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Last Night On Earth Lyrics

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Pop (1997)


The Complete U2 (2004)

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"Last Night On Earth"

"The chorus came to me at the very end of the sessions on Pop, which were getting a little turgid and tiring. It was four o'clock in the morning of the last night in the studio. We had people mixing who hadn't been in bed for a week. Paul was waiting to take the tapes to New York to master the record. I started singing the line: ' You've got to give it away.' Don't turn it into work was the message. Which was exactly what we were doing. We were supposed to be making an uplifting expression of what happens when rock 'n' roll meets club culture. Instead, it felt like a load of men on an oil rig in the middle of the North Sea." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

When the fuel goes down she stops her car
Says it feels like freedom
She's back on the street where the sweet smells are

She feels the ground is giving way
But she thinks we're better off that way
The more you take the less you feel
The less you know the more you believe
The more you have, the more it takes today

You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
Well, she don't care what it's worth
She's living like it's the last night on earth
The last night on earth

She's not waiting on a savior to come
Here eyes are closing
She's at the bus stop with the News Of The World
And the Sun, sun, here it comes
She's not waiting for anyone

You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
Well, she don't care what it's worth
She's living like it's the last night on earth
The last night on earth

The clock tells her that time is slipping
Slipping away, slip slide today
Minute hands and seconds sticking
Slipping away
There something going on she might be missing
The world turns and we get dizzy
The world turns and we get dizzy
Is it spinning for you the way it's spinning for me
Slipping away

She's living, living next week now
You know she's going to pay it back somehow
She hasn't been to bed in a week
She'll be dead soon, then she'll sleep

You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
You got to give it away
She already knows it hurts
She's living like it's the last night on earth
The last night on earth
Last night on earth
Last night
Yeah, yeah
The last night

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