Rejoice!


Far from a “sophomore slump” I think October is one of U2’s best albums. I woke up this morning with the lyrics of “Rejoice” in my head. Looking more closely I considered the juxtaposition of the opening, “And outside a building comes tumbling down/And inside a child on the ground/Says he’ll do it again” and the final refrain “I can’t change the world/But I can change the world in me.”

I rejoice.

It’s falling, it’s falling
And outside a building comes tumbling down.
And inside a child on the ground
Says he’ll do it again.

And what am I to do?
What in the world am I to say?
There’s nothing else to do.
He says he’ll change the world some day
I rejoice.

This morning I fell out of bed
When I woke up to what he had said
Everything’s crazy but I’m too lazy to lie.

And what am I to do?
Just tell me what am I supposed to say?
I can’t change the world
But I can change the world in me
Rejoice.
Rejoice.

And what am I to do?
Just tell me what am I supposed to say?
I can’t change the world
But I can change the world in me.

I rejoice.

 

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