Six o'clock in the morning
You're the last to hear the warning
You've been tryin' to throw your arms around the world
You've been falling off the sidewalk
Your lips move but you can't talk
Tryin' to throw your arms around the world

Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Be still
Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman I will
Oh!

Sunrise like a nosebleed
Your head hurts and you can't breathe
You've been tryin' to throw your arms around the world
How far you gonna go?
Before you lose your way back home
You've been tryin' to throw your arms
Around the world

Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman be still
I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman I will

Yeah, I dreamed that I saw Dali
With a supermarket trolley
He was tryin' to throw his arms around a girl
He took an open top beetle (open top beetle)
Through the eye of a needle (eye of a needle)
He was tryin' to throw his arms around the world

Gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman be still
I want to run to you, run to you, run to you
Oh, Woman I will

Ah
And you just gotta, you just gotta make your faith, see
Ooh
Ooh
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Nothin' much to say I guess
You're just the same as all the rest
Been tryin' to throw your arms around the world
And a woman needs a man
Like a fish needs a bicycle
When you're tryin' to throw your arms around the world

I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you
Woman be still
Woman be still
Be still
Woman be still
Woman I will


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    My Interpretation

    this song describes a couple, a man and a woman, in a dysfunctional relationship. the woman is unsatisfied with her man to the point of being disloyal, she needs more out of the world than just his love, hence trying to throw her arms around the world, instead of around the man. he keeps loyal to her out of love and admiration for her, but is unable to be of any assist to her in her pursuits, all he can do is to keep loving her and keep offering his unreserved love, though he understands it is of little value for her. out of love, he is willing to stay by her side, hence running after her, till she finds good use for his love.

    Six o'clock in the morning [she's out, he's home] You're the last to hear the warning [she acts as if she is not afraid to lose his love] You've been trying to throw your arms [she is unsatisfied with his love for her] Around the world [she needs more out of the world than his love] You've been falling off the sidewalk [she struggles and suffers outside his love] Your lips move but you can't talk [there is no one there to listen to her needs as he can] Tryin' to throw your arms around the world [but she feels she needs something more never the less]

    I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you [i will always be there for you when you want me] Be still [let me be by your side, let me help you] I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you Woman I will [that's all i want out of life]

    Sunrise like a nosebleed [she suffers in her discontent] Your head hurts and you can't breathe [she suffers from trying too hard] You been tryin' to throw you arms around the world How far you gonna go [she doesn't seem to change her mind] Before you lose your way back home [he might lose her completely eventually] You've been trying to throw your arms Around the world

    I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you [he has no intentions of losing her] Woman be still [he cries for her to stop running away from his love] I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you [he will stay loyal despite everything] Woman I will [she means the world to him]

    Yeah, I dreamed that I saw Dali [he dreamt at night that he succeeded in doing something impossible] With a supermarket trolley [he only wants them to succeed as a couple] He was trying to throw his arms around a girl [he tried so hard to satisfy her] He took an open top beetle [in the dream he succeeds, and he and she are together] Through the eye of a needle [the overcome every obstacle together] He was tryin' to throw his arms around the world [being together means the world to both of them]

    I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you Woman be still I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you Oh, Woman I will

    (And you just gotta, you just gotta make your faith...see...) [he begs her to believe in him and his love for her]

    Nothin' much to say I guess [he puts no blame on her, he can only declare his love] Just the same as all the rest [but he understands why she might not be satisfied with that] Been trying to throw your arms around the world [she needs more than what he can offer] And a woman needs a man [so she has no much use for him] Like a fish needs a bicycle [he is actually useless in helping her gain what she wants] When you're tryin' to throw your arms around the world [because she wants something else than him]

    I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you [but he will remain loyal yet] I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you [but he will remain loyal yet] I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you [but he will remain loyal yet] Woman be still [believe in me] Woman be still [believe in me] Be still Woman be still Woman I will [you mean the world to me]

    danigurvichon November 22, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    Man i cant believe no one has made any comments on this song. This song hits hard with me. Im not sure what it means but i know what it means to me. For me, this is all the crazy things you do when you are trying to chase a girl or find a relationship with God. Its like you try to do all these things but they end up being in vain, and somehow you end up further than where you started.

    aayers007on January 31, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    "Like a fish needs a bicycle" meaning they don't need it at all, right? Hmm...

    Eatcarpeton March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Nevermind, I found out that that is a famous quote by a feminist. So I think he's singing to a feminist.

    Eatcarpeton December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Bono said on an interview with Fuse that this was the "Irish Beer Drinking Song" for them, like when his wife throws him out (lol).

    Dina424on March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I love this song, another brilliant song from Achtung Baby. I love the chorus "I'm gonna run to you, run to you, run to you". Also some great witty lines "A woman needs a man, like a fish needs a bicycle".

    DC10on April 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Its about an all night coke-fest. Simple as that.

    Sherpaon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Langston Hughes

    I went to see ma daddy Says, Daddy, I have got the blues Went to see ma daddy Says, Daddy, I have got the blues Ma daddy—he says, honey Cain’t you bring no better news?

    sillybunnyon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    This is about walking home drunk.

    Han_Soloon March 31, 2007   Link
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    good song i love it on the outside broadcast album

    dawsons_creekon July 29, 2007   Link

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