Desire
by U2

Album: Rattle And Hum (1988)
Charted: 1 3
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  • Yeah
    Lover I'm off the streets
    Gonna go where the bright lights
    And the big city meet
    With a red guitar, on fire
    Desire

    She's the candle
    Burning in my room
    I'm like the needle
    Needle and spoon
    Over the counter
    With a shotgun
    Pretty soon, everybody got one
    And the fever when I'm beside her
    Desire
    Desire

    Desire
    Desire

    Burning
    Burning

    She's the dollars
    She's my protection
    Yeah, she's the promise
    In the year of election
    Ah, sister, I can't let you go
    I'm like a preacher
    Stealing hearts at a traveling show
    For the love or money, money?
    Desire
    Desire
    Desire
    Desire Writer/s: Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Larry Mullen, Paul Hewson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Drew from AustraliaWell, I shouldn't say often, but in this case, I think they've never presented the song properly live, and the other one I'm thinking about is 'still haven't found what I'm looking for', where all the juicy throbbing accompaniment is sacrificed to turn it into a church song, which it was not
  • Drew from AustraliaThis is a classic U2 song in that they've made 3 chords sound a whole lot more, it's not just Bono's singing (which is amazing), its also the edges layering, in the album version he's ringing away on an open E string, it obscures the chords and gives it the janglin' drive. Quite often U2 songs are great because of some recording trick like that, and then it gets forgotten for the live shows
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 27th 1988, U2's "Desire" was at #14 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; a little over four weeks later on November 26th it would peak at #3 {for 1 week} and it spent 17 weeks on the chart...
    On that very same day {October 27th, 1988} the U2 documentary film 'U2: Rattle and Hum'* had its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland...
    And it seems a year later bassist Adam Clayton was still celebrating the film's release, for on October 27th, 1989 he was convicted of drunk driving by a Dublin court, the fined was 500 pounds and a ban from driving for one year...
    * The film covered the band's Fall of the 1987 tour of North America.
  • Vagelis from Athens, --To me, the 3 best songs of U2 are:
    1)New Year's Day
    2)Desire
    3)Pride
  • Vagelis from Athens, --Sorry...I meant favourite
  • Vagelis from Athens, --At first, when I didn't know this was by U2, I thought it was from the 60's.Its music just felt so retro... I really loved it. But when I found out out was by one of my favourie bands, I adored it!!!
  • Mark from Worcester, Misong smokes. Bono does an excellent job with his voice inflections. The "yeah" he drops in here and there, and others. The "voice as instrument" principle that he does as well as anyone.
  • Sean from Lake Charles, LaI really love this song! I particularly love the harmonica part played by Bono toward the end of the song. One of the greatest entertainers ever also an equally great world ambassador. I'd love to meet Bono one day.
  • Emily from Abingdon, VaAnyone know where the video was filmed?
  • Boris from Maribor, United StatesVery famous and excellent U2 song. I personally think that "desire" is one of the 10 U2's best songs. I especially like the part: "for love or money money money..."
    A classic!
  • Marius from Lüneburg, GermanyOn Slane 2001, they played at in the middle of the audience, including a great base-guitar-solo by Clayton.
  • Jen from Boulder, CoIn the video, Robert F. Kennedy is shown as Bono sings "money, money, money... for money, money money," for reasons thus far unknown.
  • Mel from London, Englandthis song has a refernce to heroin in - "I'm like the needle, Needle and spoon", maybe showing how people following American preachers are addicted like heroin addicts and are spending all their money on it. it works, really it does! mel
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