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U2 — Love Is Blindness
Album: Achtung Baby
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Released: 1991
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me?
Oh my heart
Love is blindness

In a parked car
In a crowded street
You see your love
Made complete
Thread is ripping
The knot is slipping
Love is blindness

Love is clockworks
And cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel
Squeeze the handle
Blow out the candle
Love is blindness

Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me?
Oh my love
Blindness

A little death
Without mourning
No call
And no warning
Baby, a dangerous idea
That almost makes sense

Love is drowning
In a deep well
All the secrets
And no one to tell
Take the money
Honey
Blindness

Love is blindness
I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me?
Oh my love
Blindness
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 maboleth wrote:

Yep, but kudos to Zooropa for many experimental songs and Faraway so close masterpiece. For me U2 is 1983 - 1993. Including Hold me thrill me... Everything pre and (especially) post is either a naive or totally pompous garbage.
 
same here, altho I have fondness for  "Boy" as well  
Utter perfection.
Astounded by how much this song still blows me away.
U2 meets Bauhaus. 

(kidding, great song) 
The last best piece of work from U2.
Amazing all round.  10 from me.
 kanga311 wrote:

Agreed! {#High-five}

 
Yep, but kudos to Zooropa for many experimental songs and Faraway so close masterpiece. For me U2 is 1983 - 1993. Including Hold me thrill me... Everything pre and (especially) post is either a naive or totally pompous garbage.
 Ghiaap wrote:
In my humble opinion 'Achtung Baby' was their last truly great album. This song is epic, goosebumps

 
Agreed! {#High-five}
You can feel the pulse of the energy laid bare here in the vocals, the ringing, pinging, blistering guitar, the masterpiece bass & drums...
 Ghiaap wrote:
In my humble opinion 'Achtung Baby' was their last truly great album. This song is epic, goosebumps

 The tour supporting this album was spectacular. Great memories {#Drummer}{#Bananajam}


In my humble opinion 'Achtung Baby' was their last truly great album. This song is epic, goosebumps
Blindness=trust?
To the Bono haters, what have you done lately to help someone. Give me a break. This guy gets it and the entire band is epic. 
Very nice..Eno must've been proud
U2 really is a great band.  I would just like it better if Bono were not a part of it....{#Eh} {#Confused}
boaah...
even 11 isn't enogh for this song... 
This + "Running to Stand Still" are my favorite U2 songs..
"ACHTUNG, BABY: Love Is Blindness"      <------- next warning label from the US Surgeon General..
I do prefer the version by Cassandra Wilson ...
 colt4x5 wrote:
If you want to really hear this song, play Cassandra Wilson.
 
Also a wonderful version and different - and a must listen for anyone who likes this....
Once upon a time, there was a band so worth listening to... 
My favorite album from them, just amazing.
Dark and depressing....but in a good way.

This album (along with Zooropa) were among U2's last great albums, in my opinion.....{#Cheers} 
 NeuroGeek wrote:
IMHO, one of the best cuts off this album.  Would also love to hear "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" on RP sometime.  
 
Agreed.  When I first heard this album, I really did not like it much (compared to previous U2 work)....until I got to this song. 
IMHO, one of the best cuts off this album.  Would also love to hear "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" on RP sometime.  
U can never play enough of U2.....U keep it up!
This song is part of my listen-in-the-dusk playlist. Wonderful!
 cohifi wrote:
this cover sucks

The Band is Good!

now play something else, please.
 

Written by Bono

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 Fourdawg wrote:
Judging by the votes I'm guessing I'm the only one here that thinks RP plays way too much U2..

Oh well..
{#Frown}
  
 

NO NO NO You're not. What is with the endless stream of U2? Whatever the reason, please please make it stop!


Bill, don't listen to this—-you're doing just fine




Admitted U2 fan...but the Edge's guitar on this...I have no words...
 colt4x5 wrote:
If you want to really hear this song, play Cassandra Wilson.
 



I agree - her version is the best. I saw her live in Detroit a few years ago - great show.
If you want to really hear this song, play Cassandra Wilson.

Waldemar Bastos - Love Is Blindness

Beautiful version of this Achtung Baby song, by Waldemar Bastos, from a very interesting U2 covers album by some of Africa's greatest artists. 

In a parked car In a crowded street You see your love Made complete Thread is ripping The knot is slipping Love is blindness Love is clockworks And cold steel Fingers too numb to feel Squeeze the handle Blow out the candle Love is blindness Love is blindness I don't want to see Wont you wrap the night Around me Oh my love Blindness A little death Without mourning No call And no warning Baby...a dangerous idea That almost makes sense Love is drowning In a deep well All the secrets And no one to tell Take the money Honey Blindness Love is blindness I dont want to see Wont you wrap the night Around me Oh my love Blindness
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"One day, my father arrived home and found me playing his concertina. I felt bad for having been caught touching, without permission, an instrument which was almost sacred for him. But he was pleasantly surprised; I think he was even satisfied to hear me playing popular radio songs. In the following Christmas he gave an accordion as a gift..."

"For many years, since I was a kid, I was in various bands, and traveled throughout Angola playing all kinds of music: pop, rock, blues, tangos, waltzes, among other styles, plus what I had learned from my father and my people in the places I traveled through. My music is defined by own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity, and a call for universal brotherhood. I have matured. Everything I have absorbed from other cultures, and various musical styles, - I have traveled quite a bit -, which has inspired beauty in me, is a part of what I'm doing now. So, it is gratifying for me to hear or read critics say, as it recently happened in the USA, that my music is universal. That it is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere. This is my main and most sincere goal, my contribution for harmony among people! For me such is the first and ultimate function of Art."    ~Waldemar Bastos

The fourth Album "Pretaluz" (Luaka Bop, 1997), had the participation and production of the musician
David Byrne (Talking Heads).


Waldemar Bastos - Muxima, Live 

This live registration of Waldemar Bastos in Amsterdam is filmed in December 2004 in the Tropentheater.




 cohifi wrote:
this cover sucks
 
Cover?  What?

Easily my favorite album from 1991... probably my favorite from 1981 to 1991.. I didn't dig too much of the stuff coming out in the 80's. Things picked up a quite a bit in the 90's though.
love the mood of this song....
everything on this album shines...

Oh wow. This is... just hittin' me right now, especially following CSNY and the Stevie Wonder song two songs before.
this cover sucks

The Band is Good!

now play something else, please.
 Fourdawg wrote:
Judging by the votes I'm guessing I'm the only one here that thinks RP plays way too much U2..

Oh well..
{#Frown}
  
 

NO NO NO You're not. What is with the endless stream of U2? Whatever the reason, please please make it stop!




{#Clap}  One of the greatest songs ever! {#Clap}
my second favorite U2 album....
 Fourdawg wrote:
Judging by the votes I'm guessing I'm the only one here that thinks RP plays way too much U2..

Oh well..
{#Frown}
 
Then there were 2.

I played this whole album the other night for my wife. She then told me that she really liked this new U2 album...
That's the greatness of this album, even today it sounds new and refreshing.

P.S. My wife never had the chance to listen to this album when it was released for many reasons that would take to long to explain.
 kcar wrote:

I had a real hard time warming up to Achtung Baby when it first came out, but the band really had to move on from being so earnest and righteous. Not every song works but the album is great—almost as great as Joshua Tree. 
 
I still have trouble warming up to anything from this album.  I've an idea what they could have done instead of moving on...retired!  I mean lets face it this is about the time when Bono really started to become an obviously irritating twat.
Old wives tales state that "self love" can lead to blindness...and boy does Bono love himself.

Best version of this song, hands down, is the live version on the B-side to "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)," recorded in NYC, 8.30.92.
 hippiechick wrote:

I agree. I can listen to this album over and over and it always moves me.
 
I had a real hard time warming up to Achtung Baby when it first came out, but the band really had to move on from being so earnest and righteous. Not every song works but the album is great—almost as great as Joshua Tree. 
 squidish wrote:
Don't mean to gush, but this is to me, a timeless, brilliant album from a creative and interesting group of people. The influence of Eno and Lanois is also wonderful. Album of songs as cinema. One of my all time faves.
 
I agree. I can listen to this album over and over and it always moves me.

 squidish wrote:
Don't mean to gush, but this is to me, a timeless, brilliant album from a creative, interesting group of people. The influence of Eno and Lanois is also wonderful. Album of songs as cinema. One of my all time faves.

 

". . . Album of songs as cinema." 

Beautifully put! 

{#Clap}


The guitar in this song is wonderful! 
Don't mean to gush, but this is to me, a timeless, brilliant album from a creative and interesting group of people. The influence of Eno and Lanois is also wonderful. Album of songs as cinema. One of my all time faves.


There is a great live version of this song on the "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" single.
or maybe they are annoyed by his somewhat annoying music.... who cares if he does good things; that's not what we're judging.   we are judging this song.... and crappy at that!

coffee-eyes wrote:


Extra points because people who hate others because they do good and happen to be popular annoy the hell outta me.




Judging by the votes I'm guessing I'm the only one here that thinks RP plays way too much U2..

Oh well..
{#Frown}
 ROSSinDETROIT wrote:
Good song docked 2 points arbitrarily because Bono annoys me.
 

Extra points because people who hate others because they do good and happen to be popular annoy the hell outta me.

 hippiechick wrote:
Great song from a fantastic album
 

Yes, still their best album for mine.
 orpheus wrote:

{#Lol}

ROSSinDETROIT wrote:
Good song docked 2 points arbitrarily because Bono annoys me.


 
Bono is at least a minus 5

{#Clap}

{#Lol}

ROSSinDETROIT wrote:
Good song docked 2 points arbitrarily because Bono annoys me.


I feel Cassandra Wilson's version much more deeply. 
I know I'm posting waaay after the fact (am going through what songs I missed these last few days), but... 

window wrote:
I have a friend that loves to laugh at the Edge's 'solo' in this song. I have to admit, it sounds like they miscommunicated during the first take on when the guitar solo was supposed to be played, and then forgot to overdub one before it was mixed and released.
 
For what it's worth: The solo wasn't meant to be some long, calculated technical extravaganza nor was it meant to overshadow the song itself. It's meant as an outcry, and most outcries are more of a spontaneous, unrefined, primal thing.  At least that's my take on it. *shrugs*

I for one adore that solo. Edge was going through a divorce from a woman he loved so much, and that solo was (and is) pure emotion. I love this song so very much, and when that guitar kicks in my heart feels it deeply. {#Hearteyes}

Anyone can go ahead and laugh, disagree or make fun of me if they want (it'll be ignored anyway), but I believe that this is one U2's greatest songs. From start to finish.
{#Notworthy}

paloeguevo wrote:
An Album so far ahead of its time...
 
I totally agree. {#Cheers}
Good song docked 2 points arbitrarily because Bono annoys me.
SO true.
Holy Hell Batman!! I ... :curtain: I uploaded this! :good-vibes: I know.. simply pathetic.. that the high point of my day, I did something that someone somewhere on a hill in the middle of nowhere played. As Crewman #6 said: "I'm just jazzed about being on the show, man." :mrgreen:
An Album so far ahead of its time...
IMHO best cd of the 90s.
kayaksurf4fun wrote:
Hard to get much better than this....
I agree, my favorite U2 song... :good-vibes:
Hard to get much better than this....
Mindful follow-on to Deja Vu....morning RP is like two scoops of wonderful marbled ice cream.
This is why I love RP. I never thought I'd ever hear this most beautiful gem on the radio. Thanks, Bill. :boohoo:
accordionista wrote:
Did they write this? It's more interesting than their usual stuff. (I know U2 inspires a lot of passionate love and I think Bono's actually a pretty cool guy from what I've read about him, but I've never really been crazy about their stuff.)
I love reading "did they write this, this is good" comments about my favorite artists. That just means a new potential future fan has been born and may begin to explore the catalog.
absolutely beautiful tune
whafrog wrote:
Cassandra Wilson does a much better version
I've tried to upload this Cassandra Wilson's version a couple of times and each time it didn't work. It's the file is cursed or something. Maybe someone else could give it at try? :ask:
window wrote:
I have a friend that loves to laugh at the Edge's 'solo' in this song. I have to admit, it sounds like they miscommunicated during the first take on when the guitar solo was supposed to be played, and then forgot to overdub one before it was mixed and released.
I think it's brilliant and perfect. (Both of them!) The fact that neither he, nor Daniel Lanois, nor Brian Eno thought there should be another take suggests I'm not out to lunch here. The Edge's solos are rarely if ever flashy but I could listen to this, or the three note solo at the end of With Our Without You a zillion times for any Joe Satriani song you like.
A very dirgy (dirge-like) beginning.
zipper wrote:
I think the muppets could do a much better version.
Ok Kermit!
I have a friend that loves to laugh at the Edge's 'solo' in this song. I have to admit, it sounds like they miscommunicated during the first take on when the guitar solo was supposed to be played, and then forgot to overdub one before it was mixed and released.
Great song from a fantastic album
Wow. Rainy Monday morning sound to this one. I remember hearing it often when my friend's Dad passed. Effective then and now. 9.
I saw this live ONCE out of all the times I've seen U2. It was the last song of the night.. haunting... beautiful UV lighting.. perfect for this kind of song.
spotcheckbilly wrote:
I have to say that I am one of the people that really likes Achtung Baby better than Joshua Tree. I think the songs hold up better over time.
I agree. I think this is a fantastic album.
Admittedly, I'm too dumb to understand most of U2 or Sting songs. But, for my listening dollar, next to Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" (a few songs back) this stuff sounds bland and soulless to me.
kcar wrote:
That was the striking thing about Achtung, Baby: it was practically a 180 from Joshua Tree and its sorta bland follow-up, Rattle and Hum. U2 had to move away from the straightforward statements of faith into something more fractured and warped. People would have mocked them into irrelevance if they'd stayed on the same path. As it was, a lot of fans *hated* AB at first. JT and AB are their best albums IMHO with Unforgettable Fire an intriguing runner-up.
I have to say that I am one of the people that really likes Achtung Baby better than Joshua Tree. I think the songs hold up better over time.
RobK wrote:
This song makes me want to forgive the debt of a third-world country.
This song makes me want to stop paying my bills and cheat on my taxes!!!
This song makes me want to forgive the debt of a third-world country.
*swoons* God how I adore this song. *sways to the wonderful music*
Like many others, this album was a shock ate first but went on to become a constant listen and a 'desert-island' disc for me. Dark and beautiful. I was a huge Depeche Mode fan at the time and this seemed to fit in well with their sound at the time. Even has Anton Corbijn photography like DM's albums.
if you haven't seen it Harry Enfield's send up of Bono and the Edge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_BcLjtG3eY
kcar wrote:
That was the striking thing about Achtung, Baby: it was practically a 180 from Joshua Tree and its sorta bland follow-up, Rattle and Hum. U2 had to move away from the straightforward statements of faith into something more fractured and warped. People would have mocked them into irrelevance if they'd stayed on the same path. As it was, a lot of fans *hated* AB at first. JT and AB are their best albums IMHO with Unforgettable Fire an intriguing runner-up.
Well said, kcar, and absolutely true, although UF was not in the least bit intriguing to me after JT & AB.
totally haunting song. I was lucky enough to see it played live in concert once out of my 30+ U2 shows. Thanks for playing it!
A great, great album.
whafrog wrote:
Cassandra Wilson does a much better version
More than that. Cassandra Wilson OWNS this song. The Eno/Lanois production factor of course, is very good on U2's version, but that goes without saying for Eno/Lanois.
davin wrote:
Fair enough about the Joshua Tree but I can hardly see it being satisfying for a band to keep reliving the same dream..
That was the striking thing about Achtung, Baby: it was practically a 180 from Joshua Tree and its sorta bland follow-up, Rattle and Hum. U2 had to move away from the straightforward statements of faith into something more fractured and warped. People would have mocked them into irrelevance if they'd stayed on the same path. As it was, a lot of fans *hated* AB at first. JT and AB are their best albums IMHO with Unforgettable Fire an intriguing runner-up.
Did they write this? It's more interesting than their usual stuff. (I know U2 inspires a lot of passionate love and I think Bono's actually a pretty cool guy from what I've read about him, but I've never really been crazy about their stuff.)
whafrog wrote:
Cassandra Wilson does a much better version
I think the muppets could do a much better version.
Cassandra Wilson does a much better version
Shimmer wrote:
Edge's guitar "solos" are so minimalistic that he needn't have even bothered...
NO NO NO! The LAST thing this world needs is another guitar solo with soaring chords and a million notes. Had he done that, it'd be a shoe-in this song would be far more dated.
I don't doubt U2's quality (well, I do actually, but I didn't want to start off on a negative note), but it's never worked for me somehow.
love is blandness, indeed
kazuma wrote:
I admire them for attempting to "reinvent" and I think a lot of the resulting work is great, but I still find Joshua Tree to be the peak in terms of an album that works from start to finish.
Fair enough about the Joshua Tree but I can hardly see it being satisfying for a band to keep reliving the same dream..
This song takes my breath away. My fave song on my fave U2 album.
Give me a black turtle neck sweater and a barrel of black paint. And a big paint roller to paint the room black. And shut the shutters. Love is blindness.
bono's words on this song couldn't be more actual than in these days for me....
jah_blessed wrote:
The bass line deserves special mention. Just listen! :music:
Sounds like he's just using a tremolo effect. Note: Tremolo in the real sense, not in the Fender sense (Fender called tremolo vibrato and vibrato tremolo)
Shimmer wrote:
I love U2, but this song has no momentum and seems to lose the thread musically more than once... Not a big fan of Achtung Baby when it first came out, and still not now.
I agree. This track has never worked for me and I think you expressed my problems with it very well. I find, and have always found, Achtung to be extremely inconsistent. Some of it is brilliant and some of it is unlistenable, which is the mode I've seen U2 stuck in ever since. I admire them for attempting to "reinvent" and I think a lot of the resulting work is great, but I still find Joshua Tree to be the peak in terms of an album that works from start to finish.
jah_blessed wrote:
The bass line deserves special mention. Just listen! :music:
Old Adam Clayton managed to play a unique bass line? Holy crap! I'll have to listen for it next time.
Bill, you're on a roll today - thanks for all the great music!!
jah_blessed wrote:
I think the guitar solos are masterful. The impact is made greater exactly because of the restraint. They're perfect for this dark and sensual song. Arguably one of U2's best non-single tracks. :guitarist:
Could never agree more with ya on that, it brings the song to life. Music never has to be complex to be good.
What a great set this last few songs! U2 - Love Is Blindness Delerium - Daylight Zero 7 - Home Neil Young - Harvest Moon Jack Johnson - Posters Steve Earle - I'm Looking Through You Beatles - You Won't See Me :clap: :clap: :clap:
anytime i hear an achtung baby song on RP, it gets an instant 10. this song = magic
Yeah, Bill, I agree. Achtung Baby may, indeed, be their best album. Definitely from an artistic perspective - it's more varied and daring than The Joshua Tree. They managed to completely reinvent themselves. However, the Tree has a special place in my heart.
jah_blessed wrote:
I think the guitar solos are masterful. The impact is made greater exactly because of the restraint. They're perfect for this dark and sensual song. Arguably one of U2's best non-single tracks. :guitarist:
Couldn't agree more.
moody...and wonderful..! I love this song, haven't heard in a while, thank you..
Almost blasphemous to precede such a masterwork with tripe like Delerium. The bass line deserves special mention. Just listen! :music:
Shimmer wrote:
I love U2, but this song has no momentum and seems to lose the thread musically more than once. Edge's guitar "solos" are so minimalistic that he needn't have even bothered...
I think the guitar solos are masterful. The impact is made greater exactly because of the restraint. They're perfect for this dark and sensual song. Arguably one of U2's best non-single tracks. :guitarist:
I love U2, but this song has no momentum and seems to lose the thread musically more than once. Edge's guitar "solos" are so minimalistic that he needn't have even bothered... Not a big fan of Achtung Baby when it first came out, and still not now.
My personal favorite U2 tune...ever. 10!
if_only wrote:
"Must be a bummer to have sold out your musical roots and *still* not be Radiohead. But I'm sure they'll keep trying..." since this album came out in 1991 it seems hardly possible that U2 was trying to imitate Radiohead...
More data: Achtung Baby, release date: Nov 19, 1991 Pablo Honey, release date: Apr 20, 1993 So U2 must have had some kind of preview of that album 17 months before it was released? Hmmm :rolleyes:
Wow. :guitarist: