Friday, November 15, 2013

Ordinary Love lyrics U2

U2 have released a new song! It's called Ordinary Love - it's on the soundtrack to a film about Nelson Mandela - this is great for several reasons - by supporting Mandela's story it will be heard by more people and perhaps somewhat selfishly, we get new U2 music!
One wonders if it was a left over song from the Songs of Ascent sessions or something new? Either way, it sounds pretty good!

Check out the lyrics to A Song for Someone from U2's Songs of Innocence.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

U2 and Families




U2 songs about Mothers and Fathers

All good song writers tap their family tree for lyrical inspiration now and then. There's been plenty of popular songs that feature lyrics about parents and their children. A classic example is Cat Steven's Father and Son.

It's with no great surprise then that Bono has chosen to reveal insights to his feeling about his family in a few of U2's songs. Here's some thoughts about a selected few...

Mofo

Mofo was sixth single flogged from the supposedly terrible Pop, album the lyrics in part refer to Bono's beloved mother, whom he lost at the age of fourteen.


Mothers of the Disappeared

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, is a unique organization of Argentine women who have become human rights activists in order to achieve a common goal. For over three long decades, the Mothers have fought for the right to re-unite with their abducted children. It was this work that inspired Bono's lyrics.

Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own

The lyric was written by Bono as a tribute to his father, Bob Hewson, who died in 2001. Bono sang this at his funeral. In the video for the song it was prefaced with the following from Bono "My father worked in the post office by day and sang opera by night. We lived on the north side of Dublin in a place called Cedarwood Road. He had a lot of attitude. He gave some to me - and a voice. I wish I'd known him better." On Your Own song shares similar parental sentiments as found in Kite from the All That You Can't Leave Behind album.

Tommorrow

The October album was definitely Bono on channeling and challenging his spiritual side - Tomorrow sees him exploring his thoughts around his mother's death and the spectre of her possibly meeting Jesus.


A song from the Grammy Award winning album, Zooropa, The first verse of this the First Time hints sentiments of falling in love for the first time or perhaps truly, madly, deeply falling for someone - the lyric "I have a lover, a lover like no other" suggests the later perhaps is true.

The second verse refers to the love of a brother who would do anything for his sibling - the word brother could easily stand in for friend here as well. 

The final verse talks of the love between a father and son that perhaps has gone sour. Collectively these three different settings make for a great story and makes you wonder what kind of person is telling this story and how do those elements relate to one another? Indeed, there's almost a hint of the Prodigal Son story surrounding the entire fabric of the song. 

I believe in Father Christmas

Written by Greg Lake, I Believe in Father Christmas with a view to making a critque about how Christmas had changed from being a celebration of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, into one huge and disgusting orgy or shopping.

Done with this page? Want to know more about some other U2 lyrics? Check out 10 U2 Love Songs.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ten U2 Love Songs



All You Need Is Love - 10 U2 Love Songs

The Beatles sang that All You Need Is Love and just about every band since has as well so it's no surprise that U2 have song a few songs that ponder the wondrousness of it all.

Here's a few songs that either feature the subject love in their lyrics or are clearly love songs.

Love is Blindness

A haunting tracking that closed the mighty body of work that was Achtung Baby - the lyrics suggest an quite desperate love where nothing else matters but that love - a deep play on the phrase love is blind but the neighbours aint joke perhaps?

When Love Comes to Town 

Some men are afraid of love. They'd prefer to hit it and quit before they have to contend with their feelings. At least that's what this duet between Bono and B.B. King might leave you thinking....

Love Rescue Me

A desperate man calls out for love. It's a aching love lorn fellow that sings this ballad from Rattle and Hum.

Love And Peace Or Else

A rocker from U2 from the How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album, this is U2's Give Peace A Chance effort - it's basically Bono asking why can't we all just get along in peace and harmony with some peace loving mung beans thrown in for good measure. Or something.

The deluxe edition of the album has a liner note which says 'don't become a monster in order to defeat a monster' which I think sums up the lyrical intent behind the song and it ties in with Bono's Coexist mantra

So really it's not a love song per say but one that promotes love?

So Cruel

Not all songs don't need to be of a happy kind of love. So Cruel's lyrics tell of a person in love with a person that is breaking their heart with their thoughtless ways. As I listen to the singer's lament, I can't help but feel some sorrow for them.

Hawkmoon 269

Allegedly 269 takes were required to record this song - the character seems to be a love drug addict and needs some love badly and Bono lists the ways he needs it.

Sweetest Thing

This U2 love song is definitely one inspired by real life events for Bono  - it was written for his wife Alison as an apology for missing (or forgetting) her birthday during the recording of The Joshua Tree record. I wonder if Bono owed Alison another song after the featured picture of Bono above with the two bikini girls came out?

Originally featured as a U2 b-side on the Where the Streets Have No Name single, The Sweetest Thing was revamped and released as a single to support U2's first Greatest Hits album. 

One Love

A strident, upbeat love song that celebrates the characters's love for his woman - or indeed possibly love for his god. That's a classic song writer's trick - making the lyrics open to interpretation helps increase the song's broad appeal amongst listeners.

The lyric "I was born I was born to be with you " is a nice romantic line to tell a woman - however the verse below is suggestive of praise to the character's creator..... 

"I was born
I was born to sing for you 

I didn't have a choice
But to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to"


The first verse of this song suggests sentiments of falling in love for the first time or perhaps truly, madly, deeply falling for someone - the lyric "I have a lover, a lover like no other" suggests the later perhaps is true - indeed that line would be a great compliment to any woman (or man!).

The second verse refers to the love of a brother who would do anything for his sibling - the word brother could easily stand in for friend here as well.

The final verse talks of the love between a father and son that perhaps has gone sour. Collectively these three different settings make for a great story and makes you wonder what kind of person is telling this story and how do those elements relate to one another?


A love song made famous by the Righteous Brothers, this was covered by U2 as a b-side on the With or Without You single. My wife and I played it at our wedding so enough said!

There plenty of other U2 songs out there that refer to love or sing about it without saying the words - what are your favorites?

Sick of love and lust? Want to bite your teeth into something more serious? How about some U2 songs's with lyrics about nuclear politics? Check out Ordinary Love, a song by U2 that was inspired by Nelson Mandela.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Mothers Of The Disappeared" Lyrics U2

"Mothers Of The Disappeared" Lyrics U2

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, is a unique organization of Argentine women who have become human rights activists in order to achieve a common goal. For over three decades, the Mothers have fought for the right to re-unite with their abducted children. It was this work that inspired Bono's lyrics.

When U2 last played in Turkey, this song was a focus of the show.


Midnight, our sons and daughters
Were cut down and taken from us
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the wind we hear their laughter
In the rain we see their tears
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

Night hangs like a prisoner
Stretched over black and blue
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the trees our sons stand naked
Through the walls our daughters cry
See their tears in the rainfall

Mothers of the Disappeared is from The Joshua Tree album.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Get U2's Rose Bowl Concert available on DVD



U2360° At The Rose Bowl will be released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray by Mercury Records on June 7, and in the US on June 3, 2010.

You might recall the show was broadcast live on Youtube. Here's the set list.

Order the 2 disk DVD or the ">Blue Ray at Amazon.

U2360° At The Rose Bowl was the penultimate gig of last year's U2360° Tour in support of their Grammy nominated album No Line on The Horizon. The Rose Bowl performance was the band's biggest show of 2009 and U2's biggest ever US show, with a live audience in excess of 97,000.

The show was also streamed across seven continents via YouTube. The first ever live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl had over 10 million views on the channel in one week.

Shot entirely in HD, the concert was filmed with 27 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who had previously worked on U23D, the first live action 3D concert movie taken from U2's Vertigo Tour.

Available in standard and 2-disc deluxe DVD formats (see below), U2360° At The Rose Bowl will also be U2's first concert available in Blu-ray. The deluxe formats and the Blu-ray will feature a new documentary called Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360° with new interviews from U2, Paul McGuinness and the team behind the touring production.

The track listing of U2360° At The Rose Bowl is as follows:

Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Beautiful Day, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, No Line On The Horizon, Elevation, In A Little While, Unknown Caller, Until the End of the World, The Unforgettable Fire, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight, Sunday Bloody Sunday, MLK, Walk On, One, Where The Streets Have No Name, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), With Or Without You, Moment Of Surrender.

Check out Ordinary Love, a song by U2 that was inspired by Nelson Mandela.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

U2 LA Rose Bowl Set List


Also played live across the internet via U2's Youtube channel to a gagillion people.

26th October 2000

In an attempt to be novel or up with the technology, this concert was streamed live across Youtube for free - this was U2's set list.

Celebrity Train spotting - Danny Devito, Paris Hilton, Dave Stewart, Alyssa Milano, Cindy Crawford. Bono did a shout out to famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin who was also present. Bono also wished The Edge's son, Levi, a happy birthday.

Bono called The Edge a 'Zen Presbyterian' and Adam, Clark Gable as he was often gone with the wind...

The Black Eyed Peas opening set was notable for GNR / Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash turning up to play a wild version of Sweet Child of Mine.

U2 Los Angeles Rose Bowl Set List: Breathe, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Beautiful Day (with a few lines from In God's Country), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (The Edge played it with a capo on the 2nd fret, coda of Stand By Me, massive crowd singalong), Stuck In A Moment (acoustic guitar version), No Line On The Horizon, Elevation, In A Little While (Bono changed the lyrics to say space travel turns him on, song finished with last verse spoken by an astronaut in the International Space Station), Unknown Caller, Until the End of the World (frenetic Edge solo), The Unforgettable Fire (Edge pulls double guitar and piano duties), City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (stale remix version), Sunday Bloody Sunday, MLK (Martin Luther King tribute), Walk On (with Aung San Suu Kyi protesters on the stage wearing masks of her face, Never Walk Alone snippet at end).

Bono thanks LA, everyone on youtube.

Desmond Tutu recorded message urging us to all be one....

U2 Encore:

One, Amazing Grace (lead into) Where the Streets Have No Name, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), With or Without You, (Bono thanks a million people for their contribution to AIDS awareness and anti AIDS drug measures, he then asks everyone to turn on their cell phone lights to turn the stadium into the Milky Way) Moment of Surrender

Thursday, October 15, 2009

X and Q what will you do?

Did you know U2 have not written any songs beginning with the letter X? Or Q?