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June 24th, 2005

I Am? @ 09:57 pm

I'm currently feelin: curious curious
I'm currently hearin: All Because Of You - U2

I wonder if anyone else has ever noticed this or thought about it.

A few weeks ago I was listening to my iPod in bed (as I usually do), and All Because Of You was playing. Suddenly something in the song made me have to get up in the night and find my bible. I was quite curious about a certain lyric.

The chorus is basically "All because of you, I am" which makes perfect sense taken at face value. However, I started wondering if there was a bit of hidden meaning there.

So I got the bible, and flipped to Exodus 3:14. But it wasn't particularly the verse that interested me, it was the footnote for it.

Exodus 3:14 - God said to Moses "I AM that I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

The footnote stated: The Hebrew word for Lord sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for I AM.

Now, I sort of already knew that, which is why the lyric interested me so much. If you think about the words "I AM" meaning "Lord", then the chorus of the song could be taken as "All because of you, Lord" which also makes sense, especially in the context of the song.

It just really interests me that it can be taken both ways, and make perfect sense both ways. I'd like to assume that Bono did that on purpose, he's a clever man.
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Date:June 25th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
That's brilliant! Thanks for that.
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Date:June 25th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
Bono mentions the whole thing about "I am " meaning God in U2 at the end of the world. I never thought about it in ABOY before. That Bono! He sure is a tricky little songwriter!
Date:June 25th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
He is brilliant.
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Date:June 25th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
The Bible actually has Jesus quoting "All Because of You, I Am" to God several times. And considering Bono's spirituality I don't think it was hidden or an accident. Simply a matter of perception.
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Date:June 25th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
I love that side of Bono's writing. He weaves his faith so beautifully. Christians should be in love with God. People sometime put God at a distance and that's not how it should be. The Bible also tells us that God is LOVE so we can write love songs to Him. Thanks for bringing this up!!!
Date:June 25th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
Amen to that. =)
Date:June 25th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool. I always knew there was a link between that line and that Bible verse, but I wasn't quite sure what.
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Date:June 25th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
I've thought about that several times. Yahweh means "I am" as well. :)
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Date:June 25th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's the first thing I noticed when I heard the song, especially since there's one called Yahweh on the same album. I've always liked the cleverness of that line. :)

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