Bono is almost like us, probably stuck inside! From his home in Dublin. the U2 singer-songwriter decided to record a new song ‘Let Your Love Be Known,’ dedicated to all the Italians currently in quarantine. This is what he wrote on his Instagram post: ‘For the Italians who inspired it… for the Irish… for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to. Bono’
Released on St Patrick’s Day, which was basically canceled everywhere, the song only features Bono and a piano and has already received more than 500,000 views. It is basically a postcard from Dublin to Italy (and the world), written an hour earlier.
Bono’s voice is having some difficulties to reach the higher notes at times, but it certainly comes from the heart, and even when listening to this stripped-down version, it almost sounds like U2’s huge hit ‘One’. Inspired by this coronavirus pandemic, Bono mentions isolation, fear, empty streets (‘yes I walked through the streets of Dublin and no-one was near‘) and the resilience of Italians who continue to sing ‘across rooftops’ as ‘an act of resistance’:
‘You can’t touch but you can sing/Across rooftops/Sing to me down the phone/Sing and promise me you won’t stop/Sing and you’re never alone/Sing as an act of resistance/Sing though your heart is overthrown/When you sing there is no distance/So let your love be known, oh let your love be known’
Think what you want about Bono, say anything bad about U2 (and I am also guilty of this) it is a sweet intention and a loving message from the frontman of a hugely popular band, during these hard times of social distancing, U2’s last album, ‘Songs of Experience’ was released in 2017, and we may expect them to record this song when we are out of this tragic mess.