Light throughout U2’s Songs of Innocence

Have you noticed the word light is used all throughout U2’s new album Songs of Innocence? It is used in six of the songs. There are many themes to this album, and I have just realized that light is one of them.

California (There is No End to Love):
Everyone’s a star in our town
It’s just your light gets dimmer if you have to stay
In your bedroom
In a mirror
Watching yourself cry like a baby

Song for Someone:
If there is a light you can’t always see
And there is a world we can’t always be
If there is a dark that we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light, don’t let it go out

If there is a light you can’t always see
And there is a world we can’t always be
If there is a dark within and without
And there is a light, don’t let it go out

If there is a light you can’t always see
And there is a world we can’t always be
If there is a kiss I stole from your mouth
And there is a light, don’t let it go out

Iris (Hold Me Close):
The star,
that gives us light
Has been gone a while
But it’s not an illusion

Volcano:
Your eyes were like landing lights
They used to be the clearest blue
Now you don’t see so well
The future’s gonna land on you

Sleep Like a Baby Tonight:
Like St Francis covered in light
You’re gonna sleep like a baby tonight

The Crystal Ballroom:
We’re the ghosts of love and we haunt this place
We’re the ghosts of love in every face
In the ballroom of the crystal lights
Everyone’s here with me tonight
Everyone but you

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