Monday Melody: Beautiful Day (U2)

I’m featuring this song a second time, because it has special meaning for me today and the message — that beauty and grace can still be found even when everything has been lost — is profound and so important, especially to those of us who have often felt (and feel) so lost.

Original post:

The early 2000’s weren’t exactly the best time for popular music. Sirius, Youtube, and EDM (for the most part) were still in the future, and radio rock, though still ubiquitous, was well past its prime. The airwaves were full of interchangeable post-grunge, nu-metal, Britney Spears, and unmemorable R&B and rap. But there were a few gems that stood out all the more because they were so rare. One of those gems was 2000’s “Beautiful Day” by the supergroup U2–this was one of the last great rock songs.

From the Wikipedia entry for the song:

According to Bono, “Beautiful Day” is about “a man who has lost everything, but finds joy in what he still has.” Blender interpreted the song and the line “it’s a beautiful day” as “a vision of abandoning material things and finding grace in the world itself”

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this townYou’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day


3 thoughts on “Monday Melody: Beautiful Day (U2)

  1. have always loved this song.
    SO MUCH in fact!
    Today I heard a song for the first time ever. a cousin posted it on facebook and I was bawling! I even thought of YOU and I was like oh I gotta tell Lucky Otter.. seems everyone else has already heard it..had me bawling but in a good way… as far as what I always seem to talk about and many of us here…
    its Miranda Lambert “The House that Built Me”
    it seemed to help me…. get in touch with what I am always saying like a broken record! my past..
    the good only… the memories we have as innocent children are just like this…have you heard it?
    I thought since it helped me it might help others.. im a CASE!!! and “I know im not a hopeless case” haha beautiful day is playing through my head now..

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    • I think I’ve heard that song. I’m not as familiar with country music as rock and pop, though I know some, since that’s what everyone around here listens to lol. I’ve heard Miranda Lambert sing , she is very good. So maybe I’ll look that song up on Youtube later. Lots of country songs (not the bro-country type) have pretty deep lyrics.


      • im not one for country at ALL..pretty much don’t like it! never did.. my cousin posted it.. and .. it didn’t feel too country-ish to me or I would have turned it right off haha…. yea the lyrics are about your home as a child… and going back to it.. to visit it even though strangers live there now
        its something I want to ACTUALLY do
        and WILL (im not too shy to ask, but I will feel funny) ask total strangers if I can have a walk through of my childhood home.its like I need to and hey you never know, they might say ok:)
        I just read through the entire U2 lyrics you posted above, thank you for that..
        music helps me clear out so much confusion..forces me also to remember even people I hate have souls! (when I mad mad I say they don’t have souls,not very nice,but how I feel at the moment , just a way to vent,kind of like when I say ‘demons’ doesn’t mean I mean that lterally though!) and music. well we all like it.. and it resonated even with our enemies…
        we all want goodness, it seems so evasive.. and hard to believe (with narcs) I love the reference to Noah’s ark which I only just got now reading the lyrics (bird with leaf/after flood) and after that the beautiful day as well ..rainbow and new world..and other lines I hadnt known before..


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