The Joshua Tree

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

  1. Undoubtedly, this is the song that resembles better the feeling of Bono towards Jesus (and therefore God), with the lyrics, he tries to explain the desperation he feels due to his incapacity to find god (in the form of happiness, and fullfilness). With the phrase carry the cross of my shame, he shows that he truly believes the existence of Jesus and shows his admiration toward him. But, as he tells us un the song, he has been loking for it even holding the hand of the devil (devil meaning the things that are prohibited) which was worm as a star, but recognizes that it does not comforts him. And even though he has also climbed the highest mountains he has not found the Jesus he is being looking for.

    De Vecchi G. Ricardo al334425@academ01.mor.itesm.mx (contributed before the 20:th of February 1998)

  2. Hebrews chapter 11, esp. verses 13-16 and 32-40 This song is U2's greatest expression of faith and has roots in the chapter in the Bible commonly called the hall of faith. It talks about the great characters of the Bible and how they didn't find what they were looking for. Hebrews 11:13 All died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

    Halhiker halhiker@aol.com (contributed before the 20:th of February 1998)

  3. 'We were listening to some gospel during The Joshua Tree sessions. I remember The Mighty Clouds and the Rev Cleveland and the Staple Singers. The original was more loose, almost Jamaican. Bono hit on the melody and I had the title in a notebook. At first no-one took it that seriously because it sounded so unlike anything we'd ever done and it didn't gel until the mix, but when it was finished we all realised that we had something special. The reviewers didn't like it though. One American said it was a pale imitation of the original form and that Foreigner song I Want To Know What Love Is was better.' - Edge speaking to Q Magazine, December 1998

    rahulrana rahulrana@ic24.net (27:th of November 2001)

  4. Bono speaks of adultery and how one might find comfort in temptation and in the devil, even a Christian.

    The song illustrates how Christians are still human and weak, if they do not truly know God. This Christian leads 2 lives. In the evening he takes comfort with an adulteress and the devil, but in the day professes his belief in the church. Ultimately he has not truly found what he is looking for because he has not truly found God.

    I have kissed honey lips - Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; Proverbs 5:3 speaks a warning regarding adultry.

    Also, notice how the video is filmed in "Sin City" (Vegas). Vegas is known for its gambling and prostitution

    mark lariano unisol4life@hotmail.com (13:th of December 2002)