"Zooropa" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
(What do you want?)
(What do you want?)

Zooropa vorsprung durch technik
Zooropa be all that you can be
Be a winner
Eat to get slimmer

Zooropa bluer kind of white
Zooropa it could be yours tonight
We're mild and green
And squeaky clean

(What do you want?)
(What do you want?)
(What do you want?)
(What do you want?)

Zooropa better by design
Zooropa fly the friendly skies
Through appliance of science
We've got that ring of confidence

And I have no compass
And I have no map
And I have no reasons
No reasons to get back

And I have no religion
And I don't know what's what
And I don't know the limit
The limit of what we've got

Don't worry baby, it'll be alright
You got the right shoes
To get you through the night
It's cold outside, but brightly lit
Skip the subway
Let's go to the overground
Get your head out of the mud baby
Put flowers in the mud baby
Overground

No particular place names
No particular song
I've been hiding
What am I hiding from

Don't worry baby, it's gonna be alright
Uncertainty can be a guiding light
I hear voices, ridiculous voices
Out in the slipstream
Let's go, let's go overground
Take your head out of the mud baby

She's gonna dream up
The world she wants to live in
She's gonna dream out loud
She's gonna dream out loud
Dream out loud


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"Zooropa" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +3
    General CommentDear zatarregaza...
    Let me tell you what that "a bluer kind of white" means ;)
    Audi - "Vorsprung durch technik"
    The US Army - "Be all that you can be"
    The UK Lottery - "Be a winner"
    SlimFast - "Eat to get slimmer"
    Persil/Daz - "A bluer kind of white"
    United Airlines - "Fly the friendly skies"
    Fairy Liquid Mild Green - "We're mild and green, and squeeky clean"
    Toshiba - "Better by design"
    Colgate - "We've got that ring of confidence"
    StolenBriefcaseon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno, its not about that...its about marketing and commercialism and shit and how fake and stupid it all is...which includes pop culture which is what bono was being ironic about during zooropa and pop...

    if you dont think so, just look at the credits for the song in the booklet at the last line
    deathbearon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds like Bono is saying that as a European they have no compass, maps, religion - no direction. Perhaps he's speaking en masse about the problems he (being European) has with Europe.
    Lacking in racial diversity he sees the blue seal of the European Union as the internationally recognised view of a racially white Europe - "a bluer kind of white".
    zatarregazaon December 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "And I have no religion" line isn't supposed to be a statement. It is just saying that he is lost and God is lost amid the emptiness of the media/our commercialistic culture. There is a theme throughout the whole album of trying to find God in our oversaturated empty consumeralist culture.
    Sempreon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this "zooropa" about europe or am i wrong? seems like they travelled a lot to europe and it caused U2 to mix the sounds and turn their music into something really exotic, yet so urban and hypinotic... i love this song and this album!
    anafashionon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, it's about uncertainty about the future of Europe after the fall of communism and the invasion of consumerism into Eastern Europe.
    IanoDublinon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks deathbear, you just saved me the trouble of explaining it...
    U2on April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo problem.

    Also,

    And I have no compass
    And I have no map
    And I have no reasons
    No reasons to get back

    And I have no religion
    And I don't know what's what
    And I don't know the limit
    The limit of what we've got

    Some of my favorite lyrics from U2. Bono's not saying he's atheist by "I have no religion", but he doesn't believe in organized religion very much (still extremely spiritual, though). Just a way of expressing spiritual freedom profoundly.
    deathbearon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn anti-commercialism song, also concerned with the European Union trying to point out the problems and negative consequences of a one-nation-continent like Europe has become ("no particular place names, no particular songs") Every European country is disappearing, leaving its place to Europe, so perhaps in the future there'll be no nations, just the continent Europe
    Marquezon October 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBono said he was influenced by sci-fi writer William Gibson while making this album, so the concept I described in the previous post may have some relation with this
    Marquezon October 19, 2005   Link

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