"One Step Closer" as written by John Kenneth Wetton and Steve James Howe....
I'm 'round the corner from anything that's real
I'm across the road from hope
I'm under a bridge in a rip tide, that's taken
Everything I call my own

One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing

I'm on an island at a busy intersection
I can't go forward, I can't turn back
Can't see the future
It's getting away from me
I just watch the tail lights glowing

One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing
Knowing, knowing

I'm hanging out to dry
With my old clothes
Finger still red with the prick of an old rose
Well, the heart that hurts
Is a heart that beats
Can you hear the drummer slowing?

One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing
To knowing, to knowing, to knowing

One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing
One step closer to knowing
To knowing, to knowing, to knowing


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"One Step Closer" as written by Steve James Howe John Kenneth Wetton

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    General CommentRight when i saw this track title, i was thinking "Bono's one step closer to the edge, and he's about to break"

    anyway, when i first read the lyrics to this song, i was wondering about the "special thanks to Noel Gallagher" (from Oasis for those who dont know)

    anyway, i googled and got this from an interview Bono: “I was talking to Noel Gallagher about my dad, who lost his faith toward the end of his life. And Noel asked, ‘Does he believe in God?’ And I said, ‘I don’t think he knows.’ So Noel went, ‘Well, he’s one step closer to knowing now.’ And I thought, ‘I’m going to write that song…’
    BBnet3000on November 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah i must say that BBnet3000 is right on with this track about his dad and the Gallaghers. I think his dad or bono himself had something that really affected him with a relationship that may have turned him away from God, when he says FINGERS STILL RED WITH THE PRICK OF AN OLD ROSE. But hes learning to to keep going and knowing that he has to press on with life. He says, WELL A HEART THAT HURTS, IS A HEART THAT BEATS, meaning that hes hurt and that lets him know hes alive and can move on, but he sees things drawing to the end by saying CAN YOU HEAR THE DRUMMER SLOWING?. But all these experiences are leading him to God and hes one step closer than he was before. Awesome song. i love it.
    aayers007on November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is the same guitar part as miss sarajevo ... well almost the same anyway
    Genius Boyon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'd say having a repetoire as deep as U2's would leave you to the likelihood of doing something that sounds simliar. i'd say in some cases it could be intentional for the purpose of concerts. If you make a good riff, use it again in another song as an allusion and it's a great way to tie two songs together live when you're jamming out. Bono def doesn't have to prove himself to anyone on any front, especially not musical orginiality. He's got the lyrics, the voice, the stage presence, and importantly, real live social action.
    unspokynpoeton November 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.. i find U2's music so interesting to listen to and to think whats the lyrics are in reference too.. i was also interested about the noel thing in the album cover, im glad i now know.. and i must say that i love the lyric:

    "fingers still red with the prick of an old rose"

    something nice about it, i love bonos voice and that trademark U2 guitar sound by the edge.... legends
    freedom-fighteron November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou have to go through a disintegration to be reintegrated. "Whoever loves his life will lose it. Whoever hates his life will find it." You have to lose your indentity as individual self to find it as the one Univeral SELF. You have to lose your concept of god to find God. You have to "Let go of the steering wheel" and be willing to accept the "crush."
    georgepon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the most moving songs ont he album. beautiful.
    junnerson January 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me it sounds like it about slipping away from the world and slowing down...

    one of my favorite lines from the albums which encompasses a great philosophical theory of mine ...
    "a heart that hurts is a heart that beats"
    U2takemehigheron January 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"A heart that hurts is a heart that beats" is one of my favorite song lyrics ever. I basically think it means that even though you're in pain, you're still alive, and you should remember that. Yeah, I just absolutely love it. U2 is an amazing band.
    livewhileyoucanon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt gives the impression of somebody that's at an uncertainty in their life, but they're about to do something that will begin to solve their problem. So that works with BBnet3000's Bono/Gallagher interview - the uncertainty is his father's confusion over his faith, and now that he has died, he will find out the proof that he needed to swing his decision one way or the other.
    I suppose it's true that we can't prove anything until we experience it for ourselves, and this might involve losing something, in this case, life itself.
    Brightestcrayonon September 10, 2005   Link

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