U2 has been on hiatus since the end of their Joshua Tree tour in 2019 - their last show was the band’s first-ever concert in India on December 15th, 2019.
But on March 17, 2020 - St. Patrick's Day - lead singer Bono took to the band's social media to debut a new song he wrote earlier this week and dedicated it to the people of Italy - who are currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The song - which he sings from Dublin, Ireland and is apparently called 'Let Your Love Be Known' - was accompanied with a message: "For the Italians who inspired it ...for the Irish… for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the frontline, it’s you we’re singing to.”
The songs lyrics -
“I walk through the streets of Dublin and no one was near.
Yes, I don’t know you
No I didn’t think I didn’t care
You live so very far away/Just across the square
You can’t touch, but you can sing across rooftops
Sing on the phone/Sing and promise me you won’t stop
Sing your love be known.”
Were inspired by the by the Italians who have been singing through open windows during their country's nationwide lockdown.