U2 on Jimmy Fallon

I didn’t stay up to watch Jimmy Fallon’s debut Tonight Show (too old with kids too young), but I did search out the video of U2 playing “Invisible” first thing in the morning.

I really like this song. Is it life-changing? No. Does it redefine rock and roll? No. But it doesn’t need to be. I think the song is getting a lot of push-back because people love to poo-poo U2 (hey … that rhymes!).

There is one part of the song that I’m trying the work through, though. The big anthem aspect is this whole “There is no them, there’s only us” idea. That’s cool in and of itself, but then the lyric goes on to state that “There’s only you, and there’s only me” …

Doesn’t that negate the whole “us vs. them” dissolution that goes before? If you’re negating the differences between people, is it logical to turn around and state there are differences between the thing called “you” and the thing called “me”?

Maybe the “only us” applies to “them,” while “you” and “me” get to remain distinct …

Then again, maybe I’ve been reading too much linguistic theory.

Either way, I don’t care. I still like the song. And I’m still going to buy the album when it comes out. And I’ll probably overpay for tickets to the show.

I guess that makes me one of them.


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