“I thought I heard the captain’s voice / It’s hard to listen while you preach.”
— U2, from “Every Breaking Wave”
The captain’s voice might be God’s voice. The narrator reflects on a time when he thought he was hearing from God. Then the narrator laments preaching more than listening.
Bono and The Edge share songwriting credits on all the lyrics for the new album, Songs of Innocence, on which “Every Breaking Wave” appears.