by U2

Album: Pop (1997)
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  • So you never knew love
    Until you crossed the line of grace
    Then you never felt wanted
    'Till you had someone slap your face
    So you never felt alive
    Until you almost wasted away
    You had to win
    You couldn't just pass
    The smartest ass
    At the top of the class
    Your flying colors
    Your family tree
    And all your lessons in history

    Get up off your knees

    So you never knew
    How low you'd stoop to make that call
    And you never knew
    What was on the ground 'till they mad you crawl
    So you never knew that
    The heaven you keep you stole

    Your catholic blues
    Your convent shoes
    Your stick on tattoos
    Now they're making the news
    Your holy war
    Your northern star
    Your sermon on the mount
    From the booth of your car

    Get up off your knees
    Leave me out of this

    So love is hard and love is tough
    But love is not what you're thinking of

    Streets capsizing
    Spilling over
    Down the drain
    Shards of glass splinters like rain
    But you could only feel
    Your own pain
    Talking getting nowhere
    Are we just starting again

    Get up off your knees

    So love is big, bigger than us
    But love is not what your thinking of
    It's what lovers deal
    It's what lovers steal
    You know I've found it hard to receive
    'Cause you my love I could never believe Writer/s: DAVID MULLEN, DENNIS MATKOSKY
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • Nick from La Paz, BoliviaOne of my all time favorite U2 songs. So dark and honest, filled with pleading. It always feels right to quote this song while listening to the news and to the politicians around the world.
  • Simon from London, EnglandI always thought this was about Northern Ireland and the Troubles. Bono describes broken glass, streets capsizing, peace talks and gangsters with stick on tattoos that are the face of the paramilitaries in NI.
    Just my opinion
  • Acrobat from Adelaide, AustraliaThis song is my unltimate favourite U2 song. Bono sings with an absoloute longing in his voice, a pleading to everyone to cease the fighting, to look beyond. It is definately about the conflict in Northern Ireland.

    "Your Catholic blues, your convent shoes,
    Your stick-on tattoos now they're making the news
    Your holy war, your northern star
    Your sermon on the mount from the boot of your car."

    A 'sermon on the mount, from the boot of your car' is a metaphor for a Car Bomb...

    A very deep and moving song, the pain is so easily heard... it awes me every time I hear it.
  • Angela from Hagerstown, MdThis song creeped me out the first time i heard it. i didn't get Pop until after 9/11 and these lyrics seemed a bit prophetic:
    "September, streets capsizing/ Spilling over down the drains/ Shards of glass, splinters like rain/ But you could only feel your own pain./ October, talk getting nowhere./ November, December; remember/ We just started again."
  • Ted from Loveland, CoPlease (Live): Music by U2. Lyrics by Bono and the Edge. Recorded live at Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam on July 18th, 1997. Recorded by Andy Rose. Mixed by Mark 'Spike' Stent.
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