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The Prodigal and U2

With a h/t to Rob, I wanted to highlight this video from U2’s recent release I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight.

Apart from the clever idea and the technical excellence of the production, I loved the idea of the Prodigal in this video.  It’s actually quite a poignant and moving little piece of popular culture, in my humble opinion. Obviously Bono’s faith is well documented and, as always, there are shards of the gospel’s light that peek through his lyrics:


Everybody needs to cry or needs to spit
Every sweet-tooth needs just a little hit
Every beauty needs to go out with an idiot
How can you stand next to the truth and not see it?
A change of heart comes slow..

It’s not a hill it’s a mountain
As you start out the climb
Do you believe me or are you doubting?
We’re gonna make it all the way to the light
But I know I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight

Every generation gets a chance to change the world
Pity the nation that won’t listen to your boys and girls
‘Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven’t heard
Is it true the perfect love drives out all fear?
The right to appear ridiculous is something I hold dear
Oh, but a change of heart comes slow…

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