"Trip Through Your Wires" as written by and Evans Hewson....
In the distance
She saw me coming 'round
I was calling out
I was calling out

Still shaking
Still in pain
You put me back together again
I was cold and you clothed me honey
I was down and you lifted me honey

Angel
Angel or devil
I was thirsty
And you wet my lips

You, I'm waiting for you
You, you set my desire
I trip through your wires

I was broken, bent out of shape
I was naked in the clothes you made
Lips were dry, throat like rust
You gave me shelter from the heat and the dust
No more water in the well
No more water, water

Angel
Angel or devil
I was thirsty
And you wet my lips

You, I'm waiting for you
You, you set my desire
I trip through your wires

All I need
all I need
All I need
all I need
All I need
all I need
all I need, yeah yeah

Thunder, thunder on the mountain
There's a rain cloud in the desert sky
In the distance she saw me coming 'round
I was calling out
I was calling out


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"Trip Through Your Wires" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +2
    General CommentAbsolutely one of my favorite songs on the Joshua Tree, I love the gritty desert mirage feel to this song. It's one of the only U2 songs to paint a very clear image in the mind's eye. It's not only a great song to have sex to, it's a wonderful song for any mood. :)

    I don't think it's religious per se, but I think Bono's definately going somewhere with the whole angel/devil scenario. You get the impression of someone who is desperately in need of food, shelter, clothes, water, etc. and then, finally someone shows him mercy and it doesn't really matter to him if his saviour is an angel or a devil, because, as he says: "I was thirsty and you wet my lips."

    Perhaps this song is about how easy it is for people to be swayed to the dark side when the "devil" can appear just as attractive and kind as an angel. When I think of "Trip", I think of a man who is lost and dying out in the desert and the first person he sees; the first person who shows him mercy, is really the devil in disguise. This song sort of demonstrates how easily humanity can be tricked and corrupted. How a human being's willingness to see only the good in other people can be their ultimate downfall.

    The man didn't really care if his saviour was an angel or a devil, and thus is born the title of the song "Trip through your wires,". When I hear this song, I always think of a man making a deal with the devil.

    Just a thought...
    eirenightshadeon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe anyone's not commented on this song. I love it!
    Sure, it's not the best musically on JT, but it's still fabulous.
    claudiathefishon March 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo first of all, U2 is a Christian band guys, come on. This song is about sin and how much people crave it. "you" is referring to sin (possibly an addiction) It starts and ends with the same thing because he is calling out to his "angel" per-say, but he falls back into sin. then the whole thunder, rain part at the end means that he is seeing the truth that whatever he is doing is not right so now he is going to quench his thirst with truth. Yay for knowing what genre bands really are! =P peace, love, robots.
    alistrine13on December 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMatthew 25:35-36
    Just my 2 cents
    U2gurlon August 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis seems like a not-so-deep song IMHO...a guy hasn't seen a woman in a while,she "wets his lips"(heh)and he's been dry(heh heh)so long he don't care if she's good or bad;by the end of the song("in the distance,she saw me coming 'round,I was calling out,I was calling out")he's either already moved on to the next one after another "dry" spell(for a man this could be only a few days or hours)or back to his old girlfriend-thingy etc etc...
    ShatteredVinylon May 06, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a little strange, but this is my favorite song from the JT. I'm not sure it has anything to with the lyrics. I am probably way off, but it seems like the song is about a respite of a soul.
    xanaxandwinoon June 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStrange that there are only two comments. I'm with claudiathefish, this is my favorite song on the album.
    dementedtwoon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo does Bono get his satisfaction or not?
    _ellieon March 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne thing I noticed in the lyrics of the song is that it has both a "you" and a "she"....perhaps the you is the devil and the she is the angel..she is the 'rain cloud' in the desert sky that gives him water and who sees him coming home...
    popsadieon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think maybe the narrator feels that he or she doesn't deserve to helped or saved, and so that maybe the narrator is asking a question: "Angel, angel or devil?" And then "I was thirsty, and you wet my lips." So he has been helped, but did he deserve it or need it? Is the person who helped him good for being kind and compassionate enough to help someone or a devil for giving someone something they don't need or deserve, only making something worse.

    But that's probably far off, I just always thought this because "Angel or devil" for some reason always stuck out to me as a question, though it may not be.
    JYZdrummeron November 06, 2008   Link

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