"No Line On The Horizon" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen, Daniel Roland Lanois and Brian Eno....
I know a girl who's like the sea
I watch her changing every day for me, oh yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

One day she's still, the next she swells
You can hear the universe in her sea shells, oh yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

No, no line on the horizon, no, no line

I know a girl with a hole in her heart
She said infinity is a great place to start
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

"Time is irrelevant, it's not linear"
Then she put her tongue in my ear
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

No, no line on the horizon, no, no line
No, no line on the horizon, no, no line

Ooh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, ooh
Oh-oh, oh-oh

The songs in your head are now on my mind
You put me on pause, I'm trying to rewind and replay
Every night I have the same dream
I'm, I'm hatching some plot, scheming some scheme, oh yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

I'm traffic cop, Rue de Marais
The sirens are wailing but it's me that wants to get away
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

No line on the horizon, no, no line
No, no line on the horizon, no, no line


Lyrics submitted by young_jables

"No Line on the Horizon" as written by Adam Clayton Brian Peter George Eno

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    General Comment"No Line On the Horizon" is an expression which indicates that a journey is far from completion. Which journey? THE journey. The journey of LIFE, both individually and collectively. The "sea" is our collective consciousness. The surface waves are conscious thoughts, the underlying depths are the collective subconsciousness. Bono is a Catholic, and therefore he sees this consciousness as a woman, namely MARY. It's MARY that allows him to see the entire universe in proper perspective ("Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is WITH THEE..."). Acting with this world view, Bono has allowed his persona to be used as a social "traffic cop", constantly applying religion to politics. Hatching "plots and schemes" to address the rulers and leaders of the world, and to bring them to social justice. But the world's so messed up... he often feels that HE is the one who wants to run away from it all...
    RayManon March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBono does profess an exact religion! He has been very clear about this for a long time (see Rolling Stones interviews, etc. all the way back to the time after the death of his Mother in the early 1980s--when Edge had already cleared stepped in that direction).

    Bono is a well-professed Christian believer who chose to follow the reformed Christian faith of his mother (a Presbyterian) and not of the variety of his father (a Roman Catholic--see their song "One") which have different emphases (both are the Christian religion--but different denominations. Both are "catholic," that is, an ancient word meaning "universal--all genuine believers in all ages." Presbyterian would, however, put more authority upon the "Word/Bible" while the Roman Catholic vests more authority in "the RC Church". He attends a Presbyterian church in S. California when stateside. (BTW: JK Rolling is also Presbyterian--and is simply reintrpreting meideval Christianity for a modern audience!).

    At first I thought this song might be a song about his wife. Then I thought it may be a personification of wisdom--given a feminine name "Sophia" in the Bible. It also sounds like a longing for heaven--a common theme in many of their songs. This world points us to the true and living creator God and to the true-er and more real world--but it also pulls down those seeking to do what's right (temptation, relentless seeking to do humanitarian deeds, etc.) and in the menatime, there is no line on the horizon. This is called the "already but not yet." I'm not sure though. Recently Bono gave a disclaimer that reminded me of CS Lewis in the introduction to Screwtape Letters: "we sing about God and women and we sometimes get the two mixed up!"
    U2IWillFollowon May 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYAY 1st post! This is more mellow as compared to NLOTH2, has a different verse, isn't bad at all. I love it. I'm clueless on the meaning though.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. It is definitely my favorite of the whole album and is up there with my top U2 songs of all time... Such a unique sound and a great change for the band
    Banjaxed08on February 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is obviously about a girl he cares about so much that he doesn't know how to express it.. no line on the horizon means there's no end to the amazement he feels.. Unreal lyrics...As a life-long U2 fan, simply fantastic song
    golfboyon March 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe way I feel about this song is a bit hard to explain, but I'll try anyway. I think it's a song about being in love with someone, and the feeling is so powerful that you are in a constant state of amazement. She is so many things to him ("like a sea..."), she dreams big and wants to love the entire world ("Infinity is a great place to start..."), all of his other thoughts don't matter when he's with her ("time is irrelevant..."), he's amazed by the scope of her mind and how incredible she is("the songs in your head..."), etc. etc. No line on the horizon, there's no end in sight and it's overwhelming. Great song.
    ablecainon March 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with RayMan the most, except for as as scammaj12 says that Bono has not professed to any religion except Christianity as a whole.

    I am intrigued by RayMan's explanation though and as a Pagan, I can offer some insight from some other cultures' thoughts on the imagery in this song :

    I do believe that Bono is literally referring to his awe of a Goddess..though maybe not necessarily Mary in particular. The Christian Mary shares many attributes to goddesses all over the world. Her name has a few different interpretations (according to how open-minded the interpreter is!), though they always seem to come back to some derivation of "mar" or "maris" which means "the sea".

    Something I'm more familiar with are the African Goddesses, particularly Yemaya, who is an ocean goddess and mother goddess who rules the upper level of the ocean...where the light hits the horizon...and is also known for her ability to remain constant though ever changing. (Your momma will always be your momma though sometimes she's firm, and sometimes she's tender.)

    What immediately made me remember her (well I oouldn't remember her name!) was that it is said that she is the goddess that gave us the gift of seashells...from which ocean goddesses could hear the sounds of the universe (and the hum that you hear is supposed to be that..the sound of the All, not the ocean as we tell little kids)

    The lyrics could definitely be interpreted in an even bigger concept which is all of life and spirituality. ---- In the Tarot, the Lovers card depicts a man and a woman. The woman is looking Heaven-ward and the man is looking to the woman. She is guide to all that is ruled by the moon..mentality and spirituality..and she is the life giver.

    RayMan, I think you've got it spot on with the "traffic cop" explanation. I absolutely agree. It must be very frustrating sometimes doing the work Bono does.
    U2Kittehon March 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe chorus keeps this song from really rocking. Good song.
    FaaipDeOaidon August 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, what a perfect opener for No Line On The Horizon, just as inspirational an opening track for me as Zoo Station. I'm not very clear exactly what the lyrics are supposed to mean though, I want to hear what some other people think.
    Dr. Don February 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me

    "no line on the horizon"

    means that there is no limit as to how far you can go. It's up to you
    RJ10on March 05, 2009   Link

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