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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that U2 was asked to write a song for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and felt inspired to write "Ordinary Love" after watching early versions of the biopic. There's nothing iffy to worry about in the tasteful lyrics video or this clean, Oscar-nominated track -- which also won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song -- about Nelson Mandela's love for Winnie Mandela and his quest for equality in South Africa.
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What's the story?
ORDINARY LOVE was released as a limited edition 10" vinyl for Record Store Day, which happened to be less than a week before Mandela passed away in 2013. In addition to watching early versions of his biopic, the Irish rockers also read the love letters that Mandela wrote to Winnie while he was still imprisoned. U2 carefully crafted this reflective single as a way to honor their friend of many years while gracefully touching upon Mandela's personal and political lives.
Is it any good?
The opening sounds of the light piano allow listeners to really focus on these emotional lyrics before adding the steady drum beats and Edge's haunting guitar riffs. With his clear falsetto, Bono passionately sings, "I can't fight you anymore / it's you I'm fighting for." Not only was Mandela fighting for equality but he also was fighting for Winnie. This mid-tempo ballad questions whether we're "tough enough for ordinary love," and the uplifting chorus serves as a reminder that "Ordinary Love" can inspire and lead to greatness.