"Numb" as written by and Mike Smith....
Don't move
Don't talk out of time
Don't think
Don't worry
Everything's just fine
Just fine

Don't grab
Don't clutch
Don't hope for too much
Don't breathe
Don't achieve
Or grieve without leave

Don't check
Just balance on the fence
Don't answer
Don't ask
Don't try and make sense

Don't whisper
Don't talk
Don't run if you can walk
Don't cheat, compete
Don't miss the one beat

Don't travel by train
Don't eat
Don't spill
Don't piss in the drain
Don't make a will

Don't fill out any forms
Don't compensate
Don't cower
Don't crawl
Don't come around late
Don't hover at the gate

Don't take it on board
Don't fall on your sword
Just play another chord
If you feel you're getting bored

I feel numb
I feel numb
Too much is not enough
I feel numb

Don't change your brand
Don't listen to the band
Don't gape
Don't ape
Don't change your shape
Have another grape

Too much is not enough
I feel numb
I feel numb

Don't plead
Don't bridle
Don't shackle
Don't grind
Don't curve
Don't swerve
Lie, die, serve
Don't theorize, realize, polarize
Chance, dance,dismiss, apologize

Too much is not enough
I feel numb

Don't spy
Don't lie
Don't try
Imply
Detain
Explain
Start again

I feel numb

Don't triumph
Don't coax
Don't cling
Don't hoax
Don't freak
Peak
Don't leak
Don't speak

I feel numb

Don't project
Don't connect
Protect
Don't expect
Suggest
I feel numb
Don't project
Don't connect
Protect
Don't expect
Suggest
I feel numb

Don't struggle
Don't jerk
Don't collar
Don't work
Don't wish
Don't fish
Don't teach
Don't reach

Too much is not enough

Don't borrow
Don't break
Don't fence
Don't steal
Don't pass
Don't press
Don't try
Don't feel

I feel numb

Don't touch
Don't dive
Don't suffer
Don't rhyme
Don't fantasize
Don't rise
Don't lie
Don't project
Don't connect
Protect
Don't expect
Suggest

Don't project
Don't connect
Protect
Don't expect
Suggest

I feel numb


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"Numb" as written by Mike Smith

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  • +2
    General CommentI think that this is about the regulations and the don'ts that others force us to obey and make us feel numb because we don't have any freedom
    Idion September 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is really, really wierd...................and thats why i like it! Has anyone seen the video for it?
    Mistrikeon February 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about desensitization and love being the only thing you feel.
    If you really read in it can be about so much depending on your interpetation, like is love a psudonym for sex, making it hedonistic? What is the desensitization due to? Drugs? TV? Religion? All of the above?
    Like any good artist U2 leaves it up to the audience to decide! A well written song!
    Numb420on April 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis being more than for its lyrical content is very much a rythm oriented song. A unique u2 song.
    forumon April 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone notice that the song is 4:20 min. long?!?!
    bugmenoton March 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just recently discovered this song, it's absolutely awesome!
    Nice to hear the Edge doing some solo singing. Very cool!
    msngjon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNumb is definitely about drugs--mostly about the opioids--heroin, morphine, and synthetic painkillers. Especially with phrases like--me high--too much is not enough-- and "like smoking that dope" ( the EBN song). I used to nod out on Vicodin and Klonapin when listening to it.
    Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in timeon June 26, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt´s about media. And media is Zooropa´s theme.
    Watch the videoclip of NUMB and you´ll see it.

    TV tells us what we gotta do... but in the end, we do NOTHING. We´re numb by the media. Media controls us.
    *FelipeVox*on June 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you watch the video, you start to see that it's about the band's journey into stardom.
    claudiathefishon February 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot to sound stupid, but what does the song being 4 minutes 20 seconds long have to do with anything? anyway, one of my favorite 90's U2 song. The Edge does a great deadpan monotone. i agree with FelipeVox, probably about power in the media.
    ICantLeaveU2Behindon June 06, 2005   Link

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