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U2 reveal Every Breaking Wave

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You may have heard about the oft talked about U2 song, Every Breaking Wave which U2 wrote during the sessions for the No Line on the Horizon album. U2 felt they had plenty of songs from that time and have talked about doing a companion album to NLOTH, Songs of Ascent (hence the name of this blog…). Every Breaking Wave is no in the wild.. kind of…

So what actually happened? U2 debuted Every Breaking Wave during a gig in Helsinki. Here’s the lyrics from that night.

Every breaking wave
On the shore
Til the next one there’ll be one more

Every gambler knows
That to lose
Is what you’re really there for

Somewhere else, fearlessness
Now I’m speaking to an answer phone
Every falling leaf
On the breeze
Winter wouldn’t leave her alone

Ay hey now
Ay hey now

I don’t know if I’m that strong
I don’t know if I’m that strong
Don’t know if I’m that strong
To be somebody
To need someone

Every sailor knows that the sea
Is a friend made enemy
Every shipwrecked soul
Knows what it is
To live without intimacy
I thought I heard the master’s voice
It’s hard to listen while you preach

Like every broken wave
On the shore
This is as far as I can reach

Ay hey now
Ay hey now

I don’t know if I’m that strong
I don’t know if I’m that strong
Don’t know if I’m that strong
Got to be somebody
To need someone

The waves know
We’re on the rocks
Drowning is no sin

You know
That my heart
Is the same place yours has been

We know
Here with
The end before it begins

The waves know
We’re on the rocks
Drowning is no sin

You know
That my heart
Is the same place yours has been

We know
Here with
The end before it begins
Check out the lyrics to some other recently performed U2 songs, Glastonbury and North Star.

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Written by jimmyjangles

August 22, 2010 at 12:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. You know, it occurs to me that Bono may be saying “herewith” not “here with”. Herewith being a more formal rendering of, hereby. Just a thought.

    Wind

    August 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  2. […] and again And again, and again and again and again Bono has described “Every Breaking Wave” (video, lyrics) as a “surging anthem,” and says it will be the first single off the new album. Another possible […]


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