Friday, May 14, 2010

backbone of a trinitarian hymn: Three friends have a beautiful day pontificating

In the last year, Bono has taken to singing "found three friends" (as opposed to "a friend") in "Beautiful Day," The most obvious reference might be his bandmates, but couldn't this (also) be an intentional Trinitarian reference (If you pardon the pun, it wouldn't be the first time he has gone trinitarian on us).

"I've successfully avoided talking about my faith for 20 years,'' said Bono, after finishing his interview with Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis. `The problem is, when I do these kinds of things, the way it turns out in the tabloid papers here and in England is, 'Bono Pontificates on the Holy Trinity.' But at the same time, I can't let them gag me. These are the unformed, unfocused thoughts of a student of these things, not a master.''

Lanois was right; "Beautiful Day" as a song has "the backbone of a hymn"
And the lyric works well...the person, or the Three Persons are in the next line, bestowers of.... grace.

(Remember, this song has also been incarnated as a prophetic word to the city it is sung in).

But why has only three other persons I can google (maybe i have three friends..) online even commented on the lyric change, let alone on its trinitarian possibility?

This all calls to mind the classic Tolstoy (attributed to) parable of the Three Hermits, who prayed:

"Three are Ye, three are we, have mercy upon us."

Check out the lyric change below.

Hall of Fame:

Rose Bowl (see end credits):

Croke Park:

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