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A slow ballad based on piano and guitar, it describes a heroin -addicted couple living in Dublin 's Ballymun flats ; the towers have since become associated with the song. Though a lot of time was dedicated to the lyrics, the music was improvised with co- producer Daniel Lanois during a recording session for the album. The group explored American music for The Joshua Treeand as such, "Running to Stand Still" demonstrates folk rock and acoustic blues influences.
The song was praised by critics, many of them calling it one of the La Paloma Mensajera - Various - Jotas de Aragón best tracks. It has since been included in the regular set lists of four U2 concert tours, in two different arrangements and with several possible thematic interpretations. Until their Running To Stand Still (Live) - U2 - Rattle And Hum (Laserdisc) Songs of InnocenceU2 had written relatively few songs directly related to their growing up in Dublin, often giving higher priority to works about The Troubles in Northern Ireland or to international concerns.
This lyric was a reference to the Ballymun flatsa group of seven local authority, high-rise residential tower blocks built in the Ballymun neighborhood of Dublin during the s. Bono may have used Ballymun as the inspiration without any explicit lyrical references to it for the U2 song "Shadows and Tall Trees",   and later likened living in the area to some of the scenes portrayed in the Mike Newell film Into the West.
They're 'the seven towers. After they discovered everywhere else in the world that you don't put people living on top of each other, we built them here. The song's title phrase originated from Bono asking his brother how his struggling business was going, and the brother responding, "It's like running to stand still.
In doing so, the song is not judgmental and shows sympathy for the woman. Although the lyrics of "Running to Stand Still" were worked on a great deal, the musical composition was essentially improvised by the band during the recording process. Producer Daniel Lanois joined in on guitar, and the rest of the group followed. The Edge overdubbed the song's slide acoustic guitarwhich was "amplified through a blaster", while working on guitar compositions in a lounge next to the main studio of Windmill Lane Studios.
Lanois walked into the room and, impressed by the 100 - Lil Flip* - Undaground Volume #4 - For My B-Day of the Edge's playing, wanted to record it on the spot rather than in the studio. Lanois brought the Edge headphones and plugged his guitar directly into the microphone input of the mixing console to record it.
The producer said: "The blaster was amplifying his slide guitar in a lovely way. He had honed in on this sound and sort of altered the EQs and controls so that it was pleasant to him".
Much of The Joshua Tree showed the band's Running To Stand Still (Live) - U2 - Rattle And Hum (Laserdisc) with American culture, politics, and musical forms,  and while the lyrics of "Running to Stand Still" were Irish-based, the musical arrangement for it began with touches of acoustic blues and country blues that represented an idiomatic stretch for the group.
In the introduction and conclusion is a mournful slide acoustic guitar in Eno and Lanois' production  that Rolling Stone called both grim and dreamy. Bono's lyrics evoke helplessness and frustration in the lines "You've got to cry without weeping, talk without speaking, scream without raising your voice". The title phrase is not used until the last line of the song. In the liner notes to the 20th anniversary reissue of The Joshua Treewriter Bill Cheating Death - Striker - Striker stated, "'Running to Stand Still' is for anyone who feels trapped in an impossible circumstance by overwhelming responsibility.
Rolling Stone wrote, "After the first few times through [it], you notice the remarkable music It sounds like a lovely, peaceful reverie — except that this is a junkie's reverie, and when that realization hits home, the gentle acoustic lullaby acquires a corrosive power.
Irish music writer Niall Stokes considers "Running to Stand Still" to be one of the most important songs on The Joshua Treenot only on its own merits as a "mature and compelling Throughout its live history, "Running to Stand Still" has nearly always followed " Bullet the Blue Sky ", matching the order in which they appear on the album. It Running To Stand Still (Live) - U2 - Rattle And Hum (Laserdisc) first played live on the Joshua Tree Tourwith the Edge playing keyboards and Bono playing guitar, usually acoustic.
During the 27 May show at Rome 's Stadio Flaminio — the opener of that tour's second leg, and the first in Europe — 35, people sang along to the song's "Ha la la la de day" refrain, bringing a side-of-stage Brian Eno to tears.
A different tour performance was included on both the DVD and album Live from Parisreleased in On the Lovetown Tourduring one Dublin show that was broadcast worldwide, the song segued into a verse of Ewan MacColl 's classic ode to industrial bleakness, " Dirty Old Town "; this show was released in as Live from the Point Depot.
During the Zoo TV Tour, the song's performance was significantly altered. In these shows, the Edge played guitar on his Fender Stratocaster with the band on the main stage, while Bono sang the song on the B-stage with a headset microphone. Bono mimed the actions of a heroin addict, rolling up his sleeves and then pretending to spike his arm during the final lyric, after which he would sing "Hallelujah" over and over while reaching up into a pillar of white light.
During most of its performance on the Vertigo Tour, it once again followed "Bullet the Blue Sky" and culminated with a video clip of several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights being read. Future music video director Dave Meyers wrote a movie script to the song while a film student at Loyola Marymount University.
It featured the Lynette Scavo character resorting to taking her children's ADD medication in order to cope with the overwhelming demands of her domestic life. Lynn Connolly, whose memoir The Mun: Growing Up in Ballymun detailed her raising there in the s and s, readily acknowledged the problems there and also wanted to get out at the time.
The Ballymun area was still so associated with "Running to Stand Still" and the drug problem of the time, that local backers of the regeneration went to pains to point out the recent progress. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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