U2 – All I want is you
You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold
But all the promises we made
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you
It was about mid June 1989 when U2 released the last single from Rattle and Hum, one of their biggest works. All I want is you followed the success of Desire, Angel in Harlem, When love comes to town. As it sometimes happens with the greatest artists, this song is a real jewel. Maybe at first glance it may seem not the most unforgettable song by U2, but we definitely need to set some context.
As far as I know, Bono defined this song as an ideal sequel to With or without you, the great love song in The Joshua Tree – an absolute masterpiece. And I think that an affinity between the songs is clear. But what makes this song outstanding is the video, where by the way U2 appear only for few seconds towards the end.
The story is about a tragic love in a circus, between a dwarf and a trapeze artist. Those who love movies will recognize a touch of Fellini in the style of this movie, a sort of oniric style. But this was absolutely in the director’s intentions! In fact the movie was filmed not far from Rome, a short distance away from the set of Fellini’s last movie, The voice of the moon in the same days! So this video is absolutely a tribute to the great Maestro!
It’s a sad story, and we see a funeral at the end. The Edge clarified fans’ doubts saying that the victim was the trapeze artist. But it is clear that the victim is the heart, the feeling of love that in many cases could have been, but for the many circumstances of life, has not been.
A great love elegy with a fantastic video that probably went a little bit underrated
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