''The song was dedicated to my father and it's a portrait of him - he was a great singer, a tenor, a working class Dublin guy who listened to the opera and conducted the stereo with my mother's knitting needles. He just loved Opera, so in the song, I hit one of those big tenor notes that he would have loved so much. I think he would have loved it, I hope so." - Bono
''My father was a very tough old boot of a guy, Irish, Dub, north side Dubliner, very cynical about the world and the people in it, but very charming and funny with it. His whole thing was, don't dream. To dream is to be disappointed. That was really what I think was his advice to me. He didn't speak it in those words, but that's what he meant. We didn't talk very much, so in the song I say to him, can you hear me when I sing, and I hit one of those big tenor notes that he would have loved so much.'' - Bono
''Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own'' is one of those songs that was very difficult to get right. But as a tune we always thought, if we got it right, it was going to be a big song, and now I think it could be a massive song, simply because it's a complete song. There's nothing but pure melody there, there's no fat, nothing you'd lose. It's just one of those great lyrics, those great ideas, that I think is going to connect with people. Everyone can relate to it. It's got a universal aspect that will connect.'' - The Edge
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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