"Last Night On Earth" as written by and Dave Evans Paul Hewson....
She feels the earth is giving way
But she thinks we're better off that way
The more you take the less you feel
The less you know the more you believe
The more you have the more it takes today
You gotta give it away
You gotta give it away
You gotta give it away
She doesn't care what it's worth
She's living like it's the last night on earth
The last night on earth

She's not waiting on a savior to come
She's at a bus stop with the News of the World
And the
Sun
Sun here it comes
She's not waiting for anyone

You gotta give it away
You gotta give it away
You gotta give it away
She knows just what it's worth
She's living like it's the last night on earth
The last night on earth

Slipping away
Slip slide
The world turns and we get dizzy
Slipping away

She's living next week now
You know she's going to pay you back somehow
The future is so predictable
The past is too uncomfortable

You gotta give it away
You gotta give it away
You gotta give it away
She already knows it hurts
She's living like it's the last night on earth
The last night on earth
Last night on earth
Last night on earth


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"Last Night on Earth" as written by Dave Evans Paul Hewson

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    General Commentwhat is the deal with all the capitalization?
    NewWaveMonkayon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim fairly certain this song is about a person who acts like its their last night on earth...not too tricky to figure out
    heythere81201on March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentPoliticians and media make everyone feel like living in reality- but we´re not.

    She´s livin like its the last night on earth... she doesnt care what is worth... its just because this world is fake, it´s all a lie, all a movie...

    Only she knows it, and she tries to live and receive happiness over this.
    *FelipeVox*on June 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think it could mean that this chick is sleeping around, giving her virginity and love away and "doesn't care what its's worth." waddya rekon?
    firthelementon October 11, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"the future is so predictable
    the past is too uncomfortable"

    should be
    "she hasn't been to bed in a week,
    she'll be dead soon, then she'll sleep" I think

    Could this song be about the church?
    jrprentice11on February 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl that does drugs who has lost control of her life.
    "the more you take the less you feel"
    "slipping away... slip slide...
    the world turns and we get dizzy
    slipping away"
    Also notice shes at a bus stop as the sun is coming up, I kinda took that as she was out all night getting fucked up. Shes not waiting for a saviour to come - no need for religion when your life is a blur.
    My favorite part of the song might be
    "she hasn't been to bed in a week,
    she'll be dead soon, then she'll sleep"
    jzcrazy5on May 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI haven't heard any statements made by U2 as to what this song could be a reference to or what it's about, but this is kind of the picture that plays in my mind when I hear it.

    When I was about 14 or 15 and bought the "Pop" album, my first impression was "this is a song about a girl giving up her virginity", but now, at 22, I think it has a bit of a deeper meaning than just that.

    I don't think it's literally about a girl doing drugs either. To me, this song is about a girl who sees the world in a way that other people don't. She sees behind the bullshit. She knows better than to wait for a fairytale and she knows that life isn't everlasting. Because she understands, on a deep level, that she won't live forever, she spends every second making life count...so much that it becomes just a blur. She won't wait around for anyone, she wants life so much that she's afraid to miss a second of it. She knows what life is worth. Instead of the common interpretation that this girl is destroying her life, I think the girl in the song is trying to live so hard-core that she's missing a lot of the things that make life special.

    She wants to make so much out of her life (living like it's the last night on Earth) that she's neglecting to take care of herself properly. I get the impression that this person is just so caught up with the act of living that they lost track of how to keep themselves together.
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, however gave the lyrics sucks at lyric giving
    soulnedsbuty4asolm8on June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBut anyway this is a sweet song and the chorus really pumps me up
    soulnedsbuty4asolm8on June 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics look like that cos dsfire copied the way they were printed in the cd booklet.

    i can't remember where i heard it (more than likely from a friend trying to mess with my head) but the woman character in this song is the meant to be the same one as in "running to stand still"... so she's still a drug addict. i don't know. i love this song, it sounds amazing on some great speakers.
    politicson June 25, 2009   Link

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