U2 Offers 25 Copies of Sold-out 10” Single in Fan Competition

U2 Ordinary Love hi res

Meanwhile, the eBay trolls are still in full swing with their swag sweeping…

 By Uncle Blurt

 Hey, did you score that “Ordinary Love” limited edition 10” single by U2 on Record Store Day’s Black Friday last week? Yeah, me neither—and I sure ain’t about to pay $75-$100 for a copy on eBay when it originally sold for only 13 bucks!

 Plus, it’s clearly not among U2’s greatest tracks. I mean, it’s s a decent enough piano-powered ballad, one which has already spawned a number of wonderfully-rendered covers—check this one from “Finn M-K” at SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/finnmk/ordinary-love-cover. To be honest, the falsetto has never been the kindest vocal format for Bono; while he does muster the requisite sonics, the emotional payoff can be lacking. Here, he pushes his luck a bit, hitting those stratospheric notes a bit too often (the words “we can’t…” turn into a screech; Randy Jackson might charitably call him “pitchy”).The flipside, an updated “Breathe,” seems like a throwaway in the grand tradition of B-side throwaways (catch it while you can on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4WRDQINDuo), acoustic with some subtle mix effects. But nothing special.

 Meanwhile, U2’s muscle has been systematically removing uploads of the original “Ordinary Love” tune from the web at a furious pace; for awhile all you could find at YouTube is a snippet and a trailer for the Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela biopic. It eventually got an interesting lyric video (see below), and it’s now out on iTunes. And the savvy marketers in the U2 camp have apparently stashed away 25 copies of the vinyl, which they are giving away in a competition. You’ll have to take some of the lyrics from the song and do something unique with them (“make a hand-drawn sketch, write on a blackboard, scrawl it on the beach, in the snow – make it out of pastry, plasticine or ketchup – tattoo it on a friends arm…” etc. etc., we are advised).

 Below are the lyrics; head over to U2’s Zootopia enclave for all the deets on the contest.

 The sea wants to kiss the golden shore
The sunlight warms your skin
All the beauty that’s been lost before
Wants to find us again

I can’t fight you anymore
It’s you I’m fighting for

The sea throws rocks together
But time leaves us polished stones

We can’t fall any further
If we can’t feel ordinary love
We cannot reach any higher
If we can’t deal with ordinary love

Birds fly high in the summer sky
And rest on the breeze
The same wind will take care of you and
I will build our house in the trees

Your heart is on my sleeve
Did you put there with a magic marker
For years I would believe
That the world couldn’t wash it away

‘Cause we can’t fall any further
If we can’t feel ordinary love
We cannot reach any higher
If we can’t deal with ordinary love

Are we tough enough?
For ordinary love

We can’t fall any further
If we can’t feel ordinary love
We cannot reach any higher
If we can’t deal with ordinary love

We can’t fall any further
If we can’t feel ordinary love
We cannot reach any higher
If we can’t deal with ordinary love  

 

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