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Old 02-05-2005, 12:59 PM   #1
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All Because Of You.

I was thinking about this song over the last couple of days. It strikes me as a pure praise song.

The chorus is written this way:

All because of you
I am

What if it were written this way?

All because of You - I AM

The "You" followed by God's name "I AM"

This way, statements like this (and others) make sense:

I’m not broke but you can see the cracks
You can make me perfect again
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Old 02-05-2005, 05:17 PM   #2
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You hit the nail right on the head. Bono said himself that the I AM in teh song is indeed God's name.
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Old 02-05-2005, 05:26 PM   #3
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Yes, I've always interpreted it that way as well. (Remember the amusing Neil Diamond discussion in the Flanagan book, about the song "I Am, He Said"?)
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:48 AM   #4
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This song has always struck me as a typical U2 could-be-about-God-or-a-woman song. Which is great. Personally, I lean towards the spiritual interpretation, but I love the fact that it can be read in many ways. Anyways, for me, it sounds a lot like Bono calling out to God, the great I AM.

Some random thoughts.

It seems that the song starts off talking about the innocence of childhood, how we seem to have a connection to the divine (or maybe we just see things more clearly). I was born a child of grace...I saw you in the curve of the moon, in the shadow cast cross my room How God sees the true self that lies beneath our mask. you heard me in my tune when I just heard confusion" How he mends our imperfect lives I'm not broke, but you can see the cracks, you can make me perfect again.

I'm alive, I'm being born, I just arrived, I'm at the door...seems to encompass the "already not yet" that characterizes the Christian life. We are redeemed, but we live in a fallen world that is struggling towards redemption every day. It is indeed a journey.

Great song and very uplifting.
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Old 02-07-2005, 07:47 AM   #5
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Very nice assessment, Sula
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It's definately a praise song.

Thankfully U2 can get away with it without losing fans.
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I agree with you guys. I love this song. I think I might see if our worship leader at church can do it! They've done other U2 songs before, I've heard.
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Isn't it incredible to hear a praise song on the radio? I wish it were getting played more.
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Yeah All because of you is totally a praise song.
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Yeah All because of you is totally a praise song.
It would be a perfect song to play in church except for the 2nd verse. The 2nd verse is just too personal. "I like the sound of my own voice......" Maybe I should think about tweaking the lyrics a little bit so our church band can play it.
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actually how would that be any less spiritual? obviously the writer/singer (Bono), shows that he is only human, and falls into human traps, and yet recognizes that he is falling short (and intellectual tortoise, racing with a bullet train).....
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actually how would that be any less spiritual? obviously the writer/singer (Bono), shows that he is only human, and falls into human traps, and yet recognizes that he is falling short (and intellectual tortoise, racing with a bullet train).....
Hey Scotty,

Of course the 2nd verse is spiritual. I just don't think that the second verse would be good as a church song while the other verses, and obviously the chorus, would. I can't imagine a church group singing along with the song if we had that 2nd verse in there.
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I agree with booster Scotty
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be that as it may, it'd be a whole lot cooler if they did. .
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it'd also be interesting to hear this song slowed down and acoustic, in a setting like that.....
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