"In A Lifetime" as written by Ciaran Marion Brennan and Paul Hugh Brennan....
Hard to tell
Or recognize a sign
To see me through
A warning sign
First the thunder
Satisfied, if the past it will not lie
Then the storm
Torn asunder
The future you and I get blown away
In the storm
In a lifetime
And as the rain it falls
Begin again, as the storm breaks through
Heavy in my heart
Believe the light in you
So the light shines in you
Without color, faded and worn
Torn asunder in the storm
Unless the sound has faded from your soul
Unless it disappears
First the thunder
Selfish storm
Then the storm
Hold on the inside
Torn asunder
One life
In the storm
In a lifetime
In a lifetime


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"In a Lifetime" as written by Paul Hugh Brennan Ciaran Marion Brennan

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    General CommentI can't believe no on has commented on this song. I only heard it by chance because i'm a U2 fan and wanted to listen to Bono's other projects, but this song is gorgeous! It gave me goosebumps the first time i listened to it and i couldn't actually believe it was Bono's voice. The way the two voices work directly over the other singing different lyrics is amazing; it really is such a beautifully crafted song. Bono's range is incredible (probably why i couldn't believe at first that it was his voice). Lyrically, the song has a very spiritual feeling. Im not sure what it is written about although i could guess that it i about a relationship breaking down. Personally, i love the lines

    "Begin again - Bono, (Heavy in my heart - Clannad) As the storm breaks through (Believe the light in you - Clannad) So the light shines in you -Bono
    Without color, faded and worn - Bono
    torn asunder in the storm - Clannad and Bono"

    Sorry if that seems confusing, but the way the voices work over the other, almost in competition seems so beautiful to me. I guess this could represent the argument between a couple in a failing relationship, both trying to argue their side.

    I don't know what others think, but i had to make a comment on this song, 'cause is gorgeous!
    missrosieon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no on has commented on this song. I only heard it by chance because i'm a U2 fan and wanted to listen to Bono's other projects, but this song is gorgeous! It gave me goosebumps the first time i listened to it and i couldn't actually believe it was Bono's voice. The way the two voices work directly over the other singing different lyrics is amazing; it really is such a beautifully crafted song. Bono's range is incredible (probably why i couldn't believe at first that it was his voice). Lyrically, the song has a very spiritual feeling. Im not sure what it is written about although i could guess that it i about a relationship breaking down. Personally, i love the lines

    "Begin again - Bono, (Heavy in my heart - Clannad) As the storm breaks through (Believe the light in you - Clannad) So the light shines in you -Bono
    Without color, faded and worn - Bono
    torn asunder in the storm - Clannad and Bono"

    Sorry if that seems confusing, but the way the voices work over the other, almost in competition seems so beautiful to me. I guess this could represent the argument between a couple in a failing relationship, both trying to argue their side.

    I don't know what others think, but i had to make a comment on this song, 'cause is gorgeous!
    missrosieon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no on has commented on this song. I only heard it by chance because i'm a U2 fan and wanted to listen to Bono's other projects, but this song is gorgeous! It gave me goosebumps the first time i listened to it and i couldn't actually believe it was Bono's voice. The way the two voices work directly over the other singing different lyrics is amazing; it really is such a beautifully crafted song. Bono's range is incredible (probably why i couldn't believe at first that it was his voice). Lyrically, the song has a very spiritual feeling. Im not sure what it is written about although i could guess that it i about a relationship breaking down. Personally, i love the lines

    "Begin again - Bono, (Heavy in my heart - Clannad) As the storm breaks through (Believe the light in you - Clannad) So the light shines in you -Bono
    Without color, faded and worn - Bono
    torn asunder in the storm - Clannad and Bono"

    Sorry if that seems confusing, but the way the voices work over the other, almost in competition seems so beautiful to me. I guess this could represent the argument between a couple in a failing relationship, both trying to argue their side.

    I don't know what others think, but i had to make a comment on this song, 'cause is gorgeous!
    missrosieon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI once read, I forget where, that this song was an impulsive one, inspired by a storm that was raging one night on their way to the recording studio. As a simple celebration of the wild elements of nature it's wonderful to begin with. Yet it can also adapt to various meanings one may want to give it, since it's so full of emotion and energy.

    As an aside, the few quiet bars of music at the very start of this song always remind me of the background music in the movie Labyrinth, which kind of sets the mood for me, and only makes me love it more.
    Heliamphoraon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes, it was inspired by a storm, Maire wrote it in her autobiography. It is a beautifully layered song, and I agree, Bono's voice is surprisingly good.
    monkfluenceon December 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhy surprisingly?! He is good.
    suede67on March 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis was a duet with Bono. :)
    Thia007on November 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the great storm coming to earth and the rebirth of mankind.It talks about the light shining in the auras of men/woman as they begin again.This is in your lifetime....
    niloc333on March 07, 2014   Link

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