Peg, that line is very powerful, on purpose or not. The more I read it the more layers it has.
From around the time of this man, until very recently
I wondered if anyone would spot that.
I stuck it in as a throwaway line, but with a deeper meaning; Ireland at this time (1990) had a host of it’s own troubles, the problems in the North Would not be infulenced by ‘The Good Friday Agreement’ for another 8 years, The EU membership contributions had not yet turned itself into the High Tech investments that occurred mid 90’s.
For U2 to be concerned with the difficult coming together of the East and West Germans, while there was so much going on at home shows a continued astute awareness of the world.
They were recording ‘Achtung Baby’at Hansa Tonstudios, so I suppose they were quite close to it.
It’s a complicated song, with echoes of discontentment in the band (bass and drums wanting to be US stadium rock, guitar and vocal wanting a more ‘European Sound’), and the regrets on a marriage after an afair.
it’s beautifully miserable, which suits me just fine.