Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rolling Stone Magazine's Album Of The Year

The result was an album with a sense of drama that no one could match all year — more proof that a band that isn't busy being born is busy dying. -Rolling Stone

People know I am a U2 fan. Save a cover song they did for a new charity website this time last year, I have purposely stayed away from talking about them. But the Rolling Stone critics just named their album No Line On The Horizon as the best of the year.
They also named the song Moment Of Surrender as the best song of the year, stating; "The most devastating ballad U2 — or anyone — has delivered since 'One.'"

So for that, I thought I would share things I know/think about this album, from the religious viewpoint of it. So, going down most of the songs and many lyrics....

No Line On The Horizon
"That moment where the sea and the sky blend into one. It's an image of infinity.” -The Edge

(an overt praise song)

Oh, Magnificent

I was born
I was born to be with you 

In this space and time
After that and ever after
I haven't had a clue

I was born
I was born to sing for you 

I didn't have a choice
But to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry
It was a joyful noise

Moment of SurrenderA drug user letting go and surrendering to GodWe set ourselves on fire
Oh God, do not deny her
It's not if I believe in love
But if love believes in me (1 John 4:10)Oh, believe in me

At the moment of surrender
I folded to my knees
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I was speeding on the subway
Through the stations of the cross
Every eye looking every other way
Counting down 'til the pain will stop

Unknown Caller

The most difficult song on the album, to get a handle on. But currently a favorite.
The same man from Moment of Surrender receives a call on his cell from God, even though the phone has “no signal at all.” Trying to reach his dealer during a relapse, instead he gets curious texts. Seemingly nonsensical at first look.
3:33 refers to one of Bono’s favorite bible verses. Jeremiah 3:33
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." He has referred to it as “God’s telephone number”Bono put 3:33 on the cover of the All That You Can’t Leave Behind album…as a gate number behind the band as they stand in an airport.
I was lost between the midnight and the dawning
In a place of no consequence or company
3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face

Speed-dialing with no signal at all

Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh
Escape yourself and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak

Shout for joy if you get the chance
Password, you, enter here, right now

You know your name so punch it in
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak

I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy TonightA classic dual meaning: “letting go and letting God in” but its not always easyIt's not a hill, it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
Do you believe me or are you doubting
We're gonna make it all the way to the light
But I know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

'Cause the sweetest melody is the one we haven't heard
Is it true that perfect love drives out all fear? 1 John 4:18 (perfect love drives out fear)

Get On Your Boots
If there is ONE word that is the recurrent theme of the album, its SOUND. Sound as in the sound we hear…. the sound as in a body of waterLet me in the sound
Let me in the sound, now
God, I'm going down
I don't wanna drown now
Meet me in the sound

The central eschatological metaphor of No Line is the sound of the divine song, heard only by those who have the ears to hear it, yet unconsciously sought by everyone, for all people were created to hear and sing this song.
-Baptist Free Press

Stand Up Comedy
I can stand up for hope, faith, love (1 Corinthians 13:13)
But while I'm getting over certainty
Stop helping God across the road
Like a little old lady

Out from under your beds
C'mon, ye people
Stand up for your love

God is love
And love is evolution's very best day

White As Snow (John 1:29)Melody is based on “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” It is the last moments of a soldier who has just been hit by a road side bomb in Afghanistan.Where I came from there were no hills at all
The land was flat, the highway straight and wide
My brother and I would drive for hours
Like we had years instead of days
Our faces as pale as the dirty snow

Once I knew there was a love divine
Then came a time I thought it knew me not
Who can forgive forgiveness where forgiveness is not
Only the lamb as white as snow

Now this dry ground, it bears no fruit at all
Only poppies laugh under the crescent moon
The road refuses strangers
The land, the seeds we sow
Where might we find the lamb as white as snow

As boys we would go hunting in the woods
To sleep the night shooting out the stars
Now the wolves are every passing stranger
Every face we cannot know
If only a heart could be as white as snow
If only a heart could be as white as snow

The soldier's remembrance of his baptism, having received the forgiveness of "the lamb as white as snow." But he also remembers his post-baptismal life with regret, for neither his heart nor the hearts of others who have brought him, and the world, to this point have been "as white as snow."
-Baptist Free Press

Every day I die again, and again I'm reborn (see John 3:3)

We are people borne of sound
The songs are in our eyes
Gonna wear them like a crown

I've found grace inside a sound
I found grace, it's all that I found
And I can breathe
Breathe now

Cedars of LebanonThe Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned often in the bible. The wood used to construct Solomon’s temple.
The song has Bono singing in the 3rd person. He is playing a character again. This time the character is a war reporter in Afghanistan.
He seems to be having an affair possibly or maybe just is in an inward turmoil
You say you're not going to leave the truth alone
I'm here 'cause I don't want to go home

You're so high above me, higher than everyone
Where are you in the Cedars of Lebanon?
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