I didn't have the urge to turn Ahimsa off before it even ended. Sure, two years after its release I don't remember a single word or note from it, I seem to recall it's insipid, Coldplayish and forgettable, but at least it's got a message, it's well polished and features at least some of the U2 essence & sound.
This song isn't forgettable, but I don't say that in a good way. I've been hearing the dreadful "your sooong saved my liiiife" chants in my head since yesterday - and I don't like them. It's like a 2nd league demo, the kind of song that would get relegated to be a B-side or an outtake in an album. The lyrics -except one or two good verses- are cheesy and childish. And the vocal take is really dismal, probably the worst I've heard from Bono ever.
And last but not least, I've said this in the past but... The Edge really is not a good piano player at all, he should focus on playing guitar.
I understand this song seves a purpose and I really hope it's not more than that - I pray it just dies once the movie is released and the Oscars are over. I don't want them to follow this sonic route for any new U2 song or album.
"You always want to keep your hands on the wheel, you don't want God to drive. Yet all the best U2 songs have been written by accident. And all the worst have been written by us."
- Bono, 1993
did you know
The song 'I Fall Down' is about a girl Bono knew named Julie. She's the daughter of a wealthy lawyer in New York, who ended up moving to ireland and becoming involved in the same bible group U2 were in. She later became involved with Pod, a roadie for U2 at the time, the 'John' in the song.