"Walk On" as written by Chad Robert Cates and Anthony Evans....
And love
Is not the easy thing
The only baggage
That you can bring
And love is 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
You 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
And I'll never fill up all my mind

All that you sense
All that you scheme
All you dress up
And all that you see

All you create
All that you wreck
All that you hate


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"Walk On" as written by Adam Clayton Paul David Hewson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +5
    General CommentOMG! The first time I ever heard this song, I cried. I know it's really about that Burmese person under house arrest, but my little interpretation made the song so dear to my heart. My interpretation is just going through the agony and pain of things in life, then just learning ot just go on with it. The best set of lyrics on this song are "And I know it aches/And your heart it breaks/and you can only take so much"...how can that NOT make you feel something?! And Edge's little riff at the end sounds so hopeful and reassuring that things will get better.
    TasChiBandGirlon May 17, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI always thought this song was about Heaven, in a sense. Especially the lines, "You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been, a place that has to be believed to be seen" and "Home--I can't say where it is but I know I'm going home." No one knows where Heaven is, and none of us has been there, and it has to be believed in order to get there, but all the believers know they're going.
    Musicfan24on October 04, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentA few pointers; this song was released on All That You Can’t Leave Behind which came out in 2000 [a time before 9/11] so it wasn't written for those events but after they did happen, U2 transformed it into a song of hope for the millions affected.

    Another point, Aung San Suu Kyi is a non-violent, pro-democracy activist who has been under house arrest for many years. For more information on her see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    This song is amazing, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that Bono is talking to YOU when he sings it. It seems that every line relates to me [as I’m sure it does to everyone else who listens to it]. I don’t think I have a favourite line but I really love;

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

    This song has helped me through some tough times and I thank God for it and for U2’####### – it is nothing short of a gift.
    achtungbaby02on October 02, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEveryone on this earth has problems with their lives. We are dependent on objects in order to make us happy. The problem with this is that nothing will ever make us satisfied and find peace within ourselves. We will keep on yearning for more things.

    The part about the bird getting the chance to leave its’ cage and us leaving everything behind connects together because it has to do with our freedom. When we become dependent on possessions and others, we lose our freedom. The Buddha says that the real source of pleasure, truth, and goodness is not dependent upon the object of this world but instead it lies within us. Or do we want to have everything and yet, be sad? Do we want to live a life in which we own nothing and yet, we are happy? To have or the be?

    We need to learn how to discipline ourselves by controlling how we handle our problems. If we only depend on objects or others for help, then we will not know how to survive when those things are not around, therefore we would not be safe. Furthermore, if we love someone dearly, we should let them spread their wings and fly even if it is going to be a tough journey because it is the only way for them to find their inner peace without relying on others.

    The main purpose in life is for us to let go of all of the things that are holding us back from practicing our freedom. Once we get our freedom, we can learn how to be wise and therefore, reach our inner peace; which is our heart because it is our heaven on earth.
    ttbui510on January 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is about moving on from a broken relationship, its another good song for when youre crying, ticked off, or emotionally unstable because bono is telling just move on! "what you got, they can't steal it, no they can't even feel it" that lyric is monumental
    happythoughtson March 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of those songs that you could ask a thousand people and get a thousand different responses. For me this song is about all those turning points in someone's life. It could be a break up, maybe a death, or for sometimes it's just something that's good but difficult and you should just keep on going and don't be afraid.
    bfis108137on April 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have to agree with the ones who said its about heaven..but it is not just about heaven..it's about pain, its about how to handle this world we live in through our beliefs: "What you got, they can't steal it
    No they can't even feel it" Hope, faith...thats what they can't steal.

    "You're packing a suitcase for a place
    None of us has been
    A place that has to be believed
    To be seen" That's clearly about heaven..

    "You could have flown away
    A singing bird
    In an open cage
    Who will only fly
    Only fly for freedom" the freedom Jesus gives us when we put our lives in his hands and we no longer depend on the material things of this world but we depend on Him.
    And so on...
    mo0nangelon March 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome say heaven, some say dying, some couch it in issues of christian faith, and some a pillar of hope for a political activist from Burma. All probably true. To whomever believes that. Bono's lyrics have the rare quality of being about about something specific to him but presented in a way that leaves the interpretation to the listener. This is a truly great song. I find that this is about whatever it is you call God. In order to find meaning in our situations we must strip away the layers that keep us from moving forward. All that you can't leave behind is all that you need. Love is not the easy thing but it is the prize we all seek so we must walk on until we find it, probably in a place that has to be believed to be seen. He is clearly though talking to someone, and I think it's himself, for we need look no further then ourselves to find the strength we need to walk on. And God is in us all, however you define that product of faith. That's all that you can't leave behind.
    johnsavson January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with dta2k8. I know that the song is about that guy but if u no anything about u2s spiritual journey in the past 30 years then i think that it can also be interpreted to be about heaven.
    "You're packing a suitcase for a place
    None of us has been
    A place that has to be believed
    To be seen"
    I think that that is definitly talking about heaven.
    jesusfreak101on May 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWalk on... past your home.....onwards to your freedom... away from an abusive marriage.. away from a past you want to forget..

    and after awhile of walking on...

    you sing the next song "Still havent found what i am looking for"

    LOL
    nothingbettertodoon August 27, 2010   Link

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