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11 March 2009 @ 07:26 am
Song of the Week #41: U2 "Magnificent" (live Letterman)  


Choose to watch in HD for a widescreen visual treat!

U2 began with “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for me, back when Mtv used to play the video from Red Rocks. Even today that footage gives me chills. The Elevation tour in 2001 cemented and restored, rejuvenated, and intensified my love for these guys.

Listen to the new album. Listen to it again. Let it in, it will grow.

Interscope came to the office about 5-6 weeks ago and played three cuts from the new album, this being the first – it was brilliant. For this track it was love at first listen. Mark at the time commented that it was “majestic” and that’s exactly it – that’s the quintessential U2 sound, that majestic, sweeping, cinematic feel. They’ve captured it perfectly here. Add a yearning and passionate Bono vocal and you’re all set.

I could pinpoint the amazing moments in this performance, but I’ll let it speak for itself. This isn’t your typical late night TV performance, they trucked in their own lighting and I believe they spent a lot of time camera blocking this because this is extremely well shot and deliberately shot I think. It only adds to the beauty of the song.

Enough said…more great U2 links below the lyrics.

Magnificent

Magnificent
Magnificent

I was born
I was born to be with you
In this space and time
After that and ever after I haven't had a clue
Only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart black and blue

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

I was born
I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise…

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love unites our hearts

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent
Magnificent



Breathe (live Letterman)
No Line on the Horizon (live studio – raw)
With or Without You (live Boston 2001) - pure magic
Sunday Bloody Sunday (live Red Rocks 1983)