"Staring At The Sun" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Summer stretching on the grass
Summer dresses pass
In the shade of a willow tree
Creeps a crawling over me
Over me and over you
Stuck together with God's glue
It's going to get stickier too
It's been a long hot summer
Let's get undercover
Don't try too hard to think
Don't think at all
I'm not the only one
Starin' at the sun
Afraid of what you'd find
If you took a look inside
Not just deaf and dumb
Staring at the sun
Not the only one
Who's happy to go blind

There's an insect in your ear
If you scratch it won't disappear
It's gonna itch and burn and sting
Do you want to see what the scratching brings
Waves that leave me out of reach
Breaking on your back like a beach
Will we ever live in peace?
'Cause those that can't do often have to
And those that can't do often have to preach

To the ones staring at the sun
Afraid of what you'd find
If you took a look inside
Not just deaf and dumb
Staring at the sun
I'm not the only one
Who'd rather go blind

Intransigence is all around
Military still in town
Armour plated suits and ties
Daddy just won't say goodbye
Referee won't blow the whistle
God is good but will he listen
I'm nearly great
But there's something I'm missing
But I'm feeling like duty free, ah
You never really belonged to me

You're not the only one
Starin' at the sun
Afraid of what you'd find
If you stepped back inside
I'm not sucking on my thumb
I'm staring at the sun
Not the only one
Who's happy to go blind

Ah ah I
Ah ah I
Ah ah I
Ah ah I


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"Staring at the Sun" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    My InterpretationSo, i disagree with most of you. I do not think that staring at the sun means ignoring the ills of the world, in fact, i think it means the opposite. I think the ones who are willing to put up with the pain of staring at the sun, the ones who will scratch at the insect even if they cannot necessarily solve the problem, are the ones willing to take a real look at our world, take a real view of our problems, and (hopelessly in most cases) try to solve them.

    "I'm not the only one" is repeatedly asserted, because they are trying to show that there are people out there who really do care, who really do want to solve these problems. but that they have to make such an assertion points out a glaring and obvious truth: almost everyone else is not willing to stare at the sun. It is a cry for more people to join, it is encouragement to those who already are, but it is intrinsicly hopeless because they know it will not happen. There are forces byond thier control; there are governments, parents (which might represent being brought up to continue things as they were, rather than truly decding to change things), etc etc etc.

    But, be that as it may, he'd rather go blind. He'd rather go on truly looking at our world, seeing the horrors of a west that doesnt care about the poor, seeing brutal regimes across the globe and greedy individuals who couldnt care less, and pain, and disease, and famine, and drugs, and go blind from it, than be just another person avoiding the glare. Even if its hopeless, he'll press on, and take the pain, because its what everyone else really should be doing. Donate to the One Campaign. (lol).
    jhochd51on September 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeople call "Pop" U2's failure album. This I can't understand. For a failure album this is a pretty darn good song!
    u2elevationon May 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStaring at the sun

    There was a story going around in the 60's that a group of california university students were so high on LSD that they were staring at the sun while laying on a grassy hill for several hours that it didn't bother them but in fact burnt part of their retina and could not see anything closely. They also held religious conversations with god while under the influence.This story has never been proven and actual names were never given (check out Erowid for more on this myth).

    Bono is probably relating his own trip with the students who were sprawled out on the grass for hours. His description is almost identical to the mythical articles on the california university students. I would take the the song quite literally. "Those who can't do" are the teachers or the people who set our morals in society who create these myths to scare people out of using drugs or to be introspective and question what is accepted as truth or right. Are they afraid of what they find when they look inside of themselves? Bono says these people (government/military state) is still in town or in control. Its not so obvious as they are disguised in suits and ties. Daddy (government) won't leave you alone. "I'm nearly great but there's something missing" = Grandiosity is a symptom of such trips. "I left it in the Duty free" = [airplane] "trips" may be taken literally. Its not really him as its an effect of the drug. He's not sucking on his thumb. He's not a baby he can do what he wants and if that means destroying his retina so be it. Could this be an anti-drug message?
    shmuon July 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree wit u....i tink the album on the whole is good and tho they aint my face group i respects U2 for everythin they do....and im pretty shure its 'referee wont blow the whistle" makes more sense
    AYUL1234on May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about our culture ignoring the problems around us. There can be something fundamentally wrong in our lives, but we'd rather pretend than admit anything.
    lilybarton August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPOP is awesome, don't ever let anyone diss POP... i think there is really no u2 failure album
    U2takemehigheron April 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the video to this song the way shadows pass over the band its just such a great image
    bazza102on November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song kicks anus!! and if U2 have a falurie album then its problay zooropa
    WOO U2!!
    bill_the_ponyon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou are right about zooropa. Half of it is great but the other half... yeah... shit
    StolenBriefcaseon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds amazing on the Slane DVD where it is just Bono, the Edge and his guitar, you can hear the crowd singing along for some of it.
    Domo31on March 31, 2005   Link

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