Bono may front a band that's racked up 150 million records sold and packed stadiums from Amsterdam to Zagreb, but he didn't have the easiest childhood. Growing up in Dublin as Paul Hewson, the U2 singer experienced trauma at an early age when his mother, Iris, suffered an aneurysm at her father's funeral and died several days later.
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"I wish I had more of a sense of my mother," the singer wrote in U2 By U2 in 2005. "I forget what she looked like. I have just a few vague memories."
Bono's band of future chart-toppers formed just a few years after that fateful tragedy, so it's only natural that maternal themes have crept into his lyrics over the past 40 years. In celebration of Mother's Day, let's take a look at six U2 songs inspired by motherhood.More »