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Like A Song: Sweetest Thing

@U2, December 24, 2014
By: Karen Lindell


Like A Song[Ed. note: This is the 90th in a series of personal essays by the @U2 staff about songs and/or albums that have had great meaning or impact in our lives.]

I had my presale code, my American Express card, an overwhelming flurry of online ticket-buying hints, and a hopeful heart. The only thing missing from my U2 ticket-buying experience, I realized, was a soundtrack. So in the breathless minutes-seconds-nanoseconds-microseconds before noon, as I eagerly waited for U2 concert tickets to be up for sale online, relentlessly refreshing my Ticketmaster page, I chose a U2 song to accompany me through the process and perhaps soothe my jittery nerves: “Sweetest Thing.”

My love she throws me like a rubber ball
Oh, the sweetest thing

It IS a ball — the Ticketmaster ball of gray and black swirling dots! Searching for tickets!
Oh, no: “Your wait time is 44 minutes.”
Not so sweet, especially when I then get told 57 times in 44 minutes that “Your wait time is less than 1 minute.”

She won’t catch me, or break my fall
Oh, the sweetest thing 

“No (GA) tickets available”? This can’t be. I’m a FAN club member. I have a PRESALE code. I WORSHIP Him — Bono, that is. I LOVE that U2 dropped a free album into my iTunes library. I WAITED for one minute 57 times. Please …


Baby got blue skies up ahead
But in this I’m a rain cloud
You know she like a dry kind of love
Oh, the sweetest thing 

The Cloud of U2 Ticket Despair blankets my being. Do not preach “blue skies,” “dry” and sweetness to me. I’m now a gray, soggy, sour, ticketless thing.

I’m losing you
Yeah, I’m losing you
Ain’t love the sweetest thing

I wish I could lose you, Ticketmaster, but I’m stuck with you. You (along with the scalpers) always win.

I wanted to run but she made me crawl
Oh, the sweetest thing
Eternal fire, she turned me to straw
Oh, the sweetest thing
You know I got black eyes
But they burned so brightly for her
Mine is a blind kind of love
Oh, the sweetest thing 

OK, maybe I’m overreacting a little here. I can walk. I can see. I have a job. I have a family and friends who love me. I have every U2 song ever recorded at my fingertips to listen to.

But I still want a GA ticket.   

I’m losing you
I’m losing you
Ain’t love the sweetest thing
The sweetest thing 

I try again. “Please don’t refresh … ” I am not fresh. But no, I still get that dreaded and now stale response: “No tickets available.”

Blue eyed boy meets a brown-eyed girl
Oh, the sweetest thing

Oh, blue-eyed Bono, this hazel-eyed girl wants to see you up close. I need a GA ticket, not one in a far-off section with all the drunk people who go to a U2 concert just to say they went to a U2 concert, who care only about listening to “Streets,” and who have no experience whatsoever with Songs Of Innocence.

You can sew it up but you still see the tear
Oh, the sweetest thing
Baby got blue skies up ahead
And in this I’m a rain cloud
You know we got a stormy kind of love 

I live in California. We need rain. But I want blue skies. And I’m a terrible seamstress. My GA-less heart cannot be mended.

Oh, the sweetest thing
The sweetest thing

Wait! I use the Ticketmaster app instead. The flurry of online hints from other fans is helpful after all! I get a GA ticket!

The sweetest thing

(c) @U2/Lindell, 2014

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