October – U2
Posted by NT Wrong on October 1, 2008
And the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear
What do I care
And Kingdoms fall
But you go on…
“‘October’ . . . it’s an image,” Bono told a Dutch television interviewer, Kees Baar, in 1981. “We’ve been through the ’60s, a time when things were in full bloom. We had fridges and cars, we sent people to the Moon and everybody thought how great mankind was. And now, as we go through the ’70s and ’80s, it’s a colder time of the year. It’s after the harvest. The trees are stripped bare. You can see things and we finally realize that maybe we weren’t so smart after all, now that there’s millions of unemployed people, now that we’ve used the technology we’ve been blessed with to build bombs for war machines, to build rockets, whatever. So ‘October’ is an ominous word, but it’s also quite lyrical.”
– Niall Stokes, Into The Heart. London: Carlton, 2001: 31.
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