One

   - U2



'One' by U2 is often interpreted as a song about unity and reconciliation. The lyrics suggest a dialogue between two people who have experienced conflict and are contemplating whether their relationship can be salvaged. The song speaks to the possibility of coming together as 'one' despite differences, but also acknowledges the hurt and bitterness that can keep people apart.

The chorus, 'We're one, but we're not the same / We get to carry each other, carry each other,' reflects the idea that unity does not require uniformity; people can support and care for one another while acknowledging and respecting their differences.

The references to love as a temple and a higher law may be interpreted as an appeal to a deeper, almost spiritual understanding of love that transcends individual grievances. The song's questions about forgiveness and raising the dead could imply a search for redemption and a fresh start.

Ultimately, 'One' is a complex song that can be understood on multiple levels: it's about personal relationships, but with its emotive appeal and universal themes, it also resonates as a commentary on broader human connections and societal divisions.

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now
You got someone to blame?
You say, one love, one life
When it's one need in the night
One love, we get to share it
Leaves you, baby, if you don't care for it
Did I disappoint you
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well, it's too late tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other
One
Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head
Did I ask too much? More than a lot
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got
We're one but we're not the same
Well, we hurt each other then we do it again
You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law
You ask me to enter but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holdin' on to what you got
When all you got is hurt
One love, one blood
One life, you got to do what you should
One life with each other
Sisters, brothers
One life but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other
One
One
Ooh-ooh-ooh
Oh-oh-ooh
Baby, make it, make it
Higher
Oh, higher (baby, yeah)
Higher
Higher

Questions for further reflection and discussion
  1. How do the lyrics of 'One' by U2 reflect the challenges and necessities of reconciliation in personal relationships? Can the appeal for unity in the song be applied to larger societal issues?

  2. In the song, the line 'We're one, but we're not the same' suggests a dual message about unity and diversity. How can this perspective be applied to current conversations about community, equity, and individuality?

  3. The song alludes to themes of forgiveness and redemption. What do you think the song is saying about the role of forgiveness in overcoming past hurts, and how might this apply to both personal growth and social healing?




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Date
25 November 2023

Tag 1
Music

Tag 2
Inspiration

Tag 3
Relationships

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Mary J. Blige, U2

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