One of my favorite songs from U2’s 1997 album “POP” is called “Gone”. I love the call for authenticity and transparency. It is full of biblical imagery and meaning. You can hold on to “the suit of lights”-your fake self and personae, or you can be “up with the sun”. The choice is yours…

“You get to feel so guilty, got so much for so little
Then you find that feeling just won’t go away
You’re holding on to every little thing so tightly
‘Til there’s nothing left for you anyway

Goodbye…
You can keep this suit of lights
I’ll be up with the sun
I’m not coming down
I’m not coming down
I’m not coming down

You wanted to get somewhere so badly
You had to lose yourself along the way
You change your name, well that’s okay, it’s necessary
And what you leave behind you don’t miss anyway

Goodbye…
You can keep this suit of lights
I’ll be up with the sun
I’m not coming down
I’m not coming down
I’m not coming down

‘Cause I’m already gone
Felt that way all along
Closer to you every day
I didn’t want it that much anyway

You’re taking steps that make you feel dizzy / (Gone)
Then you learn to like the way it feels / (Gone)
You hurt yourself you hurt your lover / (Gone)
Then you discover
What you thought was freedom is just greed / (Gone)

Goodbye…
And it’s emotional
Good night…
I’ll be up with the sun
You’re still holding on
I’m not coming down
I’m not coming down
I’m not coming down

Gone… sun… time… sun…
Gone… sun…. gone… sun…”

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