Grace – U2, Faith

With Guitar Tabs:

INTRO: C C C C F/C F/C C C G F/C C C

C
VERSE 1: grace, she takes the blame, she covers the shame

removes the stain, it could be her name
F/C
grace, it’s a name for a girl
C
it’s also a thought that changed the world
G
and when she walks on the street
F/C
you can hear the strings
C
grace finds goodness in everything

C
VERSE 2: grace, she’s got the walk, not on a wrapper on chalk

she’s got the time to talk
F/C
she travels outside of karma, karma
C
she travels outside of karma
G
when she goes to work
F/C
you can hear the strings
C
grace finds beauty in everything

C
VERSE 3: grace, she carries a world on her hips

no champagne flute for her lips

no twirls or skips between her fingertips
F/C
she carries a pearl in perfect condition
C
what once was hurt, what once was friction
G F/C
what left a mark no longer stains
C
because grace makes beauty out of ugly things
grace finds beauty in everything
grace finds goodness in everything

OUTRO: F/C F/C C C G F/C C (repeat C to fade)

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The song can also be interpreted as a personification of God’s grace.

The central character in this song is Grace. Through the song her inner emotions are juxtaposed with how she appears from the outside. Lines like “She carries a pearl in perfect condition” and “when she walks on the street, You can hear the strings, Grace finds goodness in everything” refers to how she is perceived by others. However she holds a lot of emotion and pain on the inside as shown in the lines, “she covers the shame” and “she carries a world on her hips, No champagne flute for her lips, No twirls or skips between her fingertips.” She appears so beautiful to the world and so caring because she holds all the sadness on the inside, where other people don’t see it. Through the song she appears as a solitary person, this is the result of her holding all emotion on the inside, effectively isolating herself. By doing this she makes herself very lonely in her suffering. The line, “she covers the shame,” refers to something in her past that she must hide. Her outer beauty helps to cover a tragic past.

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Faith is the substance of the things

Things hoped for

It is the heaven dance

Of things not seen

Don’t you know

I have the faith

To conquer anything

Keep the faith

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