One Can Happen

March 20, 2009

U2 — ‘Magnificent’ Live on Letterman!!!!!!! “Till we die, you and I will magnify The Magnificent!”

One of the greatest songs of all time—just out, on the album, No Line on the Horizon! Lyrics by Bono and The Edge.

I was born to be with you
In this space and time

After that and ever after I haven’t had a clue
Only to break rhyme
This
foolishness can leave a heart black and blue

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
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise

only love can leave such a mark
only love can heal such a scar*

[Song only, and what a song!!! Click on HD to get Highest Quality]

only love unites our hearts

Justify, till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent

Low-Fi — with Dave’s intro and closing remarks

Live Fordham University [HD – High Quality]
Good Morning America

To watch in HD, click on the video to open it, and then click on the HD symbol, which then becomes red when the video re-opens, bigger.

To watch either version in full-screen, click on the rectangle-within-a-rectangle icon.

Live in London [HD – High Quality]
BBC Rooftop

* Question?

Such a scar* that only love can heal: is it the mark of the calling to sing and play for God, the alienation and put-downs from fallen man, the tremendous pressure to play something juicy? Or is it the black and blue heart caused by the foolishness of breaking rhyme with the Creator?

I was thinking the latter, but I’m not so sure now. I’m wondering what Bono and The Edge were thinking when they wrote the song. Imagine the struggle they’ve been through. Both attended a charismatic fellowship, called Shalom at one point with Larry Mullen. I’m really glad to see that Adam Clayton seems to also really like the song!!

Any ideas out there?

Incidentally, Bono has talked about how they could always count on God to show up when they would play live: Where the Streets Have No Name. God is in the house.

Related: [music video] U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name

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