U2 — One
Album: Achtung Baby
Avg rating:
8.2

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Total ratings: 2194
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Released: 1991
Length: 4:29
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you, now
You got someone to blame
You say one love, one life
When it's one need, in the night
One love, we get to share it
It leaves you, baby, if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well, it's too late, tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other
One...

Have you come here for forgiveness
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in your head
Did I ask too much, more than a lot
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got
We're one, but we're not the same
Well, we hurt each other
Then we do it again.

You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on, to what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love, one blood
One life, you got to do what you should
One life with each other: sisters, brothers
One life, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other.
One (lone)
One...

Make in it, make in it, higher...
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A very reluctant 10.
U2 does most things right and they are from my generation....not sure why I don't like them that much. I just have a 'meh' reaction to their music. I do appreciate their War album though. Some good solid tracks on that one.
A reasonable man could argue that U2 is the greatest band that ever was. Im not sure myself after all there was The Beatles. But the phrase , He could Play his guitar like ringing a bell.  comes to mind.
I remember talking about this track on the album as a standout before it became a single. Massive choon.
When released it was 'Lighters in the air'. Now it is 'waving Smartphones with the flashlight turned on'.

What will it be in another decade or two? 'Getting your implanted RFID chip to glow?'
 mardisoninnc wrote:
What an album this was.  Achtung Baby and Joshua Tree were incomparable and peerless, in my opinion.  And I attribute that to the magic touch of Daniel Lanois.

 
absolutely!
What an album this was.  Achtung Baby and Joshua Tree were incomparable and peerless, in my opinion.  And I attribute that to the magic touch of Daniel Lanois.
Radio Paradise a/k/a Bash Bono.  Sad!
Johnny Cash covers this better!
This band has always annoyed me to anger.
DRIVEL.
Bill...
STOP THE MADNESS 
HOT TAKE ALERT: This song is fine, but no better than that.
one of the regular radio station songs give it a 9 because its a marley covercant give a 10 and looking for new stuff but by rating easily mainstream known stuff it helps shape stuff i am to discover
 dennis_chary wrote:
This is a fine song-by my rating system,I give it a solid 7.However,with the exception of "Love Comes Tumbling",so much of U2's music comes across as too self conscious, as if Bono was more concerned with the appearance of anguish rather than geniunely communicating the anguish musically.This song is very well crafted,but it feels too scripted.

 
You are trying way too hard to find something poor in a great thing.  Just sit back and enjoy, stop over analyzing.  
I got this excellent classic song from the PSD button because I can't afford listening to Talking Heads. I suggest you to use that RP's wonderful feature.

Peace.
 

zurcronium wrote:
Bill one song a day from U2 please. And when I am not listening preferably.  

Most overrated band ever. Not terribly just terribly overrated.  

 

 


Bill one song a day from U2 please. And when I am not listening preferably.  

Most overrated band ever. Not terribly just terribly overrated.  

 
 4merdj wrote:
Still sounds great! 

 
Excellent way of putting it!
If you get a chance to see them live, just do it.
 Vakse wrote:
1 it is!

 
Now do the Bad joke.  It's every bit as good!
Prefer the Cowboy Junkies version on Early 21st Century Blues, myself.
This is passion, coming in a long set of songs relaying this quintessential trait of creatively-bent beings... Still brings the chills, always...
Still sounds great! 

"That's what I want,
for all of you to be One" {#Cheers} 
 Vakse wrote:
1 it is!

 
{#Roflol}
1 it is!
I would like this if it didn't have U2 on it. 
I'm so glad RP always plays this version of the song, and not that horrible version with Mary J. Blige. 
Thanks! :) 
               TIP - I - TIP   TB-ONE
I'm worried about my future, I may be dyslexic.
          I pray, let it be better days
unn Martina hoffentlich hast du ausgefickt , shame on u
This is good but you should hear the version with Mary J Blige. It's fantastic
jazzdevil wrote:
When you hear this song automatically you feel the pain in his voice so that's why it's great performance. Of course great is the contibution of the Producer, Daniel Lanois

  
yeshetarchin wrote:
 quite likeable but Cash is doing it much better. And on that cover with Cash it is pretty much the producer as well..
 
I prefer Johnny Cash's version of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat", but I tend to agree with jazzdevil. Bono hasn't the greatest voice but he's very convincing when singing about tortured love.  
Not one of my favorites but it's impossible to deny that these are some damn fine lyrics.
Their last truly awesome album.....  
 dennis_chary wrote:
This is a fine song-by my rating system,I give it a solid 7.However,with the exception of "Love Comes Tumbling",so much of U2's music comes across as too self conscious, as if Bono was more concerned with the appearance of anguish rather than geniunely communicating the anguish musically.This song is very well crafted,but it feels too scripted.

 
Wow. Was it difficult for you to pull yourself away...(restraint exercised); to spend a few minutes scripting that comment?
Also, I disagree.

You say love is a temple, love a higher law...
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on, to what you got
When all you got is hurt...
                                      ...We've got to carry each other...

Haven't you known that woman? I certainly have!
This is a damn fine pop song! Nothing more, nothing less.

 quite likeable but Cash is doing it much better. And on that cover with Cash it is pretty much the producer as well..

jazzdevil wrote:
When you hear this song automatically you feel the pain in his voice so that's why it's great performance. Of course great is the contibution of the Producer, Daniel Lanois

 

 dennis_chary wrote:
This is a fine song-by my rating system,I give it a solid 7.However,with the exception of "Love Comes Tumbling",so much of U2's music comes across as too self conscious, as if Bono was more concerned with the appearance of anguish rather than geniunely communicating the anguish musically.This song is very well crafted,but it feels too scripted.

 
BS
When you hear this song automatically you feel the pain in his voice so that's why it's great performance. Of course great is the contibution of the Producer, Daniel Lanois
Even though that's one of the rare U2 songs I'm not keen on (heard too much?... especially on French radios, where it's the only one played daily), for some reason I don't feel like PSD/muting it because it fits so well in RP's playlist, and removing it would paradoxically create a miss.
 ElainaEast wrote:
I've always found U2 to be masterful manipulators... and I dislike being manipulated...

 
My sentiments,exactly.Please see my comment above.
This is a fine song-by my rating system,I give it a solid 7.However,with the exception of "Love Comes Tumbling",so much of U2's music comes across as too self conscious, as if Bono was more concerned with the appearance of anguish rather than geniunely communicating the anguish musically.This song is very well crafted,but it feels too scripted.
such a great album and song.{#Music}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Yah, whatever. It's not cool to like U2, blah, blah, blah.
This is a great song, regardless of how many people whine about the band.

 
Indeed.  They cry, they whine, and that's it.  A lot of boohoo signifying nothing.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
This is one of the deepest songs for me.  At one time I spent a lot of time with a group of very close fiends and something happened with a girl friend that meant we parted ways.  One of those big crossroads in life that you look back on and realise that everything would have been different if I had chosen the other one.....  This song was playing at the crucial moment, and I remember the time all too well.

 
I would be willing to bet that this song has that effect on a few of us.
aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh please make it stop
THe new U2 has ruined the old U2 for me.
Wow, yet another day where RP is playing some of my all-time favorite songs. Thank you!!
Deep as any ocean, vast as any abyss; this gem contains it all:  Yin and Yang, in Eternal Quantum Flux Dance, for sure! AND it rocks!
This is one of the deepest songs for me.  At one time I spent a lot of time with a group of very close friends and something happened with a girl friend that meant we parted ways.  One of those big crossroads in life that you look back on and realise that everything would have been different if I had chosen the other one.....  This song was playing at the crucial moment, and I remember the time all too well.
 lunatic wrote:
Ah, but the lyrics are about love, read over the entire lyrics in this song. Love isn't just about the good times. Love can be painful at times. Love can break as well as heal.
Imho the song is about trying to face the pain of not only a relationship, but a world if division and strife in humanity.
The overall message is to keep trying to love and to mend/heal/ over come the pain we cause each other.
 
Love that causes pain is not love it's longing. It's best to let it go if it hurts.
 KevinM wrote:
Johnny Cash's cover is better

 
Not really
 bev wrote:
Okay, maybe it's just me but I've NEVER thought of this as a religious song or even a love song, in terms of the lyrics. The lyrics, to me, sound
angry, and for whatever reason I've ALWAYS thought they were about him having a fight with his wife...about sex, actually. Ahem.

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it's too late tonight
To drag the past out into the light...

That sounds like something pretty specific, and not very loving. (He wants it, she doesn't.)

Did I ask too much?
More than a lot.
You gave me nothing,
Now it's all I got

And, we hurt each other then we do it again...

I can't be holding on to what you got
When all you got is hurt

I like the song...I like the tune, but as I said, the lyrics, to me...well. This is no love song as far as I can tell...


 
Right—to me this is very painful, and beautifully written song about a breakup. Though I never thought it was about sex per se. I think it is a superb song, but it always makes me sad. The lyrics expand to cover "one world" etc at the end, but....
Best song ever!