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You hold onto religion, you know, rules, regulations, traditions. I think what God is interested in is people's hearts, and that's hard enough. -- Bono, 2002

Desire Lyrics

Found On:

The Best Of 1980-1990 (1998)


Rattle And Hum (1988)


Desire (1988)


Previous Day (2000)


The Complete U2 (2004)


U218 Singles (2006)


U218 Singles (2006)


Previously... (1997)

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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

Yeah

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

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

And the fever getting higher
Desire, desire
Burning, burning

She's the dollars
She's my protection
Yeah she's a promise
In the year of election
Oh sister, I can't let you go
Like a preacher stealing hearts
In a traveling show
For love or money, money, money
Money, money, money, money, money
Money, money, money

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