May 23, 2009

Being Born

It's amazing to me how U2 lyrics sometimes just fit the moment. My wife just gave birth to our second baby, a beautiful boy, and I've been catching myself humming lyrics from songs like:

Fez Being Born:

"Lights flash past like memories. A speeding head, a speeding heart. I’m being born, a bleeding start. The engines roar, blood-curdling wail. Head first, then foot, then heart sets sail"

Get On Your Boots:

"You don't know how beautiful you are..."


"I was born, I was born to be with you, in this place and time."

"My first cry, it was a joyful noise."

"Only love, Only love can leave such a mark. But only love, only love unites our hearts"

Beautiful Day:

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away..."

Miracle Drug:

"Freedom has a scent, like the top of a newborn baby's head."

Original of The Species (whole song).

MLK changes to a night-time prayer as I watch my little boy sleep.


  1. They really do seem to have a song or line for almost every occasion, don't they? :) I know I've often found comfort, encouragement, relief, joy, or even a strange feeling of companionship listening to U2's music.

  2. Could not have said it better myself. I don't think it's strange. It's what U2 does best: connect with you, because they come from a very real place.

    Sometimes, for me it's a whole song, others, it's a line or two, but they seem to harmonize with my life quite often.