Julie says
John I'm getting nowhere
I wrote this letter
Hope to get to some place soon
I want to get up
When I wake up
But when I get up
I fall down

Julie wake up
Julie tell the story
You wrote the letter
Said you were gonna get there someday
Gonna walk in the sun
And the wind and the rain
Never walk back again

Now you fall down
You're falling down
You fall down
You fall down

Julie say something
Julie say you're sorry
You're gonna get better
You better not leave me here anyway

I want to get up
When you wake up
When I get up

I fall down
When I'm falling down
I fall down
I broke myself

I fall
I fall down
I'm falling down
I'll fall down
When you fall down
When I'm falling down
Is when you're falling down
When you fall down
I'll fall down
I fall down

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"I Fall Down" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentSimple song. You say you're going to get up and go somewhere, but there's alway the time when you fall down.
    rednight1972on October 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentVery good U2 song that often hides from casual fans.
    AlkalineTrioFanon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this is definately a song that hides from casual fans. You might hear it once and dismiss it as a simple, catchy party song, but I think there might be something deeper.

    Like a lot of U2 songs, this one is upbeat but there is an oddly ominous tone to it. Although fast-paced and edgy, Bono's voice has a certain pained quality as he sings, and the words themselves are pretty ominous if you read them while listening to the song.

    "I Fall Down" makes me think of a woman (or girl) who is either very ill, or just very depressed in general. He sings of her "going to get better", and from her point of view, she feels she's getting nowhere and wants to be somewhere soon. To me, it sounds like a woman who knows she's dying and can't find it in her to "wake up" anymore. She hopes that soon it will all be over and she'll finally get somewhere. (Heaven?)

    John, clearly someone who loves her deeply, feels her pain and when she's "down", he finds it hard to pick himself up as well.

    Overall, this seems like a pained song written from the point of view of John, who is going through a tragic time with Julie, who can't seem to pick herself up. Whether sick or depressed, it's clear that this is John pleading with her to get up and move on and not leave him.

    Just one theory. I would love to hear Bono clarify what this song is about. It's very mysterious and sad and it may even be very personal to Bono, considering he used obviously false names and the lyrics sort of read like the pages of a diary.
    eirenightshadeon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about Bono's mother who died when he was 14 i think.
    Ashtray-girlon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song
    GabrielDeRoseon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOddly enough, this song was written prior to a relationship that seemed to mimic the story rather closely. A cat known as Pod from the Virgin Prunes was working as a roadie for U2 on their American tour in support for October, and he fell in love with a woman named Julie. She had been let on stage to dance with Bono at either the March 17th or 18th show at the Ritz. Anyhow, Bono's not exactly sure who Julie in the song was based on, but that's really odd coincidence.

    But here's one even odder.

    This song was first played live April 17th, 1981 at the show at Bogart's Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. The following night they played their first show in Detroit, Michigan, my hometown.

    The last time they played the song was purportedly April 18th, 1985 at the The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    I've been a fan of U2 since I was four and I first caught the With or Without You video on MTV. I think it was probably that E-Bow The Edge was using, maybe it was the overall harmony, I don't know. They've been my favorite band ever since, and I wear the mark "U2" on my right shoulder in thick, black-inked letters with pride (pun intended).

    It wasn't until 10 years later when I got a book for Christmas that had some fairly accurate outlining of U2's tours up until the first few shows of the PopMart tour (which I'd been to a couple months earlier) that I read what really, really blew me away.

    The first time they'd ever played my hometown was two years to the day before I was born. The fact that this song's first and last play so closely matches that date two years on both sides kind of creeps me out and gives the song some special meaning for me.

    The song was a "coincidence" for that relationship, I really wonder if it's a "coincidence" for me.
    CarCrashClutteron December 16, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's a song about struggle. A couple who wants to improve, either become the best they can be, or escape from the bad place they are in. But as they both strive for this, as a couple, they both fall short of their goal, they just can't get there. Either they have something that keeps holding them back (illness, drugs, society, etc.) or they have they their sights unreasonably high and continue to fall short of their expectations.
    Toronodoon April 12, 2020   Link

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