I want to reach out over the Loch
And feel your hand across the water
Walk with you along an unapproved road
Not looking over my shoulder

I wanna see, and I wanna hear
To understand your fears
But we're north and south of the river

I've been doing it wrong all of my life
This holy town has turned me over
A young man running from what he didn't understand
While the wind from the Loch just get colder, colder

There was a badness that had its way
But love wasn't lost, love will have its day
North and south of the river
North and south of the river

Can we stop playing this old tattoo
Darling I don't have the answer
I wanna meet you where you are
I don't need ya to surrender

'Cause there's no feeling that's so alone
As when the one you're hurting is your own
North and south of the river
North and south of the river
North and south of the river

Some high ground is not worth taking
Some connections are not worth making
This old church bell no longer ringing
Some old songs are not worth bringing
North... / Higher ground is not worth taking


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    General CommentI'm not sure if this is a specific place...but the theme is universal. Once again, we have another stellar song about love, grae, forgiveness...basically dealing with life in spite of the hurt.

    There is some kind of separation here...mabye between lovers, friends, or God and creature. It's probably all three...but there is not a compelte break.

    This is one of those songs that is sad and comforting all at the same time!
    ablack8on February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSorry I don't know how to spell...My computer is slow today.

    I meant to say grace...not grae...

    and complete not compelte...
    ablack8on February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Ireland and the division. North and South of the River... Northern and Sothern Ireland... It is almost a song of prayer, or hope, asking for the senseless fighting and murdering to cease. It is also a look at the divisions of religion in Ireland.
    BonoBabyon March 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI rekon this song is about Derry (or Londonderry) in Northern Ireland. As in Derry the The majority of the Loyalist and Nationalist communities seperated by the river foyle which runs into a loch. The lyric

    "I want to reach out over the Loch
    And feel your hand across the water"

    may be talking about "bridging the divide" and the "hands accros the divide" which is topical in Derry.
    Domo31on May 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the derry idea is pretty good - the northern & southern irish division doesnt exactly fit the words.&derry has a notorious history in ireland of the bigotry & marginalisation of catholics - "higher ground is not worth taking". all of the lyrics seem2fit that idea of derry.
    JordyWordyon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an interesting song, mainly sung by Christy Moore, with Bono very much in the background. The passion that Christy display's signing this is amazing. Christy held very Republican views in the 70's and 80's i.e. there was justification to the troubles, he has since very much changed his ideas and though still holding nobel Republican ideology, the idea of violence as part of that ideology does not form part of it anymore. The particular verse -

    "Can we stop playing this old tattoo
    Darling I don't have the answer
    I wanna meet you where you are
    I don't need ya to surrender"

    Could some up Christy's own changed views.

    Yes its about the divide in Ireland, don't believe its specific to any particular town/city, it could represent any person or place
    Lloyd_Coleon August 19, 2005   Link

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