What lyrics has the Edge written for U2?

Songs written by The Edge.
This is the Edge!

The Edge is known as U2's guitarist however he is really Bono's other half.

He is the Richard to Bono's Jagger, the John to Bono's Paul. But enough with the cliche's - the two are a song writing partnership that has prospoered both within and without U2.

For instance they are both credited as writing the Spider Man musical, Turn off the Dark and Golden Eye for Tina Turner which featured in the James Bond film of the same name.

Whilst Bono contributes the majority of U2's lyrics and is the front man for the band, the Edge has quietly whiled his time away, contributing some great lines of verse.

Here's three of the Edge's well known songs and lyrics where he has been separated from his writing partner:


"Numb" from the Grammy Award winning album Zooropa is perhaps the Edge's most popular song where he wrote the majority of the lyrics.

 Featuring himself talking in a dull and disturbing monotone that would make David Duchovny proud, the Edge covers a random amount of territory advising the listener to not 'speak but suggets' and refrain from 'pissing in the drain'.

One of U2's defining political songs, the song had its origins in the now famous riff written by The Edge and some lyrics he put together and the song grew from there.

Van Diemen's Land

The lyrics to this song where from an inspired Edge after learning of the story of a Fenian poet named John Boyle O'Reilly, who was deported to Australia because of his poetry. And probably for being a Fenian.

He probably stole some pigs or something too.

The track itself is from Rattle and Hum.

Invisible lyrics by U2

Invisible is the song title of a new U2 song, their first since the 2013 release of Ordinary Love.

No word if the song will feature on  an as yet unnamed album but it is going to be used to help promote an AIDS awareness programme, RED. The song debuted during the 2014 Superbowl as a free download to draw support for RED's work.

Described as an 'anthemic number about leaving one's hometown'.

Invisible lyrics by U2

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

That's right
I’ll be in the invisible world

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

Invisible is yet another Bono lyric that features a reference to his Father, check out the discussion at Mothers and Fathers.

U2's songs written about Africa and its people

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U2's songs written about Africa and its people

U2 have sang many political songs over the years and many of them focus on the struggles of people within certain countries, here's a few songs related to Africa.

Ordinary Love

A non album track by U2, it was used to promote the film which tells the story of Nelson Mandela's A Long Walk to Freedom.

Silver and Gold

An anti-apartheid song written with Little Steven to protest the oppresion of the South African people by the regime that existed at the time.

Where the Streets Have No Name

A song inspired by Bono's work in Africa in the early 80s. The song's lyrics are a juxtaposition of the U2's early live in Belfast, Ireland where one could tell another's religion by the area in which they lived.

The  lyrics of this song are a commentary about the relationship between Western countries and developing countries such as Africa. The verses and chorus address the relationship from the perspective of citizens from the developing world, focusing on the disparity between the long-term socioeconomic planning stressed by the West and the developing world's immediate need for sustenance.

Bono did a cover of this song with Alicia Keys. It was originally recorded by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

Soon lyrics by U2

Soon lyrics by U2

As found on the U2360 Live From The Rose Bowl which was released in 2010.


Soon, soon
Soon, soon
Soon, soon

Sing yourself on down the street
Sing yourself right off your feet
Sing yourself away from victory
And from defeat

Sing yourself with fife and drum
Sing yourself to overcome
The thought that someone has lost
And someone else has won

Soon, soon
Soon, soon
Soon, soon

Ordinary Love lyrics by U2 - song from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela's "Ordinary Love" lyrics by U2

'Ordinary Love' song lyrics by U2

U2 have written and recorded a song titled "Ordinary Love" for the film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

The film is based on  Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name.

U2 have been long term supporters of the people of South Africa, the break down of apartheid and of course Nelson Mandela so it's no surprise they've lent their song to the movie.

U2 have written a couple of songs for Africa - Silver and Gold and very famously Where the Streets Have No Name.

Of the song's meaning itself Bono noted "It's a plea for common decency among the people who've been oppressed and it's a plea for common decency in a marriage as it starts to fall apart.

In 2014 U2 won their second Golden Globe for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for this song.

In 2003 they won for song "The Hands That Build America".


The sea wants to kiss the golden shore
The sunlight warms your skin
All the beauty that's been lost before wants to find us again

I can't fight you any more, it's you I'm fighting for
The sea throws rock together but time leaves us polished stones

We can't fall any further
If we can't feel ordinary love
And we can't reach any higher,
if we can't deal with ordinary love

Birds fly high in the summer sky and rest on the breeze.
The same wind will take care of you and I.
We'll build our house in the trees.

Your heart is on my sleeve
Did you put it there with a magic marker?
For years I would believe that the would couldn't wash it away


We can't fall any further
If we can't feel ordinary love
and we can't reach any higher

Are we tough enough for ordinary love?

We can't fall any further,if
We can't feel ordinary love
And we can't reach any higher,
if we can't deal with ordinary love

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List of U2 cover songs

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What songs have U2 covered?

You think that one of the biggest band in history wouldn't need to do covers - well the Beatles did and so did the Rolling Stones - so why wouldn't U2 record the odd cover song?

They are a great way to add a bit of colour to a B-side or are an expression of an artist's appreciation for what has inspired and influenced them.

So here's a list of songs U2 have covered:

Name                               Release                                                      Original writer

"Night and Day"
Red Hot + Blue
Written by Cole Porter
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
A Very Special Christmas
Written by Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
"I Believe in Father Christmas"
(RED)Wire Volume 1 Issue 2
Written by Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield
We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones
Written by Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings and Douglas Colvin
"I Remember You"
"Elevation" single
Written by Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, and Tommy Ramone
"Fortunate Son"
Written by John Fogerty
"Instant Karma!"
Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur
Written by John Lennon
"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
"Elevation" single
Written by Johnny Cash
"One" single
Written by Lou Reed
"Everlasting Love"
"All I Want Is You" single
Written by Mac Gayden and Buzz Cason
"Paint It Black"
"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" single
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
"Dancing Barefoot"
"When Love Comes to Town" single
Written by Patti Smith and Ivan Kral
"Springhill Mining Disaster"
The Late Late Show Tribute to The Dubliners
Written by Peggy Seeger
"Neon Lights"
"Vertigo" single
Written by Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, and Karl Bartos
"Pop Muzik"
"Last Night on Earth" single
Written by Robin Scott
"Jesus Christ"
Folkways: A Vision Shared
Written by Woody Guthrie

"With or without You" single
Written Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret