Forty Foot Man (new song)

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Forty Foot Man (new song)
« on: March 18, 2023, 03:14:07 PM »
Listen as Hope and Peace try to rhyme,
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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2023, 03:16:54 PM »
(Apparently it was some "joke" song they wrote for David Letterman or something?)
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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2023, 03:19:08 PM »
It might be a 'joke' but it sounds no different from their now formulaic coldplay-lite take on nearly everything they do.

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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2023, 03:41:58 PM »
Wasn’t expecting any new music at all, so this was a surprise. I find it very meddling.


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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2023, 03:44:28 PM »
(Apparently it was some "joke" song they wrote for David Letterman or something?)

In the new documentary it shows the genesis of this song, and yes, it's a song for Letterman.
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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2023, 04:06:27 PM »
“Forty Foot Man,” a new original tune that Bono and the Edge wrote for Letterman in the middle of the night. The ditty was inspired by their day trip with Letterman to the Forty Foot, a Dublin Bay tourist attraction where daredevil swimmers regularly take a rite-of-passage icy plunge.

Many nice things have happened to me for my life; this would be right at the top of that list,” an astonished and choked-up Letterman stammers in the film, after Bono and the Edge play a sketch of “Forty Foot Man” for him from the U2 guitarist’s iPhone.

“When we were in the library and this [song] was presented to me, I was stunned,” Letterman confessed during a Q&A at A Sort of Homecoming’s recent premiere at Los Angeles’s Orpheum Theatre, where he saw the film for the first time and was spontaneously serenaded with an a cappella “Forty Foot Man” by Bono himself. “I just thought, ‘At 3 o'clock in the morning, they're writing a song — and about me!’ And I thought, ‘Oh, I'm glad that's over.’ And then it turned out, ‘Oh no, it's not over. It's a real song!’ I can't tell you what a lovely gesture and gift that has been.”

Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment a week after the L.A. screening, Neville recalls with a smile: “At one point the Edge had mentioned that his phone was full of fragments of songs, and I said to them, ‘You know, it'd be great to be able to hear something.’ And literally that night, they stayed up… I know Edge was up till at least 3 A.M. working on this thing. Bono was writing lyrics, and then they surprised us all. I had no idea. They whipped out that song and played it for Dave, and Dave was so touched by it. It was amazing to watch. And it was the last thing we filmed.”

However, that sweet scene isn’t the last thing that appears in A Sort of Homecoming. The end credits actually roll over charming footage of a wet-suited Letterman — who refrained from swimming in the ice-cold water during his first on-camera visit to the Forty Foot — returning alone, sans Neville’s crew, to bravely dive in.

That last sequence of Dave jumping in the Forty Foot, we did not film that on our shoot,” Neville reveals. “We filmed everything else in the second week of December, and it kind of felt like we’d kind of been on this journey together. And they wrote this song for him, and then we went home, and Dave was processing the fact they had written the song for him. So, over Christmas, he said, ‘I think I have to go back to Ireland and jump in the water’ — which is amazing. Because Bono had said that they were actually going to finish the song [in the studio], Dave flew back for one day [to film that scene] … Normally a director would have to convince talent to do something like that, but Dave knows what is going to make a good show and what the task requires. And I think for him it was like, Bono and the Edge went above and beyond for him [by writing “Forty Foot Man”], so he was going to go above and beyond for them.”

Let me wax, or perhaps wane, poetically,” a visibly moved Letterman said onstage at the Orpheum, right after watching A Sort of Homecoming on the big screen. “I’ve been in television and this sort of thing since I was 18, and at this stage in my life, to have been a part of this… tonight's the first time I’ve seen it, and it’s just a gift. What a lovely piece of work. I'm so pleased and so proud. I don't know how it happened exactly, and I don’t know why it happened, but this kind of makes the first 35 years of being in television well worth the effort.

“A few years ago [in 2000], I had quintuple bypass surgery, and I was as scared as a person is supposed to be,” said Letterman, who shares a bond with U2 in that way as well (Bono underwent an eight-hour heart operation in 2016). “And what I discovered after that process was, the people who performed the surgery, many of whom have become my lifelong friends, were so good at what they did that I thought to myself, ‘This is the way people need to be in all aspects of life.’ And this is going to sound picky, but I have the same feeling when I watch [Bono and the Edge] work. You don't run into people like this. These are very, very smart artists. And to be in the presence of that, in any form, was a delightful awakening.”

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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2023, 05:45:49 PM »
It isn't mind-blowing or anything but I think it beats any other new stuff they've done since SOE.
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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2023, 06:03:21 PM »
It isn't mind-blowing or anything but I think it beats any other new stuff they've done since SOE.

Yeah but improving on ahimsa, the football song and that Disney catastrophe isn’t difficult.
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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2023, 09:10:04 PM »
“Forty Foot Man,” a new original tune that Bono and the Edge wrote for Letterman in the middle of the night. The ditty was inspired by their day trip with Letterman to the Forty Foot, a Dublin Bay tourist attraction where daredevil swimmers regularly take a rite-of-passage icy plunge.

Many nice things have happened to me for my life; this would be right at the top of that list,” an astonished and choked-up Letterman stammers in the film, after Bono and the Edge play a sketch of “Forty Foot Man” for him from the U2 guitarist’s iPhone.

“When we were in the library and this [song] was presented to me, I was stunned,” Letterman confessed during a Q&A at A Sort of Homecoming’s recent premiere at Los Angeles’s Orpheum Theatre, where he saw the film for the first time and was spontaneously serenaded with an a cappella “Forty Foot Man” by Bono himself. “I just thought, ‘At 3 o'clock in the morning, they're writing a song — and about me!’ And I thought, ‘Oh, I'm glad that's over.’ And then it turned out, ‘Oh no, it's not over. It's a real song!’ I can't tell you what a lovely gesture and gift that has been.”

Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment a week after the L.A. screening, Neville recalls with a smile: “At one point the Edge had mentioned that his phone was full of fragments of songs, and I said to them, ‘You know, it'd be great to be able to hear something.’ And literally that night, they stayed up… I know Edge was up till at least 3 A.M. working on this thing. Bono was writing lyrics, and then they surprised us all. I had no idea. They whipped out that song and played it for Dave, and Dave was so touched by it. It was amazing to watch. And it was the last thing we filmed.”

However, that sweet scene isn’t the last thing that appears in A Sort of Homecoming. The end credits actually roll over charming footage of a wet-suited Letterman — who refrained from swimming in the ice-cold water during his first on-camera visit to the Forty Foot — returning alone, sans Neville’s crew, to bravely dive in.

That last sequence of Dave jumping in the Forty Foot, we did not film that on our shoot,” Neville reveals. “We filmed everything else in the second week of December, and it kind of felt like we’d kind of been on this journey together. And they wrote this song for him, and then we went home, and Dave was processing the fact they had written the song for him. So, over Christmas, he said, ‘I think I have to go back to Ireland and jump in the water’ — which is amazing. Because Bono had said that they were actually going to finish the song [in the studio], Dave flew back for one day [to film that scene] … Normally a director would have to convince talent to do something like that, but Dave knows what is going to make a good show and what the task requires. And I think for him it was like, Bono and the Edge went above and beyond for him [by writing “Forty Foot Man”], so he was going to go above and beyond for them.”

Let me wax, or perhaps wane, poetically,” a visibly moved Letterman said onstage at the Orpheum, right after watching A Sort of Homecoming on the big screen. “I’ve been in television and this sort of thing since I was 18, and at this stage in my life, to have been a part of this… tonight's the first time I’ve seen it, and it’s just a gift. What a lovely piece of work. I'm so pleased and so proud. I don't know how it happened exactly, and I don’t know why it happened, but this kind of makes the first 35 years of being in television well worth the effort.

“A few years ago [in 2000], I had quintuple bypass surgery, and I was as scared as a person is supposed to be,” said Letterman, who shares a bond with U2 in that way as well (Bono underwent an eight-hour heart operation in 2016). “And what I discovered after that process was, the people who performed the surgery, many of whom have become my lifelong friends, were so good at what they did that I thought to myself, ‘This is the way people need to be in all aspects of life.’ And this is going to sound picky, but I have the same feeling when I watch [Bono and the Edge] work. You don't run into people like this. These are very, very smart artists. And to be in the presence of that, in any form, was a delightful awakening.”

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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2023, 09:45:32 PM »
It isn't mind-blowing or anything but I think it beats any other new stuff they've done since SOE.

Yeah but improving on ahimsa, the football song and that Disney catastrophe isn’t difficult.

at least it isn't offensively bad. 

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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2023, 09:56:00 PM »
It isn't mind-blowing or anything but I think it beats any other new stuff they've done since SOE.

Yeah but improving on ahimsa, the football song and that Disney catastrophe isn’t difficult.

at least it isn't offensively bad.

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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2023, 10:46:51 PM »
The lyrics are kinda silly but the music was actually alright compared with their other recent output.
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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2023, 01:13:52 AM »
Does a 40 foot man have a giant cock?

not asking for a friend or anything,  just genuinely curious.  And maybe a bit drunk.



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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2023, 03:50:17 AM »
Does a 40 foot man have a giant cock?

not asking for a friend or anything,  just genuinely curious.  And maybe a bit drunk.

One thing is for sure, the 40 foot man needs the big vagina.

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Re: 40-Foot Man
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2023, 03:54:21 AM »
It isn't mind-blowing or anything but I think it beats any other new stuff they've done since SOE.

Yeah but improving on ahimsa, the football song and that Disney catastrophe isn’t difficult.

at least it isn't offensively bad.

You OK, bro?

Haha, I’m not sure!  😎