Pride (In The Name Of Love) Lyrics - U2

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One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow
In the name of love!
One man in the name of love
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resists
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

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...nobody like you...there's nobody like you...

Mmm...mmm...mmm...
Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love...



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Pride(In The Name Of Love)by U2 holds it's own well deserved place in music history. Another GREAT song on the same theme of civil rights is one by Brother Sun - In The Name Of Love. This song speaks of Ghandi as well as Martin Luther King's quest to bring love to the world. This song even includes the chorus from U2's Pride(In The Name Of Love). Do watch this one too: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpb0bVLydRA

Beautiful lyrics.. | Reviewer: S Mandi | 10/21/10

I just all teary eyed every time I listen to this song! Very powerful and very spiritual. My favourite U2 song of all time and they are many- Beautiful day, Helter skelter, elevation, stuck in a moment ....all of them!

It may have been inspired by CR Movement but... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/21/10

It may have been inspired by the civil rights movement, but there are so many parallels to Jesus. If one man came in the name of love it was Him. Being a believer I will always hold that view. I also love Where the Streets have No Name ;)

Not Jonah ( I think), but such the christ - Jesus | Reviewer: Teógenes | 6/10/10

I think U2 Bono Vox tells about such the christ, instead Jonah - see Mathew 12:40 "`Cause as Jonah had been in the stomach of the big fish for three days, so will be the son of the Man in the core of earth". I think they use a metaphore changing Jonah to Jesus.I think they still refer to Jesus

One man washed on an empty beach... | Reviewer: Kenny Magee | 3/16/10

I beleive this is in reference to the biblical character Jonah, and the fact that God spared him in the name of love by washing him up on an empty beach by the whale that had swallowed him due to Jonah ignoring God's instruction in the name of pride...

Just a thought. I still think this was and is the best U2 album of all time.

I was 13 April 4th 1968. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/13/09

I remember this day. Whenever I hear this song I can recall how I and my family felt. Growing up Latino in South Texas, Reverend King was much respected and loved. This song was a tribute to Reverend King and all those who sacrificed themselves and fought for others.

Laura S is right on the money | Reviewer: Brian | 5/2/09

"This song is not just about those such as MLK and Jesus 'H.' Christ and Gandhi and the Normandy soldiers who die in the name of love.

It is also about those who killed them, who believed they were also acting in 'the name of love,' but in actuality, they were acting out of pride. Hence, the title of the song, (Pride) In the Name of Love. James Earl Ray thought he was acting out of love for his white race, but he was really acting out of pride. You can make the same argument for the idealogues who made these folsk into martyrs." -Laura S.

This is the truest interpretation. I do believe that everyone is entitled to their personal interpretation because that is exactly what a medium such as music is for. It's an art, but Laura's analysis serves the correct and more holistic point of the song and such a magnificent song it is!!!!

Not just about those who die in the name of love... | Reviewer: Laura S | 1/23/09

This song is not just about those such as MLK and Jesus "H." Christ and Gandhi and the Normandy soldiers who die in the name of love.

It is also about those who killed them, who believed they were also acting in "the name of love," but in actuality, they were acting out of pride. Hence, the title of the song, (Pride) In the Name of Love. James Earl Ray thought he was acting out of love for his white race, but he was really acting out of pride. You can make the same argument for the idealogues who made these folsk into martyrs.

Martin Luther King Jr. | Reviewer: blessed | 1/19/09

this song was dedicated and written in honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr. who's heart stood for justice as the measuring line and righteousness as the plummet. here is to honoring a humble servant of the Most High God who in his humility, like the God he served, gave his all, in the name of love.

Again, Bono Inspired by MLK to Write This!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/19/09

What's with this debate? Yesterday, Bono sang this as the Obama Pre-Inaugural "We Are One" Celebration. He again clearly said King inspired him to write it. He even quoted from the "I Have A Dream" speech. Inspiration doesn't mean that every single thing he says is literally about Dr. King. Of course, King was inspired by Jesus Christ ("betrayed with a kiss" by Judas) and by Ghandi ("one man he resists" British colonization of India). And, yes, the Berlin Wall was barbed, but if you miss the possibility of a reference to Jews in Nazi death camps, well then you are really missing something indeed ("One man caught on a barbed wire fence"). And then there is the "One man washed on an empty beach." Most likely a reference to battle at Normandy since, as noted below, this song was originally to be about the misguided pride in military power.

But, Bono was was really inspired by King and thinking about the differences in tactics between King ("One man come in the name of love/One man come and go") and Malcolm X ("One man come here to justify/One man to overthrow").

Here's a good summary of the history of the song from Wikipedia:

The melody and the chords came out of a 1983 War Tour sound check in Hawaii. The song was originally intended to be about Ronald Reagan's pride in America's military power but writer Bono had been influenced by Stephen B. Oates's book "Let The Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr." as well as by a biography of Malcolm X. These caused Bono to ponder the different sides of the civil rights campaigns, the violent and the non-violent. In subsequent years, Bono has expressed his dissatisfaction with the lyrics, which he describes, along with another Unforgettable Fire song "Bad", as being "left as simple sketches". He blames this on being swayed by The Edge and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who played down the need to develop the lyrics as they thought the impressionistic nature was more important to the songs' feeling, particularly when heard by non-English speakers.

"I looked at how glorious that song was and thought: 'What the fuck is that all about?' It's just a load of vowel sounds ganging up on a great man. It is emotionally very articulate - if you didn't speak English."

—Bono , U2 by U2

The last line of the middle verse refers to Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, "One man betrayed with a kiss"

The first line of the last verse erroneously refers to King's shooting as "Early morning, April 4", when it was actually after 6 p.m. Bono admits the error and in live performances he occasionally changes the lyric to "Early evening..."

The Civil Rights Movement | Reviewer: Mya | 12/28/08

I LOVE this song SO much!!! =D
Believe it or not, but I looked up the meaning behind the song and IT IS about the struggles and pains of the Civil Rights Movement. Everyone above me who said other wise is VERY wrong! They wrote it about the movement. I took an American Diversity class in high school and this song REALLY does speek about the movement.

A mixture of things man should be, but fails at doing so | Reviewer: Kara Nakamura | 12/6/08

I love this song it's my 2nd favourite U2 song of all time. This song is about several groups.
The Barb Wire, definately Berlin Wall incident
One man he resist: totally fits with Ghandi
Betrayed with a kiss: like duh! Jesus
Shots ring out in the Memphis sky: like duh MLK
Empty Beach: not too sure but don't think it's Normandy invasion as all these lyrics seem to be about one man in particular who came "In the name of love" that was several men who didn't come in love, maybe peace, maybe just to kill Nazi's but not sure about it being Normandy. Seems to maybe fit with Buddha a little bit more

One man he resists | Reviewer: Nick | 8/13/08

I believe the line "One man he resists" is in reference to Ghandi who resisted violence, in the name of peace. Ghandi makes sense and would fit right in with the massive historical references Bono made in that lyric block. Thought?

About Love | Reviewer: Cab Cal | 7/22/08

Why is it that the fact that this song is about love-- --about those who give of themselves without regard to self, like Jesus Christ and MLKJr is so hard to understand? MLKJr was not betrayed with a kiss although there is some controversy surrounding the nature of his murder and whether it might have involved someone within his organization. Jesus, on the other hand was betrayed with a kiss by Judas. You cannot honor Dr. King while ignoring his his Christian upbringing and Christlike message. Jesus Christ and Dr. King were about love--what's wrong with acknowledging that?
This song is about sacrificing everything in the name of love--one of Jesus' most oft repeated instructions. Dr. King followed that instruction and took a bullet for it. To say that he was not inspired by Christ is shameful, revisionist, atheist crap.

Other people in the song | Reviewer: nexglacilias@gmail.com | 4/7/08

I agree with the fact Jesus is in pride but not in every part.
One man come on a barbed wire fence:German Berliners who tried to escape from Communist Germany into Demo. Berlin.
One man he resist: still reasearching
one man washed on an empty beach:Beaches of Normandy in WW2.
and of corse one man betrayed with a kiss (jesus)

This entire song is showing who has done service in the name of love, even MLK said the day before he was assasinated April 3rd he said:
"And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

Im just trying to make people remember that its not only jesus thats it.


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