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My cell is ringing
I need to know who’s calling

My garden’s overgrown
I go out on my belly crawling
I got CCTV, pornography, CNBC
I got the nightly news
To get to know the enemy

All I want is a picture of you
All I want is to get right next to you
All I want is your face in a locket
Picture in my pocket
I take a pill to stop it

I know these fast cars
Will do me no good

I’m going nowhere
Where I am it is a lot of fun
They’re in the desert to dismantle an atomic bomb
I watch them channel hop
Check the stocks
I’m in detox
I want the lot of what you’ve got
If what you’ve got can make this stop

All I want is a picture of you
All I want is to be right next to you
All I want is your picture in a locket
Your face in my pocket
Take a pill to stop it

I know these fast cars
Will do me no good

Don’t you worry about your mind
Don’t you worry about your mind
Don’t you worry about your mind
Don’t you worry about your mind

You should worry about the day
That the pain it goes away
You know I miss mine sometimes

There is no fiction
That will truly fit the situation
I’m documenting every detail
Every conversation
I’m not used to talking to somebody in their body
Look, there’s somebody in a body, somebody in a body

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    General CommentThe worst U2 song ever
    Idion November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBut why comic book guy? Why?
    This is actually one of my favorite songs on the new CD. I love the beat. I don't really know what it's about, but I still love it.
    Sofkurion December 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI rekon it's a song about all the excesses of the west and the fact that these - fast cars - don't do us any good! For me it rocks (the whole album does for me!) and I love the fact that U2 do a U2 album then you have a totally unexpected spanish guitar type song. Genius
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song doesn't fit with the rest of the album's theme. it was only included in europe like "the ground beneath..." was on ATYCLB
    junnerson January 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhy do so many people hate this song. its brillant. i think that this is "how to dismantle an atomic bomb's" version of wild honey.(which kicked ass!)
    bill_the_ponyon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti don't hate the song. i just think it would have been better off as a b-side to one of the singles released. and wild honey is a good song. someone said adam described it as a "throwaway" but i think its fantastic. but bill the pny, don't you agree it might be a good song but just doesn't fit with the rest of the songs. it's out on the fringe. and if you're passionate about u2 don't go on vertigo where a dude called viro (who doesn't evenn like u2 is raising a storm) and he's a little crazy. he's got a bee in his bonnet about bono in particular.
    junnerson January 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell i love this song. although the lyrics don't look brilhant the beat is outstanding!
    i have to say that i even like the lyrics. for me this song is about ordinary problems, everyday stress that you can only solve when you can get next to a person you specially care.
    Fast cars...well i don't know...the adrenalin you get when you racing your sport car...forgetting your to get to the person you love?

    anyway its a relax song that don't give too much to think just feel it!
    _AnG3L_on January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, some of the lyrics are nice (eg "I'm going nowhere where I am there is a lot of fun, they're in the desesert to dismantle an atomic bomb") but I detest the way Bono sings in the whole song! I prefer Xanax and whine which was one of the first versions of this song, before they decide the final form of it
    Idion February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the one in his pocket needs to come out and be with him. why should they not talk in the body? I wish he would say what pill he takes to make it stop because i could sure use one. the song makes me want to dance... but the fast cars do me no good.... something is on my tail...
    pamelagoodwinon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor me this song is defenetly a description of what live looks like in a HIGH speed world were livving in. About impressions u get on a day filled with MTV, CNN and all modern communication oppertunitys. And at the end our BONO gives us a free advise about whats REALY importand. with other words OPEN URE EYES
    The Music of this song fits the meaning very well. not only its fast. It also has a very MULTICUTIRAL sound. influances of the middle east and HIP HOP it reminds me also of srg. peper's lonly heartclubs band .
    I have just 1 importand question. WHY THE HELL IS THIS GENEIUS SONG NOT ON THE EUROPEAN ALBUM??????????
    floris79on April 15, 2005   Link

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