MAYDAY!

cup-of-joeWill you be back Tomorrow?

Tomorrow is May Day (May 1st), and for most, the beginning of spring, where the heart is a bloom, and shoots up through the stony ground beneath her feet. Mayday is also an international distress signal used by maritimers for troubles at sea, like a Drowning Man or in this case, 4 drowning men. The SS Titanic, another Irish export that began its journey at roughly the same time that U2 began, has had less distress signals sent on its behalf than U2. Dodging icebergs, a lack of life boats & Leonardo Dicaprio’s top of the world speech were nothing compared to the obstacles U2 has had to avoid the last month or so. Like the Titanic, U2 departed Ireland with high hopes & has successfully stayed afloat all these years and now they seem to be looking for a life preserver while taking on water. Physically, U2 is no longer in ship-shape. Larry looks like he may keel over in Seconds due to back pain. Their captain, Paul McGuiness, has abandoned ship with no regard for the “women, children & U2 fans first” sign, and his replacement seems to be like a man overboard, drifting aimlessly towards no line on the horizon. The tsunami of excitement that swelled when producer Flood surfed in has subsided to nothing more than a wave of sorrow. It was just over a decade ago that U2 were sailing along on top of the music world, seeing the tuna fleets clearing the sea out. Now, they appear to be nothing more than chum-bait for the sharks posing as music critics and fair weathered fans.

Sitting at the bottom of The Ocean is the wreckage of the Titanic, memorialized forever, but no longer useful. Has U2’s ship sunk to these same depths of despair? Will the current of change provide U2’s fan base more waves of regret than waves of joy in the future? Is the blind leading the Blondie, “The tide is high, but I’m holding on,” while we await any news with our ears out the port hole & our thumbs up our poop deck? The S.O.S. (Save our souls) signal that U2 fans have been sending out for decades seems to be nothing more than a fading flare amidst the passing of a great musical journey. I, however, refuse to be waiting in dry dock for this ship to sail home and get scrapped for parts. The U2 I know and grew up with would have all hands on deck, fighting all the way to their watery graves. The distress signal is still beeping, faint though it may be, and U2 is still afloat. Ready “oar” nautical, I’m sending out the search party & calling in the coast guard. Get your binoculars ready, mates. I see something on the horizon and it’s not Moby. (Remember him?)

Longtime fan. Sixth grade teacher, married and have a 7 year old boy who is also a huge fan...he didn't have a choice.

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    joepit
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    Will you be back Tomorrow? Tomorrow is May Day (May 1st), and for most, the beginning of spring, where the heart is a bloom, and shoots up through the
    [See the full post at: MAYDAY!]

    #7844

    Leeny
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    I’m off to buy some Dramamine. :P

    #7845

    Pam
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    This is another brilliant and creative piece of writing from you, Joe! Your words truly express what many U2 fans feel at the moment. We all wait for some great new music of our favourite band.

    I´m back today and in my country Austria 1st of May is a national holiday. I didn´t know that Mayday is also a distress signal used by maritimers. U2 are sailors and they seem to be lost at sea. Will they be under the waves before new songs will rescue them? Instead of sinking in the sea the U2 ship should take us to places that have never been seen!

    #7846

    Leeny
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    I never thought of U2 as sailors until you mentioned it, Pam, but it’s true… they sailed that spaceship/claw about the globe for three years. Bloody pirates stole our hearts with that thing.

    Now, when and if the next album ever comes out…
    do you think they will describe it as the sound of four men crashing the 360 spaceship into the ocean?

    #7847

    joepit
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    Unless this new CD is a hit, U2 can WAVE bye bye.

    #7848

    Pam
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    Leeny, I just modified the first two lines of “When Love Comes To Town”. It´s always fun to change some lyrics a bit. In that context I didn´t think of U2´s spaceship. Glad you mentioned it!

    Joe, I agree that the next CD has to be great. U2 need to be more present in music business again. I am still hopeful.

    #7850

    Pam
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    Leeny, I´m not sure if U2 want to crash their spaceship into the ocean, because the 360 tour brought them much success. But I think after that gigantic spectacle they will possibly move to smaller places and concentrate more on the music itself if they go on tour again (hopefully). And maybe U2 will describe their work as brushstrokes of four men trying to paint a clear view at new land on the horizon if their next album comes out.

    #7851

    joepit
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    Anchor’s aweigh, the U2 ship is in uncharted water right now. When Bono says in Zooropa & “I need no compass'”I think he actually may need one.

    #7857

    Pam
    Participant

    Yes, some lines of Zooropa express a sense of uncertainty we also feel. Bono may also need a map and some reasons to get back.

    #7859

    Chris
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    Every sailor knows…that the sea..is a friend made enemy…Every shipwreck soul…knows what it is to live without intimacy…Oooh…Oooh…Oooh…I think I heard the Master’s voice, it’s hard to listen while you preach…Every Breaking wave on the rocks reminds U2 why they’re here for…OhohOoooooh !!!

    This great song SHOULD be on the new album…Invisible must sit on the darkest ocean-bottom, for ever !!!!

    Beep-Beep-Mayday ! Houston we have a problem !!! SOS !!!

    #7863

    joepit
    Moderator

    Chris, HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN EVERY BREAKING WAVE for this post????? I agree, this song is an absolute keeper. LOVE IT.

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