Song of the Day #5,222: ‘A Man and a Woman’ – U2

Continuing my look at 2004, first by counting down my own top ten albums of that year.

#6 – U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2’s eleventh studio album is the last great thing they ever did.

In the 18 years following How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the band released three albums of diminishing quality and commercial appeal. The world’s greatest rock band became an afterthought.

But in 2004, they were still kicking ass. This album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and won nine Grammys, including Album and Song of the Year.

Like 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind before it, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is a muscular, anthemic rock album, a return to the band’s roots and a contrast from the electronica trappings of the 90s’ Zootopia and Pop.

The album kicks off with the adrenaline burst of ‘Vertigo,’ hits multiple peaks with ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own,’ ‘City of Blinding Lights’ and ‘Original of the Species,’ then goes out on the spiritually ecstatic ‘Yahweh.’ It’s a bombastic journey nobody but Bono and Company could deliver with this much flair.

I don’t know if U2 is done releasing records. I found a reference from a couple of years ago that said they were working on new material. I’d like to think they have another big, fun rock album in them. Revisiting this one reminded me how much I’d like that.

[Verse 1]
Little sister don’t you worry about a thing today
Take the heat from the sun
Little sister
I know that everything is not ok
But you’re like honey on my tongue

[Pre-Chorus 1]
True love never can be rent
But only true love can keep beauty innocent

[Chorus 1]
And I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman
No I could never take a chance
‘Cause I could never understand
The mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

[Verse 2]
You can run from love
And if it’s really love it will find you
Catch you by the heel
But you can’t be numb for love
The only pain is to feel nothing at all
How can I hurt when I’m holding you?

[Chorus 2]
And I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman
And you’re the one, there’s no-one else
It makes me want to lose myself
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

[Bridge]
Brown eyed girl across the street
On rue Saint Divine
I thought this is the one for me
But she was already mine
You were already mine

[Verse 3]
Little sister
I’ve been sleeping in the street again
Like a stray dog
Little sister
I’ve been trying to feel complete again
But you’re gone and so is God

[Pre-Chorus 2]
The soul needs beauty for a soul mate
When the soul wants, the soul waits

[Chorus 3]
And I could never take a chance
Of losing love to find romance
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman
For love and faith and sex and fear
And all the things that keep us here
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

[Outro]
How can I hurt when I’m holding you?

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,222: ‘A Man and a Woman’ – U2

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m sure U2 will release a new album at some point, and I’m sure I will ignore it as I have their other albums. 🙂

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