"40" as written by and Ginny Owens....
(Sing this with me, this is 40)

I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He lift me up out of the pit
Out of the mire and clay

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

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He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and hear

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

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""40"" as written by Ginny Owens

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  • +2
    General CommentI always liked this song and I always though of it as one of those "little-known-but-still-great" songs
    u2elevationon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a beautiful adaptation of Psalm 40:1-3, with a lovely addition as well. To me, it is a cry out to God, to relieve the opression and pain surrounding someone (or some people). It is a very human prayer, asking God "How long to sing this song?" and wondering how long the Lord will let His children suffer in this way. These lyrics remind me of how far from God we really are, how He knows everything and our humanity and sinfulness creates such a gap and that we couldn't possibly handle knowing the future as the Lord does. As the song continues, "I will sing, sing a new song," the good in human nature is also revealed. Bono's lyrics remind us that we are in charge of our own attitudes and outlooks, that we CAN choose to remain positive and peaceful amidst the chaos and cruelty around us, and in doing so, there will be rewards if we "wait patiently for the Lord."
    emann333on June 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is song that has helped me soo much!! before big events that i have needed confidence in i have listened to this and many more of these awsome songs. U2 is truly a breath taking and amazing band!!
    u2rocksMAon April 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrandtH, they didn't write the song. David wrote it about 4000 years ago. So I doubt it has much to do with Ireland...
    AgentGabbiton April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics were written in about 10 minutes and the music about 10 minutes also (I heard Bono say that on a TV special, I think). It comes from Psalm chapter 40. It's starts like this:
    I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
    He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
    He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God
    Many will see and fear
    and put their trust in the Lord.
    Psalm 40: 1-3 NIV (New Internation Version)
    crone85on May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song alot. My first time to hear it was actually at youth at my church because i had to learn the bass riff's because we were going to play it in praise and worship. Ever since then i have really liked this song and get alot out of it whenever i hear it. If u just let it flow and listen to the words it has a very good message.
    basseman101on June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Larry's drums on this one
    U2aholicon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree about it not being ironic (al least not deliberatly). its not U2 at thier most spiritual however, its U2 at thier most religious and also raw and primitive. this is one of their best of that period and in my oppinion its just simply praising god and nothing else. it was written at the time that the band really discovered religion and all its glory.
    joeytheboyon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteasy - PSALM 40
    BUCKPOONEon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentcrone85, u might fing this interesting:
    Bono: "This is a song that...when were we, when were we--when we were being thrown out of the studio on our third LP, on the War LP, we're being, we're being thrown out of the studio, we had I think, we, we spent 10 minutes writing this next song, 10 minutes recording it, 10 minutes mixing it, 10 minutes playing it back, and that's nothing to do with why it's called 40."
    U2U2on May 01, 2003   Link

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