Top 5 U2 Songs

Ojas once said, “Anybody who likes music cannot hate U2”, or something to that effect. I sure like music and U2 is a personal favourite. Here is a list of my 5 personal favourite U2 songs:

5. The Hands That Built America: Sheer melody and awesome lyrics. Also contains one of the most memorable lines in any song.

You gotta live with your dreams, don’t make them so hard.

4. I still haven’t found what I am looking for: When you get what you want, but not what you need. Laced with religious symbolism and great vocals, it makes you think hard.

3. Mothers of the disappeared: This song is dedicated to the mothers of the revolutionaries in Argentina, but I have always connected it to mothers of those who gave their lives serving the armed forces. Different music and a hymn like feeling makes this song very special.

2. Sometimes you can’t make it on your own: A song that Bono sang at his fathers funeral. A touching song, specially this part of it:

You don’t have to put up a fight
You don’t have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

1. With or Without You: I first heard this song long before I actually knew it was a U2 song during an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S (TOW Ross and Rachel break up), and immediately liked it. One of the most sentimental U2 songs and also has a very nice and smooth guitar riff at the end. Also happens to be a favourite of most of my close friends.

It is special because of many reasons. For Ross and Rachel, for F.R.I.E.N.D.S, for Psenti Music Nites, for Psentisem, for BITS – Pilani, and for many more.

Kamal Hai!

Quillpad is an online transliterator (complete with AJAX and the works, with a very Web2.0 feel) which I have started liking immensely. An Indian startup, it does a pretty decent job and provides you a very very clean and simple interface. It also supports Kannad, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam. Below is a sample, lyrics of the song Tere Bin from Bas Ek Pal. Since my Hindi is not great I do not know if the spellings are alright but they seem decent.

तेर बीन मैं यूँ कैसे जीया
कैसे जीया तेरे बीन
तेरे बीन मैं यूँ कैसे जीया
कैसे जीया तेरे बीन
लेकर यादें तेरी रातें मेरी कटी – 2
मुझसे बातें तेरी करती है चाँदनी
तन्हा है तुझ बीन रातें मेरी
दीन मेरे दीन के जैसे नही
तन्हा बदन तन्हा है रूह नाम मेरी आँखें रहे
आजा मेरे अब रूबरू
जीना नही बीन तेरे
तेरे बीन मैं यूँ कैसे जीया
कैसे जीया तेरे बीन
तेरे बीन मैं यूँ कैसे जीया
कैसे जीया तेरे बीन

क़ब्से आँखें मेरी राह में तेरे बिच्छी – 2
भूले से ही कही तू मील जाए कभी
भूले ना मुझसे बातें तेरी
भीगी है हैर पल आँखें मेरी
क्यूं साँस लूं क्यूं मैं ज़ीयू
जीना बुरा सा लगे
क्यूं हो गया तू बेवाफ़ाा मुझको बता दे वजह
तेरे बीन मैं यूँ कैसे जीया
कैसे जिया तेरे बीन …
तेरे बीन मैं यूँ कैसे जिया
कैसे जीया तेरे बीन …