Posts Tagged ‘U2’

New Year’s Day

January 1, 2016

“New Year’s Day,”  written and performed by the band U2 at a 2001 concert at Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland. this is not really a holiday song since the lyrics, written in 1982, refer to Poland’s Solidarity Movement, then suppressed under martial law:

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered, black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says

Say it’s true, it’s true
We can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

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I Believe in Father Christmas

December 24, 2013

Written by Greg Lake (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) with lyrics by Peter Sinfield, performed here by U2. The 1975 single by Lake was number two on the UK charts. Sainsbury’s used the song in a TV ad, omitting the lyrics that denounce commercialism. Extra irony: There’s an ad at the end of this video.

Note to Yanks: Father Christmas = Santa.

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