"Yahweh" as written by and Larry Mullen Dave Evans....
Take these shoes
Click-clacking down some dead end street
Take these shoes
And make them fit
Take this shirt
Polyester white trash made in nowhere
Take this shirt
And make it clean, clean
Take this soul
Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul
And make it sing, sing

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still, I'm waiting for the dawn

Take these hands
Teach them what to carry
Take these hands
Don't make a fist, no
Take this mouth
So quick to criticize
Take this mouth
Give it a kiss

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before the child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still, I'm waiting for the dawn

Still waiting for the dawn, the sun is coming up
The sun is coming up on the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break


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"Yahweh" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentI am happy to say that this is yet another song about U2 and their Christian faith. Yahweh is the old Hebrew name for God. Its amazing how Bono puts into words God's love, how His love that he is feeling now is just A DROP IN THE OCEAN, and how you have to wait to get the whole thing in Heaven. But in order to do this you must humble yourself, you must give God everything, your hands, mouth, heart, shoes, shirt, soul. TAKE THIS HEART. this song is amazing just like the rest on the album.
    aayers007on November 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"No one can own Jerusalem, but everybody wants to put flags on it"--Bono
    Webslingeron December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's got to be about the situation in the middle East, the Israel/Palestine thing.

    "Lay down your guns
    All your daughters of Zion
    All your Abraham sons"
    Stop the fighting in Israel. I'm Jewish, and often in services Israel is referred to as Zion. Israel is even called Zion in the Israeli national anthem.

    "Take these hands
    Don’t make a fist
    Take this mouth
    So quick to criticise
    Take this mouth
    Give it a kiss"
    Don't make a fist with your hand, like don't be aggresive and fight, like you would make a fist if you were to punch someone out. But don't. We can resolve things peacefully. And don't provoke people verbally either, no slander. Yasser Arafat was always insulting and degrading Jews, and look what's going on. Be nice.

    "Yahweh, Yahweh
    Always pain before a child is born."
    He's saying God, God, then what he's saying is that there's always pain and bloodshed and fighting before people can see the error of their ways and the child, i.e. a peaceful, precious, pure holy city of worship can come into existence.

    "Yahweh, tell me now
    Why the dark before the dawn?"
    Why must there be fighting and sadness before we can hae our golden utopia, Jerusalem.

    The rest is pretty obvious from here.
    curlygirlon December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read that bono was singing to the music when they were writing this song, and the Yahweh part came to him and they kept it in, rather than mess around and change it
    coggsteron November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta beautiful song... "Yahweh" something so nice about how he sings it, a deffinate christian reference i love the lines.. "take the hand.. dont make a fist" make love not war be happy :)
    freedom-fighteron November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPresident Bush should listen to this song... considering he calls himself such an avid believer in the Christian Faith......
    vjposteron December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhoops. That first bit goes for "Love and Peace or Else". I messed that one up...
    curlygirlon December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPowerful song that could be interpreted on different levels...I think there are more specific references to the middle-east in other songs from this album. This song is like a prayer that could be just Bono's personal prayer, or a prayer for the whole world. It is not limited to a denomination. I see it more as a universal prayer that I can apply to myself. Great art is usually like that - works on many different levels. Metaphors are open to interpretation.

    What I find very refreshing about this song is the "attitude" (for lack of better word) that comes across through Bono's voice and the music....it sounds humble, honest, sincere, authentic, hopeful (without denying the difficulties we face) without the negative and shallow cynicism so common today.

    Bono's singing here is just great.

    Is it "Take this soul, make it sing' or "make it sane"...I thought it was sane but it could be sing?
    georgepon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm not a Christian, but I have tons of respect for Bono and his faith. The Christian religion has become corrupt, and it now seems like a way to get money. I believe that the morals it sets are great, and I follow them myself. I read the Bible, and I believe that many aspects of it are true. I have certain questions that I still need to answer, but anyways. This song is a true symbol of his face. It also describes the love God has for all his children, atleast to me it does. I'm not a Christian, but this song is great.
    IndependentlyHappyon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe best line is" take this heart and make it break"
    bravoceoon December 21, 2004   Link

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