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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I LOVE this song and video! This is my favorite U2 song. This is such a beautiful, sad, and haunting song. Every time I hear this song, it really stirs my emotions. This song was featured in Bill Carter's award winning documentary called "Miss Sarajevo". The film chronicles 1 of the more "bizarre" events of the war in former Yugoslavia: a beauty contest. Several artists mounted an elaborate beauty contest under mortar fire. But if you really listen carefully to the song's lyrics, it is much more than a song about a beauty queen. It is about people trying to live a semblance of "normalcy" in the face of war. And as you watch the video, the most poignant image is of the beauty pageant contestants walking on the stage in their bathing suits and high heels, holding a banner that reads, "Don't let them kill us." A reminder that we should never turn our backs on our fellow man because they might be different than us.