If coke
Is a mystery
Michael Jackson
History
If beauty is truth
And surgery the fountain of youth
What am I to do
Have I got the gifts to get me through
The gates of that mansion
If OJ is more than a drink
And a Big Mac bigger than you think
And perfume is an obsession
And talk shows confession
What have we got to lose
Another push and maybe we'll be through
The gates of that mansion

I never bought a lotto ticket
I never parked in anyone's space
The banks they're like cathedrals
I guess casinos took their place
Love, come on down
Don't wake her she'll come around

Chance is a kind of religion
Where you're damned for plain hard luck
I never did see that movie
I never did read that book
Love, come on down
Let my numbers come around

Don't know if I can hold on
Don't know if I'm that strong
Don't know if I can wait that long
'Till the colors come flashing
And the lights go on

Then will there be no time of sorrow
Then will there be no time for shame
And though I can't say why
I know I've got to believe

We'll go driving in that pool
It's who you know that gets you through
The gates of the Playboy mansion
Playboy mansion
The Playboy mansion

Then will there be no time of sorrow
Then will there be no time for shame
Then will there be no time of sorrow
Then will there be no time for shame


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The Playboy Mansion Lyrics as written by David Evans Adam Clayton

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    I think you're close to the meaning, but I think it's more a case of looking at the hypocrisy of the "religious" in today's society. Think back to Rattle and Hum when Bono shouts at the TV evangelist "The God I believe in isn't short on cash Mister!" This song is a spin on that idea, so many of today's supposedly devout are so wrapped up in materialism, voyeurism, gossip, etc.

    And in the end he makes a statement that is lost on many people, "it's who you know that gets you through the gates of that mansion". A very serious reference to the fact that it is in knowing the Lord that you are saved...

    Acrobaton April 03, 2005   Link
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    This is a song a really like. It is about how some people are treated better because they have money or know people of a higher status. And about how other people who do nothing wrong get nothing. It kind of explains the material things that people want and dont need and about how people try to be someone they're not. The lyrics are clever like many other U2 songs. Bono is a songwriting master.

    u2elevationon August 24, 2002   Link
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    i dunt get ur idea!...

    TheDisturbed1on March 08, 2003   Link
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    It´s about seraching for heaven. People always construct a heaven with material things and money, but that´s not enough.

    *FelipeVox*on July 06, 2003   Link
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    I agree that this song is about someones search for Heaven, and possibly how that search can manifest itself into a material thing. ie the Playboy Mansion. i love how Bono toys with the idea of waiting and not knowing if he can hold on til the end, but he knows somehow that he has to hold on and has to believe. this is a very underrated song, as is the entire Pop album

    aayers007on January 26, 2005   Link
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    I think it's about searching for heaven, as said earlier. And that we care to much about these materlial things on earth, but just "another push and maybe we'll be through the gates of that mansion". "The gates of that mansion", I think refers to the gates of heaven. Just my humble opinon though:)

    gakkon March 16, 2007   Link
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    Oooh, I hadn't thought about it a metaphor for the gates of Heaven.

    One thing about the 'Achtung Baby' through 'Pop' collection of albums is that they all comment upon the decay of modern life, with often hidden pleas to God for help, or with hidden commentary laced throughout about the search for God in such a life.

    But assuming God represents a return to a just, sensible, moral, meaningful world, where lies the salvation for an atheist, or for any who don't want to wait for God to change the world?

    boboonon April 19, 2009   Link
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    This song is criminally underrated, kind of epitomizes Pop. Its narrator is a man that has pursued fame, fortune - in short, who has bought in fully to the materialism of a comsumerism-driven society. Banks are his cathedrals, chance is his religion.

    This is not a song about trying to get to heaven, this is a song about trying to get into the Playboy Mansion - the height of earthly desires, the pinnacle of fame, wealth, and material comfort. That is what this narrator is clinging to. Not to God, but rather to the hope that he will push his way into a comfortable lifestyle.

    The song is downright heartbreaking. A narrator crying out, hoping for nothing more than the chance to make it, declaring "Don't know if I can hold on / don't know if I'm that strong / don't know if I can wait that long / till the colours come flashing / and the lights go on." The worst part is the sincerity - he truly believes in it. So it's easy to think he might be talking about God, about spirituality when he's so absolutely devoted. But God is the last thing on his mind. This is a portrait of a man possessed by pop culture, driven by desire for material possessions, and utterly devoid of a sense of place in the world beyond the pursuit for wealth and status. It's Pop through and through - its themes, its biting critique, and even its rejection by U2 fans in favor of more accessible, traditional songs.

    JustCriticismon December 31, 2010   Link
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    i think "the playboy mansion" is heaven.

    akingkasarinlanon February 11, 2011   Link
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    This is another U2 song with vivid imagery for me- I picture a guy lying back in a hammock by a river on a grassy hill, drinking lemonade and idly contemplating how he can get into The Playboy Mansion.

    EnduringChillon July 02, 2012   Link

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