U2 – 13 (There is A Light)

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U2 – 13 (There is A Light). The best song of the album and a beautiful finisher. Not only because it brings the album full circle from where it started (the hero’s journey of coming back more experienced, learned, and weary) but because of how it closes the story. Bono said in a recent interview his life/death experience had him thinking what he’s leaving his children; money, security, a way to look at the world. This song feels like the last one, a soft, pleading from a father in his death bed to his son to never lose heart, spirit, love, hope. “I know the world is done but you don’t have to be”. Yes yes, “heart”, “spirit”, “love”, and “hope” are what U2 have always been about and have sung about in circles for ages…but that’s why it’s so important here, I think. Especially with the throwback to Song for Someone; “This is a song, a song for someone, someone like me”.

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U2 – 13 (There is A Light)

U2 – 13 (There is A Light).The best song of the album and a beautiful finisher. Not only because it brings the album full circle from where it started (the hero’s journey of coming back more experienced, learned, and weary) but because of how it closes the story. Bono said in a recent interview his life/death experience had him thinking what he’s leaving his children; money, security, a way to look at the world. This song feels like the last one, a soft, pleading from a father in his death bed to his son to never lose heart, spirit, love, hope.

“I know the world is done but you don’t have to be”. Yes yes, “heart”, “spirit”, “love”, and “hope” are what U2 have always been about and have sung about in circles for ages…but that’s why it’s so important here, I think. Especially with the throwback to Song for Someone; “This is a song, a song for someone, someone like me”. It feels like he’s leaving for his son (someone like me) the only thing he can: himself, in all his music – don’t look at who I was but who I tried to be.

It’s empowering and heart breaking at the same time, and feels like the answer to One (which was a song about a son on his deathbed pleading bitterly to a father who never accepted him). The synths behind each chorus, the piano and drums that feel like they’re coming from under the water, the bassline that carries the song on it’s shoulder all the way to the conclusion… A powerful, heart-filling ending to not just an album but a career, it seems. I hope not but if it was, it would be perfect.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

And if the terrors of the night
Come creeping into your days
And the world comes stealing children from your room
Guard your innocence from hallucination
And know that darkness always gathers around the light

[Chorus]

If there is a light
We can’t always see
If there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
Now we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out

[Verse 2]

When the wind screams and shouts
And the sea is a dragon’s tail
And the ship that stole your heart away
Sets sail

[Pre-Chorus]

When all you’ve left is leaving
And all you got is grieving
And all you know is needing

[Chorus]

If there is a light
We can’t always see
And there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
Now we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out

[Post-Chorus]

‘Cause this is a song
A song for someone
Someone like me

[Bridge]

I know the world is dumb
But you don’t have to be
I’ve got a question for the child in you before it leaves
Are you tough enough to be kind?
Do you know your heart has its own mind?
Darkness gathers around the light
Hold on
Hold on

[Chorus]

There is a light
We can’t always see
If there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
That we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out

[Outro]

And this is a song
A song for someone
This is a song
A song for someone
Someone like me
(3x)

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