"Grace" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
She takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name

It's a name for a girl
It's also a thought that
Changed the world

And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness
In everything

She's got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She's got the time to talk

She travels outside
Of karma, karma
She travels outside
Of karma

When she goes to work
You can hear the strings
Grace finds beauty
In everything

She carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips

She carries a pearl
In perfect condition
What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings

Because grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things

Grace finds beauty
In everything

Grace finds goodness in everything

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"Grace" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentI agree beneath the surface this song is about the word grace and what it means. But to bring across his massage i do believe Bono creates the image of a woman. I even think he is pretty explicate about what kind of a woman he has in mind. I think a woman who is pregnant (she carries a pearl in perfect condition / carries the world on her hips) , but the father is no longer there (maria?), but the following lines could also refer to her being raped (what once was hurt, what once was friction) and being pregnant as a result of that. In any case the song is about making the best of everyting in life, even when that means getting past some pretty ugly stuff.

    Also i think the woman the song is about does a special thing for living, maybe making music.
    She could be a violin player (no twirls or skips between her fingertips / when she walks you can hear strings) and with her music she makes beauty out of ugly things.
    wernerkoekon May 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLove this song! clearly about forgiveness no matter how bad we screw up. "covers the shame/removes the stain" and that it's not about how hard we try to be perfect. "she travels outside of karma." great uplifting message.
    dubyaon June 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWernerkoek.....all very imaginative, but generally rubbish. This song is indeed about grace, as you've said, and to a degree Bono does use the image of a woman to bring across his message. But Once again Bono is drawing heavily on Christian influences for his lyrics. Grace, as Bono says, is the thought that changed the world- Grace is the word used to describe God's undeserving love and goodness to the human race, who although being created by him have rebelled and turned to their own ways. This grace is shown by the fact that the world still exists and by the acts of goodness we see between men, but primarily by the death of God the Son, who was punished/forsaken by God the father, for the rebellion (sin) of anyone who would believe that he took their punishment and would submit their life to him.
    'Grace makes beauty out of ugly things' by restoring the ugly things of things world -You and me- to the relationship we are meant to have with God.
    'She takes the blame, She covers the shame, Removes the stain' of our sin and gives us the perfectness+ purity in God's sight that Jesus has. And why did God go to all this trouble to restore people who had rejected him? Because he is gracious!
    What a thought!
    joeso87on December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlthough it may seem like Bono is descibing a person named Grace, this song is really the idea of "Grace" and how it could change everything if it were more common in today's world. In my opinion it is one of U2's deepest and most beautiful songs.
    u2elevationon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentPREACH, u2elevation! You are definitely right on, with that post. I love this song, and someday when I name my daughter "Grace" (provided I have one), I am going to tell her she was named after a favorite U2 song. :)
    emann333on March 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwow... wernerkoek, ive never looked at this song like that. very insightful, nicely done.

    i never really liked this song very much, but after reading all this, it has new meaning now. i found a new appreciation for it.
    p0s2o9on June 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe idea of Grace. Is the idea of the Christain faith - that when we become followers of Christ we are followers by God's Grace so the Grace Bono sings about is the Grace of God to accept us as we are - as opposed to the idea of religion - that we have to earn the way to God which is totally wrong! Though the church gets the two mixed up quite often! Sorry for that!
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwernerkoek makes a great point actually. Bono purposely constructs and uses imagery of a woman (much like in Proverbs when wisdom is described as a woman) to convey an accessible (well, to some anyhow) image of what "grace" looks like. true, it's not everyone's cup of tea but generally in a pseudo-Christian world it's increasingly hard to fathom what practical grace would look like. I think the usage of feminine qualities in the construction of so-called "Christian" themes throughout U2's songwriting features heavily (think "mysterious ways" etc), and it's worth a shot reinterpreting many of their supposed simple love songs as having a deeper connotation? again Bono really is obsessed with the idea of grace and u will find that it influences his songwriting as far back as the "Boy" cd.

    and i actually HAVE heard of the raped woman theory, and it would make some sense in this context, though i'd say that it fits well in the overall picture of what Bono is trying to say "grace" as a thematic concept should be like. a rather fitting illustration to underline the song's emphasis on grace.
    rockingtheplaneton April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't just about God's grace to humanity;I believe that this song teaches us that we have the power, through grace, to heal the world.
    "She travels outside of karma" explains it: the concept of karma is "what goes around comes around", or we eventually get what we deserve. But Grace is an "unearned blessing." Grace is the opposite of Karma; Grace means we get more than we deserve. From God, yes, but also from each other. When we respond to thoughtless, unkind acts with kindness and forgiveness, we transform that act into a perfect pearl. It is a gift to all parties involved. That transformation can change the world. It's the real message of love that we are supposed to have for each other. The only Christian commandment: Love your neighbor.
    Thank you Bono!
    katythefirston December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everyone here, because everyone seems to be on the same page; that this song is about Grace, the concept, embodied in a woman.

    I love the idea of “grace over karma” – the idea of “unearned blessings” and the like. It’s so beautiful, and the music puts you in the right frame of mind to appreciate the simplicity of God’s undying love for humanity.

    The way the song ends allows the music to continue in your head and look at the world from a whole new perspective; the music fades into the background, becoming a backdrop to your life for a while, but even when you hear another song and that melody takes over, the soft, sweet music of "grace" continues...
    achtungbaby02on October 24, 2006   Link

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