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"MLK" by U2

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The reference to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his tragic assassination is obvious in U2's more popular song "Pride (In the Name of Love)." However, it's one of many references in the song, and its assertion that Dr. King was assassinated in the morning of April 4 (he was actually assassinated in the evening) is one of many of Bono's latter dissatisfaction with the lyrics. The song "MLK," on the other hand, is a simple hymn-like song that's a lullaby, requiem, and a prayer that his dreams be realized. It could be sung during a worship service on an MLK Day weekend or any particular worship service when you're emphasizing the Christian values for which he spoke. Lyrics below:


Sleep tonight

And may your dreams

Be realized

If the thundercloud

Passes rain

So let it rain

Rain down on him


So let it be


So let it be


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