Sunday, May 22, 2011

Is it getting better?

There is no U2 song more significant, more touching, more compelling than "One." It sounds like a love song, but if you listen closely, it's nothing of the sort. It's a challenge to those whose religion stands in judgement of others. "You ask me to enter - but then you make me crawl." Many interpret the song as being written from the point of view of a boy explaining to his father that he has AIDS.

In the 360 Tour, "One" is introduced by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, reinforcing the connection between the song and the One Campaign.

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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