This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to U2 - What A Nice Way To Turn 17. Find more at NPR. The earliest anthems were sacred hymns, religious songs of praise. U2's lead singer and songwriter, Bono, has referred to it as "a gospel song with a restless spirit. U2's four musicians met when they were teenagers in Ireland U2 - What A Nice Way To Turn 17. the s, a turbulent time known as the Troubles. Bono once wrote that on May 17,he "dodged one of the bloodiest moments in a history that divided an island," simply because he rode his bike to school that day — otherwise, he'd have been on one of the Dublin streets where three car bombs killed 33 people.
That same year, Bono's mother died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. He was For The Edge and Bono, their faith seemed at odds with rock and roll: They felt they should be doing something more meaningful with their lives than playing music. In an interview with presenter Gay Byrne for the Irish broadcaster RTE, Bono said that just as the band was on the brink of major success, they went to tell their manager they wanted to quit. He was a no-nonsense type named Paul McGuinness.
We actually want to do something useful with our life, and maybe rock and roll isn't it,' " Bono recounted. They stayed. Bono went on to say their songs are "prayers of a kind. Theologian Sarah Dylan Breuer agrees. In the early s, she founded a worship service called the U2charist — as in U2 plus Eucharist — that incorporates the DVNO (LA Riot Remix) - Justice - DVNO songs, played by local musicians.
But Breuer adds that some members of the clergy believed a few of the verses were inappropriate for the service. For example:. I have kissed honey lips Felt the healing in her fingertips And it burned like fire.
In a piece called " The Church of U2 ," Rothman outlined the case for this song as a potent contemporary hymn, partly because of the uncertainty expressed in Bono's lyrics. It's about the search. Meanwhile, Jon Pareles, chief pop critic for The New York Times, believes much of the song's power comes from the way Bono lingers on Various - Megaexitos Bailables Techno - Reggae - Terapia word: "still.
It's a simple thing. But it's a profound thing. Not long after the song's release, U2 took it to church themselves — traveling to New York to meet up with a gospel choir, New Voices of Freedom, that had arranged its own version.
Bono begins solo, while the choir's singers watch intently from the pews, swaying along to the music. When it's their turn to jump in, the song transforms. I have climbed the highest mountains I have run through the fields Only to be with you, only to be with you. I have run, I have crawled I have scaled these city walls, these city walls Only to be with you. Which may be why this searching, restless anthem rouses the faithful almost every time U2 performs it.
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