I always liked Lemon, it was a fun song, and I have it tied with a couple of others for best song off Zooropa. It is however a song that hasn’t necessarily stood the test of time, being as it has slowly disappeared from the playlists of the band. I suspect it is because it requires so much falsetto, so it is more difficult for Bono to sing and consequently doesn’t get into the list.
Of course the band took the lemon motif a little too far when they put it into the Pop tour, and wandered around the world with a giant lemon. Leads to all kinds of jokes, doesn’t it, they almost write themselves.
The album version is really long, at 6:58. If I am correct, that makes it the second longest album song ever, beaten only by Moment Of Surrender at 7:24. That doesn’t count live versions though, there are some of those which are longer. In Lemon’s case I must admit it doesn’t sound that long, like you’re waiting for the song to hurry up and finish. It is relatively fast-paced, there aren’t any wild gaps, there are a few places where Bono goes quiet and the band plays on but not noticeably wasting time. I do like the way the music goes, the piano playing is especially interesting, the single key at a time sounds good.
Then there was the video, which I have to say is one of my favorite U2 videos ever. I don’t know what it is about it that grabbed my attention, but it never let go, and I regularly find myself thinking about it. In fact my trigger for the album is the word lemon, which always makes me sing the line “she wore lemon” and then I always follow that by thinking about the video, with the moving pictures. A whole artistic video, the band doing all sorts of things during the video, in front of a squared black screen. Of all the things they do, perhaps my favorite is Larry sitting at the drums reading a newspaper. He’s too cool to be involved in the video.
Had some issues with the blog last night, which ended up causing me not to post until after midnight. I had it written and scheduled, I don’t know what went wrong but it never posted. I went back in and tried to fix the problem, ended up getting it to post five minutes after midnight. Technically that makes it the first day all year I hadn’t posted, but I’m going to claim that I did and it was computer problems that meant I didn’t. Anyway, if I missed yesterday then I’m making up for it by posting twice today, and I don’t think I’ve done that before (I might have done it once, around the end of June, when I wanted the June summary and the Chicago show summary at the same time. Don’t remember what I did, and I don’t want to go back and look right now). I really need to get back on track though, that would solve a lot of problems.
My rating for Lemon: 7 / 10