The U2 and Mormonism connection
People seem to always be connecting U2 and U2 songs with Mormonism and Utah. Bono, the Edge, Adam and Larry are not LDS and almost all these connections are either flat out false or unverified.
Lets begin with the one and only true one. U2 did name their 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” after a tree-like desert plant that was given its name by Mormon pioneers. So without Mormon pioneers, the album would probably be called something else. That’s it. The only real connection.
Now on to some myths. The first one is that their hit single “One” was written about a Mormon girl. Lines in the song like “Love is a temple. Love a higher law” are used to support the myth. Bono has never made this claim. He did describe the song as “a song about coming together, but it’s not the old hippie idea of ‘Let’s all live together.’ It is, in fact, the opposite. It’s saying, We are one, but we’re not the same. It’s not saying we even want to get along, but that we have to get along together in this world if it is to survive. It’s a reminder that we have no choice.”
Another connection that members try to make is that the song “Where the Streets Have No Name” is talking about Utah because the state is known for addressing streets with numbers instead of names. It is not true. Bono was inspired to write the lyrics by the notion that it’s possible to identify a person’s religion by the street on which they lived, particularly in Belfast, and also their income depending upon the part of the street.