"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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  • +4
    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 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
  • +3
    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
  • +3
    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 CommentI'm also surprised there aren't that many posts for this great song. This song is basically about Bono or maybe the entire band having some questions regarding their faith. We all know U2 is an Irish Catholic band and most of their songs some lyrics which talk about God or Jesus. In this song they are basically saying that they love their religion, but they still have some unanswered questions. So in a way they are questioning their faith. Not many people know this but this song was very controversial back in Ireland where the band is originally from. The Catholic Church hit hard at the rock band for writing this song and demanded an apology, but the band declined any further comment. This was also in Rolling Stone magazine. I hope this helped. Thanks.
    mqmninezeroon October 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat interests me greatly is this. You would think that a song with this title would be sad, even if you read all the lyrics you could still think that. The music and the way he sings it make it into a song about success. It's all about the journey.
    brighterthantheyareon November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    General Commenti believe the line "I have spoke with the tongue of angels" refers to the Bible passage that says something along the lines of if i speak with the tongue of angels but have not love i am nothing. I agree that this song is about love but is not limited to the love of a woman, though that may be part of it. He knows about Christ's sacrifice on the cross and believes it ("I believe in the Kingdom Come...You carried the cross And my shame You know I believe it") but he has yet to move beyond knowing it in his head and in his heart instead. so yes, it is about love, the love of Christ, and even the love of a woman perhaps. basically his life isnt complete, and he's still searching for that final piece, knowing he has love.
    abstract_damon August 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentall of you non-Christian U2 fans out there, as much as you want to believe this song means something else, they are really singing about their faith in Jesus Christ. the struggle between your new-self and old-self, constant temptations from the satan, and stronger devotion and determination to overcome those tests.
    gogofaston January 07, 2006   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

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