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"I'm not at all bitter about the world. I really think that if you get the information to people and tell them that they can be part of the generation that turns things right around, this will be it." — Bono

One - Live From Sydney 1993 Lyrics

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"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

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
It's one love, we get to share it
It leaves you baby if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you
Leave a bad taste in your mouth
You act like you never had love
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
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
I did
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
Then you make 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 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

Do you hear me coming, lord
Hear me call
Hear me knocking, knocking at your door
Do you hear me coming, lord
Do you hear me call
See me scratching when you make me crawl