I was recently listening to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for” by U2 and was able to distinguish the deeper meaning that is set between the lines. Upon listening to this song you would think that the speaker in the song has gone through great lengths for a girl. It almost provokes an image that he has kissed her and held her hand so now he has this burning desire to be with her. This desire has made him do bad things and good things but no matter what he still has this emptiness inside of him that she does not fill. She has helped him through a lot and she has seen him at his worst moments but still, she doesn’t complete him like he wished. If you didn’t know any better you would leave the story at that and just believe that he was in love and it did nothing for him. But once I listened to the song more and more the true meaning jumped out at me. There was no girl, but instead faced many trials to get to God only to feel as though he has fallen short. He has “climbed highest mountains” and “run through fields” to be with God but he still feels like he’s running because he can’t seem to find God anywhere. The speaker has experienced God before and it burned but he had a desire to experience him again. This desire has caused him to do bad things and good things alike but he just felt cold and alone. He believes in God and feels as though if he had a full understanding, everything would “bleed into one” and make sense so he keeps running towards God. He also feels free somehow, like God had loosened his chains and took away his shame. But even though he knows all of this he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. So, upon reading between the lines it is clearly shown that the speaker isn’t feeling alone because of a failed romance but because of a burning desire to experience God.
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