Six o'clock
On the auto route
Burning rubber, burning chrome
Bay of Cadiz and ferry home
Atlantic sea cut glass
African sun at last
Lights, flash past
Like me-mories
A speeding head, a speeding heart
I'm being born, a bleeding start
The engines roar, blood curling wail
Head first then foot
Then heart sets sail

Lyrics submitted by young_jables

"Fez-Being Born" as written by Adam Clayton Brian Peter George Eno

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the song's about dying and being reborn. Or the whole "one person dies, another is born" shebang. Think about it:

    Lights flash past like memories: Life flashing before one's eyes...
    The engines roar, blood curling wail: At the same time the car hits, the baby begins to cry...
    First head then foot then heart sets sail: The baby is born.


    pianoman0391on March 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Head first then foot
    Then heart sets sail"

    This line, like most U2 lines can be interpreted as two things:

    1) An actual birth of a child - Head then body then feet out of the womb. Heart is the mothers love for the child and vise/versa.

    2) As is in the Anton Corbijn film, perhaps when we see someonewe like our 'mind starts to wander' and then we walk over and then start a relationship of love.

    bigrobbo2006on March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like this one! I think it's about having a "realization" wile on a road trip. I think it also refers to U2's recording sessions for NLOTH when they had some sessions in Fez, Morocco.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good, though. I just heard it for the first time a few minutes ago.
    Tyreeon February 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe music reminds me of Bad.
    bigrobbo2006on February 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song. To me, the accident in this song isn't literal. I think it's about becoming a new person through the pain and hard times that come through life.
    JMCAutomaticon March 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is a beautiful one. With the mentioning of the Bay of Cadiz (which is the part of Spain only a few miles from Morocco), this song seems to be talking about a trip being made over the narrow strait to Africa. Knowing Bono's close work with that continent, it could be speaking of his own personal experience. Or, could he be writing from the perspective of someone else who is taking the "ferry home?" With those last few lines, it sounds like the writer is allegorizing the experience of the trip. It seems like someone is being born again by making a metaphorical voyage. This voyage has something to do with Africa and it is going to be a difficult and painful one.

    Darami20on March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, and Fez is a city in Morocco, which seems to be the destination of the traveler. It is ancient city that has gone relatively unchanged in modern times.
    Darami20on March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter reading Rolling Stone article, I see it as being born in a physical sense....the album that is.

    The experience leading to the re-birth of their soul in an artistic sense.

    This song feels like a celebration of the birth, and a glimse into the journey.

    I feel it should have been the first track, as originally planned.
    retzoon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment Where are the fans?!

    I just came back to comment that is my new fav on the album. I gained a whole new perspective on the album adfter finally watching linear yesterday. It's so great! NLOTH is among there on my top U2 albums.
    young_jableson March 21, 2009   Link

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