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October – U2

Posted by NT Wrong on October 1, 2008

    And the trees are stripped bare
    Of all they wear
    What do I care

    Kingdoms rise
    And Kingdoms fall
    But you go on…

    …and 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.

3 Responses to “October – U2”

  1. Phil H. said

    I’m looking forward to the release of Live at Red Rocks on DVD, which is supposed to be out soon (my VHS is wearing out).


  2. ntwrong said

    I can understand why you wore it out!

  3. David Ker said

    One of my faves

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