It’s a Beautiful Day – U2

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You’re lovin’ this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light and See the bird with a leaf in her mouth After the flood, all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
It was a beautiful day

Life is a constant struggle. There will be lots of times in our lives where we will all feel down and out. We feel sad and lonely whenever we find that we lost something or, worse, someone. Material things, we can always reacquire, money can be earned again, but the loss of somebody we hold dear changes our life and the way we look at the world entirely. But, no matter how tough things go, we must always remember to consider every new day a clean slate where we can re-work our plans, establish connections and be a better version of ourselves. The people whom we lost will never be given back to us, but the memories they imparted will always stay.

To find joy in what you still have is the message that the song It’s a Beautiful Day from U2 would like to hand over us. The song tells us that even if we may somehow lose all our material possessions or even a few loved ones if we treat every new day a beautiful one, you will always find something to hope and live for. So this means that even “When there’s no room/No space to rent in this town” and “You’re out of luck…and you’re not moving anywhere”, even when “You’re on the road/But you’ve got no destination” you can always say to yourself that “It’s a beautiful day” and that you “know you’re not a hopeless case”.

The Wikipedia article about this says that “Beautiful Day” is played at a tempo of 136 beats per minute in a 4/4 time signature. The song opens with a reverberating electric piano playing over a string synthesizer, introducing the chord progression of A–Bm7–D–G–D9–A. This progression continues throughout the verses and chorus, the changes not always one to a bar. After the opening line, “The heart is a bloom”, the rhythm enters, comprising repeated eighth notes on the bass guitar and a drum machine. In the first verse, Bono’s vocals are in the front in the mix and their production is dry. At 0:29, a guitar arpeggio pattern by the Edge first appears, echoing across channels. The verses are relatively quiet until the chorus when the Edge begins playing the song’s guitar riff and Mullen’s drums enter. During the chorus, Bono sings in a restrained manner, contrasting with the Edge’s “loud, bellowing” background vocals, a sustained cry of “day”

This would sound like this song is very upbeat with a rock alternative vibe. This may not be your first conventional choice for a funeral song, but people who are looking for unique cremation ideas or funeral ideas can definitely put this in one of their choices.

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