Song of the Day #1,768: ‘Love is Blindness’ – Jack White

jack_whiteWell, we didn’t wind up seeing The Great Gatsby as planned, so this week of songs from the film’s soundtrack will have to survive without commentary about how each was used in the film (by me, anyway… several commenters have seen the film and can chime in on that front).

Today’s selection is a cover by Jack White of the U2 track ‘Love is Blindness.’ This is one of U2’s most portentous (and pretentious?) songs, closing the album Achtung Baby on an unsettling and somber note.

White’s version is also atmospheric but far more chaotic, substituting a screeching guitar for the original’s bed of synths. It’s far from easy listening but it definitely sets a mood.

One, two, three
Two, two, three

Love is blindness,
I don’t wanna see
Won’t you wrap the night
Around me
Oh, my heart
Love is blindness.

I’m in a parked car
On a crowded street,
And I see my love
Made complete.
The thread is ripping
The knot is slipping.
Love is blindness.

Love is clockworks,
And it’s cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel
Squeeze the handle
Blow out the candle

Love is blindness
I don’t wanna see
Won’t you wrap the night
Around me
Oh my love

A little death
Without mourning
No call
No Warning
Baby, a dangerous idea…
Almost makes…sense

Love is drowning
In a deep web
All the secrets
And no body else to tell
Take the money
Why don’t you honey

Love is blindness,
I’m so sick of it,
I don’t wanna see
Why don’t you just take the night
And wrap it all around me, now
Oh my love

Oh, I’m too numb to feel…
Blow out the candle.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,768: ‘Love is Blindness’ – Jack White

  1. Dana says:

    I don’t recall if this was actually used in the movie or just in the trailer. I’ll let others weigh in on that.

    I’m not familiar with the U2 original, but I don’t really see this song as all that pretentious. Maybe with Bono behind the mic it sounds more so.😄

  2. Maddie says:

    I believe it was used in the movie, albeit the more subtle parts. I think it works very well as a mood setter though, and it was probably one of the songs that blended into a jazz number (a whole accompanying soundtrack with the jazz melodies of the movie was just released called “Yellow Cocktail Music)

  3. Amy says:

    Hmmm… can’t recall for sure, though I’m pretty sure the opening part is played during the very critical scene towards the end when Gatsby/Daisy drives through the night…. or maybe I’m confusing it with the preview.

    Regardless, I would never want to listen to this entire song again 🙂

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