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Desire - Live From Dublin 1989 Lyrics

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Love: Live From The Point Depot (2004)

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"'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

C'mon now, greed is good
Yeah, you know what I'm saying

Lover, I'm off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, sometimes vanilla

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


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

She's the dollars
She's my protection
She's a promise
In the year of election
Oh sister, I can't let you go
You're like a preacher stealing hearts
In a traveling show
For love or money, more money
Gimme your money, more money, more money
Money, more money

And the fever getting higher
Desire, desire, desire, desire