U2: Three Chords and the Truth

Lyrics to the U2 album All That You Can't Leave Behind

Beautiful Day

The heart is a bloom - shoots up through the stony ground
There's no room - no space to rent in this town
You're out of luck, and the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck, and you're not moving anywhere
You thought you'd found a friend to take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand in return for grace

It's a beautiful day - the sky falls
You feel like it's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away

You're on the road, but you've got no destination
You're in the mud - in the maze of her imagination
You love this town, even if that doesn't ring true
You've been all over, and it's been all over you

It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day

Touch me - take me to that other place
Teach me - I know I'm not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
See the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colours came out

It was a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me - take me to that other place
Reach me - I know I'm not a hopeless case
What you don't have you don't need it now
What you don't know you can feel somehow
What you don't have you don't need it now
Don't need it now
It was a beautiful day

Stuck In A Moment

I'm not afraid of anything in this world
There's nothing you can throw at me that I haven't already heard
I'm just trying to find a decent melody
A song that I can sing in my own company

I never thought you were a fool
But darling - look at you
You gotta stand up straight - carry your own weight
These tears are going nowhere, baby

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment and now you can't get out of it
Don't say that later will be better
Now you're stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it

I will not forsake the colours that you bring
The nights you filled with fireworks - they left you with nothing
I am still enchanted by the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears - through your eyes I can see

And you are such a fool to worry like you do
I know it's tough, and you can never get enough
Of what you don't really need now - my, oh my

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it
Oh love, look at you now
You've got yourself stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it

I was unconscious, half asleep
The water is warm till you discover how deep
I wasn't jumping - for me it was a fall
It's a long way down to nothing at all

You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it
Don't say that later will be better
Now you're stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it

And if the night runs over, and if the day won't last
And if our way should falter along the stony pass
And if the night runs over, and if the day won't last
And if your way should falter along this stony pass
It's just a moment - this time will pass

Elevation

High - higher than the sun
You shoot me from a gun
I need you to elevate me here
At the corner of your lips
As the orbit of your hips
Eclipse - you elevate my soul

I've got no self control
Been living like a mole now
Going down - excavation
I and I - in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
So high - elevation

A star lit up like a cigar
Strung out like a guitar
Maybe you can educate my mind
Explain all these controls
Can't sing but I've got soul
The goal is elevation

A mole, digging in a hole
Digging up my soul
Now going down - excavation
I and I - in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
So high - elevation

Love, lift me out of these blues
Won't you tell me something true?
I believe in you

A mole, digging in a hole [etc repeated]

Elevation - elevation --

Walk On

And love is not the easy thing
The only baggage that you can bring
Not the easy thing
The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can't leave behind

And if the darkness is to keep us apart
And if the daylight feels like it's a long way off
And if your glass heart should crack
And for a second you turn back
Oh no - be strong

Walk on - walk on
What you got, they can't steal it
No, they can't even feel it
Walk on - walk on
Stay safe tonight

You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen
You could have flown away
A singing bird in an open cage
Who will only fly - only fly for freedom

Walk on - walk on
What you got, they can't deny it
Can't sell it or buy it
Walk on - walk on
You stay safe tonight

And I know it aches
How your heart it breaks
You can only take so much
Walk on - walk on

Home - hard to know what it is if you never had one
Home - I can't say where it is, but I know I'm going
Home - that's where the hurt is

And I know it aches
And your heart it breaks
You can only take so much
Walk on

Leave it behind
You've got to leave it behind

All that you fashion - all that you make
All that you build - all that you break
All that you measure - all that you feel
All this you can leave behind

All that you reason - it's only time
Love in a fever - no, not mine
All that you sense - all that you scheme
All you dress up - all that you seem
All you create [fades]

Kite

Something is about to give
I can feel it coming
I think I know what it means
I'm not afraid to die
I'm not afraid to live
And when I'm flat on my back
I hope to feel like I did

And hardness - it sets in
You need some protection
The thinner the skin

I want you to know
That you don't need me anymore
I want you to know
You don't need anyone or anything at all

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to say what it is will break you
I don't know which way the wind will blow
Who's to know when the time has come around
Don't want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

In summer I can taste the salty sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me

I'm a man - I'm not a child
A man who sees the shadow behind your eyes

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to say what it is will break you
I don't know where the wind will blow
Who's to know when the time has come around
I don't want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

Did I waste it?
Not so much I couldn't taste it
Life should be fragrant
Rooftop to the basement
The last of the rock stars
When hip-hop drove the big cars
In the time when new media
Was the big idea
That was the big idea

In A Little While

In a little while - surely you'll be mine
In a little while I'll be there
In a little while this hurt will hurt no more
I'll be home, love

When the night takes a deep breath
And the daylight has no air
If I crawl - if I come crawling home
Will you be there?

In a little while - I won't be blown by every breeze
Friday night running to Sunday on my knees
That girl, that girl - she's mine
And I've know her since
Since she was a little girl with Spanish eyes
When I saw her in a pram they pushed her by
My, how you've grown
Well it's been - it's been a little while

Slow down, my beating heart
A man dreams one day to fly
A man takes a rocket ship into the skies
He lives on a star that's dying in the night
And follows in the trail the scatter of light
Turn it on - turn it on
You turn me on

Slow down, my beating heart
Slowly, slowly love --

Wild Honey

In the days when we were swinging from the trees
I was a monkey stealing honey from a swarm of bees
I could taste - I could taste you even then
And I would chase you down the wind

You can go there if you please - wild honey
And if you go there, go with me- wild honey

Did I know you - did I know you even then?
Before the clocks kept time
Before the world was made
From the cruel sun you were shelter
You were my shelter and my shade

If you go there, go with me - wild honey
You can do just what you please - wild honey
Yeah, just blowing in the breeze - wild honey
Wild, wild, wild

I'm still standing - I'm still standing where you left me
Are you still growing wild?
With everything tame around you

I send you flowers - cut flowers for your hall
I know your garden is full
But is there sweetness at all?

Oooh, soul
Love me - give me soul

If you go, then go with me - wild honey
Won't you take me, take me please - wild honey
Yeah, swinging through the trees - wild honey
Wild, wild, wild

Peace On Earth

Heaven on Earth - we need it now
I'm sick of all of this hanging around
Sick of sorrow - sick of the pain
I'm sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be peace on Earth

Where I grew up there weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear 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

And it's already gone too far
Who said that if you go in hard
You won't get hurt?
Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth

Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
No whos or whys
No-one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the colour in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on Earth

They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia - Gareth, Ann and breda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth

Jesus in the song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth?
This peace on Earth
Peace on Earth --

When I Look At The World

When you look at the world
What is it that you see?
People find all kinds of things
That bring them to their knees
I see an expression
So clear and so true
That changes the atmosphere
When you walk into the room

So I try to be like you
Try to feel it like you do
But without you it's no use
I can't see what you see
When I look at the world

When the night is someone else's
And you're trying to get some sleep
When your thoughts are too expensive
To ever want to keep
When there's all kinds of chaos
And everyone is walking lame
You don't even blink now, do you?
Don't even look away

So I try to be like you
Try to feel it like you do
But without you it's no use
I can't see what you see
When I look at the world

I can't wait any longer
I can't wait till I'm stronger
Can't wait any longer
To see what you see
When I look at the world

I'm in the waiting room
I can't see for the smoke
I think of you and your holy book
When the rest of us choke

Tell me, tell me - what do you see?
Tell me, tell me - what's wrong with me?

New York

In New York freedom looks like too many choices
In New York I found a friend to drown out the other voices
Voices on a cell phone - voices from home
Voices of the hard sell - voices down a stairwell
In New York - just got a place in New York

In New York summers get hot - well into the hundreds
You can't walk around the block without a change of clothing
Hot as a hair dryer in your face
Hot as handbag and a can of mace
New York - I just got a place in New York
New York - New York

In New York you can forget - forget how to sit still
Tell yourself you will stay in, but it's down to Alphaville
New York - New York --

The Irish been coming here for years
Feel like they own the place
They got the airport, city hall
Dance hall, dance floor - they even got the police
Irish, Italians, Jews and Hispanics
Religious nuts, political fanatics in the stew
Happily not like me and you
That's where I lost you
New York - New York --

In New York I lost it all to you and your vices
Still I'm staying on to figure out my mid-life crisis
I hit an iceberg in my life
You know I'm still afloat
You lose your balance - lose your wife
In the queue for the lifeboat
You better put the women and children first
But you've got an unquenchable thirst
For New York
New York - New York --

In the stillness of the evening
When the sun has had its day
I heard your voice whispering
Come away now
New York - New York --

Grace

Grace - she takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name

Grace - it's a name for a girl
It's also a thought that changed the world
And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness in everything

Grace - she's got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She's got the time to talk
She travels outside of karma, karma
She travels outside of karma
When she goes to work you can hear the strings
Grace finds beauty in everything

Grace - she carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips
She carries a pearl in perfect condition
What once was hurt - what once was friction
What left a mark no longer stains
Because Grace makes beauty out of ugly things
Grace finds beauty in everything
Grace finds goodness in everything

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Words by Salman Rushdie

All my life, I worshipped her
Her golden voice, her beauty's beat
How she made us feel, how she made me real
And the ground beneath her feet
And the ground beneath her feet

And now I can't be sure of anything
Black is white, and cold is heat
For what I worshiped, stole my love away
It was the ground beneath her feet
It was the ground beneath her feet

Go lightly down your darkened way
Go lightly underground
I'll be down there in another day
I won't rest until you're found

Let me love you, let me rescue you,
Let me bring you where two roads meet
Oh come back above, where there is only love
Only love

My oh my, my oh my
My oh my, my oh my
My oh my, my oh my
My oh my, my oh my
My oh my, my oh my

Let me love you true, let me rescue you,
Let me bring you to where two roads meet
Let me love you true, let me rescue you,
Let me bring you to where two roads meet

My oh my, my oh my
My oh my, my oh my
My oh my, my oh my

Lyric transcription by Chris Warren

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