Handwritten lyrics are special pieces of memorabilia. They get you as close to the inception of the song as materially possible. Which is why they are so rare and sought after. Also, with all things gone digital, most artists are not handwriting songs anymore. Instead they just type them on their laptop, which is practical though means the art of handwritten song’s may soon be a thing of the past. Bono famously had a briefcase stolen during a gig in 1981. The briefcase contained Bono’s handwritten lyrics to what would have been the War album though because of the lyric’s being stolen U2 went on to record October. The briefcase was returned to Bono some 30 years later!!! Below is some samples of Bono’s handwritten lyrics, from One to Ordinary Love. Enjoy…
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“Ordinary Love” Bono’s handwritten lyrics
Usually lyrics are typically handwritten on a scrap of paper though not in all cases. This time Bono’s handwritten lyrics to “Ordinary Love” are on the back of one of his famous green Gretch guitars. Bono generously donated this guitar to a charity auction. What a special piece with great pic’s of Bono with the guitar. I’m sure this is now the centre piece of a U2 fans collection.
“Where the Streets Have No Name” Bono’s handwritten lyrics
Bono’s handwritten lyrics have a very distinctive style of writing. It has not really changed much over the last 30 year’s. This is a great example of Bono’s handwritten lyric’s for “Where the streets have no name”. These lyrics were reproduced for the 20th Anniversary release of The Joshua Tree.
“ONE” Bono’s handwritten lyrics
Bono’s handwritten lyrics to “One”. Probably one of U2 most popular songs. One of the great thing’s about handwritten lyrics is seeing the changes made to them. Words scribbled down and then crossed out and replaced with a new idea. It gives you a glimpse into the mind of the artist as they where sitting down that very moment writing the song.
“Please” Bono’s handwritten lyrics
One of my favourite U2 songs “Please”. These Bono handwritten lyrics are currently on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Dublin, Ireland. A fitting location for obvious reasons. If your passing through Dublin it’s definitely worth dropping into the Hard Rock Cafe. They have some great pieces of U2 memorabilia.
Un-finished handwritten lyrics by Bono
Back in 2008 Bono donated an unusual item to a charity auction, a trash can containing pages of his unfinished lyrics. One of the lyrics where written for Nelson Mandela though they were not up to Bono’s standards and ended up in the trash! Bono’s handwritten lyrics, one man’s rubbish is another mans treasure.
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