U2 lyrics are one of the big reasons this Dublin
band has acquired 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band in
history. This world acclaimed band are not only known as top-notch
musicians and lyric writers, but as influential social activists
pursuing worldwide, peace and justice through their songs and through
their actions outside of the music business.
The U2 lyrics that were perhaps the first popular protest lyrics
are in the song "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" on the album War,
which debuted in 1983. These U2 lyrics told a tale about the war
in Northern Ireland and how Protestants and Catholics needed to
unite to fight against death and destruction and not for it.
Another song from the same album, "New Year's Day" carried
the theme global unrest and particularly the solidarity movement
in Poland at the time under Lech Walesa. While others consider it
a war song, Bono considers the lyrics to be about love in a time
Staying with the anti-war theme, U2 released the album The Unforgettable
Fire, which was inspired by painting of the atomic bomb drops
at Nagasaki and Hiroshima that hung in the Chicago Peace Museum.
On this album, the U2 lyrics of "Pride (In the Name of Love)
are about those throughout history who have died in pride preaching
equality for all men. Both Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr. are
eluded to in the lyrics.
After this album, U2 started working with Amnesty International
and touring on their behalf. Seeing first hand the oppression in
Nicaragua and San Salvador helped Bono in writing the lyrics to
the next album, Joshua Tree, which was also seen as a tribute
to the American lifestyle such as in the song, "In God's Country".
Even so, the U2 lyrics in Joshua Tree featured many love
songs that became mega hits such as "Where the Streets Have
No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
and "With or Without You". As in other U2 albums, this
album's lyrics also featured rich religious imagery and images of
Recently, it has been reported that U2 is recording a new album
that is due out sometime in 2007. The album was being recorded in
the Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles used to record as well.
U2 continues in their humanitarian efforts to promote efforts to
stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.