U2 – Landlady

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U2 – Landlady. One of my favourite tracks on the album. At this point, so many songs that are essentially simple in structure and with repetitive chords (using effects and build ups to keep things lively) are becoming a bit wearisome, even if they’re great songs. Landlady’s start up doesn’t help. But once it does get to the point, it lands beautifully. It feels like an 80’s John Hughes montage moment fused with late 70’s English rock fused with Miracle Drug/City of Blinding Light’s dark-city-bright-lights atmosphere. The breaks between verse/choruses are all evocative and imaginative, the coda in the last 3rd coming in at just the right time in just the right way (with a great marching band rhythm by Larry), and the reference to Every Breaking Wave are just fantastic. Really fine song writing and a wonderful love song, far more than You’re The Best Thing About Me. One of my favourite love song by the boys, to be honest.

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U2 – Landlady

U2 – Landlady. One of my favourite tracks on the album. At this point, so many songs that are essentially simple in structure and with repetitive chords (using effects and build ups to keep things lively) are becoming a bit wearisome, even if they’re great songs. Landlady’s start up doesn’t help. But once it does get to the point, it lands beautifully. It feels like an 80’s John Hughes montage moment fused with late 70’s English rock fused with Miracle Drug/City of Blinding Light’s dark-city-bright-lights atmosphere.

The breaks between verse/choruses are all evocative and imaginative, the coda in the last 3rd coming in at just the right time in just the right way (with a great marching band rhythm by Larry), and the reference to Every Breaking Wave are just fantastic. Really fine songwriting and a wonderful love song, far more than You’re The Best Thing About Me. One of my favourite love song by the boys, to be honest.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

Roam, the phone is where I live til I get home
And when the doorbell rings you tell me that I have a key
I ask you, how you know it’s me

The road, no road without a turn and if there was
The road would be too long
What keeps us standing in this view
Is the view that we can be brand new

[Chorus]

The landlady takes me up in the air
I go, I go where I would not dare
The landlady shows me the stars up there
I’m weightless, weightless when she is there
And I’ll never know, never know what starving poets meant
Cos’ when I was broke, it was you that always paid the rent

[Verse 2]

Space, her place is where I found my parking space
And when I’m losing ground, you know she gives it back to me
She whispers “don’t do, just be”

[Chorus]

The landlady takes me up in the air
I go, I go where I would not dare
The landlady shows me the stars up there
I’m weightless, weightless when she is there
And I’ll never know, never know what starving poets meant
Cos’ when I was broke, it was you that always paid the rent

[Outro]

Every wave that broke me
Evry song that wrote me
Every dawn that woke me
Was to get me home to you, see

Every soul that left me
Every heart that kept me
The strangers that protected me
To bring me back to you

Every magic potion
Every false emotion
How unswerving our devotion
To the lies we know are almost true

Every sweet confusion
Every grand illusion
I will win and call it losing
If the prize is not for you

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