"White As Snow" Lyrics by U2

"White As Snow" Lyrics by U2

The lyrics to White As Snow reflect Bono's imagining of a dying soldier based in Afghanistan. After watching Sam Mendes's Iraq war film, Jarhead, Bono decided the song should evoke the thoughts of a soldier dying from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. For a band known for it's political views, the song is arguably the only one from the No Line on the Horizon album that is based on politics (or rather the fall out from war)

The song's melody is based on an old hymn, Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel

White as Snow Lyrics:

Where I came from there were no hills at all
The land was flat, the highway straight and wide
My brother and I would drive for hours
Like we had years instead of days
Our faces as pale as the dirty snow

Once I knew there was a love divine
Then came a time I thought it knew me not
Who can forgive forgiveness where forgiveness is not
Only the lamb as white as snow

And the water, it was icy
As it washed over me
And the moon shone above me

Now this dry ground, it bears no fruit at all
Only poppies laugh under the crescent moon
The road refuses strangers
The land, the seeds we sow
Where might we find the lamb as white as snow

As boys we would go hunting in the woods
To sleep the night shooting out the stars
Now the wolves are every passing stranger
Every face we cannot know
If only a heart could be as white as snow
If only a heart could be as white as snow

Check our more lyrics from Ireland's finest: No Line on the Horizon.

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