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U2 says what some former Mars Hill Church members need to hear from Mark Driscoll

“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.

I still like U2’s ‘Pop’ — Part 5

Discothèque (song)

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Looking for the one
But you know you’re somewhere else instead.
You want to be the song
The song that you hear in your head…

But you take what you can get
‘Cause it’s all that you can find.
Oh you know there’s something more…

-“Discotheque,” U2

Numerous times, Bono has woven the theme of searching in his lyrics. The above lines from “Discotheque” are one example; another example comes from the Pop‘s third track, “Mofo,” which says in part, “Looking for to fill that God-shaped hole.”

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I still like U2’s ‘Pop’ — Part 1

Pop, released in 1997, might be U2’s smartest, edgiest album.

Behind the glitz and glam of the album’s packaging (and the accompanying tour), Pop goes uncompromisingly deeper than most pop music, taking on several religious themes in an indirect yet profound way.

On the band’s website, Bono said of Pop,  “We’ve had to get the brightly coloured wrapping paper right, because what’s underneath is not so sweet.”

Not so sweet, indeed — and you know that if you’ve given the album a serious listen.

Here’s an excerpt from the lyrics to “The Playboy Mansion.”

If O.J. is more than a drink

And a Big Mac bigger than you think

And perfume is an obsession

And talk shows – confession

What have we got to lose?

Another push and we’ll be through

The gates of that mansion.

I never bought a lotto ticket

I never parked in anyone’s space.

The banks they’re like cathedrals

I guess casinos took their place.

Love, come on down

Don’t wake her she’ll come around.

Chance is a kind of religion

Where you’re damned for plain hard luck.

I never did see that movie

I never did read that book.

Love, come on down

Let my numbers come around.

–“The Playboy Mansion,” U2

Cover of "Pop"

Cover of Pop

 

Bono: ‘Grace interrupts karma’

I’m glad Rob Sturdy found this quotation from U2’s Bono.