For The Sake Of The Song… For U2… And Because “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

Is it because my friend Tati was talking about San Diego Tribute Fest and had the picture of Hollywood U2 up?  Is it because this is what I am feeling?  I don’t know… It’s funny how the brain works… It could be all of that and more…

But literally, this song JUST started playing in the jukebox that is my mind.

And Lord knows it is so true… gospel true.  I am not even close to finding what I’m looking for.  The key is to make sure you know what it is you are yearning and searching for… At least that is my key.  That is what I am trying to figure out, and then that will make the looking a whole lot more productive and effective… So there’s that.

And then there is this… The second track from 1987’s brilliant (my favorite I might add) U2 record, The Joshua Tree.

Thank the heavens U2 was on a quest, too… a quest of self-exploration and of American music.  They went to the desert, they went to the mountain… and this is part of what they came back with!

And back when MTV played videos… I remember seeing this over and over and loving every minute of it!  You can also check out the song on Rattle And Hum!

Are you listening???  Here comes that iconic beat… that iconic guitar… and then, yes… that iconic voice.  Say what you will, but U2 is one of the greatest bands EVER!  And now I may just have to get the super deluxe package of this one… Sigh…

U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

“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 in her fingertips
Burning like a fire
This burning inside her

I have spoke with the tongue 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
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes I’m still running

You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Oh 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”

Check out Wikipedia for the history and recording of the song.  It’s a good read!

“The song was a hit, becoming the band’s second consecutive number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 after “With or Without You”, while peaking at number six on the UK Singles Chart.

Like much of The Joshua Tree, the song was inspired by the group’s interest in American music. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” exhibits influences from gospel music and its lyrics describe spiritual yearning. Lead vocalist Bono’s vocals are in high register and guitarist The Edge plays a chiming arpeggio. The song originated from a demo the group used to develop a unique drum pattern played by drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.”

“I’ve always liked gospel music and I encouraged Bono to take it to that place…It was a very non-U2 thing to do at the time, to go up the street of gospel. I think it opened a door for them, to experiment with that territory…[Bono]’s singing at the top of his range and there is something very compelling about somebody pushing themselves. It’s like hearing Aretha Franklin almost. It jumps on you and you can’t help but feel the feeling.”

Daniel Lanois
I love Gospel music… no matter what form it’s in… Always have.  Perhaps that strange for a nice Jewish boy… then again, perhaps not.  We are all on the same path, all basically searching for the same thing.  May we all find it… May we all find what we are looking for.
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