Still haven’t found…

Bono sits way up there on a list of people I’d like to meet because of the song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

The reason – the song was written long after Bono had professed faith in Jesus Christ as his savior.

” ‘I still haven’t found What I’m Looking For’ is an anthem of doubt more than faith,” Bono told ROLLING STONE.

After I read “Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2” and saw him comment on Leonard Cohen in the video “I’m Your Man” he’s still up there on the list. Now, though, I’d have to move him down a notch and put Adam Clayton and The Edge up there ahead of him.

This comes from J-school and the technique I was taught that if you want to find out what a person’s like – don’t interview the person until after you’ve interviewed his friends or colleagues. Ask them to tell you a story that shows what the person is like.

I’d sort of like to know what Bono’s doubts were and how they match up with my own. That is the cool thing about art and music – it helps you understand your place in the world.

God created it that way.

Mankind has admittedly perverted it at times.

“Stuck in a Moment” off of U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” is another song that not only would I like to know more about, but also how you get to the antithesis – “It’s a Beautiful Day” that’s on the same album.

Let’s look at the lyrics to “Still Haven’t Found…”

I have climbed highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing fingertips
It burned like a fire
This burning desire

I have spoke with the tongues of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come
When all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
Well, yes I’m still running

You broke the bonds
And you loosened the chains
Carried the cross
Of all my shame
all my shame
You know I believe it

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Of course, at 1:20 a.m. EST Monday after an adderall-inspired Sunday of search topped off with my viewing of U218 on my computer and I’m not even sure what I’m searching for. But I know I haven’t found it.

God’s peace

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One Response

  1. You’re always going to get my attention with an entry about U2. 🙂

    “Still Haven’t Found” troubled my evangelical mindsets for years, but after reading the book you mentioned, I’ve come to grips with it. Always thought it was a beautiful song, musically.

    I think I read somewhere that “Stuck In a Moment” is specifically dedicated to Mike Hutchence of INXS, Bono’s friend, who committed suicide. Could be wrong about that….no, I’m not. I just checked it with Wikipedia. 🙂

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