Bono of U2 has shared a brand-new song, “Let Your Love be Known,” which he has dedicated to those on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Irishman, who is also facing a nationwide lockdown in his home country, released the four-minute song on U2’s Instagram page yesterday. “For the Italians who inspired it,” Bono wrote in the post’s caption, “For the Irish… for ANYONE who this St Patrick’s Day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the frontline, it’s you we’re singing to.”
In the clip, Bono described “Let Your Love be Known” as a “little postcard from Dublin” that he wrote in about an hour. Over a melancholic piano melody, the U2 frontman sang, “You live so very far away / Just across the square / You can’t touch, but you can sing across rooftops / Sing on the phone / Sing and promise me you won’t stop / Sing your love be known.”
Italy and Ireland are just some of the many countries that have announced lockdowns, including border shutdowns and restrictions, amidst the global coronavirus outbreak. According to CBS News, the total number of deaths worldwide surged past 7,000 on March 16.
In other COVID-19-related news in the music world, English rock band Foals recently dropped a timely “PSA” video for their song, “Wash Off.” The clip featured footage of the standard medical procedure for hand-washing, per World Health Organization guidelines.
Last year, U2 collaborated with Indian composer AR Rahman for “Ahimsa,” the band’s first new release since their 2017 album Songs of Experience.
Check out “Let Your Love be Known” below: