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Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics


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'Pride (In The Name Of Love)' by U2
Bono hangs out at the opening session of the 2012 Oslo Forum. Somehow he doesn't seem terribly concerned about that lyric in the song "Pride (In The Name Of Love)." © Cathal Mcnaughton/Reuters/Corbis
Bono hangs out at the opening session of the 2012 Oslo Forum. Somehow he doesn't seem terribly concerned about that lyric in the song "Pride (In The Name Of Love)." © Cathal Mcnaughton/Reuters/Corbis

Here's another song, oft-karaoked, that contains a mistake that just a little bit of due diligence would've easily corrected.

The U2 song "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" has a lyric in it alluding to Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. "Early morning, April 4/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky," Bono sings, but the civil rights leader was actually murdered in the evening.

He was shot around 6 p.m., so Bono could just change the lyric to "early evening," which he sometimes does. But that probably confuses the stadium full of fans no doubt singing along to the tune. I think there's something to be said, however, about the poetry of early morning versus evening. Let's give Bono a pass on this one and just encourage people to read their history and not take what superstar musicians say as gospel.