"Twilight" as written by and L. Mullen B. Hewson....
I look into his eyes
They're closed but I see something
A teacher told me why
I laugh when old men cry

My body grows and grows
It frightens me you know
The old man tried to walk me home
I thought he should have known

Twilight...
Twilight, lost my way
Twilight, can't find my way

In the shadow boy meets man
In the shadow boy meets man
In the shadow boy meets man
In the shadow boy meets man

I'm running in the rain
I'm caught in a late night play
It's all; it's everything
I'm soaking through the skin

Twilight...darkened day
Twilight...lost my way
Twilight...night and day
Twilight...can't find my way

Can't find your way
Can't find my way
Can't find your way

Twilight...darkened day
Twilight...lost my way
Twilight...night and day
Twilight...can't find my way

In the shadow boy meets man
In the shadow boy meets man
In the shadow boy meets man
In the shadow boy meets man


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"Twilight" as written by L. Mullen B. Hewson

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    General Commentlove this song, its great.
    robomalpa1on March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Does anyone have any idea what its all about?
    MiracleDrugon July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's about growing up and how it sneeks up on you. ... in the dark. Just a guess.
    bonobootson October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's about growing up and how it sneeks up on you. ... in the dark. Just a guess.
    bonobootson October 09, 2005   Link
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    General Comment....in the dusk of life....really the dawn of life. So they took poetic liscense, do we care?

    Brilliant how U2 started it's career with Boy. They understood they really didn't understand.

    I'd guess they lifted the idea from the Beatles John Lennon. Girl 1963 ----woman 1980
    pton December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about elders pasing on lessons on to the younger generations..." look into his eyes
    They're closed but I see something" ; at the same time i also think its about death...the old man dying, and trying to hide it from the boy, but the boy learns about it and it makes him a man
    love2zworldon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe entire Boy album is immortal to me. I began listening to U2 as a young teenager. Only a few years younger than they were when they wrote the Boy album. Because I first heard this song and that album in that particular period of my life, I related to some of the lyrics pretty strongly.

    Like Bono when he wrote these lyrics, I was also at a point in my life when I was both a child and an adult. A strange and mystifying time where nothing is concrete and everything is changing.

    Try to think back to when you were that age and how you felt and how you saw the world around you and then read the "Twilight" lyrics or listen to the song again. Now try to imagine that you're a teenager who's mind and body is changing in a way you don't understand and you're also dealing with the loss of your mother, possibly the most important relationship you had at that age.

    This song then makes perfect sense. He's growing. He's trying to understand the things that are happening to him and he compares the changes coming about within himself to the changes between night and day. Somehow he feels caught in between one and the other.

    As for the old man in this song, it's anyone's guess. It could be Bono's grandfather who passed on when he was 14, or it could be just about anyone. One thing that really stands out to me though is that Bono seeks knowledge from this person. It's almost as if Bono is hiding some kind of adolescent secret in this song and he desperately wants to confide in this "old man" and seek wisdom. If it is his grandfather he's referring to, this would make perfect sense, as his grandfather is dead and that was a person Bono felt he could really talk to. Perhaps, "His eyes are closed but I see something" refers to his grandpa being dead but Bono still longing for his advice or even praying to him for guidance.

    Just a thought...
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSounds like the theme song for NAMBLA to me. "In the shadow, boy meets man."

    And no, I'm not just making a joke. It sounds like a boy gets molested by a man and is forever shaken by the event.
    PencilNeckedGeekon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPencilneck, you are right on.

    As in most of U2's lyrics, the images are creative enough that they can invoke different meanings to different people, but I can't believe the second verse could mean anything else.

    Curiously, in Niall Stokes' book about how all U2 songs were about some sort of sex he decided this one was about the Reagan administration.
    pladsonon February 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a boy losing his innocence...

    or in other words, becoming a man.
    beau99on July 19, 2008   Link

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