Sunday, April 10, 2005

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" U2

From one of the best bands in the history of bands, comes "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The title alone alludes to one of the darkest moments in modern Irish History. Sunday, January 30th, 1972, 13 Protesting Irishmen were killed by British soldiers in Derry. The blood of the fallen unarmed innocents stained the soil of Northern Ireland that day, and their deaths became a rallying cry for the IRA.
For U2, this event made for good song lyrics. I think that this stanza of lyrics speaks best.

Tonight we can be as one, tonight
Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across a dead end street
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

Upon first hearing, one probably wouldn't connect Bloody Sunday with this song. It does sound pretty upbeat. It's great, signature drum beat gives the song a peppy feel. However, the somber lyrics lend themselves to a more serious tone. The violins and the echo effect in the chorus help with pleading tone of the vocalist. I really like this song. It's catchy, singable, and has a lot of hidden meaning.

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