Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday's Music Lyrics -- One, by U2

Without a doubt, One by U2 is my favourite song (with Fields of Gold, by Sting a close second). The lyrics in this song can be interpretted in many ways... conveying varying meanings to whom the intended audience is. I've always considered this song to speak to the notion that each and everyone of us are connected (as stated in the lyrics) and the power of love to empower humanity or to degrade it, in its absence. Often, we are too blind to see this power and function in isolated cylos. Many have theorized that this song was in fact written about the German population's need to come together after the fall of the wall in 1989. While, others have theorized it is about the presence of homosexuality and HIV and the need for the human race to come together and care for each other.... Either way, this song speaks of power through unity to me... It strikes a strong cord with me and always moves my soul when I hear it... "We get to carry each other."

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same
Will it make it easier on you now
You got someone to blame
You say...

One love
One life
When it's one need
In the night
One love
We get to share it
Leaves you baby if you
Don't care for it

Did I disappoint you
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it's...

Too late
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

Have you come here for forgiveness
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much
More than a lot
You gave me nothing
Now it's all I got
We're one
But we're not the same
Well we
Hurt each other
Then we do it again
You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
One life
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other


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