"Cedars Of Lebanon" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Larry Mullen, Paul David Hewson, Daniel Roland Lanois, Harold Budd and Brian Eno....
Yesterday I spent asleep
Woke up in my clothes in a dirty heap
Spent the night trying to make a deadline
Squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline
I have your face in an old Polaroid
Tidying the childrens clothes and toys
You smiling back at me I took the photo from the fridge
Can't remember what Emily did
Haven't been with a woman, it feels like, for years
Thought of you the whole time, your salty tears
This shitty world sometimes produces a rose
The scent of it lingers but then it just goes

Return the call to home

The worst of us are a long drawn-out confession
The best of us are geniuses of compression
You say you're not gonna leave the truth alone
I'm here 'cause I don't wanna go home
Child drinking dirty water from a riverbank
Soldier brings oranges he got out from a tank
Waiting on the waiter, he's taking a while to come
Watching the sun go down on Lebanon

Return the call to home

Now I got a head like a lit cigarette
Unholy clouds reflect in a minaret
So high above me, higher than everyone
Where are you in the cedars of Lebanon?
Choose your enemies carefully, 'cause they will define you
Make them interesting 'cause in some ways they will mind you
They're not there in the beginning but when your story ends
Gonna last with you longer than your friends


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"Cedars of Lebanon" as written by Harold Budd Brian Peter George Eno

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  • +2
    General CommentNo, it's about a war correspondent.
    gweepson February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song! It's about a soldier at war remembering his lover through the only picture he has of her. But it seems he also feels guilty for something he did to her. He;s reluctant to go hom, yet he wants to because the war is worse.
    young_jableson February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Israeli-Lebanese conflicts. A journalist,far from his home, is thinking about his wife and children looking at their picture. then we have description of a scene , a child is drinking dirty water because of homelessness and poverty,while a soldier is eating an orange.It shows the unfair and unequal situation in this war...At last he is talking to God saying "You're so high above me, higher than everyone,Where are you in the Cedars of Lebanon?". And finally talks about the impossibility and hopelessness of peace between these two long-life enemies !
    samaneaprilon August 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn fact, the references to deadlines and headlines. made me think so. I think gweeps is right.
    Marquezon February 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Squeezing complicated lives into simple headlines."

    In a book called Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, one of the characters is a retired war correspondent who has been around the world. He spent his life writing a bibliography of everyone he ever wrote about or read about. Every entry was one word:

    Che Guevara: War
    Tom Cruise: Money
    Stephen Hawking: Astrophysics
    Yasir Arafat: War
    Martha Stewart: Money
    Mahatma Gandhi: War ("But he was a pacifist," I said. "Right! War!")

    "The worst of us are a long drawn out confession
    The best of us are geniuses of compression."

    You could never stop writing...it's something to think about.
    Dboaon March 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have grown to love this song so much!
    young_jableson March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon." (Psalm 92:12)

    Just one of the many times in the Bible that cedars of Lebanon are mentioned. I don't really know what the song is about, but I thought that would be an interesting tidbit considering most of the other songs on this album have religious references.
    scammaj12on March 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoesn't do much for me. Bono might as well of just written a poem. It ends the album with a somewhat disturbing, down note. Referring to one’s enemies, Bono says: Gonna last with you longer than your friends. Yikes.
    gjack2211on September 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song is so rooted in historical and political situations of both preesent and past that the meaning of it goes beyond the simple lyrics. If you really want to appreciate the song read around 25-45 pages on Israel history including Before Common Era and After Common Era. Don't just wikipedia it. Look at the geography of the place and where Jerusalem is in relation to it. This soldire that is in this song is representing a very very ironic circumstance. 6000 years ago a soldiier stared up that same hill, up the sides of those same cedars as the soldier that now looks up there.

    This song is not only about a soldier that misses his loved one, but it is the classic retelling of a story that happens over and over again. The last stanza sums it up nicely.

    Choose your enemies carefully 'cos they will define you
    Make them interesting 'cos in some ways they will mind you
    They're not there in the beginning but when your story ends
    Gonna last with you longer than your friend.

    Israel is literally defined by their enemies through out most of known history. Israel-Egypt, Israel-Babylon, Israel-Palestianians, Israel-Assyria, Israel-World, Israel-Hitler, Israel-Muslims (some). Yeah... That has been the basis of their existence. This song is a lesson to us all.
    Orrin1988on March 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWar correspondent misses his wife, "you're so high above me" .. "I'm here cos I don't want to go home" : he wants to forget the pain .. on second thought, "you say you're not going to leave the truth alone" : his wife is probably a political activist? only the author knows ...
    ksk1997on May 17, 2010   Link

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