"Magnificent" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen, Daniel Roland Lanois and Brian Peter George Eno....
Magnificent
Oh, oh, magnificent

I was born
I was born to be with you
In this space and time
After that and ever after I haven't had a clue
Only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart black and blue

Oh, oh
Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

I was born
I was born to sing for you
I didn't have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise

Oh, oh
Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify, oh-oh
The Magnificent
Magnificent, oh, oh

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love unites our hearts

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify, oh-oh
The Magnificent
Magnificent
Magnificent


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"Magnificent" as written by Adam Clayton Brian Peter George Eno

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  • +2
    General CommentClassic THE EDGE riff! The intro rules! I think Bono is singing about a muse, which can be a lover, fans, mother, god.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationCan't help but listen to this song as a hymn. I'm a Christian, thought I should declare myself. We listen through different ears and can hear notes of Grace where others cannot. Twas ever thus.

    "I was born
    I was born to be with you
    In this space and time
    After that and ever after.."

    The Christian has been loved and chosen by God before ever he or she is born. There is an determined inevitability about his or her coming to faith. They are born to be with God. In history and in eternity.

    "Only love, only love can leave such a mark
    But only love, only love can heal such a scar"

    God's love leaves its mark on every believer. He gives them a new heart, put's his mark upon them spiritually speaking. We are all scarred by sin and only God's forgiving love and grace in Jesus Christ can heal that scar. It is livid, he can make us living.

    "I was born
    I was born to sing for you
    I didn't have a choice but to lift you up
    And sing whatever song you wanted me to
    I give you back my voice
    From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise"

    This echoes Psalm 40. "He put a new song in my mouth, our God to magnify" (40). The Christian is born to sing and declare God's praises. Our hearts desire is to praise God, we have no choice but to lift him up. He is enthroned on the praises of his church. We give him back our voices. "From the womb" I see as a reference to the new birth, or regeneration, being "born again", which takes place when the soul becomes living in faith. This produces a joyful noise, it cannot but. Even those who cannot sing with their voices now sing in their heart to their Creator.

    "Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
    The Magnificent
    Magnificent"

    The Christian is justified by faith in Jesus Christ. It's a bit theological but a short explamation is that because of Christ's death on a hill outside Jerusalem 2000 years ago and his resurrection 3 days later in Gods eyes is pardoned, forgiven and it is "just as if I'd" never ever sinned in his sight. Knowing this he or she cannot help but "magnify the Magnificent" for all that he has done for them.





    Charlochon March 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has such a great beat. Adam and Larry really stand out on this album. It's going to be such a fun song to hear live. I like Suede67's thoughts on this being about a muse, that fits well with some of the lyrics. I'm getting a kind of All Because of You vibe from this one, though, my guess is going to be that it's about God.
    Edge27on February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFavourite on the album so far. Classic U2.
    agneishdon February 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have to agree with Charloch on this one... this song is RICH with theological meaning
    chrisburkeon March 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLeave it to U2 to create such a great song. This is U2 at it's best. U2 is about great music, not flashy musicianship and ego that tends to overcome many musicians. U2 makes music for ordinary people, not musicians or critics, that is why they have been so successful for so long. Anyway, back to the song. For me, I just had a baby girl and I can relate every word to that moment in some way. It was the newborn singing some of the lyrics. (I was born to be with you, in this space and time) The best line: From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise. The most amazing sound you will ever here. Put perfectly to music.... Thank you U2, every time I think I have had enough, you bring me right back to the reason I fell in love with you in the first place...
    rmarino1111on March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard that Bono's singing to his mother, Iris, in this song. It makes sense, especially if you listen to the first verse.
    astepcloser24on February 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst and foremost AMAZING!!!!!....Clearly Bono is speaking to his Mother in this song.

    "Only love, only love can leave such a mark"
    He is speaking of the incredible love between a Mother and her child
    "But only love, only love can heal such a scar"
    Here he is saying that the only thing that can heal the scar that he has
    from the death of his mother is the love he still feels for and from her.

    "I give you back my voice"
    Bono is telling his Mom that when he sings he sings for her

    "Justified till we die, you and I will magnify The Magnificent"
    "Till we die" means that although she is dead she still lives within and through him.

    "Magnify The Magnificent"...Magnify the enjoyment of the MAGNIFICENT thing she gave Bono(her son) LIFE!!!!!




    shbrunnon February 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentC'mon, it's about God. "You and I will magnify The Magnificent."
    Dawudon March 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI second Charloch's take. Definitely feel like this is about God and his faith. Awesome riff by The Edge. Got a classic U2 sound on this one.
    tcbonlineon March 04, 2009   Link

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