"One" song lyrics by U2 from Achtung Baby

one u2 song lyrics"One" lyrics by U2

Keeping with Achtung Baby's theme of irony, One has become a song often played at weddings even though it is a song about a couple breaking up.

This song is arguably one of U2's best songs both in terms of critical response and fan up take. 

U2 can't get away without playing it at every concert - the same as With or Without You.

Bono has said the lyrics "just fell out of the sky, a gift"; the concept was inspired by a note Bono sent to the Dalai Lama declining to attend a festival called Oneness - the note read, "One - but not the same".

The song was crucial to the success of the recording of Achtung Baby. The band was having some serious issues with finding their musical 'journey' until the chords to the song came together and the band as a whole grasped onto the song. 

One is widely considered to be one of the band's greatest songs and is consistently featured in lists of the greatest songs of all-time. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the song #36 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", and on Q Magazine ranked the One at #1 on its list of the "1001 Greatest Songs of All-Time".

In 2006, U2 re-recorded the song as part of a duet with Mary J. Blige and it was a popular hit a second time round.

One lyrics by U2

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
It's 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

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
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

Check out more Achtung Baby Lyrics - it's arguably one of the finest collection of songs U2 have ever released.

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