"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson and Larry Mullen....
She's a rainbow and she loves the peaceful life
Knows I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

There's a part of me in chaos that's quiet
And there's a part of you that wants me to riot
Everybody needs to cry or needs to spit
Every sweet-tooth needs just a little hit
Every beauty needs to go out with an idiot
How can you stand next to the truth and not see it?
Oh, change of heart comes slow

It's not a hill, it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
Do you believe me or are you doubting?
We're gonna make it all the way to the light
But I know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

Every generation gets a chance to change the world
Pity the nation that won't listen to you boys and girls
Is the sweetest melody the one we haven't heard?
Is it true that perfect love drives out all fear?
The right to be ridiculous is something I hold dear
Oh, but change of heart comes slow

It's not a hill, it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
You see, for me, I've been shouting
But we're gonna make it all the way to the light
But I know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

Baby, baby, baby, I know I'm not alone
Baby, baby, baby, I know I'm not alone
Ha, ha, ha

Oh, it's not a hill it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
You see, for me, I've been shouting
Let's shout into the darkness, squeeze out sparks of light
You know we're gonna go crazy, you know we'll go crazy
You know we'll go crazy, if we don't go crazy tonight

Oh, slowly
Oh, hold me slow


Lyrics submitted by young_jables

"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentThis is lovely! Great lyrics! I think it's about the frustration Bono feels of the current state of politics.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song's about partying? Heck no, not if you take everything into account.

    It's not a hill,it's a mountain as you start out the climb. Every task and adventure worth embarking on seems like a mountain as you begin it. This song is about making a positive change, either in your own personal life or in the world. "Listen for me, I'll be shouting." Bono's saying to listen for him, because no matter what, he's going to get to the top of that peak, and he's going to be shouting for joy when he does it: "shouting to the darkness, squeeze out sparks of light."

    This song is classic U2. A positive message encouraging the listener to stand firm in the face of adversity. "I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight." I'm going to go mad if I don't start doing something about it now. It's about hope.
    haw45386on August 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMRoCkEd,

    I'm not sure if Bono literally wrote the song about Fordham, or if he was just playing to the local crowd... I am leaning towards the latter.
    mikevoxon March 28, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song was definitely the best off the new album. Great melodies with an anthemic chorus and a deep meaning behind each line.

    The overall theme I get seems kind of similar to "Stuck in a Moment" from All You Can't Leave Behind. I imagine this as something somebody would say to a friend in a time of hardship.

    The first verse is all about an idea I've been coming to terms with, that life isn't really complete without both happiness and sadness. "Everybody needs to cry or needs to spit/ Every sweet-tooth needs just a little hit/ Every beauty needs to go out with an idiot," seems like its about human emotion, and that we need it all. Sadness, anger, happiness, and heartbreak. Its all part of life.

    The second verse seems to be punctuated best by the line "The right to be ridiculous is something I hold dear." The verse promotes being spontaneous and possibly naive in some ways as the references in the first two lines toward teenagers suggests.

    And the Choruses give the message "things are gonna be tough, but lets just have the best time we can with it." The first two lines obviously hold the meaning that theres hardship around us now and ahead. But the line "But we're gonna make it all the way to the light," gives that kind of reassurance that reminds me of Stuck in a Moment that everything will be alright. The three lines that change each hold a meaning that goes along with the verse beforehand. The first is a call to listen up to whoever's been hurting, the second is a statement that he's been going on and being spontaneous despite opposition and the third is an overall message lets make the best we can and have a good time. Personally that third line, "Let's shout until the darkness, squeeze out sparks of light," is my favorite of the song.
    Solkattuon August 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful lyrics, lovely song. I don't know what it means, but it's a great song.
    kuroginon March 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti guess its self explanatory.... ill go crazy if i dont go crazy tonight... more like i will go berserk if i dont go crazy with all that is goin on tonight.... well go crazy as in th eperspective of others if we dont go crazy in our own perspective..a classic case of us against them
    mull3ron March 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAccording to Bono himself, this song was written for and about the Fordham University campus, particularly Friday nights at Fordham. Source:
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    MRoCkEdon March 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with suede, it's about frustration with current political situation in the world. It's not a hill, it's a mountain... there is a lot to be done, but we have to get started, and we'll get more people to join us as we go along, and I'll go crazy if I don't do *something*, anything about it!
    ecogirl20on March 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationPersonally, this song to me is about the current state of global politics, as well as sticking to your guns and being happy. Make sense?
    LoveisBlindnesson April 26, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is a great metaphor for the fact that the things that are worth attaining, are also the hardest to earn. To make any real progress, and to realize the significance of your goal, you have to experience difficulty.
    seamoraineon July 29, 2009   Link

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