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Gravity
« on: February 20, 2020, 03:02:02 PM »
What does gravity mean in Bono's lyrical themes?

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laoghaire

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2020, 03:02:56 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2020, 04:29:09 PM »
Examples?

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2020, 04:46:04 PM »
Yeah, great question. I am sure there are more examples but here are some to start with, and folks feel free to suggest others whether you have analysis to add ir not.

Is Dancing Barefoot a U2 song or a cover?

Here I go when I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
'Til I lose my sense of gravity

Stateless  I would say the theme of gravity is the central idea to this song, including its absence ("weightless") and a force to imitate it ("push down on me").

I got no home in this world
Just gravity, luck and time
I've got no home in this world
Just you and you are not mine

Smile - the concept of "ground" may be related and in other songs.

Gravity, it's not pulling me
I won't be a picture with no sound
Decaying, I'm praying
You are my air but I need the ground to kneel upon

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2020, 04:57:19 PM »
Gravity...sense of self?
You gotta stand up straight, carry your own weight, these tears are going nowhere

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2020, 05:11:26 PM »
An interesting idea, will chew on that.

Do people think gravity is a good thing in this theme? Or is weightlessness the goal?

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2020, 05:12:44 PM »
I don't know if this is the same theme but we also have

The landlady
Takes me up in the air
I go, I go where I would not dare
The landlady
Shows me the stars out there
I'm weightless when she is there

Again, I dunno if that actually fits the gravity theme.
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Re: Gravity
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2020, 05:25:05 PM »
Yeah, great question. I am sure there are more examples but here are some to start with, and folks feel free to suggest others whether you have analysis to add ir not.

Is Dancing Barefoot a U2 song or a cover?

Here I go when I don't know why
I spin so ceaselessly
'Til I lose my sense of gravity

Stateless  I would say the theme of gravity is the central idea to this song, including its absence ("weightless") and a force to imitate it ("push down on me").

I got no home in this world
Just gravity, luck and time
I've got no home in this world
Just you and you are not mine

Smile - the concept of "ground" may be related and in other songs.

Gravity, it's not pulling me
I won't be a picture with no sound
Decaying, I'm praying
You are my air but I need the ground to kneel upon

Dancing Barefoot is a Patti Smith song.

Think it has been covered about 100 times

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2020, 05:32:19 PM »
I thought so but my brain donttt werkk  :o

So ignore that one.

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2020, 12:08:35 AM »
Gravity is the name of probably Coldplay's greatest love song.  Originally written for another band and then recorded but not placed on an album but has a very touching video.

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2020, 04:02:46 AM »
Bono has a low centre of gravity.


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laoghaire

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2020, 08:10:09 PM »
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Re: Gravity
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2020, 01:17:04 AM »
In the two instances you mention, I see gravity as being something the singer welcomes, not something holding him down.  Being grounded is a good thing.  Safety, control.

Landlady and elevation donít count.  They are about spiritual uplift, possibilities.  They are not the opposite of gravity as its used in stateless or smile.

Are there other songs that use the word.  Anyone ever make a concordance of all U2 lyrics?


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Re: Gravity
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2020, 05:58:02 AM »
Bono has a low centre of gravity.
so do my boobs

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Re: Gravity
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2020, 08:48:51 AM »
Bono has a low centre of gravity.
so do my boobs

You're not fooling anyone with this silliness, Big Willy, so grow up and act your age.  There's a good boy.