Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes

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Bono (of U2) recorded the Jimmie Rodgers song “Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes” for a Jimmie Rodgers tribute albumthat was put out on Egyptian Records in 1996. If you happen to look for it on YouTube currently, you’ll see multiple instances where it’s been uploaded, but most of the people uploading and commenting on it seem to be under the impression that the song is actually a Bono or U2 original.

You can listen to the embedded version above (though you might want to avoid looking at the slideshow of images associated with it by this particular uploader). A lot of the YouTubers believe it’s one of Bono’s greatest songs, or even the greatest. It’s not that surprising they assume it’s an original, because Bono’s rendition is certainly far away from any blue yodeling connotations; his characteristically big, breathy vocal floats atop a bed of piano and rising strings. However, that the version works very well is beyond question. In fact, I think it’s total dynamite, and likely the most striking contribution to that album (which is itself very good). Continue reading “Dreaming with Tears in My Eyes”

Stuck In a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

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A few days ago U2 (or at least Bono and L’Edge) performed their song “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” at their tour stop in Minneapolis, and dedicated it that night to a woman named Amy—a soulful and stylish singer who wasn’t around long enough to scratch the surface of what she might do.

I’m dedicating this particular posting of the tune to Hideki Irabu, a former major league pitcher in America (born in Japan), who died yesterday at the age of 42. When he was a New York Yankee, he didn’t perform at the level many expected, but as a fan I always liked him for the fact that he had wanted above all to be a Yankee.

U2 have written quite a few songs that are kind-of modern day spirituals in one way or another; it’s obviously a mark that they try to hit. I don’t think they’ve ever hit it more squarely than with “Stuck In a Moment.”

And if the night runs over
And if the day won’t last
And if your way should falter
Along the stony pass
It’s just a moment
This too shall pass