it was a tune in need of some words that fit it.

I don't care which. Either way, it doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Still, it's not bad.
 chyk5 wrote:
I have always loved this band, but every once in a while Bono sings a line that makes me cringe. "You left my heart as empty as a vacant lot". Love ya, Bono, but ouch!
 
"You left my heart / empty as something that's really really empty."
Simile School:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT6_PXXjU94  
this song is like a memory based smart bomb...some hurts don't heal
 zipper wrote:
I see Bono on a beach, his hair and his coat flying behind him in the ocean breeze. Unicorns are playing in the surf. Teddybears are roasting marshmallows over the campfire. Tawny Kitaen is posing on a TransAm nearby.
 
{#Lol}

I hate to say this, but I think I've had enough U2 to last for quite a while.
I have always loved this band, but every once in a while Bono sings a line that makes me cringe. "You left my heart as empty as a vacant lot". Love ya, Bono, but ouch!
 acampos wrote:
Your comment is a bit radical! but I agree with it... The Joshua Tree was the last U2 album. Is the last U2 album I've bought
 

...you should pick up passengers; you won't regret it...
...did they bump up bono's vocals a semitone or two for this remix?..it sounds higher-pitched to my ears than i'm accustomed...
This song would be nearly perfect, if not for the strained rhyming. Having to resort to using the word "thee" in modern English is a bit of a stretch. Otherwise, love it.
As tired as I am of U2, I do like this tune and especially this version. Nice.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Ewwwwww!!{#Puke}
 

A small sample of this misguided fellow's 1 and 2 rated songs shows his complete lack of credibility

1 - Peter Gabriel - Big Time - he rates all Gabriel 1
1 - Band of Horses - Our Swords - doesn't like many new bands either
1 - Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine - he hates popular songs
1 - Pearl Jam - You Are - He despises Pearl Jam
1 - Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll
1 - Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is A Winding Road
1 - Derek and the Dominoes - Layla
1 - David Bowie - Wild Is The Wind - he hates Bowie
1 - R.E.M. - Country Feedback (live) - he can't stand REM
1 - Smashing Pumpkins - To Sheila - he thinks the Pumpkins suck
1 - My Morning Jacket - It Beats 4 U - he ravishes MMJ
1 - Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl - he can't stand anything by Tori
1 - Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
2 - Led Zeppelin - Boogie With Stu
2 - David Bowie - Heroes
2 - The National - Conversation 16
2 - Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
2 - Nick Lowe - Peace, Love And Understanding
2- The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang
2 - The Jam - Town Called Malice
2 - Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days

I see Bono on a beach, his hair and his coat flying behind him in the ocean breeze. Unicorns are playing in the surf. Teddybears are roasting marshmallows over the campfire. Tawny Kitaen is posing on a TransAm nearby.
 lemmoth wrote:
To all the haters out their - U2 are musical royalty, and most people who know music know it, so enjoy your limited appreciation of music
 
I agree, all three musicians are outstanding, The Edge has the edge.

To all the haters out their - U2 are musical royalty, and most people who know music know it, so enjoy your limited appreciation of music
Whatever, Bono is the embodyment of pretentiousness.

pre·ten·tious
   /prɪˈtɛnʃəs/ Show Spelled
-adjective
1.
full of pretense or pretension.
2.
characterized by assumption of dignity or importance.
3.
making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious.

I try not to judge music by the character or actions of the musicians, but Bono has really killed U2 for me. Not that I was a big fan of them in the first place but I can't even listen to their good songs anymore because I keep seeing Bono's big fat head when I do.

Ewwwwww!!{#Puke}
This version (actually called "Temple Bar mix") is really good but in my mind nothing beats the original Achtung Baby version (which is in my top 5 U2 songs). I read somewhere that the band felt the album version was overproduced and therefore re-recorded it for the single's release.

 window wrote:

The word "pretentious" gets tossed around too much on these boards.  We would all do well to remember that accusing people we've never met or spoken to of being pretentious requires more than a bit of pretense on our part.
 
You nailed it

 woozurbuddy wrote:
Very nice, less pretentious version of this great song.
 
I like this alternate version too, but really - "less pretentious"?  It's the same lyrics and music, with a slightly different arrangement!  How could that have an impact on the artist's pretense?
The word "pretentious" gets tossed around too much on these boards.  We would all do well to remember that accusing people we've never met or spoken to of being pretentious requires more than a bit of pretense on our part.
meh, feels rushed, they must have needed to get to the bank before it closed.
Not wanting to scroll back...
What is/where is this version from?


 woozurbuddy wrote:
Very nice, less pretentious version of this great song.
 

Yeah, this is a great song, and I like this version...


among my least favorite U2 songs...my fav's are Love comes tumblin and Drowning Man
I've always preferred this version over the album version. This may have been the original, who knows?
Ah. U2 back when they were still an interesting band.
I like Billy Bragg's "Accident Waiting to Happen" a lot better.  This is OK though.
 bokey wrote:
As far as I can tell  they're still doing the same song.

 
With that same damned chord.

 cosmiclint wrote:
You're right. They continued to grow and try new things, instead of just making the same album again and again. You can still enjoy Boy and War and Unforgettable Fire if you don't like the new stuff.
  As far as I can tell  they're still doing the same song.

There isn't a picture with  this song. How am I  supposed to know what the singer looks like?
Bono for president!!
Heavy rotation for TV On The Radio and slow moving elder people? {#Whistle}

12:53 pm - U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
12:14 pm - TV On The Radio - Family Tree
7:31 am - U2 - One
5:12 am - TV On The Radio - Stork And Owl
2:30 am - U2 - The Ground Beneath Her Feet
12:03 am - TV On The Radio - Crying

Excellent example of their craft.
Interesting. I know there are a lot of different versions of this song from the stolen studio album. Which is definitely worth getting.
Mute.
Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Where in my post do you see me making this claim? I'm curious to know so I can go edit it. Oh wait, I never said that. Or even implied it as far as I can tell. .
Hmm, I thought that was exactly what you were implying, on re-reading it, I still think you implied that the band had lost something with the loss of their "youthful energy" which we must all lose, without choice. I do admit I didn't read the entire post.
reason06 wrote:
" but at some point that band also starts to lose their youthful energy. " As do we all , you expect them to be more than human?
Where in my post do you see me making this claim? I'm curious to know so I can go edit it. Oh wait, I never said that. Or even implied it as far as I can tell. And incidentally, a band is more than human. A band is made of more than one person, and the membership is prone to change (though not in this case). I believe though, that a band's lifetime has the same pattern of youth giving way to subtly and maturity that a person's does, regardless of whether the band gains or loses members as time goes on. And I don't see anything wrong with that.
Ulises wrote:
Somewhere around '87-'88 something happened to U2.
You're right. They continued to grow and try new things, instead of just making the same album again and again. You can still enjoy Boy and War and Unforgettable Fire if you don't like the new stuff.
Ulises wrote:
Somewhere around '87-'88 something happened to U2. If anyone out there sees them, please tell them we need them back.
It helps if you think of the Hey hey sha la la's as ironically self-deprecating, stopping short of sarcasm. Delivery is key.
jsjacob wrote:
I think that honor goes to "Wild Honey". Or maybe "The Refugee" (WHA! Oooo-WHOA-OHHH!).
'nuther nominee: Angel of Harlem :sick: :frustrated: :razz: :wall:
tiggers wrote:
Oh Lordy, not this again. Yes something happened. They moved on and then they moved on again and again. That is why they are still selling out statdiums 20 years on, because they haven't stagnated making Joshua Tree 2, 3, 4... etc.
I agree with you. Now, having said that, there is something to be said for the opposite opinion. I notice that many bands start out with a great deal of energy and vigour, and as they mature the music becomes more sophisticated, subtle, experimental, but at some point that band also starts to lose their youthful energy. The end result is that the great bands have one, maybe two albums where the energy is still quite high, but the band's maturity is starting to show through. As far as I'm concerned, for U2, that album was The Joshua Tree. Everything since has, in many ways, become better as U2 push away from their core sound, try new ideas, etc. but they will never have the punch they did when they recorded Joshua Tree. So perhaps it's fair to say that everything since Joshua Tree hasn't been as good, but only if one concedes that nothing before Joshua Tree was as good, either. War, Under a Blood Red Sky, etc rocked right out, but were rather naive in their treatments compared to The Joshua Tree and everything else that came later. Achtung Baby, All that You Can't Leave Behind, etc are perhaps more mature and subtle than the Joshua Tree, but they lack its power. That's why JT stands out in peoples' minds as the best.
This song was never anything special to me until I saw the video. It's cute.
Always think "Hey, hey, {Donna Shalala}, sha la la la" when I hear this...
Not my fave U2 track. Not even close. Really kind of middle of the road.
acampos wrote:
Your comment is a bit radical! but I agree with it... The Joshua Tree was the last U2 album. Is the last U2 album I've bought
Oh Lordy, not this again. Yes something happened. They moved on and then they moved on again and again. That is why they are still selling out statdiums 20 years on, because they haven't stagnated making Joshua Tree 2, 3, 4... etc. How anyone can say the last good U2 album was JT is beyond me. Achtung Baby is almost as good and in some ways better, then their other more recent output while not as iconic as JT or AB is still pretty much on the nail and a reflection of them changing direction with the times - some beautiful music in there. I am also just about alone in thinking Zooropa was a wonderful departure for a band in the middle of one of the largest tours in the world for that is when they recorded it. A great band then and now.
acampos wrote:
Your comment is a bit radical! but I agree with it... The Joshua Tree was the last U2 album. Is the last U2 album I've bought
Exactly my thoughts. Hearing 'modern' U2 tracks is like riding a dead horse.^^
For pete's sake what are they doing
Ulises wrote:
Somewhere around '87-'88 something happened to U2. If anyone out there sees them, please tell them we need them back.
Your comment is a bit radical! but I agree with it... The Joshua Tree was the last U2 album. Is the last U2 album I've bought
I oficially love Radio Paradise!!! Thanks Bill! I'm a huge U2 fan.
Somewhere around '87-'88 something happened to U2. If anyone out there sees them, please tell them we need them back.
Hey Hey Sha La La :cowboy: :drummer: :crown: :bananajam:
victoryluna wrote:
This is the WORST song they've ever recorded.
My vote goes to "Lemon" or almost anything off "Pop". Don't have a problem with this song.
check out Harry Enfields send up of Bono and The Edge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_BcLjtG3eY
victoryluna wrote:
This is the WORST song they've ever recorded.
I think that honor goes to "Wild Honey". Or maybe "The Refugee" (WHA! Oooo-WHOA-OHHH!).
Nice! I've not heard this version before; I think I like it faster like that.
This is the WORST song they've ever recorded.
Ohhhhhhhhh nooooooooooooooo! Its U2. It's a good song from a good band, that has reason to be a good band. Stop playing this crap? I hate music that is popular for a reason! I hate U2. I figure I better kick off the U2 negativity bandwagon.
kevinc wrote:
Hate to tell you this, but muzak already plays New Years Day and Pride in the Grocery store (Haven't heard music on an elevator in years).
I'll bet it wasn't Muzak you were hearing but some version of satellite radio. Sad to say, but at times, I've actually heard some good, somewhat obscure tunes while shopping.
I can\'t believe this tune didn\'t make the cut on the upcoming best of 1990-2000. Great song.
Originally Posted by rhw: Acoustic? This isn't the album version....
Nope it's the WHRYWH single. I prefer the album version myself, but this one's good too.
Originally Posted by Enrique: I remember when U2 was cutting edge. We'll be hearing this, Wild Honey, etc. on elevators.
Hate to tell you this, but muzak already plays New Years Day and Pride in the Grocery store (Haven't heard music on an elevator in years). But I'll give you that in general, ATYCLB isn't as adventurous as Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop. But I like Wild Honey. It's a nice Beatles (some say Stones) send up, and definitely not like anything they'd done before.
Indistinguishable from about 15 other groups.
I\'m with Xand. U2 has done some great stuff, but it\'s time for them to move aside and let some other artists at those Grammys. But, wait— nevermind. The other nominated artists are horrible :cry:
Acoustic? This isn\'t the album version....
I remember when U2 was cutting edge. We\'ll be hearing this, Wild Honey, etc. on elevators.