take these hands they're good for nothing
you know these hands have never worked a day
take these boots they're going nowhere
you know these boots they don't want to stray
you got my head filled with songs
you got my shoelaces undone
take my shirt go on take it off me
you can tear it up
if you can tie me down


TAKE THE colours of my imagination
TAKE THE scent hanging in the air
take this tangle of a conversation
and turn it into your own prayer
with my fingers as you want them
with my nails under your hide
with my teeth at your back
and my tongue to tell you the sweetest lies


love's a bully pushing and shoving
in the belly of a woman
heavy rhythm taking over
to stick together
a man and a woman
stick together
man and woman
stick together



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  • +2
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    The start of the song before the heavy synth rhythm reminds me of summer time....

    This song will grow on you.

    Like others, I think it's about confusing lust for love. Is love more than sex? Yes. Do you feel loved?

    jrprentice11on February 24, 2005   Link
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    i think you guys are failing to see the big picture and sadly enough i mean taking the song for what it really is...

    Bono declared that this song is the 2nd part to discotheque which according to him is about the drug Ecstasy. We all know Ecstasy give people a euphoric sense of love of everyone around them hence "do you feel loved?" whether its true or drug induced.

    also, the drug is assosciated with clubbing and disco "heavy rhytthm taking over" and "pushing and shoving" are all reminders that this scenario takes place in a night club of some sort. all that symbolic ranting in the song about "turn it into your own prayer" just relates to how collectivelly people behave when in such an evirnonment. its not a personal song, its probably the most generic song the band have ever written. just think of how people at a rave party almost behave like a congregation at a church

    el_marzanon September 25, 2007   Link
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    Bono loves shirt imagery.

    jasonwentcrazyon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    bono said this against the fans who make him and and the band out to be their kind of god, he is saying enjoy our music but dont worship us.

    iamthelawon June 08, 2005   Link
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    yup, i heard this and thought 'yahweh' straight away.

    charlotte474on March 20, 2007   Link
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    I completely agree with eirenightshade, she actually nailed it.

    Bono is singing to a fan who worships him, he says that she can take his hands that she appreciate so much, but they actually never done anything for her, and it is true that Bono never worked a day in something that it's not music. The boots, the shirt, etc. represent those objects that the fans worship so much just because they belonged to a rock star.

    Then, he ask himself, or maybe he asks the fans: do you feel loved? Is this somehat sick relationship really love?

    The metaphor "it looks like the sun, but it feels like the rain", well... when you see Bono everyone would like to be in his place, you see a rock star, you see someone famous and rich, but those things that people would envy him, he feel tired and sick of them, and they have their prize, they feel... like the rain.

    "There's heat in the sun, to see us through the rain" hmmm... not sure about this, but maybe that beneath that rock star, if "take a look inside" you can see the real thing about being a rock star, but I'm not so sure. There's a chance that maybe even Bono doesn't know what it means but the line sounds great, LOL.

    All in all, it's a song about fame but mixed with a sex song, or maybe about sex with a fan...

    -Acrobat-on August 10, 2007   Link
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    here's just an idea, its probably wrong: theres a guy, and he thinks hes in love...but he has suspicions that shes just using him...or something along those lines

    heythere81201on March 15, 2003   Link
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    I think this song is about how a lot of people confuse Love with Lust nowadays.
    Bono says he will stay loyal, "take these boots they're going nowhere you know these boots they don't want to stray" and he wants this girl to take him and "tie him down" (so he doesn't leave) Then they start having sex, confusing it with love. "pushing and shoving in the belly of a woman" could perhaps mean she gets pregnant? Then the "heavy rythym taking over" could be that they've finally outgrown their sexual relationship, and now are settling down and just trying to "stick together"
    The part in the song that confuses me is the constant references to the sun and rain. Maybe looks can be deceiving? Either way, I'm disgusted by the lack of comments on this song, one of the best on "Pop"

    ProudesterMonkeyon June 09, 2004   Link
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    it is indeed a fantastic song, and POP is a great album, that is always overlooked by achtung and the Tree.

    coggsteron November 18, 2004   Link
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    This one makes me wonder how hard it must be for Bono to be both a father and husband, and a Rock Star.

    Honestly, a very underappreciated song. My favorite off Pop.

    Montroseon January 11, 2005   Link

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