"Hawkmoon 269" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Like a desert needs rain
Like a town needs a name
I need your love

Like a drifter needs a room
Hawkmoon
I need your love
I need your love

Like a rhythm unbroken
Like drums in the night
Like sweet soul music
Like sunlight
I need your love

Like coming home
And you don't know where you've been
Like black coffee
Like nicotine
I need your love (I need your love)
I need your love (I need your love)
I need your love (I need your love)

When the night has no end
And the day yet to begin
As the room spins around
I need your love
I need your love

Like a Phoenix rising needs a holy tree
Like the sweet revenge of a bitter enemy
I need your love

Like the hot needs the sun
Like honey on her tongue
Like the muzzle of a gun
Like oxygen
I need your love (I need your love)
I need your love (I need your love)
I need your love (I need your love)

When the night has no end
And the day yet to begin
As the room spins around
I need your love

I need your love
Whoa!
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love

Like thunder needs rain
Like a preacher needs pain
Like tongues of flame
Like a sheet stained
I need your love
I need your love

Like a needle needs a vein
Like someone to blame
Like a thought unchained
Like a runaway train
I need your love

I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love
I need your love

Like faith needs a doubt
Like a freeway out
I need your love

Like powder needs a spark
Like lies need the dark
I need your love

In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love
In the heart of the heat of the love


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"Hawkmoon 269" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentI love how the song is building up. You can look at this song in many ways, I think. We need God's love, but we also need to be loved by each other.
    gakkon December 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry, I don't think that's the case. Hawkmoon 269 is supposedly a roadsign their tourbus passed at one point...as in the town of Hawkmoon is 269 miles away. Why they chose to name the song that, I have no idea.
    Kwazyon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe part that amazes me about this song is larry mullen jr and the drums. As for the meaning im not quite sure if hes happy about this love or not. I cant tell if he is angry over how he feels and because of the intensity of his emotions, or if hes overjoyed by how much he needs this love. great song
    aayers007on February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere is no town called "Hawkmoon". Bono was quoted as saying that it's a motel room somewhere in his imagination.
    It's about being drunk, ("As the room spins around") and missing someone's love.
    Yes, great song, though. And I love the addition of the organ played by Bob Dylan at the beginning, and the gospel choir at the end.
    claudiathefishon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt the end of this song, isn't the Gospel choir singing, "All alone in the heart of a thief?"
    andeweatherson August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I'm not sure what Bono meant when he wrote it. One theory is that it's about being drunk, but I doubt it's literal. I think the song is leaning more toward being crazy in love. To me it's about being at a state where you're so in love with somone that it transcends wanting and needing and longing and it reaches sort of a crazed, psychotic, angry, addiction for that person. Clearly from the lyrics, it isn't a pure and sweet love, but rather an intense system-killing kind of love that can only be described as disastrous. Notice that none of the analogies used in the lyrics are particularly healthy. Ex: "Like the muzzle of a gun" "Like black coffee" "Like Nocotine" "Like the sweet revenge of a bitter enemy"...

    I think it may even be less about love and more about a stalkerish obsession. He does not say "I want"; he says "I need" which gives the impression that he's not in control of what he's feeling. (Ex: "Like a thought unchained".) Like "Heartland" and a lot of the tracks from Rattle and Hum, I feel that Bono is deeply homesick, and this song points out how it feels to be away from the one he loves and needs for so long. He feels crazy with desire and loneliness and it's turned him into a sort of madman because he's alone without the one thing he needs to keep him together...his love.
    eirenightshadeon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simple, its about needing someone's love so much. I love it for it being simple in that way. If there is someone you really like and would give anything to be with, you can listen to this song, and it will sum up how you feel.

    Fantastic song! The organ by Bob Dylan at the beginning and gospel choir at the end make this song that bit special.
    DC10on January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my top 5 favorite U2 songs. The passion and emotion with which Bono sings sends chills up my spine. But I have a new suggestion for it's meaning.

    The author Sam Shepard, who Bono is known to appreciate, has a book of "prose, poetry and monologues" titled Hawk Moon (see U2faqs.com). This seems like a plausible reason for the first part of the title and some of the inspiration for the lyrics. I've never read it myself.

    But the "269" part?

    Psalm 26:9 (NIV):
    Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
    My life with bloodthirsty men,

    KJV:
    Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men,

    I suggest that the love Bono needs is the love of God, and that the many sinful acts in the lyrics are references to his own sin, an ironical statement about the fact that he (and all of us) are sinners, and are drawn to the love of God as much as our sin. I'm sure some people may find this difficult to swallow, but I think it's absolutely brilliant, and makes me appreciate the song even more.

    It would also explain his reluctance to discuss the song on a certain radio broadcast, which you'll also read about on U2faqs.com.
    woody_zon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso, as I side note I forgot to mention. I don't know if this theory has any credibility, but I read somewhere a long time ago that when Hawkmoon was written, the band was on the road with the Joshua Tree tour, and he happened to look out the window and see a road sign that read: "Hawkmoon 269 mi." and that inspired Bono with a title for his previously untitled song...

    However, I've gotta say, if there is a place anywhere in the world called Hawkmoon, I have no idea where it is and even a google search didn't come up with anything.

    Also, I have heard another theory (one that Bono supposedly backed up) that the '269' part of the song was tagged on when it took the band 269 mixes of this song to find the right one.

    Don't know if either of these theories are true, but I thought it was worth a mention in case anyone was curious. :)
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read some of the comments, and there all cool. It's important to remember that there is no wrong answers. Song lyrics are very personal and subjective. As a writer of poetry, sometimes I write stuff and the meaning will change and mutate from the origianal idea. For me it is important to remember that there is always spiritual undertones in Bono's lyrics. ALWAYS...if you look for them. For me Hawkmoon is about needing the presence of love energy in your life. God is love. Now Bono is on a big Charity Trip...trying to end poverty and such. That doesn't come from being drunk in a spinning room. That spirit or love energy comes from above. Allowing that energy to pass through us and extend to the world is what the message is all about and it's a thing we all can do as we pass through this life.Believing in God isn't about going to church, it's about how we treat eachother. It's all about love.Like oxygen...we need it.
    truegriton July 27, 2006   Link

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