"Peace on Earth" by U2


County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (Brian Hamill/Unsplash)

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and in prayer for the situation in Ukraine, this song came to mind. Bono, U2's lead singer, wrote it after the bombing in Omagh, and it became popular after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It's a solemn prayer with a straight-forward chord progression and could be used as an offertory song in a church service. Lyrics below:


Heaven on earth We need it now I'm sick of all of this Hanging around Sick of sorrow Sick of pain Sick of hearing again and again That there's gonna be Peace on earth


Where I grew up There weren't many trees Where there was we'd tear them down And use them on our enemies They say that what you mock Will surely overtake you And you become a monster So the monster will not break you

And it's already gone too far Who said if you go in hard You won't get hurt?


Jesus can you take the time To throw a drowning man a line? Peace on earth Tell the ones who hear no sound Whose sons are living in the ground Peace on earth

No who's or why's No-one cries like a mother cries For peace on earth She never got to say goodbye To see the color in his eyes Now he's in the dirt Peace on earth


They're reading names out over the radio All the folks the rest of us won't get to know Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann and Brenda Their lives are bigger than any big idea


Jesus, can you take the time To throw a drowning man a line? Peace on earth To tell the ones who hear no sound Whose sons are living in the ground Peace on earth


Jesus, in the song you wrote The words are sticking in my throat Peace on earth Hear it every Christmas time But hope and history won't rhyme So what's it worth? This peace on earth

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