"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen and Victor Reina....
I have climbed the 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 the fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
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
You loosened the chains
You 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
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for


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"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen, Victor Reina

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is about having a beautiful relationship with somebody, putting all your energy into it and convincing yourself that it completes you, only to realise after time that you're still searching for something more. In Bono's case he might be referring to religion but the perfect thing about this song is that it can apply to anything. We've all been there, we've all had relationships where we convince ourselves that we've found everything in this person. Over time though, as the dust settles we realise that while we still love them, there is still something more to life. While you can find happiness in other people, you'll never feel complete if you're not doing what you love.
    alkalinefanon February 21, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about a household object that you lose and you spend half the afternoon looking for it on a weekend. He's wasted lots of perfectly good time, but he still hasn't found what he's looking for. Such a shame - I think we can all sympathize.
    stoolhardyon January 27, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe whole point of a relationship is mutual growth surrounded by love. This is true of a relationship with Jesus. In the song, Bono is describing the joys and pains of his relationship with Jesus; his lyrics keep coming back to love. "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" —suggests that even if you have found the Good Way, doesn't mean you have all the answers; Christians don't have all the answers. But, Bono, along with many other Christians, is longing for the perfect (refined) relationship with Christ which will only happen upon ascension to heaven, when we are joined with Him in all surpassing love. In a way, this is a David-esk love song to God.
    Fermented Wateron June 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI call this Bono's Ecclesiastes song. I think that it is, simply, a song about the search for intimacy.
    It's why so many can relate to it. Regatds F_M
    florida_marlinon November 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn Bono’s song, he describes the journey that we humans are on in our quest to find God. Bono realizes that all the earthly desires including the love of another human can never completely fulfill him. All the good and evil pleasures in this world are earthbound and will never fulfill what our spirits desire. Fortunately, God has shown grace on us and as Bono recognizes in his song, God broke the bonds that tie us to this world by his son Jesus Christ who carried the cross of all our shame and released us from that bondage. Those of us who have accepted this gift of grace from God carry His Holy Spirit within us. We are still human though and will not be complete in His image in this world but through our faith will strive to be like Him. We still have not found what we are looking for, and our spirits will not be completely fulfilled until we are in His presence.
    faithful1on March 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is no way this song could be about a woman. F that. It's about something much deeper, i.e. a relationship with God, and with lines like "you broke the bonds, and you loosened the chains, carried the cross/of my shame", it is clear that it is not only a reference to God, but specifically to Christ. It's a gospel song.


    As far as what U2/Bono is looking for..................who knows. It could be spiritual perfection, reaching a point of complete unity with God. It could be peace on earth. It could be a lot of things, actually.
    Jazzmanon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnarcoplepsy: Well, the last verse is pretty clear. First of all "I believe in the Kingdom Come". In that context, when he says "you", he seems to mean Jesus ("carried the cross of my shame/you know I believe it"). Then he says "but"; though he believes in Jesus, the Kingdom Come, etc., he still hasn't found absolute certainty about God; he believes, but he's still searching. That's what I think the whole song is about: all the ways he's tried to find certainty about God. In the beginning, when he says, "Only to be with you", I think "you" is God (like in George Harrison's song "My Sweet Lord"). He's tried meditative practices ("sealed these city walls"), maybe passionate love? ("kissed honey lips/felt the healing fingertips"), he's "held the hand of the devil"; but he's still searching. I think almost everyone who seeks God feel this way.
    kazuon April 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is truly pushes me to try harder to achieve the things I haven't so far
    Seland904on December 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta beautiful song! yes. it tells of a man who has experienced a lot. Highs and lows. Loss and regret. Sensual love. Been cold and alone. He is obviously a very religious man. But he still hasn't found what he's looking for. He just keeps looking.

    E. A. Poe wrote a poem titled "Eldorado" that spoke of a similar character. A brave knight who searched his whole life looking for the lost city of gold. He never found it. But ran across a ghost/spirit who told him to keep looking, if that was what he was looking for.

    Some searches are just the search itself. the search *is* what you are looking for.
    klabarnikon April 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI looked up the lyrics mostly to see if what they say are close the my own personal meaning to this song. I don't know what Bono had in mind, but if you watch the video, they're just standing on Fremont St. in Las Vegas, singing to the crowd, for crying out loud. Is that the best they could do with such a powerful song?
    IMageon April 02, 2009   Link

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