On New Years Day
I was debating whether it's totally lame of me to post this song today simply because it's titled "New Years Day" and today is, after all, just that. Happy New Year everyone! Anyway, I got over it and figured I really like this song so what does it matter when I post it?
I always felt that U2 was before my time. That I'm too young to fully appreciate U2, even though I can listen to a plethora of classic rock bands and love them. That U2 is for people in their 30s and 40s. In the end, it's just one of those bands whose importance I understand in the context of music but one I've never personally listened to much. Nevertheless, I've always liked the song "New Year's Day" from their third LP--War.
Even though I could try and write my own opinion of the song, nothing really tops the own song writer's opinion. The following is by Bono from the book In His Own Words: "'New Years Day' is a love song. Subconsciously, I must have been thinking about Lech Walesa being interned and his wife not being allowed to see him. Then when we released the song, they announced that martial law would be lifted in Poland on New Year's Day." For those who don't know, Lech Walesa was the former president of Poland.
This song is U2's first hit single and was the first one that landed on the Billboard Hot 100. It's their 3rd most frequently performed live song. While performing, The Edge switches back and forth between piano and guitar. Bono has also played guitar in some of their earlier performances.
Favourite Part: I love everything The Edge does with his guitar and keyboard in this song.
New Years Day - U2