|U2 – Cedars Of Lebanon Lyrics||1 year ago|
Psalm 25:2 also explains in the footnotes that enemies could possibly be our temptations. Like David, this guy doesn't want his temptations to define him because it would possibly be an obstacle to the faith of others. He didn't want others to think living for God was futile.
What does making them interesting mean? What does 'in some ways they will mind you' mean?
|U2 – Cedars Of Lebanon Lyrics||1 year ago|
Psalm 29:5 "The voice of God breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon."
Student bible explains: The cedars of Lebanon were giant trees that could grow 120 feet tall and 30 feet in circumference. A voice that could break the cedars of Lebanon would be a truly powerful voice--the voice of God."
This part of the song seems to be something about Pride...."I got a head like a lit cigarette. Unholy clouds reflect a minaret" His 'visual focal point'(a minaret) is reflecting unholy clouds...and he has a hot head. The minaret reflection is calling him to prayer/confession.
I like how this man explains this song:
- Tristan M
Dec 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm
This song has some of Bono's finest lyrics. I sometimes feel that he lapses too much into abstract sentiment in other songs, but this song is concrete and realistic.
I love how there are three intertwining layers to this song: the political, the personal, and the spiritual. Everything the speaker says about one level can be applied to the others. Also, his marital crisis coincides with a political crisis and a spiritual crisis, and they are all tied together. The uniting theme is a sense of homelessness and exile; he does not feel at home in war-torn Lebanon (as depicted by the sad image of the soldier bringing a poor child an orange), with his wife ("I am here cuz I don't wanna go home"), or in the world itself ("this shitty world", "unholy clouds"). So, when the refrain implores him to "return the call to home", it is a call to return to his fellow man, his wife, and ultimately God. We all more or less face a similar sense of exile when we examine the state of our lives and the world around us.
Also, unlike many U2 songs, this song is incredibly subtle. It is implied that the speaker has been having an affair ("You say you're not gonna leave the truth alone"), and that he is overcome by guilt ("I am here cuz I don't wanna go home"). This sin and unresolved guilt is what makes him feel exiled from any sense of home; in fact, that effect is the essence of the doctrine of the Fall and original sin. Because of humanity's fallen state and original sin, we can never feel completely at home in the world or in our natural relationships, though these can all be means to knowing our ultimate home, God.
I love how perfectly this song ends the album, especially considering how the album begins. The album begins with "No Line on the Horizon", which is an optimistic and extroverted plea for transcendence. "Cedars of Lebanon" is a pessimistic and introverted plea for imminence. The speaker wants God to be imminent in the world, not just transcendent, as he reveals when he has the epiphany, "You're so high above me, higher than everyone; where are You in the cedars of Lebanon?". In other words, he feels so distanced from God. Without God to enrich the world with His meaning and presence, any worldly goodness becomes merely transient (as the example of the rose shows), the speaker can only rely on enemies, and the world does not feel like home. Relatedly, the speaker makes passing reference to the sacrament of confession in one verse ("The worst of us are a long drawn-out confession"). It may seem that he is speaking of confession in a different sense than that of the sacrament, but the guilt present in the lines that immediately follow shows that "confession" may also have the sacramental meaning. The idea of a sacrament is a natural or man-made thing imbued with Godly presence. This may be a hint to how the speaker can seek the imminence he desires.
Of course, these thoughts are all inspired by the upcoming Christmas holiday, which celebrates how the Incarnation unites imminence and transcendence.
It is amazing that we have not even scratched the surface of this song! Merry Christmas everyone!
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