In my freshman year of high school the album I listened to more than any other was U2’s Achtung Baby. In fact looking back at it now, I’m still a big fan of tracks 2-10. Oddly enough my least favorite of the bunch is probably the disc’s most popular song, “One.” As far as “slow songs” go, I much prefer “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World.” In particular, I always enjoyed the lyric “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” which I’ve just discovered is a quote originally from Irina Dunn, an Australian social activist, author, and film maker.
U2 never made a video for this song, and they only ever performed it on the 1992-93 Zoo TV Tour. In every live performance I could find Bono changed the lyric, so here’s a regular audio clip with the words to follow along:
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