Song of the Day #1,632: ‘If You Wear That Velvet Dress’ – U2

u2_popToday’s track is one of my favorites from U2′s mostly forgettable 1997 album, Pop. It has a sleek, sexy groove, courtesy of Larry Mullen, Jr., and Adam Clayton’s subliminal rhythm section that kicks in about a minute and a half into the song.

I’ve always thought that this song is mixed too quiet for general consumption. If you listen to it on anything other than good headphones in an empty room, you’re going to miss half of it. And I think I mean that more as a compliment than a complaint.

Tonight the moon is playing tricks again
Feeling sea sick again
An the world could just dissolve
Into a glass of water
I’ve been good ’cause I know you don’t want me to
Do you really want me to be as blue as you
It’s her daylight that gets me through

We’ve been here before
Last time you scratched at my door
The moon was naked and cold
I was like a two year old
Who just wanted more
If you wear that velvet dress
If you wear that velvet dress

Tonight the moon has drawn its curtains
It’s a private show no one else going to know
I’m waiting

Sunlight
Sunlight fills my room
It’s sharp and it’s clear
But nothing at all like the moon

It’s okay
The struggle for things not to say
I never listened to you anyway
And I got my own hands to pray

If you wear that velvet dress
If you wear that velvet dress

Tonight the moon is a mirror ball
Light flickers from across the hall
Who’ll catch the star when it falls

If you wear that velvet dress
If you wear that velvet dress

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,632: ‘If You Wear That Velvet Dress’ – U2

  1. Dana says:

    For me, this is exactly the type of pretentious sounding song that reaffirms my general ambivalence and dislike of U2.

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