From where I stand
I can see through you
From where you're sitting, pretty one
I know it got to you

I see the stars in your eyes
You want the truth, but you need the lies
Like Judy Garland, like Valentino
You give your life for rock n' roll
Uh huh

Stand, we're on a landslide of love
You got everything you want
But what you need you give away

For primitive love
And a ride on the mystery train
A primitive love
A room at the Heart
The Heartbreak Hotel
A room at the Heartbreak
Heartbreak Hotel
A room at the Heartbreak
Heartbreak Hotel

You say it's love, it's not the money
You let them suck your life out like honey
Turning tricks, you're on the street
Selling your kisses so bittersweet

My life yeah
Oh, yeah yeah
I wanna love
Did he bed again?
I gotta know
Oh the price
Is too hard to pay

A primitive love
A and a ride on the mystery train
A primitive love
A room at the Heart
The Heartbreak Hotel

A room at the Heartbreak, the Heartbreak
The Heartbreak Hotel, Hotel
[Repeat until end]


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    I think this song is about U2's fascination with Elvis Presley & his themes of love & lust.

    benorianon March 30, 2003   Link
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    hm... i thought the song was about a hooker.

    lydjiaon July 03, 2005   Link
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    I thought it was about a hooker too. Heartbreak Hotel = Brothel. Anyway, this song is great, i like the choir singing at the end.

    coolchrison August 04, 2005   Link
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    I absolutely love this song. It's just so full of soul and it really shows off Bono's incredible vocal talent. Like everyone else, I think it's about a prostitute, but I also think it has a deeper meaning than just that the same way most other U2 songs do.

    I think it's about a woman who mistakes sex for love. She associates the attention she recieves for her services as a sort of love because clearly it's all she's ever known. I think the underlying story is that the main character of the story is in love with her, but as the line goes: "You've got everything you want but what you need you give away" meaning she actually has real love in the form of this man (the lyricist) but she doesn't really see it or understand it because she thinks love just comes with her profession.

    The lyricist is basically saying that she gives up every chance she gets at something meaningful and true for a primitive love (lust) and a ride on the mystery train* and she's headed for heartbreak because she's too naive to differentiate between real love and lust.

    eirenightshadeon December 31, 2005   Link
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    "I think this song is about U2's fascination with Elvis Presley & his themes of love & lust."

    I agree w/ this statement. I'm not sure where I heard that from but it sounds like the song is more of a fascination with a public figure than with an ordinary encounter or meeting with a prostitute.

    Its obvious to me that a prostitute does know the difference between lust and real love. They do not choose to be prostitutes, they become one out of unfortunate circumstances.

    So it wouldn't make much sense to say this song is U2's take on a prostitute. Bono's lyrics are almost always to be taken symbolicly.

    GrungyBeatleon September 09, 2006   Link
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    I had always understood it to be about Elvis Presley, Could the lyrics it be from the POV of someone talking to Elvis, maybe Priscilla?

    This song is a b-side on Angel Of Harlem, which has a picture of Billy Holiday (the Angel of Harlem) on the back of the 7", 12" and CD-single sleeves. I seem to remember Elvis' picture also included on the 12" somewhere, maybe the disc label?

    rager1969on March 01, 2007   Link

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