Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (5:09)

Cover of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

From How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and 51 other releases

‘Sometimes you can’t make it on your own’ was written by lead singer Bono as a tribute to his father, Bob Hewson, who died in 2001; Bono sang this at his funeral. The video to the song begins with a note from Bono about his father, saying “I wish I’d known him better.”


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  • Agallochy

    Incredibly emotional...thanks U2!

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Indierock93

    What a sad song. Liebe Dich, Pa!

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • hobbit-admirer

    Great song! love it!

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • caiocapela

    mano, QUE vibe!!!

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • gmusicmaker

    Love this song. One of my all time favorite bands! U2 are deep and emotional and I connect with them on so many levels. They make me rock, dance, sing and cry.

    17 Jan 2014 Reply
  • EzraTurner

    This song makes me cry, Bono I love you, my hero.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    very moving :)

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • beflamesmygirl_

    Cada vez que escucho esta canción, se me eriza la piel y me emociono, es hermosa.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • friendsweetc

    makes me cry every time i hear this

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Johnnybosox19

    Damn, what a great song. This song exemplifies all that is great about U2. I'm sure they could very easily write cheasy pop songs about horse shit topics like most of the other garbage bands out there, but I remember Bono once said that a true artist choses to "Reveal rather than conceal" and that's what makes them great. He is right, obviously this song is incredibly personal and these lyrics are absolutely heartfelt by Bono. I haven't spoken to my father in years, and this song just always tears me up..... I appreciate the fact that there are bands out there like U2, who continue to be original and choose to lead instead of follow.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • HorwitzJ

    Great song! Bono is truely a saint.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
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  • Johnnybosox19

    This song always brings me to tears, reminding me of the father that I haven't spoken to in 5 years.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • wackersska

    26th sept 2012, RIP, DAD. mx

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • minimans94

    Truly a masterpiece ! best part is the bridge so beautiful!

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bigTC1

    makes me remember and think of my mother

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JudaBeatDroppa

    Listen to U2 on my radio station!

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • abhishekpaul

    the soul of the song. if i were bono's dad, i'd forgive him.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • wackersska

    yea not bad ........crokepark85

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • caiotribbiani

    this song makes me cry

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
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