Song of the Day #2,364: ‘Every Breaking Wave’ – U2

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Best Songs of 2014 – #14
‘Every Breaking Wave’ – U2

I owe U2 an apology. When Songs of Innocence was creepily uploaded onto my phone, along with that of every Apple customer in the country, I initially panned it.

I don’t know if, like millions of others, I was turned off by the marketing ploy and held that against the record. Or maybe it’s just a grower. But I’ve come around to viewing it as a great late-career addition to their already impressive discography.

And now that Bono might “never play the guitar again” thanks to his gruesome bicycling accident (this whole sentence sounds like something in a dark comedy), who knows… this might be their swan song. They could do worse.

Even before the album as a whole grew on me, I singled out ‘Every Breaking Wave’ as a highlight. It has the sound and feel of old-school Joshua Tree U2, which in my book is a very good thing.

I might even forgive them for giving it to me for free.

Every breaking wave on the shore
Tells the next one there’ll be one more
And every gambler knows that to lose
Is what you’re really there for
Summer I was fearless
Now I speak into an answer phone
Like every falling leaf on the breeze
Winter wouldn’t leave it alone
Alone

If you go?
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so?
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby every dog on the street
Knows that we’re in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing
Every breaking wave

Every sailor knows that the sea
Is a friend made enemy
And every shipwrecked soul, knows what it is
To live without intimacy
I thought I heard the captain’s voice
It’s hard to listen while you preach
Like every broken wave on the shore
This is as far as I could reach

If you go?
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so?
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby every dog on the street
Knows that we’re in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing
Every breaking wave?

The sea knows where are the rocks
And drowning is no sin
You know where my heart is
The same place that yours has been
We know that we fear to win
And so we end before we begin
Before we begin

If you go?
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so?
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby every dog on the street
Knows that we’re in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing
Every breaking wave

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,364: ‘Every Breaking Wave’ – U2

  1. Dana says:

    As I am not a U2 fan and resented the memory the free download absorbed on my iPhone, I deleted the album promptly and haven’t looked back since. Hearing today’s song doesn’t lead me to any deleter’s remorse.

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