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Religious References in the Lyrics Beautiful Day

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Religious References in the Lyrics "Beautiful Day" by U2 Many of U2 songs are symbolic and hard to explain. The song "Beautiful Day" is one of the best songs of this band. It is full of hidden meanings that people usually fail to see. It is not just another song about optimism as many people might think. When we take a closer look at it we can see many biblical references. In this song Bono tried to remind people of the universal virtues: faith, love, compassion; the virtues that have been and always will be the basis for our world not to collapse. In the first part of the song we can observe several references to the life of Jesus. Although not clearly stated, there are many similarities between the song's images and the scenes from the Bible. The first strophe refers to the well-known fact from the Bible: Virgin Mary could not find a place to stay over for ...read more.


According to the synoptic gospels, Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples- subsequently known as the Last Supper- in which he predicted his future betrayal by one of his apostles and his ultimate execution. Judas Iscariot did betray Jesus by identifying him to the guards with a kiss: everything happened as Jesus had foretold. The following lines are probably about the crucifixion: "The sky falls And you feel like it's a beautiful day..." Even at the moment when the "sky falls" and Jesus knows he would be killed, he know it is for a reason and his death would be a sacrifice for humanity's salvation and the atonement for sin which had entered human history though the sin of Adam. That's why Bono uses the words "feel like a beautiful day", because in the reality this day is torturous. The lines: "You love this town Even if it doesn't ring true You've been all over And it's been all over ...read more.


This biblical symbol is meaningful because according to the Bible, when the flood was over and Noah stepped on earth and made a sacrifice to God, God made a promise that he would never destroy the world in this manner ever again. Thus, no matter how bad our world is and no matter how many terrible acts have been made by humans God will not destroy our planet and we always will have a hope for a better future. According to Bono we can build this future by returning back to timeless values of love and faith. This is what the last lines are about: "What you don't have you don't need it now What you don't know you can feel it somehow..." These words do not coincide with the values of today's civilization, in which every human being strives for more material pleasures and forgets about spiritual life. That's why Bono wants to remind the society about the universal values: love, kindness, generosity, faith. ...read more.

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