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"['Mofo'] . . . became the heaviest song maybe we've ever written. I feel like my whole life is in that one tune."

-- Bono

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One Lyrics

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PopMart Live From Mexico City (1998)

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Handwritten Lyrics

"One" (live from Mexico City)

"It's a father-and-son story. I tried to write about someone I knew who was coming out and was afraid to tell his father. It's a religious father and son... I have a lot of gay friends, and I've seen them screwed up from unloving family situations, which just are completely anti-Christian. If we know anything about God, it's that God is love. That's part of the song. And then it's also about people struggling to be together, and how difficult it is to stay together in this world, whether you're in a band or a relationship." - Bono, Rolling Stone 2005

This one goes out to a mate of ours
Great mate, great singer
We're sorry, we're sorry
For Micheal Hutchence

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same
Will it make it easier on you
Now you've got someone to blame
You say one love, one life
It's one need in the night
One love
You get to share it
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
Is it 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
But I can't raise the dead
I come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in my 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
We get to hurt each other
Then we do it again

And you say love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
You ask me to enter
But you made me crawl
I can't be holding on to what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love, one blood, one life
You get to do what you should
One life with each other
Follow my sister, you're my brother
One life but we're not the same
We carry each other, carry each other
One love

Do you hear us coming, Lord
Do you hear us call
You me knocking, knocking at your door
You hear me calling
You hear him call
You hear him scratching
Did you make him crawl

Thank you, good night, God bless you
Buenos noches

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