Saturday, March 7, 2009

My First Love

Have you ever been shaken to the core by a song or album? I have always enjoyed music of all kinds, from hymns to punk. My first experience like that was the first time I heard a U2 song. It was.....well.....kinda spiritual. It was like I was sucked up into the speakers and actually part of the song.

I've been a follower of their music for many years now, own all the albums, seen them in concert 3 times (twice in Dublin), I've even been to three of the four members' houses (well the outsides anyway). They never cease to have that same effect on me after all this time. Certain songs transport me back to certain times in life, some sad and some exhilarating.

One of the things that impresses me most about U2 is not their music, but their social activism. If you look at every single one of their album covers, you can learn about various social causes they have supported such as poverty, political prisoners, AIDS, malaria, and economic stability in empoverished countries. You can read up more on their cause to end poverty at www.one.org. I also appreciate their non-partisan approach to such social causes.

I once read a book about the band, and learned three of the members were involved in a grassroots Christian church in their early years as a band. They were even baptized in the Irish Sea, not far from where I lived in Dublin. Many of their early songs were actually songs of praise.

So this week they released their latest album, No Line on the Horizon. I have been listening to it non-stop and have been reminded why I love them so much. At the moment, I am totally taken with a song called Magnificent. It's a throwback to their more spiritual roots.

Magnificent
Magnificent

I was born
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

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

I was born
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, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

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

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love unites our hearts

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


3 comments:

cemotosnack said...

I really like a lot of their lyrics. Their music is something I have to be in the right mood for however. I got to see them in concert when I was in Portugal and that was amazing.

Only love can heal such a scar ... I like that. I really find peace in God's love. It heals anything that needs healed ... fresh wounds or wounds that have already scarred over. I often think that I'll never heal from some hurts ... but given time ... even the scars I've had, seemingly forever, are beginning to fade.

Sarah said...

Paige, have you heard their song 40? It's from Psalm 40 and it is beautiful. "I waited patiently for the Lord, he turned and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit, out of the mire and clay. He set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm. I will sing, sing a new song." Anytime I read that Psalm I have to sing it in my head.

I love the part in Magnificent where it says "Justified till we die, you and I will magnify The Magnificent." I think that is a really good description of God.....The Magnificent!

sherryfisher said...

Good song...great lyrics! Music speaks to my soul on such a deep level. It's truly a gift from the Lord!

Thanks for posting this...good good stuff!!