Bono Posts His First New Song in Three Years
U2’s Bono has written and posted a new song on social media, and as can be expected from the socially conscious singer, it’s for a good cause.
The Irish singer has dedicated the song to the Italian people during one of their nation’s worst crises. They, in their tragic moment, have inspired him to do so.
Italy in the first three weeks of March
Earlier this month, on March 10 to be specific, Italy was the first democratic country since the Second World War to implement a nationwide lockdown. Tragically, their obedience to medical authorities’ call to stay indoors was slow to start.
As of this week, their numbers of infected citizens are now 47,021 and they count 4,032 dead, the latter number astonishingly higher than China’s, whose population is much greater.
Italian citizens know now, they have to stay inside and can venture out solely for food or medicine, and in some cases, work, if the person has a certified note.
Italy’s response to tragedy
Bloomberg BusinessWeek writer Vernon Silver is stationed in Rome and reports that the Italians, at least in his neighborhood, have taken to singing out their windows each evening. It’s their steam valve and quite possibly what reminds them of life and of hope.
“As you may have seen on TV, Italians have been singing anthems . . . from their windows and balconies. It’s real, beautiful, and heartbreaking. The sacrifice right now isn’t fun and borders on tragic: Weddings and funerals are banned, birthday parties postponed, educations derailed, businesses pushed to failure.”
“But the harmonic flash mobs have been a voice for a people who are kept apart. One day at noon, there was a nationwide round of applause for the health-care workers on the front lines, who are getting infected and dying.”
The daily singing, Silver notes, is scheduled at the same time each day.
“Whether by coincidence or design, the daily singing appointment is at 6 p.m.,” he writes, “the exact time of the nightly reading of the death toll.”
The Italians’ response to tragedy has inspired Bono
Italy’s reaction of singing in the wake of tragedy has inspired Bono to write a new song dedicated to them. It’s called “Let Your Love Be Known.”
He posted on Instagram on March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – “For the Italians who inspired it,” he wrote, “for the Irish… for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the frontline, it’s you we’re singing to.”
The song’s lyrics allude to the Italian citizens’ daily singing from their windows and to their courage in the face of devastation.
“I walk through the streets of Dublin and no one was near,” Bono sings. “Yes, I don’t know you/No I didn’t think I didn’t care/You live so very far away/Just across the square/You can’t touch, but you can sing across rooftops/Sing on the phone/Sing and promise me you won’t stop/Sing your love be known.”
Hopefully, this new song from Bono means there will be even more new music from U2, and soon.