I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone
And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
It wasn't untill I saw this performed on Saturday Night Live that I caught the beauty of this track. And you know what? It sold me on the album. It sells me on the band, on the music, on everything in between. The emotion is blinding, when you put it into context.
Performed at the funeral for Bono's father, I can't imagine how he came to write it. After his father passed Bono said at some point, "I'm an orphan now". Part of this songs seems to be about the relationship of a father and son...mine wasn't great so it speaks to me that way. Then there's the other side of the coin...that maybe this is more about the orphan than the parent.
My father and I would argue till we were blue in the face. Neither one of us budging on our position against the other. We could get no where with those arguments. Nothing came of them but aggrivation and silence between he and I. And Bono's words ring true in that regard:
You and I...that's alright
We're the same soul
I don't need...I don't need to hear you say
That if we weren't so alike
You'd like me a whole lot more"
My father and I were so alike. I miss him. And I've missed this band. Forget "Vertigo", forget the I-Pod commercials...just listen to this song. Live if you can, but it doesn't matter. Just listen to it. It applys to so many things. A mother and child, a father and son, lovers, ex-lovers, it spans those gaps. The words coming from both sides.
And if you are like me, and tears well up inside as you listen, don't hold back. Because hearing this song under a rainfall of tears sounds just as beautiful.
Thank you U2.
Thank you Dad.