"White As Snow" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen, Daniel Roland Lanois and Brian Eno....
Where I came from were no hills at all
The land was flat, the highway straight and wide
My brother and I, we'd drive for hours, like we'd years instead of days
Our faces as pale as the dirty snow

Once I knew there was a love divine
Then came a time I thought it knew me not
Who can forgive forgiveness when forgiveness is not?
Only the land as white as snow

And the water it was icy
As it washed over me
And the moon shined above me
Now this dry ground it bears no fruit at all
Only poppies laugh under the crescent moon
The road refuses strangers
The land the seeds we sow
Where might we find the lamb as white as snow

As boys we would go hunting in the woods
To sleep, the night shun out the stars
Now the wolves are every passing stranger
Every face we cannot know

For only a heart could be as white as snow
For only a heart could be as white as snow


Lyrics submitted by young_jables, edited by SamuellMarquez, Scath, LibertyMark

"White as Snow" as written by Adam Clayton Brian Peter George Eno

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    General CommentAnyone else notice that the tune at parts is identical to "O Come O Come Emmanuel?"

    Either way, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the song has a pretty clear religious meaning... water washing over me... a lamb forgiving... I mean come on Bono's not even being as subtle as he usually is ;)
    OnlyAmbroseon March 04, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionSpeaking of Bono's faith, you'll notice the song has the tune as 'O Come Emmanuel' hymnals
    FinalWishon April 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhite as Snow, the title and concept, is taken from Isaiah: 18 'Come, let us talk this over,' says Yahweh. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
    greskoon May 26, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about terrorism.
    My old teacher (who was a huge U2-fan) told me that poppies often relates to death. I think that the sentence "Only poppies laugh under the crescent moon" means "Only the dead laugh uder the crescent moon".
    The crescent moon is the symbol of Islam.
    "As boys we would go hunting in the woods
    To sleep the night shooting out the stars
    Now the wolves are every passing stranger
    Every face we cannot know" means, in my opinion, that before, we could just live out our lives, and go where we wanted, but now, everyone may be our enemies. "Now the wolves are every passing stranger".

    But that's just my opinion.
    RandomCakeson August 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWow! I think this is about how man has destroyed everything, and his heart is no longer pure, He's greedy and selfish.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow! I think this is about how man has destroyed everything, and his heart is no longer pure, He's greedy and selfish.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow! I think this is about how man has destroyed everything, and his heart is no longer pure, He's greedy and selfish.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOops, sorry.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentVery poignant song, probably one of the most touching that U2 has ever done, in my opinion. Bono said in an interview that this song is the thoughts of a soldier dying in Afghanistan after a roadside bomb. An amazing song off a great album.
    Edge27on February 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think I agree with Edge27's take on the song. But couldn't it be "land" instead of "lamb". I'm not sure that's
    the correct word, but then the "land as white as snow" might be Paradise. It could fit, since Bono infuses so much
    religious imagery in his lyrics. Come to think of it, the Lamb is also a religious image. Pretty good lyrics anyway,
    maybe the album's best. I still need to listen to the whole album well, but I think this song is pretty powerful.
    Marquezon February 20, 2009   Link

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