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Desire Lyrics

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Desire (1988)


The Complete U2 (2004)

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"Desire" (Hollywood Mix)

"'Desire' is a little classic, a little 45. Edge took the beat from The Stooges' '69, which was their take on the Bo Diddley beat. The rhythm is the sex of the music. I wanted to own up to the religiosity of rock'n'roll and the fact that you get paid for them. On one level, I'm criticizing the lunatic fringe preachers 'stealing hearts at a travelling show' but I'm also starting to realize there's a real parallel between what I am doing and what they do." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

In Hollywood tonight, voodoo economics
In Hollywood tonight
Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood
Police dodge bricks and bombs
You can hear them crashing on the sidewalk
Officers beating and kicking a man on the street
We just tryin' to get the police off our backs, man
The suspect reportedly pulled out a .25 caliber handgun and shot the victim in the shoulder
Shot the victim in the shoulder
Shot the victim in the shoulder
Shot the victim in the shoulder

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
Oh, desire
And the fever when I'm beside her
Desire
Desire
Desire
Burning, I'm burning
Desire

Hollywood, in Hollywood tonight
Hollywood, voodoo economics
Open opportunity, open opportunity

Desire

In Hollywood tonight, Hollywood
In Hollywood tonight, Hollywood, Hollywood
Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood
In Hollywood tonight, voodoo economics

Desire

In Hollywood tonight, voodoo economics
In Hollywood tonight, Hollywood
Hollywood
Burning fever, I'm on fire
I'm buring baby, with desire

Desire
She's the dollars, she's my protection
Yeah, she's the promise in the year of election
Sister, I can't let you go
I'm like a preacher stealing hearts at a traveling show
For love or money, money, money
Money, money, money, money
Money, money, money, money
And the fever getting higher
Desire

Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Alright
Oh, desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Alright
Desire

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