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The Lights of Home (Origins)

D 19 January 2018     H 15:11     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages

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by Remy

Lights Of Home

Bono recently admitted on SiriusXM that he enjoys the psalms where David argues with God. The lights of home is a song about Bono arguing with God. The metaphor of Lights Of Home could refer to a clear purpose in life, the motivation that drives our actions. Bono’s close encounter with mortality ("I shouldn’t be here cause I should be dead") led him to question his place in life ("Jesus if I’m still your friend, what the hell you got for me?") and his motivations. He re-discovered his purpose in life in the eyes of the ones closest to him, Ali and his children ("In your eyes I see it, in your eyes alone I see the lights of home").

The Lights Of Home is Bono arguing with God. Referring to a clear purpose in life, the motivation that drives our actions

Another interpretation for Lights Of Home comes from our user Bloodraven. When Bono sees the Lights of Home he could be talking about that light you’re supposed to see when you’re dying. Following this theory, the line do you know my name? acquires biblical resonances resembling the following passage (Luke 13, 22-35) from the Bible:

He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading:
’Sir, open the door for us.’
But he will answer, ’I don’t know you or where you come from.’
Then you will say, ’We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
But he will reply, ’I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’

With Bono known as a master of open interpretations in his lyrics, we leave the last word on the lyrics to you. Perhaps you have found another interpretation of this song?
When Bono sees the Lights of Home, could he be talking about that light you’re supposed to see when you’re dying?

Lights Of Home was played as a regular at the many listening sessions in 2017 for invited media people and was also played in July 2017 to the fans who got into the video shoot of The Blackout in Amsterdam. When Edge was asked how the song came together, he replied: "We had very rock & roll verses in it that sounded really great, but it was a little retro. We kind of knew it was in the running because we just loved it so much, and then Jacknife did a more stripped-down arrangement. The drums were sort of an open question, so Larry went in and played drums, so it had the discipline of a very contemporary production, but then with this amazing, very beautifully played human drum part on top of it. I think because it was recorded on its own it can kind of occupy the sound spectrum that it does. It still sounds really modern, but it almost sounds like it has a hip-hop influence or rather an R&B influence than a rock one."

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