"Kite" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Something is about to give
I can feel it coming
I think I know what it means
I'm not afraid to die
I'm not afraid to live
And when I'm flat on my back
I hope to feel like I did

And hardness, it sets in
You need some protection
The thinner the skin

I want you to know
That you don't need me anymore
I want you to know
You don't need anyone or anything at all

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to say what it is will break you
I don't know which way the wind will blow
Who's to know when the time's come around
Don't want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

In summer I can taste the salt in the sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me

I'm a man, I'm not a child
A man who sees
The shadow behind your eyes

Who's to say where the wind will take you
Who's to say what it is will break you
I don't know where the wind will blow
Who's to know when the time's come around
Don't want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye

Did I waste it?
Not so much I couldn't taste it
Life should be fragrant
Roof top to the basement
The last of the rock stars
When hip hop drove the big cars
In the time when new media
Was the big idea
That was the big idea


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"Kite" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General Comment This song is about letting go of somone you really love, and beliving that one day

    You'll be with them again.
    irishlove87on November 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust augmenting my previous post:

    My Dad is 82 years old and, though my brothers and sisters have seen it coming for quite a while, took his first serious fall recently where he couldn't get back up.

    I think this song is Bono's meditation on mortality, inspired both by his Dad's death and death threats that he himself received. So I think it's about his relationship with his Dad, his kids, and us, his fans. Bono's Dad wanted him to know that he didn't need him, his Dad, anymore. And Bono is telling his kids (and us) that we don't need him anymore.

    But I sure appreciate him nonetheless.
    PencilNeckedGeekon May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is only one question I can think of when I hear this song... and that is "Is there anyway this song could be any better?".

    No. This song is an example of why U2 are one of the greatest bands in the world. From the orchestra loop that enters the song, to edges slide guitar and the rhythm section knowing exactly how to set the mood even further. I swear if I just heard each word Bono sings in this song alone, I would probably be moved. The amount of emotion and feel in his voice is incredible, and when he is singing "I want you to know that you don't need me anymore", I can't help but almost cry. I don't know what this song is about, but to me its about losing someone... or being the one who is being lost. He is almost saying "Everything will be alright... I can't tell you why I know it, but it will...".
    This song is one of the most beautiful and meaningful songs I have ever heard. Although almost every song by U2 makes me feel this way, some are special, and this is one of them.
    The_Soulon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is written so it could take on many a meanings. One could be the loss of a relationship between a man and a women and another could be the end of the band. However, Bono, when playing this live, always said it was for his dad who died. I suppose it is in the end up to the listener.
    foreverafternoonon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's like loosing someone that you really care about... or something along that line.
    eMotionSicknesson June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalong that line, each person will bring their own perspective... which is what make sthis whole thing interesting i guess!
    ...but as to what this one sees, it's not so much about someone you loose as from them? recently lost someone very close + to an extent this sums up what he wanted to tell everyone grieving for him, in a statement of faith
    "...i don't want to see you cry
    i know that this is not goodbye"
    shyflyon June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about losing somebody you love. Although Bono did write it with his Dad in mind, I read somewhere that this song was for his kids-for when HE died.

    Anyway, it's a beautiful song.
    U2aholicon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i always thought the lyrics sounded like something a parent would say to their kid. the whole song is warning them of how life is and how to handle things.
    joeytheboyon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently Bono wrote this to his loved ones, about his own assasination, which he believes will happen sometime.
    But its another one of Bono's beautiful songs where the words can mean something in many different situations.

    U2babeon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that it talks about the death of a remaining parent.The parent is old and knows that (s)he is going to die soon, so (s)he tries to prepair the child for that
    Idion September 27, 2002   Link

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