U2 - "One"

Artwork for the single cover of "One" by U2.

Andrew Luke
The photo of the buffalo falling off a cliff was taken by David Wojnarowicz (who died in 1992, aged 37). The animals had been chased by Native American hunters.

U2 - "One"

Music video by U2 performing "One."

Andrew Luke
"One" was an example of Bono and the Edge's desire to move away from the stadium rock sound that featured in the album Rattle and Hum.

Lyrics for "One"

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same
Will it make it easier on you now
You got someone to blame
You say...

One love
One life
When it's one need
In the night
One love
We get to share it
Leaves you baby if you
Don't care for it

Did I disappoint you
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it's...

Too late
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

Have you come here for forgiveness
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much
More than a lot
You gave me nothing
Now it's all I got
We're one
But we're not the same
Well we
Hurt each other
Then we do it again
You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
One life
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other


"One" - U2

Lyric video for the classic song "One" by U2.

Andrew Luke
"One" is probably the most critically acclaimed single U2 ever released, and it has been classed as one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Songwriter Bono

Andrew Luke
The music is by U2, but the lyrics for "One" are by Bono. Ironically, the lyrics can be interpreted as showing disunity, although many read the song as people uniting.

Mary J. Blige, U2 - "One"

Music video by Mary J. Blige and U2 performing One (C) 2006 Universal-Island Records Limited.

Andrew Luke
The song has been covered several times, but the version with Mary J. Blige on lead vocals is considered to be one of the best.


Andrew Luke
U2 is an incredibly successful band, having sold over 170 million records worldwide. "One" was a number-one hit in their homeland of Ireland.

U2 - "One"

Music video of U2 performing "One."

Andrew Luke
This video was shot by Anton Corbijn in Berlin. Three music videos for the song were made.
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