118 thoughts on “American Prayer (live)

  1. Thanks for the present!Sounds great.Maybe they should sack Larry and take the CD player on tour next time ;-)!

  2. Thanks for the present!Sounds great.Maybe they should sack Larry and take the CD player on tour next time ;-)!

  3. Ahhhhhhhhh! Yes finally. THANKS!

    Here’s hoping that came from the Wheaton, IL local access cable broadcast and that people start trading that tape around. It was a life-changing evening, even for someone who has supported this cause all along in at least some way or another. I am trying to encourage U2.com to put the broadcast on that site for universal access. ITNOL, Patty

  4. Ahhhhhhhhh! Yes finally. THANKS!

    Here’s hoping that came from the Wheaton, IL local access cable broadcast and that people start trading that tape around. It was a life-changing evening, even for someone who has supported this cause all along in at least some way or another. I am trying to encourage U2.com to put the broadcast on that site for universal access. ITNOL, Patty

  5. This a pretty neat sounding song that reminds me of both “North And South Of The River” (album version) a and “New Day” Perhaps they could record it for a benefit single?

  6. This a pretty neat sounding song that reminds me of both “North And South Of The River” (album version) a and “New Day” Perhaps they could record it for a benefit single?

  7. oh yeah, and i thought he was in new york on dec 10th to record it in a studio with a choir of ghanese children….anyway would be absolutely terrific if this song would be rocorded with the band and the choir in proper production…ahhh!

  8. oh yeah, and i thought he was in new york on dec 10th to record it in a studio with a choir of ghanese children….anyway would be absolutely terrific if this song would be rocorded with the band and the choir in proper production…ahhh!

  9. I hope the new album sounds nothing like this song or The Hands That Built America. U2 needs to start rocking again.

  10. I hope the new album sounds nothing like this song or The Hands That Built America. U2 needs to start rocking again.

  11. An America Prayer will turn out great. What’s with the constant ragging on The Hands That Built America? It’s friggin’ better than The Playboy Mansion! U2 will always rock and will always have songs like Hands, or Stuck in a Moment.
    Play MOFO then play Slow Dancing. Versatility is why they are great.

  12. An America Prayer will turn out great. What’s with the constant ragging on The Hands That Built America? It’s friggin’ better than The Playboy Mansion! U2 will always rock and will always have songs like Hands, or Stuck in a Moment.
    Play MOFO then play Slow Dancing. Versatility is why they are great.

  13. An America Prayer will turn out great. What’s with the constant ragging on The Hands That Built America? It’s friggin’ better than The Playboy Mansion! U2 will always rock and will always have songs like Hands, or Stuck in a Moment.
    Play MOFO then play Slow Dancing. Versatility is why they are great.

  14. An America Prayer will turn out great. What’s with the constant ragging on The Hands That Built America? It’s friggin’ better than The Playboy Mansion! U2 will always rock and will always have songs like Hands, or Stuck in a Moment.
    Play MOFO then play Slow Dancing. Versatility is why they are great.

  15. I’d much rather listen to The Playboy Mansion than The Hands That Built America. Hands has no Edge guitar, a dopey keyboard, and Bono needs to stop kissing America’s ass.

  16. I’d much rather listen to The Playboy Mansion than The Hands That Built America. Hands has no Edge guitar, a dopey keyboard, and Bono needs to stop kissing America’s ass.

  17. You know it was funny – there was one point in the song, I *think* it was the part when he starts singing “If you get to the top of the mountain…” and Bono put his right hand up in the air, and I’m so used to joining in on movements like that at U2 gigs, so I put my hand up in the air too. And guess what? We were the only two folks in the room with our hands in the air and that’s exactly how it stayed. LOL. An awkward discovery of what it’s like for a member of U2 playing in a room of 1,000+ but who aren’t a U2 audience. 😀 haha

  18. You know it was funny – there was one point in the song, I *think* it was the part when he starts singing “If you get to the top of the mountain…” and Bono put his right hand up in the air, and I’m so used to joining in on movements like that at U2 gigs, so I put my hand up in the air too. And guess what? We were the only two folks in the room with our hands in the air and that’s exactly how it stayed. LOL. An awkward discovery of what it’s like for a member of U2 playing in a room of 1,000+ but who aren’t a U2 audience. 😀 haha

  19. The lyrics of Playboy Mansion are some of the worst written in any song, by anyone, ever. The music, however, is quite good and I often find myself happy to hear it despite the skin-crawling-badness of the lyrics. Wince. But American Prayer and HTBA are too soft, too middle-aged, too mamsy-pamsy GO USA and TOO BORING to be worthwhile. Did anyone get REALLY excited when they first heard American Prayer? Two crap albums and you’re out, and my (very unpopular, I know) opinion is that ATYCLB is the first of those two. Play a Police song and then play a recent Sting song. That sort of adult contemporary lack of edge is what I’m concerned about here.

  20. The lyrics of Playboy Mansion are some of the worst written in any song, by anyone, ever. The music, however, is quite good and I often find myself happy to hear it despite the skin-crawling-badness of the lyrics. Wince. But American Prayer and HTBA are too soft, too middle-aged, too mamsy-pamsy GO USA and TOO BORING to be worthwhile. Did anyone get REALLY excited when they first heard American Prayer? Two crap albums and you’re out, and my (very unpopular, I know) opinion is that ATYCLB is the first of those two. Play a Police song and then play a recent Sting song. That sort of adult contemporary lack of edge is what I’m concerned about here.

  21. Like the song…Bono sounds good.
    It’s not rock and roll…it’s, lets get rockin on aids, hunger and instability.
    Bono, you rock!

  22. Like the song…Bono sounds good.
    It’s not rock and roll…it’s, lets get rockin on aids, hunger and instability.
    Bono, you rock!

  23. Like the song…Bono sounds good.
    It’s not rock and roll…it’s, lets get rockin on aids, hunger and instability.
    Bono, you rock!

  24. Like the song…Bono sounds good.
    It’s not rock and roll…it’s, lets get rockin on aids, hunger and instability.
    Bono, you rock!

  25. i wanted to like this, but it’s sooooo terrible. maybe when played in context it doesn’t sound as cheesy. this is probably as bad as “New Day”. the last part of the song is the only time the lyrics that don’t make me feel embaressed to listen to it. and complain all you want about “Playboy Mansion”, but nothing beats ‘some places are like you auntie, but there’s no place like Miami’ for pure crap lyrics…

  26. i wanted to like this, but it’s sooooo terrible. maybe when played in context it doesn’t sound as cheesy. this is probably as bad as “New Day”. the last part of the song is the only time the lyrics that don’t make me feel embaressed to listen to it. and complain all you want about “Playboy Mansion”, but nothing beats ‘some places are like you auntie, but there’s no place like Miami’ for pure crap lyrics…

  27. my opinion is.. when you write songs, some are bound to rock, some to roll, and some to suck. i think we can give the boys a break, especially given everything they’ve given to us. and especially in this holiday season?

    out of what, 200 songs, they’ve written about 10 clunkers? I’d take those odds.

    Give them a break!

  28. my opinion is.. when you write songs, some are bound to rock, some to roll, and some to suck. i think we can give the boys a break, especially given everything they’ve given to us. and especially in this holiday season?

    out of what, 200 songs, they’ve written about 10 clunkers? I’d take those odds.

    Give them a break!

  29. Sounds a bit like “Streets Of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springteen. But better. I am not biased of course.

  30. Sounds a bit like “Streets Of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springteen. But better. I am not biased of course.

  31. Sounds a bit like “Streets Of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springteen. But better. I am not biased of course.

  32. Sounds a bit like “Streets Of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springteen. But better. I am not biased of course.

  33. First, Playboy Mansion has great lyrics and music. Second, Sting’s “Desert Rose” is about as edgy as they get. Third, Bruce’s “Streets of Philadelphia” is one of the best soundtrack songs of all time (and beats out “American Prayer” and THTBA in any category).But I can see the similarity, a little. Also I think we need to remember that probably American Prayer will never see a recording studio. That’s ok. I still adore Bono and all his good works – he’s allowed a few wincers here and there. Geez, the end of this song has the chorus melody of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” Well, I guess that’s not such a bad thing. 🙂

  34. First, Playboy Mansion has great lyrics and music. Second, Sting’s “Desert Rose” is about as edgy as they get. Third, Bruce’s “Streets of Philadelphia” is one of the best soundtrack songs of all time (and beats out “American Prayer” and THTBA in any category).But I can see the similarity, a little. Also I think we need to remember that probably American Prayer will never see a recording studio. That’s ok. I still adore Bono and all his good works – he’s allowed a few wincers here and there. Geez, the end of this song has the chorus melody of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” Well, I guess that’s not such a bad thing. 🙂

  35. Maybe I’m a bit, ohh, what’s the word I want here… I’m not sure… I just want to say that, ok, maybe it’s not “Red Hill Mining Town”, but it’s so so SOOO much better than say, (hear me out, first, then flame) Backstreet Boys… I mean, are we asking too much of U2 for bitching about any of their songs??? I know there are U2 songs I don’t listen to often also, but shite, let’s cut them a little slack, at least, don’t you guys think??? ATYCLB might be more laid back than War, but at least we didn’t see Bono in Tiger Beat, it wasn’t called “When I Look at The WoRRRld, I take off my clothes and and throw money in a camera and “Bling, Bling” beyotch, who likes a U2 parrty up in dis muthaf^&*??? Dublin-style for shizzle my nizzles!!!”… After that type crap I’ve seen all day,”American Prayer” “The Playboy Mansion”, or hell “60 Seconds in Kingdom Come” are lyrical Shakespeare… And 60SIKC is an insturmental for God’s sakes!!!

  36. Maybe I’m a bit, ohh, what’s the word I want here… I’m not sure… I just want to say that, ok, maybe it’s not “Red Hill Mining Town”, but it’s so so SOOO much better than say, (hear me out, first, then flame) Backstreet Boys… I mean, are we asking too much of U2 for bitching about any of their songs??? I know there are U2 songs I don’t listen to often also, but shite, let’s cut them a little slack, at least, don’t you guys think??? ATYCLB might be more laid back than War, but at least we didn’t see Bono in Tiger Beat, it wasn’t called “When I Look at The WoRRRld, I take off my clothes and and throw money in a camera and “Bling, Bling” beyotch, who likes a U2 parrty up in dis muthaf^&*??? Dublin-style for shizzle my nizzles!!!”… After that type crap I’ve seen all day,”American Prayer” “The Playboy Mansion”, or hell “60 Seconds in Kingdom Come” are lyrical Shakespeare… And 60SIKC is an insturmental for God’s sakes!!!

  37. Maybe I’m a bit, ohh, what’s the word I want here… I’m not sure… I just want to say that, ok, maybe it’s not “Red Hill Mining Town”, but it’s so so SOOO much better than say, (hear me out, first, then flame) Backstreet Boys… I mean, are we asking too much of U2 for bitching about any of their songs??? I know there are U2 songs I don’t listen to often also, but shite, let’s cut them a little slack, at least, don’t you guys think??? ATYCLB might be more laid back than War, but at least we didn’t see Bono in Tiger Beat, it wasn’t called “When I Look at The WoRRRld, I take off my clothes and and throw money in a camera and “Bling, Bling” beyotch, who likes a U2 parrty up in dis muthaf^&*??? Dublin-style for shizzle my nizzles!!!”… After that type crap I’ve seen all day,”American Prayer” “The Playboy Mansion”, or hell “60 Seconds in Kingdom Come” are lyrical Shakespeare… And 60SIKC is an insturmental for God’s sakes!!!

  38. Maybe I’m a bit, ohh, what’s the word I want here… I’m not sure… I just want to say that, ok, maybe it’s not “Red Hill Mining Town”, but it’s so so SOOO much better than say, (hear me out, first, then flame) Backstreet Boys… I mean, are we asking too much of U2 for bitching about any of their songs??? I know there are U2 songs I don’t listen to often also, but shite, let’s cut them a little slack, at least, don’t you guys think??? ATYCLB might be more laid back than War, but at least we didn’t see Bono in Tiger Beat, it wasn’t called “When I Look at The WoRRRld, I take off my clothes and and throw money in a camera and “Bling, Bling” beyotch, who likes a U2 parrty up in dis muthaf^&*??? Dublin-style for shizzle my nizzles!!!”… After that type crap I’ve seen all day,”American Prayer” “The Playboy Mansion”, or hell “60 Seconds in Kingdom Come” are lyrical Shakespeare… And 60SIKC is an insturmental for God’s sakes!!!

  39. Think everyone has to keep this song in perspective…it’s not a “U2” song, it’s something Bono, I think I heard in collaboration with Dave Stewart (but I could be wrong), wrote for a special purpose. I don’t think it’s indicative of the direction the band is going on the new album. Two different things. Which is good b/c the lyrics on this are a tad corny and trite…music is not bad though. 🙂 Anyone else have a feeling that since it has been recorded more formally that this might pop up as a Hands b-side tho? (g)

  40. Think everyone has to keep this song in perspective…it’s not a “U2” song, it’s something Bono, I think I heard in collaboration with Dave Stewart (but I could be wrong), wrote for a special purpose. I don’t think it’s indicative of the direction the band is going on the new album. Two different things. Which is good b/c the lyrics on this are a tad corny and trite…music is not bad though. 🙂 Anyone else have a feeling that since it has been recorded more formally that this might pop up as a Hands b-side tho? (g)

  41. It’s Christmassy. Sugary. I’ve been listening to lots of Popmart shows (how many times can a person hear Pride and not got INSANE?) and there’s one show where Bono’s commenting on the tacky sing-a-long in Pride/Still Haven’t Found/Stand by Me and he says: “I like that corny shit”. Aww. Bless his little heart. I think B’s turning into Dylan. HUGE output. 70% ends up being under par. You live for the 30%,

  42. It’s Christmassy. Sugary. I’ve been listening to lots of Popmart shows (how many times can a person hear Pride and not got INSANE?) and there’s one show where Bono’s commenting on the tacky sing-a-long in Pride/Still Haven’t Found/Stand by Me and he says: “I like that corny shit”. Aww. Bless his little heart. I think B’s turning into Dylan. HUGE output. 70% ends up being under par. You live for the 30%,

  43. I think POPARTIST got it! American Prayer is the perfect b-side for the hands…
    But I can’t understand if the sound from cd player in the song is from u2 or not.

  44. I think POPARTIST got it! American Prayer is the perfect b-side for the hands…
    But I can’t understand if the sound from cd player in the song is from u2 or not.

  45. Well, i can’t say it is groundbreaking, but lets all think about it, it was likely to have been written very quickly and is not supposed to be a hit single or on a record. Lets hope not anyway. Lets stop overanalysing it. Lets face it ATYCLB was needed for u2, another POP(I love pop by the way, but for some stupid reason the public didn’t generally)would not be met well by the critics. They needed to go for something that was unashamedly commercial to win back their fan base, or win new fans as the case may have been. I think now that they have done this they will take a few more risks with the new album because they will feel confident enough to do so. Lets wait and see anyway. U2 probably didn’t want to give away their great new tracks for the best of so put out a catchy if slightly unimaginative single, and hands (which incidently had to be of a certain tone to fit into the GONY film. I’ve forgotten what I was going to say… oh yeah…B-sides for hands…how about streets and bad from Boston. I know everyone has been struggling to get a good copy of those for ages : ) Or perhaps they could delve into the vault and give us some mexico city tracks. I wait for something interesting, but know it’d highly unlikely. There is no way we will get a new song, except possibly american prayer. Does anyone know how we could get u2 to put decent b sides these days, has anyone ever asked them about more b sides? I would love some rare live stuff. So cruel (live), In god’s country/please/I still haven’t found acoustic, these are fantastic, why would they release streets from boston for the third time over these? Sorry to rant on guys : )

  46. Well, i can’t say it is groundbreaking, but lets all think about it, it was likely to have been written very quickly and is not supposed to be a hit single or on a record. Lets hope not anyway. Lets stop overanalysing it. Lets face it ATYCLB was needed for u2, another POP(I love pop by the way, but for some stupid reason the public didn’t generally)would not be met well by the critics. They needed to go for something that was unashamedly commercial to win back their fan base, or win new fans as the case may have been. I think now that they have done this they will take a few more risks with the new album because they will feel confident enough to do so. Lets wait and see anyway. U2 probably didn’t want to give away their great new tracks for the best of so put out a catchy if slightly unimaginative single, and hands (which incidently had to be of a certain tone to fit into the GONY film. I’ve forgotten what I was going to say… oh yeah…B-sides for hands…how about streets and bad from Boston. I know everyone has been struggling to get a good copy of those for ages : ) Or perhaps they could delve into the vault and give us some mexico city tracks. I wait for something interesting, but know it’d highly unlikely. There is no way we will get a new song, except possibly american prayer. Does anyone know how we could get u2 to put decent b sides these days, has anyone ever asked them about more b sides? I would love some rare live stuff. So cruel (live), In god’s country/please/I still haven’t found acoustic, these are fantastic, why would they release streets from boston for the third time over these? Sorry to rant on guys : )

  47. I’m always amazed at this tendency to overanalyze EVERYTHING U2 ever does. Notice that nowhere did Bono say, “this is our next single” or “this song represents our new direction”.

  48. I’m always amazed at this tendency to overanalyze EVERYTHING U2 ever does. Notice that nowhere did Bono say, “this is our next single” or “this song represents our new direction”.

  49. Keep listening. It’s a brilliant song. PS U2 have done slow ballads since Boy. If you’re not familiar with their variety by now I’d be curious to find out why you looked for their fan site.

  50. Keep listening. It’s a brilliant song. PS U2 have done slow ballads since Boy. If you’re not familiar with their variety by now I’d be curious to find out why you looked for their fan site.

  51. About the ‘Miami’ lyrics: yes, they are cringe-inducing and even Bono implicitly agrees. At PopMart Leeds, the ‘auntie’ line is replaced with ‘the sun shines east / the sun shines west / I know where the sun shines best / Miami’ I think it would be cool if U2 hit the road before recording a studio album and work out the lyrical kinks then. It looks as though REM is doing that in 2003.

  52. About the ‘Miami’ lyrics: yes, they are cringe-inducing and even Bono implicitly agrees. At PopMart Leeds, the ‘auntie’ line is replaced with ‘the sun shines east / the sun shines west / I know where the sun shines best / Miami’ I think it would be cool if U2 hit the road before recording a studio album and work out the lyrical kinks then. It looks as though REM is doing that in 2003.

  53. First reaction is that is pretty good, I don’t like THTBA that much, but I like this (with Larry on the skins it should only get better). Of course if I could get U2 to go back to the AB era and put out songs that rock like UTEOTW and “The Fly”, I would. POP was a great album, and its very fun. I hope that U2 never ever gets as middle age sounding as Sting but SIAM is coming a bit too close for me. Give me another Zooropa anyday!!!

  54. First reaction is that is pretty good, I don’t like THTBA that much, but I like this (with Larry on the skins it should only get better). Of course if I could get U2 to go back to the AB era and put out songs that rock like UTEOTW and “The Fly”, I would. POP was a great album, and its very fun. I hope that U2 never ever gets as middle age sounding as Sting but SIAM is coming a bit too close for me. Give me another Zooropa anyday!!!

  55. I think this song is just abysmal – it’s mediocre, bland, and lyrically, it’s just a string of “gee whiz! America is great! home of the brave! huddled masses!” cliches.

    It sounds like a blatant grab for post-9-11 jingo dollars, I can’t think of this as anything other than a purely cynical move on their part. To think that they went from Zooropa to this in ten years just breaks my heart.

    I really hope that this song ends up on the cutting room floor.

  56. I think this song is just abysmal – it’s mediocre, bland, and lyrically, it’s just a string of “gee whiz! America is great! home of the brave! huddled masses!” cliches.

    It sounds like a blatant grab for post-9-11 jingo dollars, I can’t think of this as anything other than a purely cynical move on their part. To think that they went from Zooropa to this in ten years just breaks my heart.

    I really hope that this song ends up on the cutting room floor.

  57. Mathew, my friend…relax!! It’s a combo with THTBA. Scorcese liked THTBA better…that’s all… and Bono thought it was a perfect fit for his American tour…Imagine with the boys in the studio, this song could be GREAT!!

    The chorus was average and Bono was without his mates and it still had strong sections!!

    Cheers!~

  58. Mathew, my friend…relax!! It’s a combo with THTBA. Scorcese liked THTBA better…that’s all… and Bono thought it was a perfect fit for his American tour…Imagine with the boys in the studio, this song could be GREAT!!

    The chorus was average and Bono was without his mates and it still had strong sections!!

    Cheers!~

  59. Mathew, my friend…relax!! It’s a combo with THTBA. Scorcese liked THTBA better…that’s all… and Bono thought it was a perfect fit for his American tour…Imagine with the boys in the studio, this song could be GREAT!!

    The chorus was average and Bono was without his mates and it still had strong sections!!

    Cheers!~

  60. Mathew, my friend…relax!! It’s a combo with THTBA. Scorcese liked THTBA better…that’s all… and Bono thought it was a perfect fit for his American tour…Imagine with the boys in the studio, this song could be GREAT!!

    The chorus was average and Bono was without his mates and it still had strong sections!!

    Cheers!~

  61. Ooh, so much I could say on this subject. Firstly, go ancatdubh. ATYCL is good in parts, but it’s just a bit too easy for my liking. There’s nothing challenging about it, ergo, nothing too entertaining. (God, I feel like a heretic for saying this.) Secondly, U2+America can equal great things (have we forgotten the Joshua Tree?) but I think Bono’s gone overboard with the ass-kissing – frankly, I think even Americans must be choking on it by now. Much as I love the guy, it does my head in. Can’t he at least pick another country to fixate on for a while? 🙂

    All this and I haven’t even heard the new tune yet. 🙂

    (I’d just like to point out that I can criticise U2 so mercilessly on occasion only because I adore them so much. It’s kind of like a family thing, like ripping your brother to shreds. In the end, it doesn’t mean much.)

  62. Ooh, so much I could say on this subject. Firstly, go ancatdubh. ATYCL is good in parts, but it’s just a bit too easy for my liking. There’s nothing challenging about it, ergo, nothing too entertaining. (God, I feel like a heretic for saying this.) Secondly, U2+America can equal great things (have we forgotten the Joshua Tree?) but I think Bono’s gone overboard with the ass-kissing – frankly, I think even Americans must be choking on it by now. Much as I love the guy, it does my head in. Can’t he at least pick another country to fixate on for a while? 🙂

    All this and I haven’t even heard the new tune yet. 🙂

    (I’d just like to point out that I can criticise U2 so mercilessly on occasion only because I adore them so much. It’s kind of like a family thing, like ripping your brother to shreds. In the end, it doesn’t mean much.)

  63. Where is the “raw” rock n’ roll that U2 promised us? Is Larry still employed by this band?

  64. Where is the “raw” rock n’ roll that U2 promised us? Is Larry still employed by this band?

  65. “Remember that, what you see depends on …where you stand…” Great line and melody right there baby!! Just the lilt in the way Mr. B says…”remember that”
    COOL!
    Also on a side note U2 nor Bono wrote New Day!!

  66. “Remember that, what you see depends on …where you stand…” Great line and melody right there baby!! Just the lilt in the way Mr. B says…”remember that”
    COOL!
    Also on a side note U2 nor Bono wrote New Day!!

  67. “Remember that, what you see depends on …where you stand…” Great line and melody right there baby!! Just the lilt in the way Mr. B says…”remember that”
    COOL!
    Also on a side note U2 nor Bono wrote New Day!!

  68. “Remember that, what you see depends on …where you stand…” Great line and melody right there baby!! Just the lilt in the way Mr. B says…”remember that”
    COOL!
    Also on a side note U2 nor Bono wrote New Day!!

  69. who be dissin the playboy mansion and miami? the lyircs to allthe songs are genius. i lile the auntie.. besides, bono messes with lyrics to all the songs all the time, so there goes your argument. american prayer is good but the hands is a bit overboard.. and yes.. i listen to a popmart show at least once a day. i listened to the tel aviv one today.. here’s so they quit this ATYCLB “healing” stuff and go back to the sugardroppin, bubblepopppin rocknroll!!! POP FOREVER

  70. who be dissin the playboy mansion and miami? the lyircs to allthe songs are genius. i lile the auntie.. besides, bono messes with lyrics to all the songs all the time, so there goes your argument. american prayer is good but the hands is a bit overboard.. and yes.. i listen to a popmart show at least once a day. i listened to the tel aviv one today.. here’s so they quit this ATYCLB “healing” stuff and go back to the sugardroppin, bubblepopppin rocknroll!!! POP FOREVER

  71. I can rip apart the band as well…although usually for me it’s a rip on Paul Mac! Especially when he had Please as the 5th release from Pop…WHAT!@#$%^
    If POP is the Rock in U2, then I need you to listen to your “Boy” cd…

  72. I can rip apart the band as well…although usually for me it’s a rip on Paul Mac! Especially when he had Please as the 5th release from Pop…WHAT!@#$%^
    If POP is the Rock in U2, then I need you to listen to your “Boy” cd…

  73. I can rip apart the band as well…although usually for me it’s a rip on Paul Mac! Especially when he had Please as the 5th release from Pop…WHAT!@#$%^
    If POP is the Rock in U2, then I need you to listen to your “Boy” cd…

  74. I can rip apart the band as well…although usually for me it’s a rip on Paul Mac! Especially when he had Please as the 5th release from Pop…WHAT!@#$%^
    If POP is the Rock in U2, then I need you to listen to your “Boy” cd…

  75. i dont think i need to mention that while U2 from the 80’s is good, U2 from the 90’s is a million times better. more creative, more spontaneous, more loud, more powerful. protest and spirituality are all nice and good but damn.. from zoo station to stateless, their creativity reached its highest point.. now they are doing generic U2 sons like “electrical storm” yeah i love boy and i curse the fact that 11 o clock wasnt in it, cos that song kicks. but the real rock in U2 was during the 90’s and noone can deny that. besides, please is a great song. and it is a protest song, but one that lyrically and musically sounds nothing like anything on “war” and that was the beuty of U2, their evolution into a better band. POP FOREVER

  76. i dont think i need to mention that while U2 from the 80’s is good, U2 from the 90’s is a million times better. more creative, more spontaneous, more loud, more powerful. protest and spirituality are all nice and good but damn.. from zoo station to stateless, their creativity reached its highest point.. now they are doing generic U2 sons like “electrical storm” yeah i love boy and i curse the fact that 11 o clock wasnt in it, cos that song kicks. but the real rock in U2 was during the 90’s and noone can deny that. besides, please is a great song. and it is a protest song, but one that lyrically and musically sounds nothing like anything on “war” and that was the beuty of U2, their evolution into a better band. POP FOREVER

  77. This is a sweet, sweet sound. This is Bono’s hymn for America. The ideas are poignant and compelling: “If you get to the top of the mountain, will you tell me what you see?

  78. This is a sweet, sweet sound. This is Bono’s hymn for America. The ideas are poignant and compelling: “If you get to the top of the mountain, will you tell me what you see?

  79. Uh, we all know that after Boy/Girl it was all downhill;)!!! Also, on a side note, I have read that the U2 men are listening to some of the “The” bands (Vines, White Stripes)… Does this include the Strokes??? I know alot of you must like them, but they make me want to put a “The” Gun to my “The” Head… God, I hate that band… No offense if you like them, they are just my personal mortal enemies… Maybe someone can point something out to me they’ve done that doesn’t sound anything like the stinky terds I’ve heard on the radio… Maybe when U2 gets around to rocking hard and loud ( next album), they can make me understand why people seem to like them so much… I just saw that they are Spin’s Band of the Year, and last year it was U2, so either I have no taste, crack was the drug of choice before the voting started, or last year was simply much MUCH better than this year as far as music goes… Bands besides U2 that actually rock in the last year IMhumbleO, you ask??? Audioslave, anyone??? Flame on, sweet flaming chariot…

  80. Uh, we all know that after Boy/Girl it was all downhill;)!!! Also, on a side note, I have read that the U2 men are listening to some of the “The” bands (Vines, White Stripes)… Does this include the Strokes??? I know alot of you must like them, but they make me want to put a “The” Gun to my “The” Head… God, I hate that band… No offense if you like them, they are just my personal mortal enemies… Maybe someone can point something out to me they’ve done that doesn’t sound anything like the stinky terds I’ve heard on the radio… Maybe when U2 gets around to rocking hard and loud ( next album), they can make me understand why people seem to like them so much… I just saw that they are Spin’s Band of the Year, and last year it was U2, so either I have no taste, crack was the drug of choice before the voting started, or last year was simply much MUCH better than this year as far as music goes… Bands besides U2 that actually rock in the last year IMhumbleO, you ask??? Audioslave, anyone??? Flame on, sweet flaming chariot…

  81. Gimme a fuckin’ break. I bet the people in Africa whose lives he’s trying to save aren’t complaining about the song. Get your thumbs out of your arses, ye complainers, long enough to recognize the song for what it is: a PRAYER, a call for action and social justice — not the opening song for the next U2 tour.

  82. Gimme a fuckin’ break. I bet the people in Africa whose lives he’s trying to save aren’t complaining about the song. Get your thumbs out of your arses, ye complainers, long enough to recognize the song for what it is: a PRAYER, a call for action and social justice — not the opening song for the next U2 tour.

  83. I’m curious about this song. some people are mentioning this being a possible release for U2? I wasn’t aware that it was going on a record at all. In fact I wasn’t aware that it was going to be recorded. If someone could clear that up for me I’d be greatful 🙂 and yes Audioslave rocks!

  84. I’m curious about this song. some people are mentioning this being a possible release for U2? I wasn’t aware that it was going on a record at all. In fact I wasn’t aware that it was going to be recorded. If someone could clear that up for me I’d be greatful 🙂 and yes Audioslave rocks!

  85. lucy, you wrote: “Geez, the end of this song has the chorus melody of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.”

    which song do you mean, I find several ones by that name (Play, starting with: ‘wassup girls’ , one by the Jayhawks starting ‘The world never ends
    It

  86. lucy, you wrote: “Geez, the end of this song has the chorus melody of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.”

    which song do you mean, I find several ones by that name (Play, starting with: ‘wassup girls’ , one by the Jayhawks starting ‘The world never ends
    It

  87. I’m pretty sure the Africans whose lives he’s trying to save aren’t complaining about it because they aren’t able to hear to it. his heart is in the right place, but his lyrical skills are not.

  88. I’m pretty sure the Africans whose lives he’s trying to save aren’t complaining about it because they aren’t able to hear to it. his heart is in the right place, but his lyrical skills are not.

  89. I was just speculating on it being a b-side to Hands, I know nothing. 🙂 It HAS been formally recorded tho’ by Bono and the Gateway Ambassadors, there are some pics and text (in Espanol but understandable) from the session at http://www.u2guatemala.com/news.htm, scroll down to 10 de Diciembre.

  90. I was just speculating on it being a b-side to Hands, I know nothing. 🙂 It HAS been formally recorded tho’ by Bono and the Gateway Ambassadors, there are some pics and text (in Espanol but understandable) from the session at http://www.u2guatemala.com/news.htm, scroll down to 10 de Diciembre.

  91. Right on Chad, and I never meant to sound like I don’t like this song if I did a few posts back… I think it’s a pretty thing, if not overtly complicated at first, but hell it is just a demo, right???

  92. Right on Chad, and I never meant to sound like I don’t like this song if I did a few posts back… I think it’s a pretty thing, if not overtly complicated at first, but hell it is just a demo, right???

  93. dear “Spoke” LOL — apparently you didn’t watch MTV Diary with Bono & Chris Tucker in Africa… they do listen to U2 there, so it’s not unlikely that since the song is on their behalf that a dj download it and play it.

  94. dear “Spoke” LOL — apparently you didn’t watch MTV Diary with Bono & Chris Tucker in Africa… they do listen to U2 there, so it’s not unlikely that since the song is on their behalf that a dj download it and play it.

  95. Can anybody tell me when this was recorded? I think Bono was at Wheaton College on December 4, but in the MP3 the date says “12-10-02”?

  96. Can anybody tell me when this was recorded? I think Bono was at Wheaton College on December 4, but in the MP3 the date says “12-10-02”?

  97. I think it is a bit too easy to slag off the song for being too GO USA! and middle aged. Firstly, whenever Bono remarks on his love affair for America it’s always either 1) the people he meets in America or 2)the idea of America. The reference to the poor and huddled masses is straight out of the “ancient” pages of American ideology – I say ancient because it was only over 100 years ago where the US was still allowing immigrants to show up on its front door at Ellis Island but now you have to to chance your luck through the bureaucracy and if you are from Mexico or Southwards, forget it. American Prayer is Bono’s passion for American idealism coupled with the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Europe will not be able to approach the problem, the Middle East won’t, Asia will not – it is America’s opportunity to right so many wrongs from its history in Africa, let along on the recent global stage.

  98. I think it is a bit too easy to slag off the song for being too GO USA! and middle aged. Firstly, whenever Bono remarks on his love affair for America it’s always either 1) the people he meets in America or 2)the idea of America. The reference to the poor and huddled masses is straight out of the “ancient” pages of American ideology – I say ancient because it was only over 100 years ago where the US was still allowing immigrants to show up on its front door at Ellis Island but now you have to to chance your luck through the bureaucracy and if you are from Mexico or Southwards, forget it. American Prayer is Bono’s passion for American idealism coupled with the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Europe will not be able to approach the problem, the Middle East won’t, Asia will not – it is America’s opportunity to right so many wrongs from its history in Africa, let along on the recent global stage.

  99. Folks, I’ve been listening to this song for quite some time. It’s overwhelming. The lyrics are some of Bono’s most reflective. Bono’s capacity for stringing snatches of lyrics into a meaningful message is forceful. The song reveals the depth of his heart’s concern for the people of Africa. The song is hopeful, demanding, and religious.

  100. Folks, I’ve been listening to this song for quite some time. It’s overwhelming. The lyrics are some of Bono’s most reflective. Bono’s capacity for stringing snatches of lyrics into a meaningful message is forceful. The song reveals the depth of his heart’s concern for the people of Africa. The song is hopeful, demanding, and religious.

  101. “The hands that built America” is kind of mix of irish folk and rock’n’roll in to a great balad.It sounds like great old song.And most important thing is that Bono put 150 years of New Yorks history in to a 5 minutes.A great Rockn’n’Roll balad!

  102. “The hands that built America” is kind of mix of irish folk and rock’n’roll in to a great balad.It sounds like great old song.And most important thing is that Bono put 150 years of New Yorks history in to a 5 minutes.A great Rockn’n’Roll balad!

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