"Zoo Station" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
I'm ready
Ready for the laughing gas
I'm ready
Ready for what's next
Ready to duck
Ready to dive
Ready to say
I'm glad to be alive
I'm ready
Ready for the push, uh huh

In the cool of the night
In the warmth of the breeze
I'll be crawling 'round
On my hands and knees

Just down the line
Zoo Station
Got to make it on time
Zoo Station

Ready
Ready for the gridlock
I'm ready
To take it to the street, uh huh
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, uh huh

Zoo Station
Zoo Station

Alright
Alright, alright, alright, not alright
It's alright, it's alright, 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

(Down the line), Zoo Station
(You know I'm under the sign) Zoo Station
No, no Zoo Station
You say no, no, Zoo Station
You say no, no, Zoo Station
I say no, no, Zoo Station
Ah
Ah, ah
Yeah, ah
Zoo


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"Zoo Station" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +1
    Song MeaningIf you listen to the beat through the whole song, it sounds like a train. I think the meaning of this song are to illustrate, create a feeling, about the changes in Europe after the Berlin wall; just before the final establish among the countries to the European Union. Berlin are a symbol after the course of events from the second world war until the Berlin wall were pulled down. The song was written one or two years afterwards.

    The beat of a train symbolize the constantly changes that we cant stop and it still goes on..

    I think this song is masterpiece, specially combined with the intro on the Zooropa-tour. Check it on the concert from Sydney 1994 and you understand what I mean.
    jn1720on January 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song was inspired by an actual train station in Berlin(Zoo something-I can't remember). Anyway, it deals with time passing by.
    U2aholicon July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentindeed U2aholic! It was inspired by theZoologischer (sp?)Garten station where the U2 and U3 line meet. Anywho... I love this song. A great way to start off Achtung Baby!
    Aftermathon May 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it kinda starts off a new era for U2. As after Rattle n Hum they kinda were in overload and were ready to give it all up. Also this is when Edge broke up with his wife and was ready to quit and i read that Bono said that with out Edge they would not have gone on. Bono actualy referd to this as U2 breaking up then reforming as a new band with the same members. AB was a masive change in U2 and their direction (much greater then the more gentle changes between War to the Joshua Tree). So yeah 'Im read...' lines are saying 'here we are, this is us now'.

    I read a but much into this here but i have it as a bit of a response to 'Love rescue me' (see my coments on it). Were Love rescue me is the end of Bono the Christion and Zoo Station says 'hello to Bono the rock star'.
    Uncle Chop Chopon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOf all U2's album openers, this is the best. I dare anyone to find a better opener than Zoo Station. It gets you pumped for the attitude and power of the rest of Achting Baby.
    2861U2on November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't really agree with 2861U2. U2 has had many opening songs such as streets, vertigo, and beautiful day only to name a few.
    bostonbonoboy14on January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not saying I do not like this song but I mean come on, the best opener, I don't think so. But this song is very good on the Vertigo Dvd.
    bostonbonoboy14on February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBasically I see this song as U2's way of announcing their new style to the world. A world apart from the previous albums (The Joshua Tree/Rattle and Hum). Fantastic however!
    DC10on April 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment2861U2, i'm with yoiu!!!
    For an opening this song kivck ass :D

    Although i love this song, it is still a puzzle to figure out de message 100%... Sure they refere to berlin, but i doubt that the message ends there. C'mmon it's u2 :D !!!
    Maybe that Zoo Station is also a state of mind... And the only train he can ride is "her" train??? ---"I'm just down the line from your love..."
    The Big Bad Wolfon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah it's a song about the passage of time, it's also a song about change, and about being, well, ready to handle the change, ready to deal with the future. This really, as others have pointed out, is just U2 announcing that they're the new and improved U2, and all bets are off.
    Keyser Sushion August 17, 2006   Link

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