"Crumbs From Your Table" as written by and Larry Mullen Adam Clayton....
From the brightest star
Comes the blackest hole
You had so much to offer
Why did you offer your soul?
I was there for you, baby
When you needed my help
Would you deny for others
What you demand for yourself?

Cool down mama, cool off
Cool down mama, cool off

You speak of sights and wonders
I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

You were pretty as a picture
It was all there to see
Then your face caught up with your psychology
With a mouth full of teeth
You ate all your friends
And you broke every heart thinking every heart mends

You speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

Where you live should not decide
Whether you live or whether you die
Three to a bed
Sister Ann, she said
Dignity passes by

And you speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table, hey


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"Crumbs from Your Table" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song, in part, is an attack against The Church, because "it was slow to respond to the Aids emergency, and very judgmental about people with AIDS"
    Webslingeron December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso, I heard this song is about Africa and its hunger and economic problems
    2861U2on November 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe title is a reference to a bible passage
    Matthew 15:26-28

    26He replied, “It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs.”

    27“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.”

    28Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
    pcoppolaon December 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough you might look at it somewhat either way...ie, Bono's rich and out of touch, or he's doing good where he is...I think, like Montrose, that he is doing good where he is. Who else is in the unique position that Bono is in to influence people of political power? We've all heard it said that politicians listen to him. He serves in his own way.
    Not everyone is called to the field. Some are called to the business room.
    He is doing a heck of a lot better than sitting around all day on his arse, smoking dope, hanging out with groupies, I think.

    I think he has hit on some truth in this song.
    Christians are called to do good to the poor, this
    is part of letting "the light" shine. Doing good
    to Africa would be a tremendous way to let the light of the gospel shine.
    And there actually are some Christian groups doing it.
    Perhaps this song is a call for more to come on board and reach out. To stop thinking about ME all the time.

    Why is it sometimes songs of scathing rebuke sound so good musically?
    jrprentice11on February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHeard some new information about what the following verse is about....

    Where you live should not decide
    Whether you live or whether you die
    Three to a bed
    Sister Ann, she said
    Dignity passes by

    This is a about Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest nation's on Earth. Bono was visited this hospital, and was shown around by Sister Ann Carr, of the Medical Missions of Mary. There is usually 300% bed occupancy, with two to a bed and one on the floor. In a recent radio interview Sr Ann spoke of how Kamuzu is a free hospital, and that those with money can afford to have their own bed in other hospitals - but not the poor. "The poor have no choice", she said. I can personally identify with this, having worked in Bugandu Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania for a summer, and seen first hand how beds are filled with extra patients. I now work in a Dublin hospital, where people get upset about patients remaining on trolleys for too long - at least they don't have to share the trolleys.
    broddoon January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy new favorite from HTDAAB. I adore the second verse. And the guitars in this song are amazing. The solo in the middle reminds me of the guitar solo from WALK ON. A 10 out of 10!!!! :)
    2861U2on November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, I think the chorus it just amazing. They wrote this song drinking, Bono and The Edge.
    Lyraon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment2861U2, I think you're right on about African hunger and economic problems. I think Bono offers a really good-natured, but cutting indictment of US policy:

    "Would you deny for others
    What you demand for yourself?"

    We demand high technology and good drugs, but don't do enough to help the rest of the world achieve those aims.

    "You speak of signs and wonders
    I need something other "

    We're full of hopeful rhetoric about medical miracles, but concrete support and assistance is often hard to come by.

    "With a mouth full of teeth
    You ate all your friends
    And you broke every heart thinking every heart mends"

    This one to me is really interesting. Modern conservatism tends to think that you can eliminate government help and regulations, and people will survive through solely human ingenuity and hard work. Bono is recasting that idea, saying that it's easy and irresponsible to just assume people can make themselves better - sometimes, you can't make it on your own. :-)

    "Where you live should not decide
    Whether you live or whether you die "

    Obvious, but moving.

    All in all, a great song. Quickly becoming my favorite from HTDAAB as well, tied with "A Man and A Woman."
    EliWhoon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti argee with stickandstones
    crazyhead00on November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's great and I respect your opinion, but, honestly, no one cares.
    Attila the Funon November 30, 2004   Link

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