Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Retrospective: Who's gonna ride your wild horses
I remember the first time I heard Actung Baby. I was falling asleep and the dull thud came drifting through the wall from my brother's stereo next door. Who's gonna ride your wild horses (henceforth called Wild horses) was the song that won me over. U2 played it when I saw them in Croke Park and reminded me how much I loved it.
On the album it starts with wildly distorted guitar playing simple chords and as Bono sings to his lover "You're dangerous, 'cause you're honest". The song is inspired by The Edge's divorce. It has the dirty, gritty sound, the discordant nature and the feel of an argument. He realises that she can't be tamed, "you don't know what you want", that honesty has gone, "would you lie to me?" It has probably the most soaring chorus on Actung Baby, one that will stick in your head for days. It is an underrated song, perhaps a problem of being another song on an album choc-full of greats.