Scream Without Raising Your Voice

Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as the ‘Biggest Band in the World,’ and having the most Grammy Awards (22) of any other band, U2 is considered one of the most influential groups of all time.

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Their best selling album, The Joshua Tree, elevated them from a touring band known for their stage presence, to a charting bad, with hits like “Where the Streets have no Name,” “With or Without You,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”  But it is one of their lessor known hits from The Joshua Tree, “Running to Stand Still,” that I always find myself humming.

Everything about this song just builds – from the simple bass notes at the beginning, to Bono’s wordless howling in the middle; then it subtly ends just as it began, with a soulful harmonica.  A metaphor for rage:  Mild at the beginning, passionate and frantic in the middle, and exhausted and surrendering at the end.  In the midst of this all stands the line,”You got to cry without weeping, Talk without speaking, Scream without raising your voice,” delivered with such persistent calm in a song about desperation is so haunting, that you just can’t help but be impressed at what they accomplished in 4 minutes.

Say whaatt??

“I’m glad I’m a man, and so’s my Lola.”

Lola

For the next week, I will post some of my favorite lyrics – whether for their poignancy, the “WTF” factor, or just because they spark a certain memory.  And the first is the from the Kinks’ Lola, for multiple reasons:

1) The whole lyric is “Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man, but I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man, and so’s my Lola.”  In high school, I just loved this line.  Probably for the double entendre, but I didn’t even know that word back then.  During the whole song, you just wonder, “What is Lola?”  And that is what the Kinks meant.

2) Remember Alex P. Keaton?  And his sister Mallory?  And years after watching “Family Ties” was too cool, there was Mallory’s boyfriend Nick Moore, who decided that getting married just didn’t feel right, when he learned that the drive-by-night chapel they were going to use didn’t have “Lola” as a the song they could march down the aisle too.  Good times.

So, here’s to the Kinks and to “Lola.”