Into The Heart

The random number generator somehow pulls out An Cat Dubh and Into The Heart within the first forty days of the year. I guess it is random, odds are just as good that would happen as them being many months apart.

So obviously I already wrote about An Cat Dubh, the sister song to Into The Heart, and in that review I even wondered if I should make that a single review or split it in two. Since I need all the reviews I can get if I am going to make it to 365, Into The Heart gets its own. I don’t know how much there is to say about it though. I gave it one point more than An Cat Dubh, but I’m not entirely sure why, they’re essentially the same song. I said that An Cat Dubh is kind of drifty, and I think the same applies to Into The Heart.

Now this song is from their debut album, and you wouldn’t expect every song on a debut to be great. Just the other day I reviewed Boy and talked about how it had a couple of good songs, many average and a few below. Into The Heart falls into the below section, but still not the worst song on the album. If I were to take it or leave it though, this would be a leave it kind of song. I can imagine the band coming up with several different things for the album, and trying to fill some space end up with something like this. I can imagine them just liking this song the way it is, too. That’s the great thing about a band like U2, you don’t have to like every single song to be able to find plenty that you do like. I could easily name a top 50 that I love, and that playlist would last for hours, let alone taking all the songs that I rate above average. With 250 songs in their resume, half of them must be below average, right? Probably more since their better songs end up on albums and lesser songs get put aside to become b sides or retreads many years later. And again, just because it’s a below average U2 song doesn’t mean it’s not above average compared to the rest of the musical world.

If I had an idea of what this song is about, I’d have to say innocence. There are few words in this song, and they’re very much repeated. The main phrase is essentially “I can’t go back to being a child,” or rather I can go back but only for short periods. This is a common cry of parents, I think (odd since Bono wasn’t a parent at the time), in that you get to play with your kids and enjoy watching them play, but eventually you have to be the grownup again. That is a difficult transition at times - I’ve given my son too many toys that I think I enjoy more than he does - so maybe I’ll try thinking of this song every so often and remember that I have to be the adult at times, whether I want to or not.

My rating for Into The Heart: 4 / 10