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In America the land has been conquered by the white man, but in Australia it's not really like that. . . . You can go to places and you could be the first person walking there since the Creation or whatever. -- Adam

Desire - Live From New York 1992 Lyrics

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Zoo TV Live From Sydney (1994)

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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

You know something
You're fucking beautiful

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

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 y'all everybody got one
And the fever when I'm inside her
Desire, desire


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

Just remember all of this can be yours
I know because I own it
Five-lane freeways
You've heard of faith, I'll tell you about luck
Free flow of information
We can take you all for a world of goodies
Can we go there together
Good luck
Ladies and gentlemen, will we go there together
Laser-guided missiles
Are we driven by our limousine together
Shall we open a bottle of champagne together
Drink from the fountain of prosperity

She's my protection
Have I got money to give away
She is a 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, more money
More money, more money
More money, more money

And the fever when I'm inside her
Desire, desire, desire, desire
You're beautiful

We're backstage now
We're in the wings
We're gonna do everything we possibly can to go onstage
Talk to Bono, Edge, Larry, or Adam at the conclusion of Desire
We've got several questions for Bono if we can get close to him
We don't know if he'll talk to us tonight

Here she come now
Here she come now
Here she come now
Is she coming

The moment we've been waiting for
We're going onstage now
The cameras are following us
We're getting close to Bono
This is the closest we've ever been
We're getting right up to him
Bono, may I have a word with you
Talk to Zoo TV
Bono, can you just talk to Zoo TV for just a moment
Bono, can you just talk
We know this may be an inopportune time
We just want to ask you a few questions for Zoo TV
Bono, we want to ask you what you believe in
Bono, we want to ask you what you believe in
We want to ask you what you believe in
We want to ask you what you believe in
What do you believe in

I believe in love

What are you buying

Yes, I believe in love, love

What else do you believe in

Money, love

Give us some truth

I believe in poetry, electricity, cheap cosmetics

What do you hope, what do you hope for

I believe in the sky over my head and the silver shoes beneath me

What should we buy

I believe in Las Vegas, I've been there, I know that it exists
I believe in you

You believe in me

I believe for you

What do you believe for these people

I have a vision

What's your vision

I have a vision, I have a vision

What's the vision

I have a vision

What's the vision

Television, television, television, television

That's all folks