In the best of Irish traditions I want to ask you to put on a green T-shirt and have a pint of black stout before you start reading…
Well done 😉
Now I can introduce to you one of the most intelligent, popular, good-looking band in the world…their name wasn’t so powerful or evocative when on 17th March 1978 (yes, precisely on St Patrick’s Day!!!) in Dublin, they won a talent show. The prize consisted in £500 and the possibility to record a demo which would be heard by CBS Ireland. They recorded their first album, “Boy”, that was n°1 for some weeks in the Irish Chart.
Now, after about forty years, “U2” is not only a band’s name but a whole world of songs and emotions. Bono, Edge, Clayton, Mullen. Four Irish angels who have come to save the world with their music.
Today we’ll listen to “Sunday Blood Sunday”, U2´s first political song.
This song is taken from my favourite album, “War”, and speaks about the events happened on 30th January 1972: on that day in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland the U.K. army fired against a group of people during a civil rights march, killing fourteen of them, mainly young boys. All of them were not armed. That day, which was a Sunday, is known as Bloody Sunday (Domhnach na Fola in Irish).
Bono once said:” it’s called Sunday Bloody Sunday, it speaks about us, it speaks about Ireland. But if you don’t like it, we won’t play it anymore”.
The song begins with the sound of drums and with Bono’s voice, followed by Edge with his aggressive guitar riff that continues during all the song. Everything is so rhythmical and this helps us to listen to the lyrics. The song is written from the point of view of a boy who is incredulous in front of the killing of people of his own country.. this boy sings:
” I can’t believe the news today
I can’t close my eyes and make it go away.
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long, how long?”
I love the whole lyrics, but in the first stanza I can see all the meaning of the song…
And now while you listen to this masterpiece you will understand what I meant when I wrote that U2 are one of the most intelligent bands in the world.