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Like A Song: Song For Someone



Like A Song[Ed. note: This is the 87th in a series of personal essays by the @U2 staff about songs and/or albums that have had great meaning or impact in our lives.]

It’s been a whirlwind since U2’s surprise release of Songs Of Innocence. I was writing about another song for this column when the band suddenly released the album so I dropped everything to download and play it through numerous times. I usually select a song to write about because I have developed an emotional attachment to it over time and it has multiple meanings to me. But when I first heard “Song For Someone,” I knew I had to write this essay about that song because it caught me off guard.

The first thing I noticed about “Song For Someone” was the gentleness conveyed through the soft melody in Edge’s acoustic guitar at the beginning and Bono’s clear, emotive voice throughout. I am drawn to it because I hear hope, faith, gratitude and love in the lyrics and music. I’ve experienced a lot of loss and life change during the last five years. Someone I loved for 18 years was overcome by addiction and died in 2012. My father, whom I was very close to, passed away in March. I’ve lost interest in my chosen career. Perhaps most important, I was losing myself. The joy had gone out of my life.

Through all of this, I’ve held on to my faith, admittedly sometimes by a thread. I believe we can conquer anything through faith and haven’t given up on life or love, even when I’ve hurt the most.

If there is a light you can’t always see

And there is a world we can’t always be

If there is a dark that we shouldn’t doubt

And there is a light, don’t let it go out

In times of adversity, I have been able to pick myself up and move on, but these life circumstances brought me to my knees, to a place where I realized I must look inside myself and face some truths and take control of my own happiness. I am grateful to have a wonderful family and friends to help me through this process.

Then something amazing happened. And I never saw it coming. My true soulmate came into my life. He is my best friend, the yin to my yang, my confidante, my belly laugh, my heart’s desire and my biggest cheerleader.

You got a face not spoiled by beauty

I have some scars from where I’ve been

You’ve got eyes that can see right through me

You’re not afraid of anything they’ve seen

I learned how to survive in the dysfunction of addiction, and it wasn’t pretty. I carry scars from those years and felt ugly, inside and out. Fear, anger and despair were my emotional companions. But my partner isn’t afraid of what I might say or do. In fact, he encourages me to express myself, to let my emotions hang out, not to hide and to no longer live in fear. He sees where I’ve been and he embraces me, scars and all.

As I continue to get stronger, I am encouraged to “be selfish” in a healthy way. I am rediscovering myself and the beauty of who I am. I no longer want to hide. I want to live my life in the open, without fear and doubt. My partner reminds me that I already have the courage and strength to achieve my wildest dreams.

I was told that I would feel nothing the first time

I don’t know how these cuts heal

But in you I found a rhyme

I don’t have my guard up all the time anymore. I removed the bars from my self-imposed jail cell. My life makes more sense now. It’s a beautiful thing to excise emotional baggage and to truly feel. My new emotional companions are hope, joy and love. And laughter, lots of it.

My soulmate and I first “met” when we were children, though we didn’t know it at the time. We met again decades later in the most unlikely of places and became friends. Then we met again after the death of my husband. Corny as this may sound, it was time for us to meet without any encumbrances so we could be fully present to one another and be open to the adventures that were and are to come. He is my second chance.

You let me in to a conversation

A conversation only we could make

You break and enter my imagination

Whatever’s in there it’s yours to take

I’ve made a deliberate decision to restructure my life in a purposeful and meaningful way. I ended relationships that affected my happiness with work and have been on sabbatical for several months so I can think clearly about reigniting passion for what I do every day. The physical, spiritual and emotional healing has saved my life. My faith is renewed and I am glad I clung to the hope that there is always a way to a happier and better place. Each day brings new hope and opportunity.

And I’m a long long way from your Hill of Calvary

And I’m a long way from where I was and where I need to be

If there is a light you can’t always see

And there is a world we can’t always be

If there is a dark within and without

And there is a light, don’t let it go out

This journey of (re)discovery has been beautiful. But my soulmate has made it so much more meaningful, joyful and fun. He reminds me that the best of me is yet to be; all I have to do is let myself shine.

And this is a song, song for someone

This is a song, a song for someone

Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

If there is a light you can’t always see

And there is a world we can’t always be

If there is a kiss I stole from your mouth

And there is a light, don’t let it go out

(c) @U2/Meyers, 2014.