Thursday, May 12, 2011

Different Meanings

Sometimes song lyrics can take on a meaning that differs from the original intent of the writer. “Where the Streets Have No Name” is a U2 song that according to Wikipedia was written “in response to the notion that it is possible to identify a person's religion and income based on the street on which they lived, particularly in Belfast.” But I identify with the first six lines on a completely different and personal level.

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame

That song came out in 1987, I didn’t become a fan of the band till ten years later and these particular lyrics did not connect with me till a month ago. Better late than never.

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