Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The 20 Best U2 Lyrics

I haven’t posted on this blog in over a month.  Honestly I have just been trying to make sense of things and get my bearings again.  I have several posts that I have been working on that mark a return to wrestling but I thought I’d ease back in to the blog with a fun post.  No doubt one of my favorite rock bands is U2.  While I love their music, they quite often have some gems in their lyrics as well.  So in this post I have compiled what are, in my opinion, some of U2’s best lyrical moments.  This list is certainly not exhaustive so read on and let me know if you agree or wish to correct me on anything I left out.  By the way, these are in no particular order of lyrical goodness.

1.    You’re the real thing… even better than the real thing ( Even Better Than The Real Thing)

2.    And I must be an acrobat to talk like this and act like that (Acrobat)

3.    Sleep comes like a drug in God’s country, sad eyes and crooked crosses in God’s country (In God’s Country)

4.    When she walks on the street you can hear the strings, grace finds goodness in everything, (Grace)

5.    I don’t believe the devil
don’t believe his book
but the truth is not the same
without the lies he made up (God Part 2)

6.    With a mouth full of teeth
you ate all your friends
and you broke every heart
thinking every heart mends (Crumbs from Your Table)

7.    Here’s what we gotta be
love and community
laughter is eternal if joy is real (Get on Your Boots)

8.    I believe in the kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one bleed into one
Yes I’m still running. (Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For)

9.    Love rescue me,
come forth and speak to me
raise me up and don’t let me fall
no man is my enemy,
my own hands imprison me,
love rescue me.
(Love Rescue Me)

10. Only love, only love can leave such a mark,
but only love, only love can heal such a scar (Magnificent)

11. Got the swing
Got the sway
Got my straw in lemonade
Still looking for the face I had before the world was made (Mofo)

12. Early morning April Fourth,
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky,
free at last they took your life
but they could not take your pride in the name of love,
What more in the name of love? (In the Name of Love)

13. Where I grew up
There were no trees
Where there were
We’d cut them down
And use them on our enemies

They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

…Jesus can you take the time
throw a drowning man a line
peace on earth
(Peace on Earth)

14. The heart is a bloom
it shoots up through the stony ground. (Beautiful Day)

15. Like coming home
and you don’t know where you’ve been
like black coffee, like nicotine
I need Your Love (Hawkmoon 269)

16. Sweet the sin
Bitter the taste in my mouth
I see seven towers
But I only see one way out
You gotta cry without weeping
Talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice
You know I took the poison
From the poison stream
And floated outta here (Running to Stand Still)

17. Red lights, grey morning
You stumble out of a hole in the ground
A vampire or a victim
It depends on who’s around (Stay (Far Away, So Close)

18. I am still enchanted by the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears, and through your eyes I can see (Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of)

19. You’re packing a suitcase for a place that none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen (Walk On)

20. I wanna run, I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside
I wan to reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name (Where the Streets Have No Name)


Chad Estes said...

The temperature is rising
The fever white hot
Mister I ain't got nothing
But it's more than you've got
These chains no longer bind me
Nor the shackles at my feet
Outside are the prisoners
Inside the free (set them free).
(Silver and Gold)

Aaron Palmer said...

Small correction: The Mofo lyric goes "Got the swing, got the sway, got my straw in lemonade.

I also like:

"What you don't have, you don't need it now. What you don't know, you can feel it some how." (Beautiful Day)

"I was speeding on the subway, through the stations of the cross, every eye looking every other way, counting down 'til the pain would stop." (Moment of Surrender)

"You don't have to put up a fight. You don't have to always be right. Let me take some of the punches for you tonight." (Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own)

"Feel like trash, you make me feel clean. I'm in the black, can't see or be seen." (Ultraviolet)

Really cool blog entry. Always love talking with other U2 fans. Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Chad Estes said...

You say you'll give me eyes in the moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest.
All the promises we make, from the cradle to the grave
When all I need is you.
(All I Want Is You)

Crispin Schroeder said...

I can see by your comments that this list can definitely be longer. Great lyrics!

Crispin Schroeder said...

Thanks for the correction on Mofo Aaron.

Carlos said...

I am glad you are back posting and I hope you health is good. This is a great post to start back with. All of the cool folks will come out to talk U2 :) These are all great lyrics that I don't think anyone could argue too much with. Everbody keep them coming.
I have couple of other questions for everyone: 1. What is your favorite U2 song? & 2. What is your favorite U2 album?
Thanks again for the post Crispen.

Crispin Schroeder said...

Carlos, my favorite U2 album is Joshua Tree and my favorite song "Where the Streets Have No Name"

Carlos said...

I hate to be a copycat, but those are my two favorites as well. I feel like the Joshua Tree was kind to apex of their Spiritual impact. I could see in their songs and hear in their music many of the things they were dealing with Spiritualy. Their music has always been real like that. Another song that I like, purely just for fun, is "The Sweetest Thing." No real deep stuff there and the music is not iconic like much of the rest of their work, but I just like it :) What do you think? I wonder what Chad & Aaron's favorites are?

Rea Random said...

Nice list

I also like

You asked me to enter, but then you made me crawl And I can't be holding on to what you got, when all you got it hurt (One)