"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" as written by and ; D.evans A.clayton....
Tough, you think you've got the stuff
You're telling me and anyone
You're hard enough

You don't have to put up a fight
You don't have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

We fight all the time
You and I, that's alright
We're the same soul
I don't need, I don't need to hear you say
That if we weren't so alike
You'd like me a whole lot more

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

Say, say, say

I know that we don't talk
I'm sick of it all
Can you hear me when I
Sing, you're the reason I sing
You're the reason why the opera is in me

We're here
I've still got to let you know
A house doesn't make a home
Don't leave me here alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you that makes it hard to let go
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it
Best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can't make it on your own


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"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +2
    General Commentdang, i hate when that happens. anyway. i'm starting really to savor the lyrics more... and just because i know that's it's really about his father doesn't mean i can't twist it into something else that makes it more special for me. you know? anyway, it seems to really solidify the relationship with one of my friends
    I don’t need… I don’t need to hear you say
    That if we weren’t so alike
    You’d like me a whole lot more

    Listen to me now
    I need to let you know
    You don’t have to go it alone

    i would really like for people to understand this line. it seems that way too many people are TRYING to go through life all alone when there are peple that care about them. anyway i'm done ranting... for now anyway
    U2takemehigheron December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentU2 played this on SNL and it was absolutely amazing. I read an article that said that two of the female cast members were seen in tears because they were so happy/moved by U2. This is definitely an amazing song that i believe is comparable to 'One'. Bono's relationship with his father is very well articulated in the lyrics.
    aayers007on November 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was at the blitz concert in Brooklyn they did before the album was released and at the show he mentioned playing the song at his dad's funeral. The part "You're the reason I sing, You're the reason why the opera's in me", he explained that his dad used to sing for a music society and when people die, he believes they leave things for you. He said his dad left him his voice because he hasn't had a voice that strong in many years.
    meathookon December 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Listen to me now, I need to let you, You don't have to go it alone"- BREATHTAKING!
    temptation777on June 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written for Bono's father. U2 performed it at his funeral in 2001.
    Absoluton November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery moving.
    deathbearon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was writen to his father after he died of cancer and recently my father was diagnosed with liver syrosis and cancer so it's very scary . eventhough my father doen't show hs pain i know it's thier and i want to thake most of his pain from but i know i can i have to be thier for him. This song just reminds me so much of us and fighting about the smallest things.
    mY_sUgAr_HiGh69on November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song, when i heard it was about bono's father i understood it so much.. i love it when he sings "Sing, you’re the reason I sing
    You’re the reason why the opera is in me…" i think its so momentous and emotional.. such a nice song, his dad will be proud
    freedom-fighteron November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou know a song is really good when you hear it the first time and like it and this was one of them. beautiful song. now that i know the meaning behind it, it's even more special.
    'sometimes you can't make it on your own'
    nessa4488on November 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this is one of the gems off of 'how to dismantle an atomic bomb. i think this song, more than most (almost all probably) you can actually hear the raw emotion in bono's voice
    U2takemehigheron December 02, 2004   Link

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