Know Your Bonoisms – Part 5

This week, we’re going to address Bono’s use of the word “sound.” It’s at least a theme in many U2 songs, if not part of the actual lyrics.

If indeed the new album will be called “Sirens,” then we can logically conclude that a song or two will refer to sound (you know, because sirens are loud…or something). Here are a few examples that stand out when it comes to Bono using the word “sound.” I know there are probably many more, so please share any that I missed!

Get on Your Boots – “Let me in the sound, let me in the sound/sound…” (Obviously!)

sing057-44No Line on the Horizon – “I can hear the universe in her seashells…” (Not the word “sound,” but a reference to hearing a noise and therefore, sound! It counts, because I said so.)

All Because of You – “I like the sound of my own voice.” (We know. Fortunately, we like it too.)

mofoMofo – “Looking for the sound that’s going to drown out the world…” (And taking a long freaking time doing it, says every U2 fan on planet earth right now).

Breathe – “We are people borne of sound…” (Yes, the English spelling of “borne” is correct according to the lyrics on – so there goes the theory I read once that Bono uses “sound” as a code word for “sex,” and therefore this line is about conception. You’re way off the mark, random fan who posted that on a discussion board in 2009!).

Mercy – “You’re gravity searching for the ground; you’re silence searching for a sound.” (An awesome lyric for a beautiful song that should have been on an actual album release.)

What other U2 lyrics have the word “sound” in them? Tell me in the comments if you can think of any, because I feel like I probably missed some very important and obvious ones. Or not?

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    This week, we’re going to address Bono’s use of the word “sound.” It’s at least a theme in many U2 songs, if not part of the actual lyrics. If indeed
    [See the full post at: Know Your Bonoisms – Part 5]

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    “Sounds” like you found them all! ;). As always Brook, it’s a pleasure to read your posts.

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    Angel Of Harlem: “The snow was melting on the ground; On B.L.S. I heard the sound (Of an angel).” “Birdland on Fifty-Three; The street sounds like a symphony”
    Babyface: “Turnin’ around and around, With the sound and colour under my control”
    Wake Up Dead Man: “Listen over the sound of blades in rotation; Listen through the traffic and circulation”
    Peace on Earth: “Tell the ones who hear no sound, Whose sons are living in the ground”
    Love And Peace Or Else: “The TV is still on, But the sound is turned down”
    Breathe: “I’ve found grace inside a sound; I found grace, it’s all that I found”

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    Nice work kmpenner! That’s some good knowledge.

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    SOUND is such a recurring theme throughout No Line On The Horizon, I envisioned the tour would be called “The Sound Tour,” with t-shirts that said, “Let Me In The Sound!”

    But what is great about its use on this album is that is has more than one meaning. Sound as in the sound we hear…the sound as in a body of water. And I do not find it a stretch to believe “sound,” can at times be used as the “Word.”

    The central eschatological metaphor of No Line is the sound of the divine song, heard only by those who have the ears to hear it, yet unconsciously sought by everyone, for all people were created to hear and sing this song.
    -Baptist Free Press

    Let me in the sound, now
    God, I’m going down
    I don’t wanna drown now
    Meet me in the sound

    We are people borne of sound
    The songs are in our eyes
    Gonna wear them like a crown

    I’ve found grace inside a sound
    I found grace, it’s all that I found
    And I can breathe
    Breathe now

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