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Coloring Club — 6/14/19

June 14

June 14a

I know it sounds strange to say that I never knew the name to this song, as it was heard as part of the complete “Rattle and Hum” album.  I love everything about this song, but particularly the guitars, thrumming out their pulsing beats.

Rattle and Hum is the sixth studio album by Irish rock band U2, and a companion rockumentary film directed by Phil Joanou. Both were released in October 1988. Following the breakthrough success of the band’s previous studio album, The Joshua Tree, the Rattle and Hum project captures their continued experiences with American roots music on the Joshua Tree Tour, further incorporating elements of blues rock, folk rock, and gospel music into their sound.

The bass-heavy “God Part II” is an introduction to the Achtung Baby sound, and is a sequel of sorts to John Lennon’s “God”, his stark denunciation of everyone from Elvis Presley to Jesus Christ and has the same kind of lyrical structure.

Per wikipedia:
The lyrics, “Don’t believe in Goldman” refer to Albert Goldman, who wrote an unflattering biography of Lennon after his death…by way of Lennon’s song “Instant Karma!”:

I don’t believe in Goldman
His type like a curse
Instant Karma’s gonna get him
If I don’t get him first

Additionally, the song alludes to Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”, in the lyric,

“Heard a singer on the radio late last night/He says he’s gonna kick the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight.”

God Part II hasn’t been played live since 1990. (not sure if this is true or not, got it from songfacts.com comments.)

Don’t believe the devil
I don’t believe his book
But the truth is not the same
Without the lies he made up

Don’t believe in excess
Success is to give
Don’t believe in riches
But you should see where I live
I, I believe in love

Don’t believe in forced entry
Don’t believe in rape
But every time she passes by
Wild thoughts escape
I don’t believe in death row
Skid row or the gangs
Don’t believe the Uzi
Just went off in my hand
I, I believe in love

Don’t believe in cocaine
Got a speed-ball in my head
I could cut and crack you open
Do you hear what I said
Don’t believe them when they tell me
There ain’t no cure
The rich stay healthy
While the sick stay poor
I, I believe in love

Don’t believe in Goldman
His type like a curse
Instant karma’s going to get him
If I don’t get him first
Don’t believe that rock ‘n’ roll
Can really change the world
As it spins in revolution
It spirals and turns
I, I believe in love

Don’t believe in the 60’s
The golden age of pop
You glorify the past
When the future dries up
Heard a singer on the radio
late last night
He says he’s gonna kick the darkness
‘Til it bleeds daylight
I, I believe in love

Love
Love
Love
Love

I feel like I’m falling
Like I’m spinning on a wheel
It always stops beside of me
With a presence I can feel
I, I believe in love
Stop

Songwriters: Adam Clayton / Dave Evans / Larry Mullen / Paul Hewson

8 thoughts on “Coloring Club — 6/14/19

  1. After rising to The Greatest Band In The World with The Joshua Tree- a lot of folks hated the Rattle and Hum movie- yes Bono was a little annoying–well more than a little annoying in that movie but the album was pretty good. A good mixture of live and new studio recordings.

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  2. I did wonder why they called it a studio album at wikipedia. I’ve never seen the movie. Worth a watch if I can find it? The first line on the album is the greatest first line that I can think of for any album.

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