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"[Bono] doesn't care what people think. And that's an incredible gift. And also a real curse. We would prefer that he took care of himself." — Larry

Desire - Live From Slane 2001 Lyrics

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U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle Ireland (2003)


U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle Ireland (2007)

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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

On the drums, Larry Mullen Jnr.
Bass guitar, born to have it and have it he shall.

Lover, I'm off the street
Gonna go where the bright lights
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 now, everybody got one
And the fever when I'm inside her

Desire
Desire

Burning
I'm burning

Dollars, she's my protection
She's a promise in a year of election
Oh sister, I can't let you go
Like a preacher stealing hearts at a travelling show
For love or money, money
For love or money, money
For love or money, money
For love or money, money

And the fever when I'm inside her

Desire
Desire
Desire
Desire
Alright, so