Bono sings “Come let us adore Him” in streets of Dublin Christmas Eve


By Mark Ellis

Bono lifts hand in reverence
Bono lifts hand in reverence

For the fifth consecutive Christmas Eve, Bono and his friends jammed into Grafton Street in Dublin as part of a “busking” songfest for charity. “Buskers” are street performers in the parlance of the area.

On a cool crisp Eve, with a swelling crowd pressing in tightly, they sang on behalf of The Simon Community, a charity that helps the homeless, named after Simon of Cyrene. The organization oversees a number of shelters run by local volunteers.

“Bono! Bono! Bono!” voices in the crush of people cried out, as they tried to get closer to the legendary Irish rock musician, well known for his activism on behalf of Africa and numerous other causes.

Bono jubilant
Bono and Glen Hansard (right)

“Step back a bit – we’re going to sing songs,” said Irish songwriter Glen Hansard, as he stood next to Bono with a guitar in hand. Hansard is a guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, and half of the folk rock duo The Swell Season.

With Hansard grinning widely, he and Bono launched into a playful holiday song by the rock group Slade, “Merry Christmas Everybody.”

“Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?

It’s the time that every Santa has a ball

Does he ride a red nosed reindeer?

Does a ‘ton up’ on his sleigh

Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?

So here it is merry Christmas

Everybody’s having fun

Look to the future now

It’s only just begun…”

Then Bono thanked Hansard for organizing the event and said, “And now for the child that was born in the Bono hand raised up(unintelligible) and straw of poverty I would like to sing an actual carol.”

The crowd grew quiet. With a more subdued tone and heartfelt spirit, Bono sang “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.”

Between Trinity College to the north and St. Stephens Green to the south, on one of the busiest shopping streets in the world, Bono’s voice carried above and through the throng,  “Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”


  1. that is something we need to do everyday in our nation. I like that cool idea to get everyone to sing o come let us adore HIM. if bono can get many great rock stars have a heartfelt change to turn around to get our nation to repent or repentance in our nation. how cool would that be. I think Bono needs to make a GREAT gospel rock cd on his next project. I believe he can if he wants too. Good job Bono- keep your heart to the Lord and let Him shine on you and more. God bless you so richly…..

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