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Bono Debuts New Song On Instagram

"Let Your Love Be Known"
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These are certainly trying times for all of us, regardless of where we live. Many artists have been doing their best to share their work with the world and hopefully try to make things easier for those who are sick, quarantined, or just socially distancing in the wake of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Today, Bono (and presumably, the rest of U2) added their own voice in support in the form of a new song, "Let Your Love Be Known." According to Bono, it was written just today and is inspired by the difficult situation we all find ourselves in.

Recorded in Bono's house, the video posted to Instagram features Bono singing over a piano. It is accompanied by a short message from Bono: "For the Italians who inspired it...For the Irish...for ANYONE who this St. Patrick's Day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, careers on the front line, it's you we're singing to. You can hear it on U2's Instagram page at this link. 

We've tried to transcribe the lyrics as best as we could, thanks to Kelly Eddington:

 

Yes there was silence

Yes there was no people here

Yes I walk through the streets of Dublin

And no one was near

Yes I don’t know you

No I didn’t think I didn’t care

You live so very far away from

Just across the square

 

And I can’t reach

But I can ring

You can’t touch

But you can, you can sing

Across rooftops

Sing down the phone

Sing and promise me you won’t stop

Sing your love be known

Oh let your love be known

 

Yes there is isolation

You and me we’re still here

Yes when we open our eyes

We will stand down the fear

And maybe I said the wrong thing

Yes I made you smile

I guess the longest distance

Is always the last mile

 

And I can’t reach

But I can ring

You can’t touch

But you can, you can sing

Across rooftops

Sing to me down the phone

Sing and promise me you won’t stop

Sing and you’re never alone

And again

Sing

As an act of resistence

Sing though your heart is overthrown

Sing when you sing there is no distance

So let your love be known

Oh let your love be known

Though your heart is overthrown

Let your love be known

 

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