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A typically long entry.

The lyrics to Hut Dab have leaked, and I'm already comparing them to what's gone in the past - after all, U2 are known to continue to develop and further their ideas for multiple years. The title line of 1997's Wake Up Dead Man was initially heard in the leaked 1990 studio recording of Take You Down, the song that morphed into The Fly. "Dream out loud" was, to my knowledge, first spoken during the 30 December 1989 concert in Dublin and then appeared in 1991's Acrobat, 1993's Zooropa, and 2000's Always. Always now has two lines that appear in multiple songs: "the soul needs beauty for a soul mate." One verse of A Man And A Woman is "the soul needs beauty for a soul mate/When the soul wants, the soul waits." Yahweh has a couple of pretty solid links to Do You Feel Loved, too. When U2 talk about Pop feeling incomplete, I think they are, in part, referring to Do You Feel Loved - Bono actually sung "do you feel loved?" at some points in 2001 and now somewhat similar lyrics have appeared.

If you are looking for lyrics of the calibre of One Tree Hill (in my opinion, Bono's best work), I suspect Hut Dab is not for you. However, the lyrics are sincere and have substance, something sorely lacking in most modern music. Turn on the radio, and all you hear is whiny, crappy music made to appeal to the teen and young adult demographic. I'm now somewhat embarrassed that I own Linkin Park and Evanescence CDs - I'll be selling them soon - because it's all much of a muchness. Linkin Park's Numb has absolutely nothing on U2's Numb. As with many U2 songs, the lyrics take on added power when you know the story behind them, but you don't need that when the songs are Crumbs From Your Table or Yahweh. Those two are the standouts in my opinion.

From the brightest star
Comes the blackest hole
You had so much to offer
Why did you offer your soul?
I was there for you baby
When you needed my help
Would you deny for others
What you demand for yourself?
[...]
You speak of signs and wonders
I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I’m waiting on the crumbs from your table

- Crumbs From Your Table, inspired by Bono's time in Africa.

Take this soul
Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul
And make it sing

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I’m waiting for the dawn
[...]
Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break

- Yahweh, and I love that subtle shot in the final verse.

For those who don't know the backstory, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own and One Step Closer (To Knowing) may not have the same emotional impact. Well, Bono's delivery probably means they will, but just reading the lyrics ... in light of the death of Bono's father, they are quite powerful indeed. I'm desperate to hear this stuff. There are some absolutely stand-out lyrics;

Beneath the noise, below the din
I hear a voice, it's whispering in science and in medicine
"I was a stranger; you took me in"

- Miracle Drug

I don’t need to hear you say
That if we weren’t so alike
You’d like me a whole lot more

- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

I like the sound of my own voice
I didn’t give anyone else a choice
An intellectual tortoise

- All Because Of You
(Most certainly the song for me.)

The only pain is to feel nothing at all
- A Man And A Woman
(Did you hear that, O Apathetic Society?)

Well the heart that hurts is a heart that beats
- One Step Closer (To Knowing)

There is no fiction ihat will truly fit the situation
I’m documenting every detail, every conversation
I’m not used to talking to somebody in their body

- Fast Cars
(That song better be on the Australian edition!)

I would say that I can't wait for this new album because it will be a refreshing break from the absolute nonsense on mainstream radio, but the fact of the matter is that I rarely even give a thought to listening to anything outside of my collection of (predominantly U2) bootlegs. I'd much rather listen to music of quality than tolerate the absolute drivel they play on the radio stations here. It's not a hard choice, really. I can either;

1. listen to the radio and hear music of the calibre of Outkast, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera.
End result: The desire to blow my brains out.
OR
2. listen to bootlegs of bands such as U2, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Muse, Queen, The Who, REM, and Dire Straits.
End result: Intellectual stimulation. I mean, you have to acknowledge U2 are the thinking man's band. They broke through, not via the teenybopper market or the MTV demographic, but via the universities and more intelligent sectors of society. When I look at their widespread popularity, it gives me hope that humanity isn't so doomed to irreversible stupidity after all. Then I remember that Zooropa and Pop flew right past large groups of the population and my hope is somewhat dashed again.

Really, the choice is clear.

Yes. That was a lot of fanladishness with a rant lost somewhere inside. Shall I post on something else now? I think I shall.

Frankly, 2005 can't come soon enough in the political arena. The US election campaign has long since outstayed its welcome and I would appreciate it if it would kindly turn around and return to the hole from whence it came. I am particularly sick of the bickering and the divisiveness. The selection of a nation's leader is not a matter to be taken frivolously or lightly, but some people go well and truly overboard. It's almost as if they want to take up arms and shoot anyone who doesn't believe in their opinion (along with, of course, the right to freedom of speech!). This week's Time cover did a good job of ripping open the division lines once more - it speaks of an "Uncivil War" and says the "stakes are higher than we could ever imagine." A bit dramatic, don't you think? It will be a relief once we can return to business as usual - an election campaign should never be this long.

I am personally hoping someone with a brain and a decent foreign policy wins this election. That rules out Bush the oil-consuming warmonger and Kerry the flip-flop, so I guess we're doomed to an unfortunate outcome. I still feel that I would prefer Kerry. The thought of Bush having four years to invade more countries makes my stomache churn. His re-election will do nothing but encourage the nutcases he wants to steal oil from kill defeat. Witches, communism, terrorism, what next?

On a random note: you know you are focusing on too many things at once when you go to put your headphones on and realise you are actually holding a Time magazine.

Lately, I have been considering my options for university. I think I will change my preference to the Bachelor of Arts, which offers a broad variety of majors that interest me;

- Ancient History
- European Studies
- Greek
- History
- Latin
- Linguistics
- Literary Studies
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Political Science
- Russian
- Studies in Langauge
- Studies in Religion (Shame it doesn't come complete with Johnno!)
- Writing

Yeah, quite a few, huh? I think the glaring omission is Philosophy. In my opinion, most philosophy is a pile of hogwash. If you want philosophy, don't waste your time on people such as Sigmund Freud or Carl Jung; Soren Kierkegaard is where it's at. He actually had his head screwed on.

So yes, anyway. Those are the majors I'm considering. When I narrow it down, I would probably do a double major with at least one in the history field. I will definitely study Latin, either as a single major or as electives unrelated to either of my majors. It would be quite convenient if I do defer for a year, because that will allow me to do some much broader reading (significant amounts of Kierkegaard, Augustine, Chesterton, Greek classics, and so on) and seriously find out what I would like to do. I guess I'll have to see what happens.
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