What does The First Time mean?

U2: The First Time Meaning

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The First Time Lyrics

I have a lover
A lover like no other
She got soul, soul, soul, sweet soul
And she teach me how to sing


Shows me colours when there's none to see
Gives me hope when I can't believe
That for the first time
I feel love


I have a...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    Jeff3417
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    Jan 8th 2004 !⃝

    I see this song as a pure spiritual song." For the first time I feel love"that is about receiving forgiveness. Bono at first tells about, what is important in his life. "A lover", I guess, theese lines express his love to Ali, and how she gives him, what he cannot take himself. Secondly he tells about "a brother", and that must be Jesus, as he is descriped as a person, who allways seeks and finds him.
    Then Bono quotes the Gospel of John, saying that in God´s mansion, there is a room for him too, and Bono reflects himself as both Judas, saying "I left by the back door", and Peter "I threw away the key." Thereby he tells about saying no to God's grace, going his way on his own. So it´s a sad tune, about losing the relation to God. The open question is about the end, where he repeats "for the first time I feel love", is this about receiving the forgiveness, like Peter had a new starting-point after the ressurrection of Jesus? It´s all about the usual hard stuff - the longing for freedom and the need for receiving love, and being honest - Does it mean anything to you to be loved by God?

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 21st 2012 !⃝

    What if it´a song about "paradise lost". The narrator was in his father´s mansion, but he left by the back door. And what if then is where he finds love for the first time, human love, imperfect, mortal, but free and actual love.


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