"Tomorrow" as written by Henry Nicola Mancini, Raymond B. Evans and Jay Livingston....
Won't you come back tomorrow
Won't you come back tomorrow
Won't you come back tomorrow
Can I sleep tonight

Outside
Somebody's outside
Somebody's knocking at the door
There's a black car parked
At the side of the road
Don't go to the door
Don't go to the door

I'm going out
I'm going outside mother
I'm going out there

Won't you be back tomorrow
Won't you be back tomorrow
Will you be back tomorrow

Who broke the window
Who broke down the door
Who tore the curtain
And who was he for
Who healed the wounds
Who heals the scars
Open the door
Open the door

Won't you come back tomorrow
Won't you be back tomorrow
Will you be back tomorrow
Can I sleep tonight

'Cause I want you, I, I want you
I really, I, I want, I, I
I want you to be back tomorrow
I want you to be back tomorrow
Will you be back tomorrow

Won't you be back tomorrow
Won't you be back tomorrow
Will you be back tomorrow
Open up, open up
To the lamb of God
To the love of he who made
The blind to see
He's coming back
He's coming back
I believe it
Jesus coming

I'm gonna be there
I'm gonna be there mother
I'm gonna be there mother
I'm going out there


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"Tomorrow" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General Commenti think this is about a mother not wanting her son to join the IRA. the images of broken windows etc in the second verse lead me give that meaning to the song.

    one of my favorites by U2. 'october' is their second tightest album, after 'actung baby' of course
    kingmikekingon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI really feel strongly that this song is about the end of the world and Jesus coming back to take his followers back up to heaven with him. When he says
    "Outside, somebody's outside
    Somebody's knockin' at the door
    There's a black car parked on the side of the road
    Don't go to the door
    Don't go to the door

    I'm going out
    I'm going outside, mother
    I'm going out there "
    I think he means that God is waiting for you to come to him and put your life into his hands, but that he won't force you, and that he is going, to give his life to Christ, even though he's scared. He knows that Jesus will be coming back for him, and he wants to let the whole world know how happy he is with Jesus by his side.

    Somewhere in here, I also think there's a darker, more depressed meaning, but I'm too afraid to look. :P
    -J
    myhero78on June 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI remember reading that Bono wrote this about the loss of his mother and going to her funeral.
    irishprincesson February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIrish Princess is correct, it is about Bono's mother's funeral.
    hairydonuton January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI remember reading that Bono's grandfather died and his mother collapsed at the funeral with a brain hemorrhage. She died a few days later, leaving him without his strongest support. His father and older brother did not appreciate his being a dreamer, making the loss even harder to deal with.
    doyledwinon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard Bono say in an interview that Tomorrow is an excact discription of his mothers funeral. He added he had no idea what the lyrics meant though. He said that in those days he wrote his songs way to fast, like in minutes. He regrets that now and he said that he was planning on finishing those lyrics someday.
    Anne Marieon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read the same interview where bono said that tomorrow was a song directly about his mother's funeral. this song has beautiful themes, and as an idea had so much potential. the irish music at the beginning is really good, and the first half of the song is beautiful and raw emotion. however, does anyone else think that when the beat speeds up and the song gets louder, that this ruins the song and its meaning? whenever i hear this song i stop it when it starts to get faster - this could have been such a beautiful song, and the first half of it is. a missed opportunity - a lost gem :(
    achtungbaby02on May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about the loss of Bono's mother and her funeral; obviously a very difficult time in his life. To achtungbaby02, I think that the part where the song speeds up fits beautifully. Try to imagine it. You're 14 years old and you just lost your mother. You're hurt, you're tender, but even more than that, you're angry. I think the speeding up and the heavier vocal tone only adds more emphasis to the song's meaning. He is angry. Most of us feel that songs about sadness and loss should be slow and full of soul, but most of the time when we lose someone we love, we feel angry. We want to scream and shout and it's not always tender and beautiful. That part of "Tomorrow" only symbolizes another part of the grief process. He's mad and he doesn't understand why a God he believes so wholeheartedly in has taken his mother. That anger and that fast-paced part of the song is the the song's soul. It is the saddest, loneliest, and most heartbreaking part of "Tomorrow". You definately should not skip it because to listen to only the first half is to turn a blind eye to the kind of raw emotional power he exhibits. When a young man is in great pain and grief, how can anyone say that any part of what he feels (and in Bono's case; writes and sings) is a missed opportunity? The (loud) part of the song is Bono voicing anger and frustration. Don't overlook it as him wanting to add a rock and roll twist to a power ballad. That is not what it is.

    A truly heartbreaking song. It's one of my favorites, but it is very hard to listen to it for all the raw emotion in it. It's a lot to take in all at once, but the honest soul-searching backbone of U2 lies in songs like "Tomorrow" where you feel that they are speaking to you through their music. beautiful and sad, this song is the essence of U2.
    eirenightshadeon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so heartbreaking=(
    gakkon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful
    GabrielDeRoseon June 17, 2007   Link

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