This was inspired by the fact that bono was reading the book of david at the time. (quote from bono) the pslams are amazing about music. they're all about bang the drum, whack the cymbal and, you know, dead bones rising up.
katie duncan nick_tiger_babyyahoo.com (contributed before the 20:th of February 1998)
The title is a reference to the fall of Jericho. In the book of Joshua God says the walls of the city will fall down with a shout from His people, which might be a way for Bono to say that through music he can 'tear down walls' and therefore act according to God's will and glorify Him. This song was written at a time when Bono was being pressured by the members of Shalom to give up his carreer as a pop singer because it would go against the very principles of Chritianity. Through these words he says that he is willing to live with being both a believer and a rock star, even if it creates a contradiction in his life. The same theme is present throughout the lyrics which make up the Zoo TV era.
David Anderson ande2735ande2735.email.umn.edu (23:rd of November 1998)