U2 Continues Singing Their Faith in “Songs of Innocence”
Although their newest album “Songs of Innocence” has met controversy, it beautifully expands on U2’s tradition of conveying their faith through song.
U2 could easily be described as one of the most popular and successful bands of all time, and their lyrics are considered by many to be true poetry. Many of U2’s band members have always been open about their Christian faith, and their lead singer Bono in particular has always been happy for people to know that he has strong beliefs. However, the casual listener may not realize just how strong the Christian influences are within their music, and in the ways that they have approached their careers.
Bono’s Faith in Song
Bono’s religious faith has been touched upon in interviews, when he has revealed that he and his family regularly attend their local church, read the Bible together, and even pray together as a family. (from here) This has led many analysts to look very closely at the lyrics of the songs that Bono has written, and many have seen Christian elements within the songs “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” These songs can almost be described as religious worship, or hymns, as they seek out the divine and question the meaning of life.
U2 in Churches
Churches have definitely been aware of the keen religious content that can be found within the lyrics of U2 songs. In fact, some churches will even organise what have been called “U2charists”, during which Communion is taken by the congregation and U2 songs are sung instead of hymns. (here you go) It is doubtful that U2 ever could have believed that their music could have had such an effect.
Songs of Innocence
U2’s most recent album, Songs of Innocence, has been under fire for Apple’s decision to automatically download it into every iCloud. However, despite its controversial release, the album continues the band’s commitment to spiritual songs. The track “Song for Someone” notably embodies a religious compassion. It it, Bono pleads, “There is a light, don’t let it go out.”