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Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own March 26, 2009

U2 - HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB

U2 - HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB

I’ve been listening to a lot of U2 lately, and if you’ve been following this blog you’ve seen me quote Bono quite a few times. It’s funny because a always thought he was kind of  a liberal rockstar jerk, now I think he’s a better Christian than most of us. I can’t find the exact quote but I think he said something like, I don’t trust religion that is not connected to social change. Yep, I know think that we (Christians) should be more worried about people who are starving, have no clean water or are being muderered because of their race than worrying aboutyour personal vices.


So, I’m going to post some U2 songs with lyrics and YouTube video and comment on what I think they mean, you may not agree and even think thats not what they meant but this is MY blog and I can say wahtever I want :). You can get your own blog and say whatever you want too. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below.


This is a tribute to Bono’s father Bob Hewson who died in 2001. Bono sang it for the first time at his father’s funeral; it reflects on their tense relationship until just before his death, when Bono claims they became closer than ever before.

Bono on his father: “His whole thing was, Don’t dream – to dream is to be disappointed. That was really what I think was his advice to me. He didn’t speak it in those words, but that’s what he meant, and of course that’s really a recipe for megalomania isn’t it? I mean I was only ever interested in big ideas, and not so much dreaming but putting dreams into action, doing the things that you have in your head has become an important thing for me. The song was dedicated to him and it’s a portrait of him – he was a great singer, a tenor, a working class Dublin guy who listened to the opera and conducted the stereo with my mother’s knitting needles. He just loved Opera, so in the song, I hit one of those big tenor notes that he would have loved so much. I think he would have loved it, I hope so.”

As a tribute to his father, Bono usually removes his large sunglasses during this song. His dad used to say to him, “Bono, why don’t you ever take off those f–king glasses?”


I don’t have too much to say about it but Bono is a well documented Christian and I think this songs talks a lot about a relationship with God as well. You can plan the video below and read the lyrics or just watch it.

U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own

Tough, you think you’ve got the stuff
You’re telling me and anyone
You’re hard enough

You don’t have to put up a fight
You don’t have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
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

We fight all the time
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

Listen to me now
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

I know that we don’t talk
I’m sick of it all
Can you hear me when I Sing,
you’re the reason I sing
You’re the reason why the opera is in me

Where are we now?
I’ve got to let you know
A house still doesn’t make a home
Don’t leave me here alone

And it’s you when I look in the mirror
And it’s you that makes it hard to let go
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own
Sometimes you can’t make it
The best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can’t make it on your own