Song of the Day #3,895: ‘Mysterious Ways’ – U2

Continuing my look at the year 1991 in music, I’ll now count down my personal top ten albums of that year.

At #10 is U2’s Achtung Baby, the band’s seventh studio album and the first proper follow-up (setting aside the soundtrack album Rattle and Hum) to 1987’s classic The Joshua Tree.

Achtung Baby was a massive hit, with 18 million copies sold worldwide, second only to The Joshua Tree among their discography.

This album moved away from the organic approach of its predecessor into a harder, more electronic sound. Bono brings his typical lyrical dexterity and distinctive vocals to a strong batch of songs, including the hits ‘One’ and ‘Mysterious Ways,’ today’s SOTD.

I’m not the world’s biggest U2 fan, but I like them well enough, and this is my second or third favorite of their albums. That’s enough to earn it a spot on this list.

[Verse 1]
Johnny, take a walk with your sister the moon
Let her pale light in, to fill up your room
You’ve been living underground, eating from a can
You’ve been running away from what you don’t understand, love

[Pre-Chorus]
She’s slippy, you’re sliding down
She’ll be there when you hit the ground

[Chorus]
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways, oh

[Verse 2]
Johnny, take a dive with your sister in the rain
Let her talk about the things you can’t explain
To touch is to heal, to hurt is to steal
If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel
On your knees, boy!

[Pre-Chorus]
She’s the wave, she turns the tide
She sees the man inside the child

[Chorus]
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways, oh
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways, oh

Lift my days, light up my nights, oh

[Bridge]
One day you’ll look back, and you’ll see
Where you were held now by this love
While you could stand there
You could move on this moment
Follow this feeling

[Chorus]
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She moves in mysterious ways, oh

[Outro]
Move you, spirits move you
Move, spirits ‘its move you, oh yeah
Does it move you?
She moves with it
Lift my days, and light up my nights, oh
We move through miracle days
Spirit moves in mysterious ways
She moves with it
She moves with it
Lift my days, light up my nights

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,895: ‘Mysterious Ways’ – U2

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It’s well known and documented on this blog that I am not a big U2 fan, but I like this song more than others. It has an INXS vibe musically that I kinda dig.

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