Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bono and my Grandparents Kneel

I think I know why the word kneel captured my attention on HTDAAB. To describe prayer as kneeling is something I associate with an older generation. A word my grandparents or parents used. It's not a word that I or my friends use.

How odd to hear Bono use the words of my elders. Bono who's been on the cutting edge of expressing his faith. Bono who faith was much doubted by just about everyone 80's and 90's. Bono sounding like one of my elders, go figure.

There's a similar cultural clash in the line that refers Bullet the Blue Sky in Vertigo. Though this conflict is between the Alternative U2 and Top 40 U2. Bullet the Blue Sky was the one song on Joshua Tree (The first Top 40 U2 album) that all the old school Alternative U2 fans liked. It was an earthy, beautiful song of protest about a real and brutal situation. Vertigo is about a being in a dance club and feelig lost. I wonder if the line is there to draw the contrast.

- Peace


Steve said...

Great song! Did you catch the POD version from Fundamental Elements...?

Dave King said...

Yes we have that album. It's a good rendition of that song. Though for favorite U2 cover I'd pick One by Johny Cash or One Tree Hill by Mortal.

- Peace

Stuart Buck said...

I posted this comment on the original "kneeling" post as well:

You forgot another instance, from Love and Peace or Else:

I don’t know if I can take it
I’m not easy on my knees
Here’s my heart you can break it.

Dave King said...

Don't know why that didn't catch my attention other than the phrase on my knees doesn't hit me the same way. But yeah it's the same image.

- Peace