Thursday, 8 September 2011
Pop Opera part 2/3 - Passengers
Released at a time of their most creative and before they lost the plot a bit again with Pop. Miss Sarajeva comes from the lp of soundtracks to imaginary films that U2 and Brian Eno made together under the name Passengers. This track was a little different in that the film did exist, a documentary about a beauty competition in Sarajeva, painting the impact of war on something as far removed as a beauty parade.
Bono has described it as his favourite U2 song. The backing is an great bit of eno mood music with Bono's hypnotic and understated vocal a perfect fit. Pavarotti sings the opera piece providing the emotional contrast to an almost dead pan Bono.
The Italian libretto roughly translates as
You say that like a river finds its way to the sea/ You will find your way back to me/ You say that will find a way/ But love I'm not a praying man/ And in love I can't wait anymore."
The track debuted live at a Pavarotti and friends concert