Originally posted by cesar_garza01:To me it's not about the band breaking up at all. It's about old Bono talking to his young self and simply re-thinking his own life. There's a very christian motif about God giving you "talents" when you are born
The night gave you song
A light had been turned on
You walked out in the world
Like you belong there
For a young, still "innocent" Bono, life could be tragic, inspiring or a challenge, but he sees life as an open canvas, with well defined villains and friends, wars are waged between good guys and bad guys, but in that theater everyone has a clear role.
As easy as a breeze
Each heart was yours to please
And then this older Bono is reflecting about a whole life that was full of happiness and sadness. It seems he is loosing faith in the future he is leaving to other generations. Old Bono is starting to think that, despite all his best intentions, what he did before, his role as a husband, father, rock star, philanthropist, may be in vain and he's worried he has not made any difference in the world. These moments of doubt do not appear as eruptions, but rather, are "little things that give you away" alone, at night, when you can't sleep
All my tasks are so thankless
And all of my innocence has died
I wake at four in the morning
Where all the doubt is swarming
And it covers me in fear
I think everyone feels at some point that nothing really makes sense and the end is here (hell, I feel that every day in this crazy 2017). Sometimes you also feel hope for humanity and you think there's still salvation, that we can overcome whatever dark moments we are facing.
The end isn’t coming
It’s not coming
The end is here
Anyway, that's just my 2 cents. Maybe I'm just interpreting the song as to how I feel in this era.