Magnificent Lyrics by U2 from No Line on the Horizon

Magnificent Lyrics by U2

Magnificant is writtten by U2 and is from the album No Line on the Horizon and is the second single off the album.

The song's lyrics can be subjectively interpreted by the listener though Bono specifically "noted that the lyrics were influenced by both Cole Porter and Bach, and that the song is about "two lovers holding on to each other and trying to turn their life into worship"

Magnificant Lyrics:
Oh, magnificent

I was born
I was born to be with you 

In this space and time
After that and ever after
I haven't had a clue

Only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart
Black and blue

Only love
Only love can leave such a mark

But only love
Only love can heal such a scar

I was born
I was born to sing for you 

I didn’t have a choice
But to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry
It was a joyful noise
Oh, oh

Only love
Only love can leave such a mark
But only love
Only love can heal such a scar

Justified till we die
You and I will magnify

Oh, the magnificent


Only love
Only love can leave such a mark

But only love
Only love unites our hearts

Justified till we die
You and I will magnify
Oh, the magnificent


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Anonymous said...

Magnificent lives up to its name, and is sure to be an instant U2 anthem, as Bono sings: "I was born to sing for you, I didn't have a choice."

Anonymous said...

"Justified till we die, you and I will magnify"

I hear this differently. I hear "you and I will start a fire."

Are these the officially released lyrics?

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This song is absolutely incredible. Lyrically and musically it's easily the best song on the album. Instant masterpiece. Instant classic.

Christina said...

Love this song!!
Actually love this album...

Also I hear "Justified till we die, you and I will magnify"
it also matches the song better than the fire thing

Anonymous said...

If Im not mistaken, this is a song of worship. It's amazing

Anonymous said...

Most definitely a powerful worship anthem.


princess said...

it says
" justified till we die, you and i will magnify".
that's what's written in the cd's lyrics!
i bought it yesterday and i'm sooo excited!

erick said...

is it talking about a woman or God ? I'm not sure

Anonymous said...

This is definetly God...Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent.. he says the magnificent...
Why are there not more bands like this? Why are we constantly filling ourselves up with garbage and expecting something else to come out? Amazing!

Anonymous said...

God or a woman, who cares? It's a beautiful song.

Lady Luck said...

thanks, nice blog :D

Anonymous said...

Im going to Dublin...yeaaaaaa...U2 rocks! long live Bono! Hallelujah!

Anonymous said...

It is both to God and a woman, as all good love songs are.

Jimmy Jangles said...

I don't know how some people can think this song is about God - ESOL maybe?

Regardless Bono has said Magnifcant is about “two lovers holding on to each other and trying to turn their life into worship.”

Do not confuse the use of the word worship - Bono is say the coople are worshiping each other and not a god, God or other deity.

Thanks for all your comments!

Anonymous said...

I love this song. The reason people think this is about God is because that is the way the lyrics were written. Lines like "a joyful noise" which is reference to a song of praise to God. "I give you back my voice" sounds to me like giving it back to the one that gave it to Bono, ie, God.

I think the couple turning their love into worship is absolutely about loving God as well as each other. Some of my favorite U2 songs could be about God or a woman or even both at the same time. Love those ambiguous lyrics.

Mike said...

Raw heart of worship if you ask me... ranks up there with David's Psalms of worship, if you ask me.


Anonymous said...

He's singing to his late mother - he worships the ground beneath her feet too ...

Boelie said...

Best U2 song ever!

Rob Abdul - I love U2! said...

Magnificent lives up to its name. Listening to Magnificent make's me think of my one true love.


Paul H said...

Great song!

Clearly the song is about 2 lovers and also about God - the language is religious ('magnify','justified','joyful noise'), and Bono has been pretty clear about the religious background of much of his songwriting.

I am curious what the folks who think otherwise make of "Yahweh" from the previous album. Dedicated to his Auntie Yahweh perhaps? (Who by sheer coincidence shares her name with the "I Am Who I Am" Hebrew name of the Judeo-Christian God, apparently revealed to Moses)...

Dan said...

I think it's talking about a woman, and saying that he worships a woman 'like' some people or he himself worships god.

I think any religious quotes he uses are just to back up 'how' much he loves the woman or they love each other.

Btw, saw them in Croke Park, they were unbelieveable :)

Neil Stephenson said...

In a recent interview, Bono mentioned the connection between "Magnificant" and the "Magnificat", the "Song of Mary"

Anonymous said...

From Rolling Stone magazine, “Magnificent was inspired by the Magnificat, a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the voice of the Virgin Mary that was previously set to music by Bach,” says Bono. “There’s this theme running through the album of surrender and devotion and all the things I find really difficult.”

This doesn't say what the song is about, of course. By the way in Christian philosophy, marriage is a sacrament. Man and woman loving each other deeply is worship of God.

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