Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bono's cover of the Magnificat: Magnificent



In a recent Rolling Stone magazine interview with Brian Hiatt, U2’s Bono says that the song “Magnificent” is inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“All music for me is worship of one kind or another,” says Bono.

The song appears on the band’s new album, “No Line on the Horizon.”

“Magnificent was inspired by the Magnificat, a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the voice of the Virgin Mary that was previously set to music by Bach,” says Bono. “There’s this theme running through the album of surrender and devotion and all the things I find really difficult.”

- National Catholic Register

MAGNIFICENT

Magnificent
Oh, magnificent

I was born
I was born to be with you 

In this space and time
After that and ever after
I haven't had a clue

Only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart
Black and blue



Only love
Only love can leave such a mark

But only love
Only love can heal such a scar


I was born
I was born to sing for you 

I didn’t have a choice
But to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry
It was a joyful noise
Oh, oh

Only love
Only love can leave such a mark
But only love
Only love can heal such a scar


Justified till we die
You and I will magnify

Oh, the magnificent

Magnificent

Only love
Only love can leave such a mark

But only love
Only love unites our hearts



Justified till we die
You and I will magnify
Oh, the magnificent

Magnificent

Magnificent

5 comments:

Concord Carpenter said...

Not bad! First time hearing it.

St Edwards Blog said...

Love it!

ned said...

Love this! Thanks so much for highlighting it for us! I often feel as if I live under a rock because I have no time to explore the news much beyond the front page and the 11 PM broadcast! I often remain unaware of little gems like this, while the rest of the world is in tune with them for weeks and months!! Now I will go explore the rest of the CD as well...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!!

tph said...

I've loved this song for the last several weeks...now I love it more!