ONE by U2

Here’s one of the best songs from the 1990’s from Achtung Baby. Did you know that ONE was a benefit single with all the earnings going towards AIDS research at the time.  Interpretation here is tough. Is he speaking about a lover, AIDS, Berlin…they can all work.  What do you think? What does this song mean for you?


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

One love ,We get to share 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?

Well it’s…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 To the lepers in your 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

Will 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 But then you make me crawl

And 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… life …One

Vocabulary Boost:

  • to blame: to think a person is responsible for something bad
  • a bad taste in your mouth: a feeling of regret or remorse
  • to drag: to move something to another place with resistance
  • forgiveness: the action of accepting an apology
  • to raise the dead : to speak about things that are in the past (i.e. buried)
  • the lepers in your head: Leprosy eats away skin so in this case thoughts that are bothering you (i.e. consuming your brain)
  • to crawl:  to move around on hands and knees

Reason 4 Reading: Here is an article on SLATE  that might interest you :  U2-The 15 Best Songs

Fluency Builder: Answer these questions in class or with friends

  • What do you know about U2? 
  • Who is your all-time favorite band and why?
  • What genres do you listen to ? Is there only one or is your listening choice influenced by your moods?
  • Do you sing in the shower or in the car? If so, what song do you sing most often?
  • Can you play music at the office on open speakers? Do you use your mp3 player with a headset at work?

Find the time to speak English today!

We’d love to get your feedback on this song? Post a comment…it’ll make us smile!


p.s. I love singing Third Eye Blind’s  ‘Motorcycle DriveBy ” in the car. Let me share it with you.




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