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Pride (in The Name Of Love)

Lyrics

playOne man come in the name of love
playOne man come and go
playOne man come he to justify
playOne man to overthrow

playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love
playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love

playOne man caught on a barbed wire fence
playOne man he resist
playOne man washed up on an empty beach
playOne man betrayed with a kiss

playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love
playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love

playEarly morning, April four
playShot rings out in the Memphis sky
playFree at last, they took your life
playThey could not take your pride

playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love
playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love

playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love
playIn the name of love
playWhat more in the name of love

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meaningMeaning

‘Pride (In The Name Of Love),’ was a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. The civil rights pioneer was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Though initially written as a song condemning president Ronald Reagan and his pride in the military strength of the U.S., a visit to an MLK exhibit at the Chicago Peace Museum in 1983 along with a couple of books that Bono had been reading at the time, one on Martin Luther King and Malcom X, altered the lyrics.

The song contains the erroneous reference to King's shooting as "Early morning, April 4," when it actually occurred after 6 p.m. Bono acknowledges the error and in live performances he occasionally changes the lyric to "Early evening...."

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vocabulary Vocabulary

to overthrow

leader: remove from power)

  1. The king was overthrown in a military coup.

rings out

Make a very loud noise


they took your life

They killed you


pride

A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect


justify

to free from the guilt of sin


washed up

To be brought to shore by the tide


betrayed

To be be disloyal

  1. Charles I of England was executed for betraying his country.

barbed

having sharp points


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