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Old 11-02-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Spiritual / Biblical References - How Many

Has anyone ever tried to figure out how many U2 songs either by overall theme or lyrical content include some reference to scripture, God, Jesus or personal faith?

Anyone have a guess off the top of their head?

Without much thought or a discography scan, I'm thinking like 25%.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:06 AM   #2
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I think there was a guide on U2 Home Page: @U2 - U2 News, U2 Lyrics, U2 Photos and more! somewhere that had something like that. Not sure if it's updated since Bomb though.



ETA: It's fully updated!

http://www.atu2.com/lyrics/biblerefs.html
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Are those in any way verified with the band though, in interviews for example?

I mean, although a great deal of them are quite plausible, I think it's a bit obsessive to search for a Bible reference in lines such as "It was a joyful noise" (Magnificent). Since that line is immediately preceded by "From the womb my first cry", the "joyful noise" is obviously the crying of a baby, much like "Woke the world with bawling" in Out of Control. I don't think there's a Psalm 100:1 reference to be found there.
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I mean, although a great deal of them are quite plausible, I think it's a bit obsessive to search for a Bible reference in lines such as "It was a joyful noise" (Magnificent). Since that line is immediately preceded by "From the womb my first cry", the "joyful noise" is obviously the crying of a baby, much like "Woke the world with bawling" in Out of Control. I don't think there's a Psalm 100:1 reference to be found there.
I agree. You can make a Biblical reference out of any line the way the writer is seeing it.
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