U2: Three Chords and the Truth

Lyrics to the U2 album Achtung Baby

Zoo Station

I'm ready, I'm ready for the laughing gas
I'm ready, I'm ready for what's next
I'm ready to duck - I'm ready to dive
I'm ready to say I'm glad to be alive
I'm ready, I'm ready for the push

In the cool of the night - in the warmth of the breeze
I've been crawling around on my hands and knees
Just down the line - Zoo Station
The end of the line - Zoo Station

I'm ready, I'm ready for the gridlock
I'm ready to take it to the street
I'm ready for the shuffle - ready for the deal
Ready to let go of the steering wheel
I'm ready, ready for the crush

Two stops - Zoo Station
Right on time - Zoo Station

It's alright - it's alright --
Hey baby, hey baby --
It's alright - it's alright

Time is a train - makes the future the past
Leaves you standing in the station
Your face pressed up against the glass

Just down the line - Zoo Station
Under the sign - Zoo Station
Gotta make it on time - Zoo Station
I'm gonna be there - Zoo Station
It's alright - Zoo Station
Just two stops down the line
Just a stop down the line

Even Better Than The Real Thing

Give me one more chance and you'll be satisfied
Give me two more chances and you won't be denied

Well, my heart is where it's always been
My head is somewhere in between
Give me one more chance
Let me be your lover tonight

You're the real thing
Yeah, the real thing
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child

Give me one last chance and I'm gonna make you sing
Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring

You're honey, child, to a swarm of bees
Gonna blow right through you like a breeze
Give me one last dance
We'll slide down the surface of things

You're the real thing
Yeah, the real thing
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child

We're free to fly the crimson sky
The sun won't melt our wings tonight
Oh yeah, here she comes

Take me higher - take me higher
You take me higher - you take me higher
You're the real thing
Yeah, the real thing
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing

One

Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame

You say: one love, one life
When it's one need in the night
One love - we get to share it
Leaves you, baby, if you don't care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without

Well it's too late, tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much - more than a lot
You gave me nothing - now it's all I got
We're one, but we're not the same
Well we hurt each other, then we do it again

You say: love is a temple - love a higher law
Love is a temple - love the higher law
You ask me to enter - then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on to what you got
When all you got is hurt

One love - one blood
One life - you got to do what you should
One life with each other
Sisters, brothers
One life, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other
One - one

Until The End Of The World

I haven't seen you in quite a while
I was down the hold, just passing time
The last time we met was a low-lit room
We were as close together as bride and groom
We ate the food - we drank the wine
Everybody having a good time
Except you - you were talking about the end of the world

I took the money - I spiked your drink
You miss too much these days if you stop to think
You led me on with those innocent eyes
You know I love the element of surprise
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You - you were acting like it was the end of the world

In my dream I was drowning my sorrows
But my sorrows, they learned to swim
Surrounded me - going down on me
Spilling over the brim
In waves of regret and in waves of joy
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
You - you said you'd wait till the end of the world

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

You're dangerous, 'cause you're honest
You're dangerous - you don't know what you want
Well, you left my heart empty as a vacant lot
For any spirit to haunt

Hey hey, sha-la-la, hey hey

You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a piece of glass left there on the beach
Well, you tell me things I know you're not supposed to
Then you leave me just out of reach

Hey hey, sha-la-la
Hey hey, sha-la-la
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Well, you stole it, 'cause I needed the cash
And you killed it, 'cause I wanted revenge
Well, you lied to me, 'cause I asked you to
Baby, can we still be friends?

Hey, hey, sha-la-la
Hey, hey, sha-la-la
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Ah, the deeper I spin
Ah, the hunter will sin for your ivory skin
Took a drive in the dirty rain
To a place where the wind calls your name
Under the trees, the river laughing at you and me
Hallelujah, heaven's white rose
The doors you open I just can't close

Don't turn around - don't turn around again
Don't turn around - you gypsy heart
Don't turn around - don't turn around again
Don't turn around and don't look back
Come on now, love - don't you look back

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna taste your salt water kisses?
Who's gonna take the place of me?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?

So Cruel

We crossed the line - who pushed who over?
It doesn't matter to you - it matters to me
We're cut adrift - we're still floating
I'm only hanging on to watch you go down
My love

I disappeared in you - you disappeared from me
I gave you everything you ever wanted
It wasn't what you wanted

The men who love you, you hate the most
They pass right through you like a ghost
They look for you, but your spirit is in the air
Baby, you're nowhere

Oh, love - you say in love there are no rules
Oh, love - sweetheart, you're so cruel

Desperation is a tender trap - it gets you every time
You put your lips to her lips to stop the lie
Her skin is pale like God's only dove
Screams like an angel for your love
Then she makes you watch her from above
And you need her like a drug

Oh, love - you say in love there are no rules
Oh, love - sweetheart, you're so cruel

She wears my love like a see-through dress
Her lips say one thing, her movements something else
Oh, love, like a screaming flower
Love - dying every hour

You don't know if it's fear or desire
Danger the drug that takes you higher
Head in heaven - fingers in the mire

Her heart is racing - you can't keep up
The night is bleeding like a cut
Between the horses of love and lust
We are trampled under foot

Oh, love - you say in love there are no rules
Oh, love - sweetheart, you're so cruel
Oh, love - to stay with you, I'd be a fool
Oh, love - sweetheart, you're so cruel

The Fly

It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
It's no secret that our world is in darkness tonight
They say the sun is sometimes eclipsed by a moon
You know I don't see you when she walks in the room

It's no secret that a friend is someone who lets you help
It's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else
They say a secret is something you tell one other person
So I'm telling you, child

[Love, we shine like a burning star]
[We're falling from the sky tonight]
A man will beg - a man will crawl
On the sheer face of love like a fly on the wall
It's no secret at all

It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal - every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about the grief

[Love, we shine like a burning star]
[We're falling from the sky tonight]
A man will rise - a man will fall
From the sheer face of love like a fly from a wall
It's no secret at all

It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
The universe exploding 'cause of one man's lie
Look, I gotta go - yeah, I'm running outta change
There's a lot of things, if I could, I'd rearrange

Mysterious Ways

Johnny, take a walk with your sister the moon
Let her pale light in to fill up the room
You've been living underground - eating from a can
You've been running away from what you don't understand

She's slippy - you're sliding down
She'll be there when you hit the ground

It's alright - it's alright - it's alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright - it's alright - alright
She moves in mysterious ways

Johnny, take a dive with your sister in the rain
Let her talk about the things you can't explain
To touch is to heal - to hurt is to steal
If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel
On your knees, boy!

She's the wave - she turns the tide
She sees the man inside the child

It's alright - it's alright - alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright - it's alright - alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright - it's alright - alright
Lift my days - light up my nights

One day you'll look back and you will see
Where you were held, how by this love
While you could stand there
You could move on this moment
Follow this feeling

It's alright - it's alright - alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright - it's alright - alright
She moves in mysterious ways
It's alright - it's alright - alright
We move through miracle days
Spirit moves in mysterious ways
It's alright - it's alright - alright
Lift my days and light up my nights

Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World

Six o'clock in the morning
You're the last to hear the warning
You've been trying to throw your arms around the world
You've been falling off the sidewalk
Your lips move but you can't talk
You've been trying to throw your arms around the world

Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Be still
Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman, I will

Sunrise like a nosebleed
Your head hurts and you can't breathe
You've been trying to throw your arms around the world
How far are you gonna go
Before you lose your way back home?
You've been trying to throw your arms around the world

Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman, be still
Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman, I will

I dreamed that I saw Dali
With a supermarket trolley
He was trying to throw his arms around a girl
He took an open-top Beetle
Through the eye of a needle
He was trying to throw his arms around the world

Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman, be still
Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman, I will

Nothing much to say I guess
Just the same as all the rest
You've been trying to throw your arms around the world
And a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle
You've been trying to throw your arms around the world

I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman, be still
Woman, be still
Be still
Woman, be still
Woman, I will

Ultra Violet (Light My Way)

Sometimes I feel like I don't know
Sometimes I feel like checking out
I want to get it wrong
Can't always be strong
And love, it won't be long

Oh sugar, don't you cry
Oh child, wipe the tears from your eye
You know I need you to be strong
And the day is as dark as the night is long
Feel like trash - you make me feel clean
I'm in the black - can't see or be seen

Baby, baby, baby, light my way
[Alright now]
Baby, baby, baby, light my way

You bury your treasure where it can't be found
But your love is like a secret that's been passed around
There is a silence that comes to our house when no-one can sleep
I guess it's the price of love - I know it's not cheap

Oh, come on
Baby, baby, baby, light my way
Oh, come on
Baby, baby, baby, light my way

[Ultra violet love - ultra violet love]
[Ultra violet love - ultra violet love]
Baby, baby, baby, light my way

I remember when we could sleep on stones
Now we lie together, in whispers and moans
When I was all messed up and I heard opera in my head
Your love was a light bulb hanging over my bed

Baby, baby, baby, light my way
[Oh, come on]
Baby, baby, baby, light my way

[Ultra violet love - ultra violet love]
[Ultra violet love - ultra violet love]
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby, light my way

Acrobat

Don't believe what you hear - don't believe what you see
If you just close your eyes you can feel the enemy
When I first met you, girl, you had fire in your soul
What happened? your face of melting snow
Now it looks like this

And you can swallow, or you can spit
You can throw it up, or choke on it
And you can dream - so dream out loud
You know that your time is coming round
So don't let the bastards grind you down

No, nothing makes sense - nothing seems to fit
I know you'd hit out if you only knew who to hit
And I'd join the movement
If there was one I could believe in
Yeah, I'd break bread and wine
If there was a church I could receive in
'Cause I need it now

To take a cup - to fill it up
To drink it slow - can't let you go
I must be an acrobat
To talk like this and act like that
You can dream - so dream out loud
And don't let the bastards grind you down

Oh, it hurts, baby
What will we do now it's all been said?
No new ideas in the house and every book has been read

And I must be an acrobat
To talk like this and act like that
And you can dream - so dream out loud
And you can find your own way out
And you can build and I can will
And you can call - can't wait until
And you can stash, and you can sieze
In dreams begin responsibilities
And I could love, and I could learn
And I know that the tide is turning round
So don't let the bastards grind you down

Love Is Blindness

Love is blindness - I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night around me?
Oh, my heart - love is blindness

In a parked car - in a crowded street
You see your love made complete
Thread is ripping - the knot is slipping
Love is blindness

Love is clockworks and cold steel
Fingers too numb to feel
Squeeze the handle - blow out the candle
Love is blindness

Love is blindness - I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night around me?
Oh, my love - blindness

A little death without mourning
No call and no warning
Baby, a dangerous idea that almost makes sense

Love is drowning in a deep well
All the secrets and no-one to tell
Take the money, honey
Blindness

Love is blindness - I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night around me?
Oh, my love - blindness

Lyric transcription by Chris Warren

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