Achtung Baby

Ultra Violet (Light My Way)

  1. In the book of Job in the Old Testament, the character of Job goes through a period of time when he is in misery and wishes to die. He calls out to God asking for guidance and comfort, saying, How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Similarly, in the U2 song Ultraviolet (Light My Way) the speaker feeling forsaken, uses many of the same metaphors found in Job (the treasure, the secret, the endless nights). In desperation, the speaker calls out for comfort, just as Job did, Your love was like a light bulb hanging over my bed. Baby, baby, baby, light my way!

    Garth Beavon keithfurl.beavon@sil.org (contributed before the 20:th of February 1998)

  2. The person cries for confort saying "Light my way", but you should go back to the song's title. Ultraviolet light is often refered to as black light. So the person who would light the other's way might do so with black light; and, as you may notice, the concepts of "light" and "black" are inherently in contradiction. When Bono sings Baby! Baby! Baby! Light my Way! shortly afterwards comes a interval in which we hear The Edge's guitar and his voice: Ultraviolet! Ultraviolet!. But surely you will notice that Bono's crying for someone to light his way, and the tittle of the song (not to mention The Edge's Ultraviolet!) indeed have a connection: it's kind of paradoxical to light one's way with ultraviolet light (also known as "black light").

    Faethin chinolou@hotmail.com (24th of October 2003)