"Out Of Control" as written by and Philip Lewis....
Monday morning
Eighteen years of dawning
I say how long
You say how long

It was one dull morning
Woke the world with bawling
I was so sad (so sad)
It was so bad

I was of a feeling it was out of control
I had the opinion it was out of control

Boys and girls
Go to the school and girls
They make children
Not like this one

I was of a feeling it was out of control
I had the opinion it was out of control

I was of a feeling it was out of control
I had the opinion it was out of control

(Out of control)

(Out of control)

I fought fate
There's blood on the garden gate
The man said childhood
It's in his childhood

One day I'll die
The choice will not be mine
Will it be too late
You can't fight it

I was of a feeling it was out of control
I had the opinion it was out of control


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"Out of Control" as written by David Howell Evans Adam Clayton

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    General Comment i love U2 but i have to say that this song sounds really funny on "Boy" cuz Bono had such a weird voice. but it was cool on Elevation tour as Bono's voice is mature and the music is a bit better
    wild floweron July 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentExactly, Wild Flower! This song absolutely rocked on the Elevation tour (as did 11 O'Clock Tick Tock). It's funny how their old stuff sounds somewhat better now. I really have grown to love this song and it's always a joy to hear them play it.
    u2elevationon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"I fought fate, there's blood on the garden gate
    The man said childhood, it's in his childhood
    And one day I'll die
    The choice will not be mine
    Will it be too late?
    You can't fight it "

    I think this songs about attempted suicide but the person realizes that only god should dicied when people die
    jmr42288on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about teenage angst bullshit. Bono explained in a concert I saw that he wrote this on his 18th birthday rightbefore he went to London to deliver U2's first demo.
    irishprincesson February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely brilliant when they did it at Slane on the Elevation tour. Sends chills thru me.
    Love Adam's bass line
    jrprentice11on February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about waking up on your 18th bday and realising that the two major decisions in life have nothing to do with you, birth and death. It's out of your control. An early U2 song brought back to life on the elevation tour and is now a u2 favourite. Bono's a legend. Live at Slane is amazing... gives you a sense of uplifting
    davidjosephon May 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdavidjoseph is right, in no way is this about suicide. you could tell early this band. how many 18 year olds can write a lyric like "i fought fate, there's blood at the garden gate the man said childhood, it's in your childhood. one day i'll die the choice will not be mine, will it be too late, you cant fight FATE" you messed up there. amazing song about birth and death and just life is out of control
    wrestlewithjimeon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOn Bonos 18th birthday he realised that only god decides who lives and who dies.
    hewsonfanon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song by U2, hehe :). As for the meaning, i think everyones said it...
    Mistrikeon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'll Qoute Bono's explanation from Michka Assayas' Bono: In Conversation:

    (Interview took place on Bono's 44th birthday)

    Michka: In light of the fact that today is a special day, do you have any memories of birthday celebrations way back in Ballymun, when your mother was still alive?

    Bono: Oh, I don't seem to remember any. I don't have many memories of my childhood. [Pause] I think I can remember my eighteenth birthday, because I wrote a song on it, called "Out of Control". I remember holding the guitar, my brother's acoustic guitar. The fret action was a little out of whack, and I had to press quite hard on it. It wasn't a great lyrics, but it was like: Monday morning, eighteen years of dawning / I said "How long?," I said "How long?" / It was one dull morning / I woke the world with bawlng / I was so sad, they were so glad / I had the feeling it was out of control. It was just about realizing on your eighteenth birthday that the two big events in your life, which is your birth and your death, you don't have any say over.

    Yep.
    tmlon May 18, 2006   Link

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