Inspired by the Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland in 1998, U2 wrote a song called “Peace on Earth”. The song challenged the very premise of its title. In the bombing’s aftermath, the Irish-native and lead singer confessed, “the whole ‘peace on earth, goodwill to all men’ struck a sour note. It was hard to be a believer that Christmas.” The song was subsequently sung at tributes following the 9/11 attacks.
U2’s song begins, “Heaven on earth, we need it now; I’m sick of all of this hanging around; Sick of sorrow, sick of the pain; I’m sick of hearing again and again that there’s gonna be peace on earth.” It repeats the refrain, “Jesus, can you take the time, to throw a drowning man a line? Peace on earth.”