"Peace On Earth" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Heaven on earth
We need it now
I'm sick of all of this
Hanging around
Sick of sorrow
Sick of pain
Sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be
Peace on earth

Where I grew up
There weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

And it's already gone too far
Who said if you go in hard
You won't get hurt?

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line?
Peace on earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on earth
No whos or whys
No-one cries like a mother cries
For peace on earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the color in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on earth

They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann and Brenda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea

Jesus, can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line?
Peace on earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on earth

Jesus, in the song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth?
This peace on earth

Peace on earth
Peace on earth
Peace on earth


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"Peace on Earth" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song and a terrible one. The Christian names mentioned are those of some of the victims of the bomb that exploded in Omagh on 15th August 1998, just a few months after the Good Friday agreement that was meant to bring peace to Northern Ireland. So this song continues U2's traditional concern about the violence in that region. It also ties into their deep Christian faith mingled with extreme impatience with God (e.g. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" or "Wake Up Dead Man"). Wars continue around the world even to the present day and God, for whatever reason, hasn't seen fit to put an end to them. I have to say that as a citizen of the USA post-9/11, the line "you become a monster so the monster will not break you" is sadly convicting.
    albanyankeeon January 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBreda Devine, aged 20 months
    Sean McLaughlin, 12
    Julia Huges, 21
    Gareth Conway, 18
    Ann McCombe, 48

    I think these are the victims named in the song they all died in the bombing. I guess the point of the song is to question why this happens and to point out how much it effects the people around us when it happens.
    Bonavoxon June 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the Omagh Bombing, Northern Ireland, 1998. The names Bono reads out were some of the 20 plus victims of the bombing.
    rz0on June 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlways loved this song and one night after Sept. 11 heard it and burst into tears. Amazing how music can help define your emotions- and U2 is one amazing band.
    littlenightowlon June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is, in my opinion, U2's deepest song. It is the opposite of what people would think of it by hearing the title. It is actually a bitter song about how our world is in disarray and unless we do something about it, or as the person above said-if God saves us, we cannot acheive peace.

    "Sick of hearing again and again that there's gonna be Peace on Earth"

    It is a very good song and I think you really have to look deep into the lyrics to understand the true meaning of it.
    u2elevationon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a sad song and every time I listen to it I think of the vanity of war and all those innocent lives lost and destroyed because of it and the empty promises about peace on earth when producing mass killing weapons
    Idion September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone who hasnt seen the videoclip of this song mixed with walk on, on the "tribute to heroes" thing for the victims of the WTC incident should watch it. Bono sings peace on earth at the start and you can literally see the pain on his face and it looks as though he is about to cry. It gave me goosebumps when i first saw it
    u2_loveron August 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod looks over us in apathy. aint it funny?
    heart of darknesson August 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt the end you can clearly hear "Daaaisy.. daaaaisy.." For those who have read/watched Arthur C Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey" the HAL 9000 artificial intelligence utters this poem as his last message before he's taken offline. In 2001, the main character Dave Bowman becomes the "star child" and sends out a wave of calm and peace upon the earth. So this song is a bit of a tribute to 2001, in addition to having other meanings as seen on this page.
    Unidanon September 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this song Bono reminds me of the book of numbers, when the people of God, Israel is at the doorstep of Canaan the Promised land..and they started to complain, and said that they regret ever leaving Egypt forgetting how badly they were treated in egypt...but anyway the thing is that I understand Bono and I feel for him, I mean i haven't been the places he's been but I live in a third world country and I know poverty..and suffering..but God has given me patience..I believe bono has faith he just lacks patience...instead of complaining, like Israel in the book of numbers, he should ask God for pateince and Strength to keep helping those out there who need help.
    mo0nangelon March 04, 2006   Link

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