"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
You don't know how you took it
You just know what you've got
Oh Lordy, you've been stealing
From the thieves and you got caught
In the headlights of a stretch car
You're a star

Dressing like your sister
Living like a tart
They don't know what you're doing
Babe, it must be art
You're a headache, in a suitcase
You're a star

Oh no, don't be shy
You don't have to go blind
Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me

You don't know how you got here
You just know you want out
Believing in yourself
Almost as much as you doubt
You're a big smash
You wear it like a rash
Star

Oh no, don't be shy
It's a crime to cry
Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me

They want you to be Jesus
Now go down on one knee
But they want their money back
If you're alive at thirty-three
And you're turning tricks
With your crucifix
You're a star
Ooh child

Of course you're not shy
You don't have to deny love
Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me


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"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +4
    General CommentI can't believe nobody gets this song.

    1.) It's not about Batman.

    2.) The Jesus reference is entirely intentional. U2 does that.

    3.) It's about fame. During the POPMart tour they played this one in concert. On the giant screen they put up a lot of images of dead celebrities. Marilyn Monroe (Warhol-style), Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, John Belushi, Kurt Cobain...

    The message could not be clearer. The video, with the Batman: TAS style animation made a little story out of Bono being split into The Fly and Mr. Macphisto. Because metaphorically that is what the song is about. The Fly and Mac were Bono's satirical take on celebrity... The Fly being the obnoxious prick who thinks he rules the world because he sold a few records, and MacPhisto being the same guy old, fat, tired, and playing Vegas. Elvis in the sideburn, jumpsuit years, a few cheeseburgers too many. When it's become just a joke.

    "It takes a crowd to cry."

    And yes, there's the Screwtape angle, and Bono's conviction "Mock the devil, and he will flee from you."

    So "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" is sort of the conundrum of being famous. A media darling, a pop-cultural icon, prostituted to the public and finally used up and cast aside, forgotten, or dead. The dead celebrities onscreen were meant to remind us just how lethal fame can be. Because that kind of life is not really what human beings are meant for. People need privacy, and the freedom to fuck up without being crucified by the media.

    Fame can be a burden as much as a blessing, and if you don't believe that, ask Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, because there's a husband and father missing from that equation on account of he couldn't handle the life he'd made for himself or the mess he'd made of it in trying to drown his problems in heroin.

    The irony of course is that in death, Kurt Cobain remained an icon and the fans - and kids who hadn't even graduated from Sesame Street records before Kurt shot himself - tried to saint the man in the mid-90's.

    And somewhere in the ether, Cobain screams at them to just let him go.

    So, my point? They'll want their money back if you're alive at thirty-three. Because if you don't die young, you aren't a Christ figure any longer.
    Keyser Sushion August 15, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYeah I laughed at the "orgasms to fade" part too! I feel for Bono's wife, if that's the noise he really makes ...

    I love the last chorus with the strings ("Of course you're not shy"). It sounds really good, a bit sinister.
    stormgirlon August 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOrgasms to fade made me chuckle....
    I don't know whats up with that 'OhohohohOH buisness... does it even add anything 2 the song?
    Indie/Rock/Rollon April 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrically, it's pretty good. Musically, it's even better. I enjoy this song, without having to enjoy everything U2 does.
    CourseWeDeliveron August 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJoeytheboy, i just want to point out, "they'll want their money back if your alive at 33". This verse is saying that other people think u are jesus and jesus died at 33. if you are still alive at 33, it means your not jesus and they want your money back... understand?

    doesn't matter if ya dont... i dont really myself...HA!
    Frelicon October 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite line from this song is "They don't know what you're doing. Babe it must be art!" lol
    rednight1972on October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the 'showbiz' theory to the song. Basically the 'you' in this song is a celebrity in the prime of their career. Imagine a britney spears (barf) or maybe a Jim Carrey. Just think of when those two were really hot and always in the limelight.
    "you're a star" you made it and you don't know exactly how or why, but 'you' are questioning the entire idea of fame. 'you' don't like it anymore.
    So Bono is like this, guardian angel/devil on you're shoulder talking to 'you' trying to make you keep buying into this celebrity life.

    At least, well, i see it this way.
    sixedhearton November 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBatman Forever kinda sucked but it had a great soundtrack. This song proves that. ;)
    Amaya-chanon January 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the only U2 song I like (in fact I was shocked it was by them!!!). Its such a feel good song. Dirty but in a great way!!! I agree its about being famous, or maybe having a massive ego. Altho the chorus kinda sounds like hes trying to get laid. And of course the word orgasm in French literally means little death (kill me)
    Gremlin666on June 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitar in the chorus is orgasmic
    lol
    zoo_stationon August 08, 2006   Link

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