"Love Is Blindness" as written by and Evans Hewson....
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


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"Love Is Blindness" as written by Evans Hewson

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    General CommentSimply one of U2's greatest ever songs, both musically and lyrically! There are multiple layers of meaning here, most of which have already been covered by previous posters.

    Personally it seems like a "sister song" to Exit in lots of ways. But whereas the disillusioned subject of that song actually ends up committing the ultimate act of violence (debatable whether it's murder or suicide)... I believe that in "Love Is Blindness", although the person may be in a state of emotional agony and is tempted to do something drastic, ultimately they don't give in to the despairing desire to "end it all" (illustrated by the lyrics: "baby a dangerous idea, that ALMOST makes sense").

    In other words, they've almost reached a state of sad resignation regarding the "death" of the relationship, but are not yet ready to look back on, or examine the situation in the light of day. (ex: "Love is blindness I don't want to see. Won't you wrap the night around me" = Burying one's head in the sand).
    Lantaon June 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song but its not about the Omagh bombing. That took place in 1998 and the song was written before then - sometime around 1991.
    Domo31on March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDuring the period of recording Love is blindness and the album Achtung Baby! U2's guitarist THE EDGE was seperating from his then wife and going through divorce proceedings and Bonos quote for this song was " it was the sound of a marriage breaking up" and the guitar solo on the recorded version (different to the live version - see ZOO TV live from sydney) was the sound of edge opening up and letting all his grief out, he actually broke a guitar string during the recording of the solo yet did not miss a note according to Bono.
    The song is about a break up / Divorce / a dead relationship. The lines like "fingers to numb to feel" "blow out the candle" "Wrap the night around me" refer to someone made numb by a failing relationship and the feeling to just get away or just ignore the problem and hope it goes away. The line "take the money homey" is also a divorce reference with a feeling of just "take everything" to stop the numbness.
    I do think that their is a suicide reference in the lines

    "A little death
    Without mourning
    No call
    And no warning
    Baby...a dangerous idea
    That almost makes sense"
    Razzler08on September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is telling the story of the death of a relationship because of LIES and BETRAYAL OF LOVE AND TRUST. It is told from the point of view of the male, most likely of a married couple.
    The marriage was painful and rocky because his wife was probably in love with another man cheated on him and LIED to him. She kept it a secret before she just one day came out and said she wanted a divorce and he didn't know why and never understood why things were never great between them.
    He was BLINDED by his love for her. And he was BLINDED by her lies and refused to believe his intuition and evidence of her being with someone else because he loved her and gave her the benefit of the doubt and wanted to be with her.


    ;;Love is blindness,
    I don't wanna see
    Won't you wrap the night
    Around me
    Oh, my heart
    Love is blindness.''

    The truth of his wife in love with another man was never obvious because his wife would probably lie to him about her feelings or where she was going when she left the house. For example: She would lie and say she was going to a family members house when she really went to go see another man.

    And when red flags came up and evidence came up that she was seeing another man, she would lie to him and he loved her so much that he doubted his suspicions, believe her and gave her the benefit of the doubt because he loved her so much. He wanted to stay with her.

    He also always assumed the issues in thier relationship was because of him or something else- never her. But now that he knows the truth it is so painful that he doesn't want to see it or believe it. He is almost doubting himself and begging his wife to lie to him again- BLIND him again him from the TRUTH, give him another false explanation and say that she only loves him.

    "I'm in a parked car
    On a crowded street,
    And I see my love
    Made complete.

    This feels like a flashback of when he probably followed his wife in his car, and he saw her together with another man on a busy street leaving a place and going home with him.

    ''The thread is ripping
    The knot is slipping.
    Love is blindness."

    This feels like a description about the binds of a relationship breaking. You "tie the knot" when you get married, and this knot here is slipping.

    ''Love is clockworks,
    And it's cold steel


    This is a way of saying that all the years they spent together can be compared to how you work everyday at a job. Everyday of their marriage was painful (cold steel) and work to try and make his wife love him and keep thier marriage together.

    Fingers too numb to feel
    Squeeze the handle
    Blow out the candle
    Blindness''

    ''numbness'' is away of saying he is now emotionally and physically tired of working and trying to keep thier marriage together that he can no longer feel the love and at this point he doesn't care.

    SQUEEZE THE HANDLE: thier last argument or fight.

    BLOW OUT THE CANDLE: A candle or ''fire'' or ''spark'' is another way of saying the life and love in a relationship. Love is no longer there as they end thier relatonship and go thier separate ways.

    BLINDNESS: How his love for the woman blinded him from her lies and how he didn't know why his wife didn't love him.

    "A little death
    Without mourning
    No call
    And no warning
    Baby...a dangerous idea
    That almost makes sense"

    This feels like the description of the relationship's death rattle. She didn't give him a warning or reason why she just up and said she wanted a divorce, and didn't feel any pain separating from him. She never attempted to come out and tell him that she was probabaly in love with someone else. He finally found out that her heart belonged to another man and her actions, lies and the trouble in thier marriage made sense.


    "Love is drowning
    In a deep web
    All the secrets
    And no body else to tell
    Take the money
    Why don't you honey
    Blindness"

    Love is drowning because the couple are probably getting a divorce once the man finds out his wife is cheating and they obviously no longer love each other. The secrets is of how his wife lied to him and had an affair with another man. This also sounds like alimony or similar money exchange. When you divorce everything is split in half. Including the money.



    A REPLY TO ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS: I don't believe any meaning of this song is that concrete. It is not talking about drugs, terrorism, sex or any of that other stuff. The song means just what the title says: ''Love Is Blindness.'' Proof enough is that Jack White's version is featured in the new movie The Great Gatsby.
    DelaneyNon June 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so deep.. check out this great site: U2MOL - U2 Meaning Of Lyrics: dtek.chalmers.se/~d4jonas/U2MoL/…
    soulboyon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, its a slowy, but has great depth to it......the lyrics are simple, but yet, very deep..
    coggsteron November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCassandra Wilson does a beautiful jazz rendering of this song.
    CB2001on March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentplay it live: it turn into a powerful song.. so beautiful!
    Setubalenseon March 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised that this song has so few comments - it's quite possibly my favourite U2 song of all. I admit, however, that I've always taken the song quite literally, and I'm not quite sure how anyone could think it must be about anything the IRA have ever done. I'd have said that the line 'without mourning' almost certainly voids any commentary on a bombing.

    'Love is blindness' would appear to be a play on 'love is blind', and in many ways, I think Bono's take is much closer to the truth. I'm not entirely sure why, but this song but strikes a chord with me - aside from the instrumentation and Bono's vocals being very haunting indeed.
    sephereniaon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMany, many people have said this song is about the IRA bombings of Northern Ireland. Even knowing that the vast majority of U2 lyrics convey quite different meanings than they would appear at first glance, I can't see that in this song. To me, this song has always been pretty straightforward, or as much as U2 can be at least. Like many of their songs including "Electrical Storm", Bono's feelings regarding a particular region (Northern Ireland in this case) plays a large role in the overall feel of this song but I don't necessarily think that because of that the song is actually ABOUT the troubles of Northern Ireland.

    "Love is Blind" is quite a popular saying and Bono doesn't seem to be straying too far from that quote in the lyrics of the song. I feel he's trying to convey in this song the message that falling in love is a scary process. One cannot fall in love without falling blindly. Regardless of whether he speaks of love between people or love of anything else, the fact remains that when love is involved, we never have any warning of what's to come. Love is blind. Love is unpredictable. It's uncontrollable. When you fall in love, you put your heart in danger of getting broken. I feel he's writing about the literal quote. Love is a dangerous thing because no one can figure it out. It may be the only thing that humans stumble into entirely blind to how much damage can be done if it goes sour.
    eirenightshadeon December 31, 2005   Link

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