Falling At Your Feet

Falling At Your Feet gives me a feeling of relaxed, languid music. It is soporific, I feel like I could listen to it as I fall asleep and it would help me get to sleep quicker. I enjoy listening to it when it comes on, but often enough I will either skip over it or listen to part of it then skip. It sounds the same over and over throughout the song, which is why I’ll skip partway through, having felt like I’ve heard it all already.

It is a song by Bono and Daniel Lanois for the Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack. I have not yet seen the movie, it’s on my shelf waiting for me to watch and review later in the year. Based on the little I’ve read I don’t have high hopes for it. So I can’t comment on how the song fits in the movie, if it is even in the movie, or if the movie gives a reason or explanation for the song being there.

My interpretation of the song is that it is talking about bowing down to God. It’s about people who have lost or want something, and they’re hoping or praying for it. It has so many different people with their trivial little concerns, and how they’re asking God for help. All the “Every” lines (and obviously most lines in the song begin with “Every”) are a different person with a different problem. Of course I can’t say that they’re all trivial concerns, it does tend to get a little darker in places. And it ends with “Not my will, Thy will”, which kind of confirms who it’s talking about.

I admit to not having listened to this song enough to have learned it by heart, as I have so many other U2 songs. I know many of the “Every” lines, but I absolutely get lost within the song as it goes along, thinking that it will be one of the lines when it turns out to be another. I don’t know how often Bono has sung it live - if at all - so I don’t know how lost he gets in it too.

Interesting that one of the lines is “Every face that’s spoiled by beauty”, because on the new album in Song For Someone, it begins with “You’ve got a face not spoiled by beauty”, and I think that’s such a great line. This is kind of the opposite of that line. Not in the greatness, but in the meaning.

On the spectrum of U2 songs and religion, this one has to be higher in the list. It doesn’t quite read like a prayer, but it could. Could be a prayer by someone talking to God and giving a list of people to help, like a prayer line. Kind of “Dear Lord, please protect my mother and my father and everyone who’s lost their winning ticket” sort of thing. Okay, maybe not. Maybe that’s why Bono writes the songs and I just write randomly about them. It’s not as easy as it looks, you hear him come up with a few lyrics and you get used to them and then they all of a sudden just feel obvious, like the old saying about carving a statue, just take away the stone that shouldn’t be there. In this case it’s just throw in the words that should be there. Not so easy.

My rating of Falling At Your Feet: 3 / 10