I tend to forget how deeply spiritual U2’s Joshua Tree album was… hey, it was 20 years ago, but it was also one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Like many others I’m sure, I was glad to see that the album has been remastered and is to be re-released on November 20th as a double CD or double CD with DVD (click to order/pre-order). The re-release includes previously unreleased tracks that were written for but not included on the original Joshua Tree album release. One of these, “Wave of Sorrow” is now circulating via the wonder of Internet video, this time at iLike.com/u2. Wave of Sorrow was written out of Bono’s experience in Ethiopia with World Vision. The video is below, with Bono continually interrupting to explain the lyrics, which draw on several biblical allusions, including Solomon and the Beatitudes. And matches them with extreme poverty.
The man is a master-poet… and there isn’t much more to say.
This album was one of the most pivotal “prophesies” of its time. I still listen to it in awe of how deep, poetic, and masterful it is. Good call to bring it to our attention! God bless the ground on which you walk Bro!
O Jesus.. how long?
Wow….. Thank you for that. Master poet is right.
My only push back would be your comment “one of the greatest” . . . . come on. . . . it was THE greatest! Thanks for the heads up on this.
Apart from the actual message, what always impresses me about Bono is his need to reach out to people and be understood – both in his lyrics and on stage.