"Invisible (RED)" as written by Paul David Hewson, Larry Mullen, Dave Evans and Adam Clayton....
It's like the room just cleared of smoke
I didn't even want the heart you broke
It's yours to keep
You just might need one

I finally found my real name
I won't be me when you see me again
No, I won't be my father's son

I'm more than you know
I'm more than you see here
More than you let me be
I'm more than you know
A body in a soul
You don't see me but you will
I am not invisible

I don't dream, not as such
I don't even think about you that much
Unless I start to think at all

All those frozen days
And your frozen ways
They melt away your face like snow

I'm more than you know
I'm more than you see here
I'm more than you let me be
I'm more than you know
A body in a soul
You don't see me but you will
I am not invisible
I am here

There is no them
There is no them
There's only us
There's only us
There is no them
There is no them
There's only us
There's only us
There is no them
There is no them
There's only you
And there's only me
There is no them

Lyrics submitted by Nachtmusik, edited by ookgirl, Phx27

"Invisible [(RED) Edit Version]" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentInitial Thoughts on hearing 2 or 3 times:

    No I won't be my father's son = I will be my father's son
    whether that means he will be Bob Hewson's son Paul, a human or a divinity?
    most likely a human being link any of us called Paul

    'm more than you know
    I'm more than you see here
    More than you let me be
    I'm more than you know
    A body and soul
    You don't see me but you will
    I am not invisible

    I'm more than a rock star, humanitarian, father, husband, brother, friend etc
    You've pigeon holed me but you will see, I'm a whole being, Earthly and cosmic
    with a whole lot more going on than you think of me
    I'm not lost behind my persona, You're so wrong, you are blind but you will see.

    I am not obsessed with you like you are with me. I am in touch with my heart and i live in the now, unlike you.

    We're all the same, really - and that's the core message.
    jfveon February 02, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sung from the point of view of Jesus Christ. The point of the song is to realize that we're all in this together, and we need to let Christ into our lives in order to save ourselves. I'm not sure what Bono means by this part, but I'm certain it's spoken from Jesus Christ's perspective:

    I finally found my real name.
    I won't be me when you see me again.
    No, I won't be my father's son.

    Bono wants to pull us out of a frozen time spiritually to realize that we need each other and we need to help each other, as Jesus would do. "There is no them. There's only us."
    ookgirlon February 14, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI've listen to this song on repeat a good few times now and thought about it more over the last six days. Here's more thoughts:

    It's like he's speaking from the view of a past friend, colleague, mentor, class mate, a fellow jammer etc to a celebrity and the person is saying to the celebrity>>you've been in the spotlight for years and you never mentioned or thought about me once. It's like I'm invisible>> as in taken for granted, used, discarded as a person in the celebrity's life;at least 'almost completely forgotten'


    I've also heard/read Bono speak of 'wasted potential', how often have we heard him praise his father's fine operatic voice and yet he didn't record it. Bono looks at the world - take Africa years ago for instance and he saw these royal people and they were dying and what he saw was unnecessary wasted potential when the solution was so readily solvable from with the human talent pool. I think that could be one interpretation of 'No. I won't be my father's son' I will develop my potential to the highest level and higher. - And yet he is is his father's son! - it's undeniable. All the innate talents and early parenting and beyond came from his creator through his parents, his mother and his father - so you see, like happens so often, his mother and father succeeded in several dimensions, one of which was through their son. His son developed the interests and passions of his parents, to sing and to care. Think of Joel Osteen, Paul McCartney, George Bush, Brian Lennihan, King Abdullah, JFK, The Queen, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Indira Gandhi and Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson, among several billions who have went on expand on what their parents achieved. We all do it in our own way: it's called progress, it's the nature of human beings since we were banished from the garden, as Christians believe.
    "I'm more than you let me be"
    could be about the shout back up to a :
    a government not letting her people flourish
    management not building their employees
    parents not building up their children on all levels
    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General CommentBob Geldof changed the world...
    and he's still changing it today...

    His parents were instrumental in forming his identity, his values, what he read, what he did and he went on to do a lot, still is

    Is it not true that Bob Geldof changed Bono and U2?
    The same is true of Nelson Mandela
    We all live in symbiosis.

    Tony Blair spend summer holidays in Northern Ireland and went on to have a huge part to play in the peace process there as British PM

    We all affect each other in unimaginable dynamic ways.
    Read Gary Zukav - Oprah references him next to the Bible

    Pope John Paul II, the late Holy Father. The catholic church doesn't get everything right but look at the part he played in inspiring people in the former Soviet Union to re-claim their personal power in the self determination in their lives and countries in co-operation with everyone else.

    Basically I have gone on a tangent here, but the song is about empowerment, personal and collective. It's not esoteric but it can be -


    the word more is interesting because it;s comparative,
    it references as a starting point the totality of what you already know...Landmark concepts here...I am and you are more than what you see.
    Of course learning as is said is nothing more than remembering
    Once we were like God and I recon, like in the Matrix, that's where we're working to get back to - the gateway maybe Judgement day - an actual day like in the Meteor ad or it maybe the instantaneous time when we time. If you integrate the dimension of time, do we all die at the same time - just have different experiences because as Echolle Tolle said, there is only Now. I wish I knew more about other faiths and cultures to expand this thinking and understanding of what we could be journeying to. At any rate as Paul McCartney sings in his 'New' album, there is no guarantee, there is nothing to loose. U2 are all about real choices the third way as Bill Clinton proved works, practical choices as opposed to idyllic nirvana's conjured up by John Lennon's 'Imagine'. I must admit I dream a lot and like the idea that we can make it (Coldplay recon we will if we should, bowing to God) U2 are Christian I think but they are more on Jesus's radical side of pragmatism than the Pharisee's side of 'Holy Books' and religiosity, observance of 'old curtailing certainties' to quote of President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. It is interesting that the room cleared of smoke; remember the U2 lyric....'you and your holy book while the rest of us choke', could this song be referencing that song or developing that metaphor Anyway Bono has claimed to believe in Jesus and also that he is not worthy to be a Christian ( why I don't know, I never read the Sunday Independent article) he is fed up of people saying there will be peace on Earth, he wanted God to send an angel, he wanted Jesus to throw a drowning man a line, that is do something practical to save us in this life ( why all the suffering etc) But in HTDAAB he says he needs something other - could it be the else in love and peace or else or that tough love he has mentioned before?

    anyway everyone in the loop seems to be singing from the same sheet now from Bruce Springsteen to our Taoiseach in Ireland, Enda Kenny - to quote Anthony Robbins - the best study of life is the way it is - it's human nature, the human condition. Bono refrained from calling his wife Ali a saint once because it would rob her of her 'complexity' or to use a different word humanity ( so Did Princess Diana's brother in his eulogy as did Ted Kennedy in RFK's eulogy)

    So Bob Dylan is right, the times are a changing and Bruce Springsteen is right

    On the alternative and U2 are regularly list as an alternative band, could there be an invisible sun guiding us all, a pilot light that Elton John sings of in his last album, guiding us all, in a word, GOD

    Bono definitely believe in God, has faith and sings of us going to a place that has to be believed in to be seen, in word Heaven,

    Bono says God is interested in us, he get's involved in the tiny details of our lives - pretty cool. Ties in with Einsten and all who enable us to marvel and the detail of the universe in all

    but I don't want to get too fundamental* or religiously absolute about a criteria of laws at the same time things are not all relative, there is love and evil in the world, and it's important to know the difference - the catholic church have a very good life operating system if you remove some of the objectionable exclusions, rules and outmoded constrains on individual in society.

    *(i have made that mistake of being too fundamental myself in the past - you can't wait for God to do it for you; you have to do it for yourself: think global but act local, build relationships with those around you and build from the ground up- have faith but be realistic, don't be afraid to measure your progress and see where you are)
    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General Commenthere's a good link, I just found on the meaning of the song

    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General Comment<>,
    by St Paul in his letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 13:12
    English Standard Version

    does this explain now that veil has been pulled back a bit more, that the 'room has cleared of smoke', we can see bit more clearly, <> could be God or messianic here - I am part divine, you are, I am we, all are

    when the smoke clears it is a new beginning - we get clarity - we can see
    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAbout John Lennon's great song 'Imagine'

    "I believe visualization is an important part of the process".

    Study Denis E. Waitley, how he brought the visualization program that NASA were using with their astronauts to athletes preparing for the Olympics

    Or as one of the American televangelist preached in 2006 on tv,
    everything in the material world, first started off as an idea in the immaterial world. Every house was once an idea before the architect drew up the blueprint, and the engineer and builder, built it.

    Go back to the book of Genesis, first there was the word ... he spoke it into existence, and we are creators like God, study the forming of energy into thoughts in Hindu, as was explained to me by a friend.

    We know, from conventional biology, that thoughts are formed in the brain, and that the intelligence signal is sent down the spinal nerve to the diaphragm, lungs , larynx (I'm not a Dr.) etc, so what began as a thought in the brain, went to the body and out into the world.

    of course there is the Maths string theory that everything is literally connected by strings of energy, other theories that Deepak Chopra highlighted that some of the energy that passed through Jesus body while he was alive on Earth is present in the energy system of each one us - all of us, we are that connected.

    So alternative experts would say we have more senses that the five primary senses, and that our gut is very important - that it makes decisions ( I maybe be exaggerating what I heard here, but You often heard people say I felt in my gut or I had a gut feeling) Women are regard as being more perceptive to creation than males, after all it is through their wombs that each of us comes into the world.

    So maybe a thought starts in the gut sensory system... maybe it's all connected, our brain with what is outside, maybe the signal goes through the air to our lungs and is not dependent on the nerve - that's not very scientific and there is no evidence of that but I am trying to highlight that the Universe might be more marvelous that we can imagine in these days,

    Think of talking to yourself ( a voice recorder) speaking to someone in Australia ( a telephone), seeing your family member in America without going there ( video conferencing via Skype!)

    Imagination opens up our tomorrow

    America is a dream that is coming true. So is the EU, So is Ireland
    So is Israel and hopefully Palestine too.

    The new World Trade Center in New York is a new good dream that is defiant of an evil one. Anything is possible, that's why we have to be careful what we imagine because we are forming energy.

    Think of phenomenon movie "The Secret" - What we focus our energy on, we attract into our lives. I am not saying we attract bad things into our lives; that could be just someone elses evil intention focused on us, in the case above Osama Bin Laden's. Some things are unexplainable, especially awful random and evil things. J K Rowling is right, we need to teach our young people about evil. David and Barbara had a series on Spiritual Warfare a few years ago. I avoided watching it every time it came on, but there must be a case for fighting. Ireland has a history since it's foundation of being a Neutral country. It didn't get officially involved in WWII, though many of her people did. Imagine if Great Britain and the United States hadn't defeated fascism, where would we be today? What would the last almost 70 years have been like - what would our prospects been today had the freedom of democracy succumbed to Hitler's control would we have sorted it out since then, who knows and what about all the people the NAZI's wanted to exterminate - it's a good job, democracy won and democracy would never have won if we didn't fight. And look we got almost 70 years of relative peace and the EU now and it's goodness is still developing.

    It goes without saying, it's not a fair world yet and Osama Bin Laden was wrongly using that anger. In the end he got death and did he achieve fairness? No. A pet phrase of mine is, anything that is achieved only perpetuates that by which it is achieved - I don't know if it is true but Violence only perpetuates Violence. It takes courage to make peace and it takes courage to fight. the bible says there is a time for both. Could never quite understand it. Falls into Bono being fed up hearing that there is going to be peace on Earth.

    Bono is a boxer, he's a fighter, he's hardy nut I wouldn't like to go against. Robbi Williams is right about Bono, he takes it to the fight, he's doesn't shy away from the shadows and cobwebs around things - it's one thing that really helps him pursue the truth and speak it to power, he knows he's powerful and he exercises to learn how to use his power. I am not saying he is fearless or perfect. He's not. What I am saying is he doesn't let his fears rule him.

    I find intelligence gathering objectionable and very challenging for those who do, but if it stops society breaking down or people being killed, it is a necessary part of governments work, I just wish they were more up front about it (transparent).

    There is mental illness about. I know a bit about it. Delusions are real, and people are prepared to act on them, sometimes quietly and quite methodically. A horrific example was the Anders Breivik in Norway, where he bombed and killed scores of young people. These dangerous people have to be found out and stopped and sometimes that means intelligence and fighting. Think of Jack Johnson song..."The world has its ways, To quiet us down.."

    We are a long way from Martin Luther's dream of the whole of humanity in response to his disillusionment with what was happening in the Vietnam war that

    "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!"

    that was from his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, but I think he used it again with reference to his disillusionment with the war in Vietnam in comparison to the call of Christ.

    anyway this has been a tangent
    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General Commentone thing about songmeanings.net that could be better would be the ability to edit a post - it is an online site after all, not a printing press.

    I was reading back over my posts on invisible and I want to make a few additional clarifications

    Change is inevitable. Change is here to stay and democracy and capitalism facilitate it. Change can be a very good force - it must be managed carefully.

    World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. Over 60 million people were killed. Had the Nazi's won, and the mass murder continued, who knows where we would be today. The war and the holocaust in which Nazi's killed millions of Jews and other people they didn't like who they considered inferior, must never be forgotten and ethnic cleansing must never be allowed to be repeated anywhere. As an international community of many states this is hard and we have failed since WWII.

    As Brian Tracy tells us, Every disaster must be looked into for the seed of something great and certainly much good has be brought about since the end of WWII, none lest that the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel. Jewish people are unparallelled in history in how they have survived so much adversary and nationhood-lessness for long periods of time.

    Another good thing, to come from victory of WWII was the evolution of the EU, and what that influenced in Europe and beyond, another thing was the United Nations and it's work, and I think NATO was set up since as well.

    Eventually Germany managed to peacefully re-unite.

    I hope one day, Palestine will become a nation and have peace with it's neighbours and her people prosper at home.

    In Ireland, North and South, I hope peace continues everyday. Personally I would like to see us come together as a united island of Ireland, but I realize that that is up to the people of Northern Ireland of all views.

    The United Kingdom is a great nation, we are lucky in this new age of co-operation to be one of it's closest neighbours. May Ireland and Britain be at peace forever from now on.

    Now there's my prayers.

    I realize i keep explaining the world through my catholic Christian outlook, that's because of how I was brought up and the culture I live in, and indeed the faith of many that I have, but I have a utmost regard for all faiths, even without knowing them in detail, because we all have valid ways of being that can help each other and I think we can learn a lot from each other: point out each others mistakes and show each other what works better. We all have a lot to learn, including Christians. I know I certainly have. God works in mysterious ways and I believe behind all faiths is the one God.

    Let's tie this back to the new U2 song Invisible:

    There is no them
    There is no them
    There's only us
    There's only us

    There is no them
    There is no them
    There's only us
    There's only us

    There is no them
    There is no them
    There's only you
    There's only me

    There is no them

    We have a common humanity and maybe ...

    ties in with the bands name - a question of inclusiveness:
    U2: you feel the same way too?

    consider...2012 Mayan Prophecy is not about the end of the world but the start of a new cycle of the world.

    From wikipedia:{{{Established themes found in Mayan 2012 prediction vary around, "suspicion towards mainstream Western culture", the idea of spiritual evolution, and the possibility of leading the world into the New Age by individual example or by a group's joined consciousness.}}}

    Gary Zukav in his book 'Seat of the Soul', talks about the awakening of a new multi-sensory capability in humans happening at the moment. I think this ties in with the new presence of the Internet and evolving connectedness, which has built on the airoplanes, telephone, the televison, the radio, oil, the roads, etc

    Did you see the Mandela movie, Long walk to Freedom

    he talks of not liberating the Black people but of liberating the White people. this was truly revolutionary.
    great song too by U2, 'Ordinary Love'

    The obvious base route would have been revenge, but no, Madiba, choose forgiveness. With Arch Bishop Tutu, he set up the Peace and Reconciliation Commission. Something that is proving slow and tough to do in Northern Ireland.

    In U2's window in the skies, one video on YouTube, ask what would the world look like if the people of the world forgave itself?

    Elsewhere I read or heard that Bono believes guilt is a useless emotion that hold people down and back. for me this is a bit revolutionary, as I feel guilty about lots of things. I guess his point is we got to move on from it; we can't wallow in it. Tony Robbins talks about it as a signpost that we have violated one of our highest values and the way to deal with it is to make a change and make sure we never violate it again.

    About Invisible - the more I write bout this song, the more profound I think it is, and I mean that because the language used is quite simple, but it's like the Beatles, All you need is love - which is profound and eternal, U2's Invisible is deep in a 2014 way. this song will travel through nations of the world and through time.

    It reminds me of an evening in London years ago waiting for a bus in a busy place and I looked over at a person, a little away from me, and I said to myself,

    he's on my team too- the human race

    for me it was a simple thing but it gave me a profound insight.

    This song ends like that.

    We are all the same, we are all in the same boat - on this little planet earth for a short time.

    The Earth School as Gary Zukav calls it. - here to learn something or do something as well as 'live, love and matter' as Brendon Bruchard says.

    I partially recall, In these human space suits, I think have heard Oprah say, I love Oprah and thank he for Seat of the Soul. I think it is really cool what she is doing with her girls school of new young leaders in South Africa!

    I fall in in with Gary Zukav here, about our soul just being partially in our bodies, that we are part of a soul which is much bigger and a higher energy of light that wouldn't fit in our human body - it would explode

    ties in with a 'body in a soul' from the song Invisible

    U2: when the soul wants the soul waits, from HTDAAB

    Bono talks of his Dad and he being the same soul. I don't subscribe to that idea, I'm attached to my individuality and self ego but why not. Everything's possible. He obviously loved his Dad that much to express that in a song. I have heard it by other singers, I'm think Chris Martin but I'm not sure, as well and it conveys a deep feeling of love that the listener can feel.

    For U2's song Invisible

    Thanks to
    Larry, Adam, The Edge and Bono and Paul Hewson their families and all the U2 family

    It's a great song. I love it and I love U2.

    I love Bono even if he annoys me sometimes, there is no artist I think about more.

    Thank God for them all. May this song together with Bank of America, and the viewers of Superbowl 48 and the downloaders of this song on iTunes, end Aids on Earth, Amen
    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI want to thank Ali Hewson, whose husband is Bono and all the family members of all the U2 band members and U2 family, who support and encourage U2 to be what it is today. As a fan of U2 and all you stand for I wish to say thanks.

    jfveon February 07, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this as how a person (a person that wants to be compassionate) sees someone less fortunate perhaps a homeless person. In the chorus the less fortunate person maybe in the conscience of the observer says that they're not Invisible. The observer speaks of them as "them" and in the end realizes "they" are us.

    I think of Matthew 25:35: For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in

    This song makes me think (right or wrong) and feel. And I love U2 for this.
    zatarregazaon February 14, 2014   Link

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