The music video for U2's Love is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way, from their recent album Songs of Experience is a message of empowerment and appreciation for LGBTQ young people in Ireland.
The video, released today and directed by Red Hot Chili Peppers' band photographer David Mushegain, features LGBTQ youths, their friends, and allies in Ireland, in a montage of different looks, poses, expressions, and dance moves.
"So young to be the words of your own song / I know the rage in you is strong / Write a world where we can belong / To each other and sing it like no other" Bono sings in the second verse.
And in the third: "If the moonlight caught you crying on Killiney Bay / Oh, sing your song /Let your song be sung / If you listen you can hear the silence say / 'When you think you're done / You've just begun'"
Mushegain told Vogue, "'Love is bigger than anything in its way' is such a strong message, especially when the world is in such turmoil. I think the message is 'be yourself, but also have some fun in life and expressing yourself.'"
He's been taking street portraits of Dublin kids since traveling there on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers seven years ago, and the video was an extension of that work.
“There’s a certain genuineness to people [in Dublin] that you don’t necessarily see in bigger cities these days. The kids want to be involved in stuff, and they’re actually enthusiastic and excited about it in kind of a humble way. I love that. These kids have such good energy and I wanted the viewers to feel that.”
U2 begin another North American tour of their Innocence + Experience tour next week.