Classroom Handouts - U2 Lyrics Activity 1

U2 (Achtung Baby)

Part One - Vocabulary

With your group, write one sentence for each of the following words and idioms:

  1. blame (verb)
  2. crawl (verb)
  3. leper (noun)
  4. drag (verb)
  5. temple (noun)
  6. to leave a bad taste in one's mouth

Part Two - Discussion

Discuss these questions with your group:

  1. What do you know about U2? Where are they from? Are they popular in your country? What U2 songs do you know?
  2. What is the significance of the name U2?
  3. What are the most common feelings people have at the end of a relationship? What are some ways that people deal with these feelings?

Part Three - Listening

  1. Close your eyes and listen to the song without writing anything. As you listen, think about this question: Is this a love song? After you've listened, compare your answer to this question with your group.
  2. Now, listen again. This time fill in one word per space.


  • Is it _______ ________
    Or _____ _______ ______ the same
    _______ _____ _______ _____ easier on you
    Now you got someone to blame
  • You say
    One love
    One life
    When it's one need
    ____ ______ ________
    It's one love
    We get to share it
    It leaves you baby
    If you don't care for it
  • Did I ________ _______?
    Or leave a bad taste in ______ _______?
    You act like you never had _______
    And you want me to go without
  • Well it's too late
    To drag ______ ______ ______
    Into the light
    ______ ______
    But we're not the same
    _____ _____ ____ _______ each other
    Carry each other
  • Have you come here for __________
    _____ ______ ______ _____ raise the dead
    _____ ______ ______ _____ to play Jesus
    To the lepers in your head
    Did I ask _______ _______
    More than a lot
    You gave me __________
    _____ ______ ______ _____ _______
    We're one
    But we're not the same
    We hurt ______ _______
    Then we do it again
  • You say
    ______ _____ a temple
    Love a higher law
    Love is a temple
    Love the higher law
    You _____ _____ ____ enter
    But then you ________ ______ crawl
    And I can't be holding on
    To what you got
    When all you got is _______
  • One _______
    One _______
    One _______
    You got to do what you should
  • One life
    With _____ ________
  • One life
    But we're _____ _____ _______
    We get to carry each other
    Carry each other



Compare your answers with your group. Ask your teacher to play the song again if you can't agree on certain lines.

Part Four - Discussion

With your group, discuss the following:

  1. What is this song about?
  2. Is this a love song? If you say yes, support your answer with specific lyrics from the song.
  3. What type of relationship have these two people had? Have they broken up yet?
  4. What do you think is going to happen to the two people in this song?
  5. Why is this song called One?

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