The Meaning of U2 Lyrics

Every time you hear any of U2’s songs, you can be assured that it have some deeper meaning. A song that’s, at the first time, sound like an love song, doesn’t need to be about love. The problem is that the meaning is usually far from obvious and the understanding of the song isn’t helped by the fact that Bono is patently obscure when asked what the songs are about. But at the same time, U2 do have a message in their music and if the listener isn’t aware of what the song is about, so very much of the music is lost. The only sensible solution to the problem is to build a site that focus on what has been said about what the songs are about. The site consists entirely of contributions from fans all over the world and you are more then welcome to send me new entries – if you have read and understood the policy I have about contributions to U2MoL.

The first version of the site was created some time during the winter of 1994/1995, I’ve written down a short history of how U2MoL has evolved over time. If you have any indications of the date of when U2MoL was first published I would love to hear about it! I’ve searched the archives but I have not found my first articles in alt.fan.u2 or alt.music.u2.

The songs are listed at the first record the song was out on and in the order they appear on the album. I don’t count small singles, unless it’s the only record the song is on. E.g: Where the Streets Have No Name is listed under The Joshua Tree, not Rattle and Hum. Neither will any of the covers U2 have made be included, see the policy for contributions for an explanation of why.

  1. Singles and other songs that are not on a named album.
    1. Salome
    2. Sweetest Thing
    3. Hold Me. Thrill Me. Kiss Me. Kill Me
    4. Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1
    5. Holy joe
    6. Electrical Storm
    7. Lady With the Spinning Head
    8. Waves of Sorrow
  2. Boy
    1. I Will Follow
    2. Twilight
    3. An Cat Dubh
    4. Into The Heart
    5. Out Of Control
    6. Stories For Boys
    7. The Ocean
    8. A Day Without Me
    9. Another Time, Another Place
    10. The Electric Co.
    11. Shadows And Tall Trees
  3. October
    1. Gloria
    2. I Fall Down
    3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
    4. Rejoice
    5. Fire
    6. Tomorrow
    7. October
    8. With A Shout
    9. Stranger In A Strange Land
    10. Scarlet
    11. Is That All?
    1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
    2. Seconds
    3. New Year’s Day
    4. Like A Song…
    5. Drowning Man
    6. The Refugee
    7. Two Hearts Beat As One
    8. Red Light
    9. Surrender
    10. ”40”
  4. Unforgettable Fire (About the album)
    1. A Sort of Homecomming
    2. Pride
    3. Wire
    4. The Unforgetable Fire
    5. Promenade
    6. 4th Of July
    7. Bad
    8. Indian Summer Sky
    9. Elvis Presley And America
    10. MLK
  5. Under a Blood Red Sky
    1. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
    2. Party Girl
  6. The Joshua Tree (About the album)
    1. Where The Streets Have No Name
    2. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
    3. With Or Without You
    4. Bullet The Blue Sky
    5. Running To Stand Still
    6. Red Hill Mining Town
    7. In God’s Country
    8. Trip Though Your Wires
    9. One Tree Hill
    10. Exit
    11. Mothers Of The Disappeared
  7. Rattle and Hum
    1. Van Diemen’s Land
    2. Desire
    3. Hawkmoon 269
    4. Silver and Gold
    5. Angel of Harlem
    6. Love Rescue Me
    7. When Love Comes To Town
    8. Heartland
    9. God Part II
    10. All I Want Is You
  8. Achtung Baby (About the album)
    1. Zoo Station
    2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
    3. One
    4. Until The End Of The World
    5. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
    6. So Cruel
    7. The Fly
    8. Mysterious Ways
    9. Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around the World
    10. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
    11. Acrobat
    12. Love Is Blindness
  9. Zooropa (About the album)
    1. Zooropa
    2. Babyface
    3. Numb
    4. Lemon
    5. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
    6. Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
    7. Some Days Are Better Then Others
    8. The First Time
    9. Dirty Day
    10. The Wanderer
  10. Passengers
    1. One Minute Warning
    2. Miss Sarajevo
    1. Discothèque
    2. Do You Feel Loved
    3. MOFO
    4. If God Will Send His Angels
    5. Staring at the Sun
    6. Last Night on Earth
    7. Gone
    8. Miami
    9. The Playboy Mansion
    10. If You Wear That Velvet Dress
    11. Please
    12. Wake Up Dead Man
  11. All That You Can’t Leave Behind (About the album)
    1. Beautiful Day
    2. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
    3. Elevation
    4. Walk On
    5. Kite
    6. In A Little While
    7. Wild Honey
    8. Peace On Earth
    9. When I Look At The World
    10. New York
    11. Grace
  12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (About the album)
    1. Vertigo
    2. Miracle Drug
    3. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
    4. Love And Peace Or Else
    5. City Of Blinding Lights
    6. All Because Of You
    7. A Man And A Woman
    8. Crumbs From Your Table
    9. One Step Closer
    10. Original Of The Species
    11. Yahweh
    12. Fast Cars
  13. No Line on the Horizon
    1. No Line on the Horizon
    2. Magnificent
    3. Moment of Surrender
    4. Unknown Caller
    5. I’ll Go Crazy, If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
    6. Get On Your Boots
    7. Stand-Up Comedy
    8. Fez - Being Born
    9. White As Snow
    10. Breathe
    11. Cedars of Lebanon
  14. Songs of Innocence
    1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
    2. Every Breaking Wave
    3. California (There Is No End to Love)
    4. Song for Someone
    5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
    6. Volcano
    7. Raised By Wolves
    8. Cedarwood Road
    9. Sleep Like a Baby Tonight
    10. This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
    11. The Troubles