"Beautiful Ghost" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen and William Blake....
Hear the voice of the bard:
The present, past, and future sees.
His ears have heard the holy word,
And walked among the ancient trees
Calling the lapsed soul,
And weeping in the evening dew,
And might control the starry pole
And fallen, fallen, light renew.
Oh earth, oh earth return,
Arise from out the dewy grass.
The night is worn, and the morn
Rises from the slumberous mass.
Turn away no more.
Why will thou turn away the starry floor?
The watch, be sure,
Is given thee ‘til the break of day.
‘Til the break of day,
‘Til the break of day,
‘Til the break of day,
‘Til the break of day.

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    General Commenthan? what is this???
    Setubalenseon February 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an unreleased track from the Joshua Tree era...
    It's in the "digital box set" on iTunes and the lyrics are from a poem by Blake.
    claudiathefishon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an AMAZING song! i love the haunting feel and it makes me fall asleep everytime. Not really sure what the meaning of the song is though.

    Sounds like: A Dying Sailor to His Shipmate, MLK
    VertigoFlyon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPraising "spirits of the dead"/ "ghosts" WHICH ARE REALLY DEMONS, trying to contact them, talking to them, singing to them, etc. is SPIRITISM.
    The True God Jehovah-Yahweh HATES spiritism. It is an unrighteous "siding" with his enemy Satan, and his likewise evil spirit hordes. God's words strongly CONDEMN human involvement with any form of spiritism. (Please see Deuteronomy 18:9-13; 1Corinthians 10:20-22)
    God also WARNS humans to stay away from spiritism for their own safety and well being too. Once humans become involved with spiritism, demons ("ghosts"/ "spirits of the dead") can progressively disturb, terrorize, torment, cause mental and physical sickness and harm to, and even kill their victims.
    *** So, NO "GHOST" (demon) is beautiful! ***
    Come Armageddon Day (soon), Jehovah-Yahweh will not let persons found practicing spiritism live through it. No one practicing spiritism will be allowed to be part of God's kingdom, either in heaven or on earth. (Revelation 22:15 Galatians 5:19-20)
    Surely the persons of this band are capable of writing a song about history, memories, stars, trees, music, seas, and timeless things, etc. without resorting to elements of spiritism.
    Theresa1on January 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthersa1... what about a common name for the 3rd member of the trinity, the holy spirit (a.k.a the holy ghost)? i always assumed that was what this song was about, the HS prodding people back from the brink, though i do so detest people forcing religious interpretations on others. as an aside, i really love bono's voice in this song/recital/thingy
    logggerfloodleson April 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentaha, and yet the scriptures frequently mention the "spirit of God" do they not? the pentacost, Jesus' Baptism? These are taken from the bible that three of the 4 members of U2 follow, though they don't adhere to any particular denomination. and just to clarify, i meant religious interpretation of song, not religious songs themselves. it may be about an early morning....intimate experiance between Bono and his wife for all i know. how simply listening to such a song would condemn the masses to permanent damnation is beyond me. I also apologise to any others on this page who couldnt care less about our little tiff. cheerio
    logggerfloodleson May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCould I please point out to you lot, before you lynch Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullin Jr and have them burnt at the stake, that the heart of man is not yours to Judge.

    While Jimmy Swaggart may have preached many a fine sermon, many of YOU thought yourselves uplifted and empowered with the Spirit of God. While the Reverend Jim Jones preached purity and the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, many of YOU adorned him and said him to be a man of God. While Jim and Tammy Baker encouraged you to listen to that Still Small Voice, many of YOU were sending them money.

    While you sit there in armchair judgement of these four men, just consider, for a moment, after having pointed out the very sharks within your OWN CHURCHES, what truly HOPELESS JUDGES of CHARACTER you really are.

    Finally, with the measure you use to judge others, you also will be judged.
    PutItInContexton October 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFantastic, Mr."Context." That will be quite fine. Here's the "MEASURE": By biblical standards, as per
    God Almighty, I'll be judged righteous. BY THOSE SAME BIBLICAL STANDARDS, persons unrepentantly staying with
    the very ANTI-SCRIPTURAL spiritual (demon-inspired, typical-of-antichrist "Christendom") LIES you here
    publically FIGHT God with WILL SOON DIE FOR (as in dead forever - killed by the God and Christ you PROFANE). EZEKIEL 3:17-21. You are certainly MISSING this BASIC principle of scriptural, Divine JUSTICE regarding the delivery of WARNINGS FROM GOD. What I have spoken were God's own already-made, scriptural
    JUDGMENT-WARNING MESSAGES. However, such messages - which are being, as prophesied, put out to the world by Christ's TRUE disciples/ Jehovah's TRUE worshipers (so very much in contrast to FALSE disciples/ FALSE worshipers) are being shown the HATE and disbargement that they (and speakers of them) were prophesied to receive by the bulk-mass of actually very UNSPIRITUAL (dishonest-hearted, animalistic, false-prided, etc.) persons. Your reaction is certainly not different from that - and is highly TYPICAL
    of that which I have received from FALSE "Christian" and other anti-scriptural, antichrist Bono-copying (and even worse?) U2 IDOLATERS over the past seven years.

    There will be MUCH DEATH FROM GOD coming onto this world's IDOLATERS/ FALSE religionists very soon. I really do believe that their will be a substantial amount of them, killed dead forever by a rightly enraged God, among the MANY SELF-DESIRE-FIRST (no matter what God says), LIE-LOVING Bono/ U2 IDOLATERS.

    And do notice - your Bono god isn't sounding that very urgent SCRIPTURAL WARNING AT ALL - neither do his groups of IDOLATERS PERMIT IT. No, no, no - evidently, all Bono wants is tho EXTORT people's spiritual drive to support his monetarty/ material "social justice" efforts. WAKE UP.

    Worship God and obey HIM (and his Son) and put your trust in the future in THEIR Kingdom ~OR~ WORSHIP BONO and follow HIS COUNTER-GOD (and antichrist) ways to "change the world" via man - YOU CAN'T DO BOTH.

    Theresa1on April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are the introduction to William Blake's "Songs of Experience" poems. It's about eternity and creation and God and the Earth and man. Blake also wrote poems called "Songs of Innocence" to which the songs of experience are a counterpoint.

    The eerie, naked, ethereal sound throughout the song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Bono's voice--so low and calm to begin with and then how he crescendos into "till the break of day, till the break of day, till the break of day..." is lovely.
    U2mommaon July 19, 2009   Link

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