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Desire Lyrics

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Elevation 2001 Live From Boston (2001)

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"Desire" (live from Boston)

"'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

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

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

Desire
Burning, I'm burning
Should be right about now

She's the dollars, she's my protection
She's the promise in the year of election
Oh sister, I can't let you go
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 when I'm inside her
Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Alright

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