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U2 — Beautiful Day
Album: All That You Can't Leave Behind
Avg rating:
7.2

Your rating:
Total ratings: 3096









Released: 2000
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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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Great song for a car commercial...yawn.
 corydon wrote:



Apparently it's not enough for people to vote a song 1 (which is fine). No, they also need to express their hate in posting a comment such as the one I quoted (which is just plain stupid). There is a button to skip a song. Use it and move on to something you want to hear and express how good that song is in a comment. That would be a much more clever use of energy and life time. It might also make you a slightly better person in the end.



Very well stated!!  
Anyone else remember this as the title song on ITVs short lived coverage of the Premier League? It's a damn catchy number! 
 frisbeepilot wrote:

If I never hear this song again, it'll be too soon.




Apparently it's not enough for people to vote a song 1 (which is fine). No, they also need to express their hate in posting a comment such as the one I quoted (which is just plain stupid). There is a button to skip a song. Use it and move on to something you want to hear and express how good that song is in a comment. That would be a much more clever use of energy and life time. It might also make you a slightly better person in the end.
 Typesbad wrote:

Um, yeah.  Lets all hate a talented band with a distinct sound because its lead singer tried to see how his fame and wealth could improve things in the world

I was fortunate to visit Ireland 2 years ago, and and got a great overview of the whole country, but N Ireland was special in so many ways, but I took my Ipod as we were on a bus, listening to U2 there took on a whole new meaning and to see 
where the song Bloody Sunday originated was so powerful, Derry was a amazing city, on many levels.
Um, yeah.  Lets all hate a talented band with a distinct sound because its lead singer tried to see how his fame and wealth could improve things in the world

Many years ago, when I had my father visit as his 65th birthday present from me, I took him to see U2. I told him the day he arrived that we were going to the concert. The rest of the conversation went like this:

My dad (quite pleased with himself): “I just went to a rock concert last night!”

Me (surprised): “Who’d you see?”

My dad: “The Platters!”

Me (smiling): “This is going to be a little different.”

And it was. I love recalling the huge smile on his face when he did the wave at the concert and the wonder in his voice when he asked me, “Are you supposed to feel the music in your stomach?” and “Does everyone know every word to every song?” (“Yes, Dad.”)

Here's to everyone out there and "up there" who appreciates U2.
I don't care what anybody says, I LIKE THIS!!!
 Webfoot wrote:


No, more U2!!!



Agree!
The Premiership, ITV
 countyman wrote:

Has Bono saved the world yet?


It cannot be saved because of this attitude.  Congratulations.
 jp33442 wrote:

No more u2


No, more U2!!!
Excellent!!
Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV

-- a-ha, 1985



https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Probably the last tune by them that I really like. But we’ll always have the ‘80s (and some of the ‘90s).
 unclehud wrote:rds, 

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.)


Yes, there was - I saw them at the Bath Festival in 1969(?), along with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & the Fish, Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, Byrds, Moody Blues, Canned Heat. Dr John was at first light on the Monday morning - it all overran due to weather and thousands had left by then.

Sadly my overwhelming memory of the entire festival was being freezing cold and soaking wet.

was at a show and one of their banter moments was saying that they were originally the 'Larry Mullin Band'. I can see why. Through many of their songs, the drums shine.
i bet the oil fields look cool as heck!

 paulpeterson1957 wrote:

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?



A well crafted Ciceronian style oration but everyone has the right to express their opinion and to point out the inspirational decline of a band. 
I always read older people than me remember in the RP comments the first time they heard a song, maybe in the 60s. This is my time. I was 17/18 and tuned MTV (Latam) at a precise hour after dinner because they had announced during the day that U2 was playing a new song for the first time ever. It was an instant hit with me.
I'm just gonna give them a 7 cause we all know they are showered with 8's & 9"s and so spoiled and deserve it. 
God dang is this what I needed right now. Thanks Bill & Rebecca!
 rdloewen wrote:

I wish the world could leave U2 behind


Are you lonely?
Nice tune for a snowy NH day - and thankfully it is mid-February so the daylight is now apparent before I have to leave for work. Shoveling out in the dark is not so terrible - but driving into work and returning in darkness gets disheartening.

It is a beautiful day!
Uplifting and powerful.
 unclehud wrote:
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.)


You're goddamn right 

January 20th, 2021.......Yes it is.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

countyman wrote:

Has Bono saved the world yet?


Definitely more than you.
Standing by and criticizing those who try, while doing nothing yourself.
 
To paraphrase the great William Shatner: "Riding on their armchairs.
They dream of wealth and fame. Fear is their companion. Nintendo is their game. Never done Jack and Two Thumbs Don and sidekick don't say Dick. They'll laugh at others failures, though they have not done s*#t."

I wish the world could leave U2 behind
Way overplayed/overused, but it’s a very good, uplifting song performed by some highly skilled musicians.
Great album before the world went to s**t
It's a 2020 Beautiful Day, not bad but not that good...
 paulpeterson1957 wrote:
.....
Music is my religion. Grace my aspiration. Hope my energy. 
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Won't you be my neighbor?
 
Student of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin?
I've been going+1 on a lot of U2 tracks lately, as I'm finally getting over my initial"ho-hum" feeling about them (for the last 20+ years!)
Call this one a 7 now...and LLRP!
Adoro essa Banda.
If I never hear this song again, it'll be too soon.
 Larrygrrl wrote:
Bill, are you trying to cheer us up in the Time of Covid?  Thanks.
 
It is indeed a beautiful day here.  Calm, sunny, blue skies.  
Bill, are you trying to cheer us up in the Time of Covid?  Thanks.
 NorthernLad wrote:
From their final truly great record
 
So you're from the future?
 justin4kick wrote:
Their best song in this millennium. But I think everyone agrees that their best work is from the previous century.
 
Everyone does not agree.  Their work is a continuum, no one section better than another.   I'd rather look forward to their next effort than back to the past on a wasted comparison.
From their final truly great record
Image result for bono usa jacket super bowl
What a beautiful day it was for a christmas day alone with RP... Even if this was also a weird "springtime/apocalyptic" day... But when everything is getting down, music is hope. Thank you a lot RP ! Thank you Bill ! Long live !
This song came on and I immediately thought..."oh no." Then I realized that it's not the worst U2 song. It's actually pretty good. I'm just glad that it isn't the live version of "Bad". Ugh.
 unclehud wrote:
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.)
 
if you look around the web  you can find a live version of  Eels  singing that song to melody of twist and shout 

its just wonderful  ok so here it is... 
Eels - Mr. E's Beautiful Blues/I Like Birds (Live at Pukkelpop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4aXBVKWzhU


 MattRudely wrote:
Help, I'm stuck inside an effects rack with a  twat whispershouting at me.
 
So you talk to yourself,  go on...       tell me... how  do you feel about that....  
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.  

Oh and their best song of the millennium is IMO, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.  Or is it City of Blinding Lights? Maybe, Miracle Drug?  No, Elevation?  Or, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of?  Nay, Lights Of Home?  Perhaps, American Soul or Get Out Of Your Way?  The Miracle?  Cedarwood Road?

Toss up.
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!