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Music meme, part seven

Day 07: A song that reminds you of a certain event

In the early eighties I started to develop my music taste. From anything that was popular, I went to bands I considered because they were serious about their music. They made the music they wanted, not what the public wanted them to play. One of the bands I discovered was U2. I bought all of their albums, even bought singles when I knew the b-side wasn't on the album.

I saw them live on a festival in Germany, where they were Chris de Burgh was the main act. Together with 12.000 others I knew I had seen a band that would become bigger than they were that particular day. The days of hugeness came soon, only months later, when Live Aid was staged. Every major star on the planet lined up to play. And in between all those stars, U2 was the band everybody remembers. They did not play their biggest hit, as many other artists did, but chose to play only two songs. Sunday bloody sunday, an openly political song and "Bad", my favourite song at the time. It took them over ten minutes to play that song. Bono did a slow dance with some of the girls in the audience, I'm sure there are some fortyplus women in the UK that still treasure that memory.

I have stopped being a hardcore U2 fan three years later when I saw them live for the second time and their opening act In tua nua outplayed them easily. Whenever I hear "Bad" these days, I still think of Live Aid. And even though I am not a big fan of the band anymore, this is still one of my all time best songs.

U2 - Bad (live @ Live Aid, London, July 13, 1985)





U2 - Bad


If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
Let it go
Surrender
Dislocate
If I could throw this
Lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you break, break away
Into the night
Through the rain
Into the half-light
Through the flame

If I could through myself
Set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to the day

Oooh oooh, oooh oooh, oooh oooh oooh...

To let it go! And so fade away
To let it go!
And so fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping, oh no, no, no

If you should ask then maybe they'd
Tell you what I would say
True colors fly in blue and black
Blue silken sky and burning flag
Colors crash, collide in blood shot eyes

Oooh oooh, oooh oooh, oooh oooh oooh...

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would
Let it go

This desparation
Dislocation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation
Isolation

Let it go
And so fade away
To let it go, oh yeah
And so fade away
To let it go, oh No
And so fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping oh no no
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