As more celebrities take to social media to stream concerts, cooking shows, or public Q&A questions to entertain fans who are practicing social distancing and self quarantining amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Bono did one better. The Irish singer decided to release a brand new song by throwing a public listening party on Facebook Live.
The U2 frontman created "Let Your Love Be Known" on Tuesday, and an hour later, serenaded fans by playing it on his home piano.
The debut of the new track doubled as Bono's St. Patrick's Day gift to his followers. "A little postcard from bubblin' Dublin on St Patrick’s Day," he cheered at the start of his video. "A little tune, made up here about an hour ago. I think it’s called ‘Let Your Love Be Known.' Let me know what you think."
Bono dedicated the song to anyone "in a tight spot and still singing" despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He went on to make a special nod to his Italian fans by directly referencing their plight in the lyrics.
The song includes the lines "You can’t touch/ but you can -- you can sing across rooftops/ Sing on the phone/ Sing and promise me you won’t stop/ Sing your love be known/ Oh, let your love be known."
Italy has become the latest global hotspot of the virus and has a reported death toll surpassing 2,500. Despite the outbreak and being on lockdown, Italians have showcased their integrity by finding new ways to reach out to their neighbors.
Residents are banding together by singing to each other through their windows or on their balconies to bolster their spirits.
U2 is currently working on a new album. It is unknown if "Let Your Love Be Known" will be included on it.
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