U2 :: With or Without You

5 Jan 2012




See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm, we reach the shore
You gave it all but I want more
And I’m waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live with or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give, and you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied, my body bruised
She’s got me with nothing to win
And nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give, and you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
With or without you
I can’t live
With or without you

U2 With or Without You


The sustained guitar part, kick drum and bass parts that form the intro of this song give me goosebumps, I love it. I don’t even know why but hearing this song transports me to driving along a road in Austin, TX one bright sunny day with the windows rolled down, the wind was in my hair and I was screaming the chorus as green patches of grass flanking both sides of the road whirred by.

Interestingly, Bono wrote the lyrics while struggling to reconcile his responsibilities as both a married man and a musician. His wanderlust in belonging to a musical act was often at odds with his domestic life. While writing the lyrics, he realized that neither facet of his life defined him, but rather the tension between the two did. He explains that the final lyric is about “torment” and how repressing desires only makes them stronger. via

Hmmm. (._.)

with nothing to win, and nothing left to lose.

♫ Soundtrack of My Life

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