Yeah
Lover I'm off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire
Desire

She's the candle
Burning in my room
I'm like the needle
Needle and spoon
Over the counter
With a shotgun
Pretty soon, everybody got one
And the fever when I'm beside her
Desire
Desire

Desire
Desire

Burning
Burning

She's the dollars
She's my protection
Yeah, she's the promise
In the year of election
Ah, sister, I can't let you go
I'm like a preacher
Stealing hearts at a traveling show
For the love or money, money?
Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire


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Desire Lyrics as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    How is there only one post for this song. It's a classic. And lemon is attracting more attention then it. Not to put Lemon down or anything but DESIRE!!! No such thing as the best U2 song but this is (as always) the lads in top form.

    Eriu0on March 06, 2003   Link
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    this song is about herion addiction. "needle and spoon" Bono has written man songs about heroin addiction such as running to stand still and bad, his close friend died of a heroin overdose.

    princesscodyon January 12, 2005   Link
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    I LOVE this song! It is so great.. You hear the passion in Bono's voice!! I love it acousitc too (Slane DVD) great version!!! My sister finds it annoying but I cannot see how that is possible. It is definitley about Blind Ambition in every line you see it.

    prisz25on April 08, 2005   Link
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    One of my favorite U2 songs-this song can also turn into a good accoustic version. To me, the line "Over the counter with that shotgun. Pretty soon everybody got one." has something to do with U2's hate for guns and their efforts for better gun control. The whole song actually could have something to do with some of the bad points of our country.

    u2elevationon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Bono-"this is a song about blind ambition"

    U2U2on May 02, 2003   Link
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    General Comment

    I have to admit to not being a great U2 fan, however i was sat here surfing e bay and i happened to pop U2 80 to 90 in the cd player and Desire just blew me away! i came here looking to find a defenition or some meaning to the words, personally i thought it was all about addiction to heroin, but i may be wrong.

    lyallhazardon December 15, 2004   Link
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    This is my probably my favorite song by U2. I think this song is about the band's desire for fame and how it's finally being fufilled(Rattle and Hum came out after huge success of The Joshua Tree). Also, in the line "Like a preacher stealing hearts in a travelling show, for love or money, money, money." Bono is questioning himself whether he is doing this because he loves music or because he has a desire to stay famous.

    behindblueeyes329on March 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Ya it makes me think of prostitution too.But its a great song that I think could be about many things. The harmonica part at the end is a good finis for this song.

    GoodRiddance11on August 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is describing how desires for things can be incredibly strong, with a "burning" feeling. The line:

    She's the dollars, she's my protection Yeah, she's a promise in the year of election Oh sister, I can't let you go

    says that the desire is for a woman. The song also questions why people preach:

    I'm like a preacher stealing hearts at a travelling show For love or money, money, money...

    this makes me thing whether the preachers are doing it for the love of the followers, or to make a get-rich-quick. A very thought-provoking line...

    But this song is still great to listen to, fantastic!

    DC10on January 26, 2006   Link
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    This is for me an example of how music can grow on you. When I first started listening to U2 I did'nt liked this song at all; this is way to wild for me I thought. But when I listened to it again later on I actually liked it, especially the rythm.

    Anne Marieon February 15, 2006   Link

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