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Numb - Soul Assassins Remix Lyrics

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"'Numb' was a left-over from 'Achtung Baby' called 'Down All The Days.' The song didn't really work but the instrumental backing was interesting. Brian added some fantastic keyboards. Then when we were trying to get a final running order together for 'Zooropa,' we had this backing track but we didn't know what to do with it. Edge took off into another studio to demo a few ideas, and, within a few hours, had worked out this way of almost rapping over it. I think it is a sonic masterpiece and Edge's delivery is fantastic." - Adam Clayton, U2 By U2 2006

1-9-9-3 Soul Assassins
Come to deal with roughneck destruction
I feel numb
U2 come down with a matter of Numb business
Top of the matter

Don't move
Don't talk out of time
Don't think
Don't worry
Everything's just fine
Just fine
Don't grab
Don't clutch
Don't hope for too much
Don't breathe
Don't achieve
Don't grieve without leave
Don't check
Just balance on the fence
Don't answer
Don't ask
Don't try and make sense
I feel numb
Don't whisper
Don't talk
Don't run if you can walk
Don't cheat
Don't miss the one beat
I feel numb
Don't travel by train
Don't eat
Don't spill
Don't piss in the drain
Don't make a will
Don't fill out any forms
Don't compensate
Don't cower
Don't crawl
Don't come around late
Don't hover at the gate
Don't take it on board
Don't fall on your sword
Just play another chord
If you feel you're getting bored
I feel numb
Don't be unhappy
Don't be unkind
It's not that hard
Just try and unwind
I feel numb
Don't change your brand
Don't listen to the band
Don't ape
Don't gape
Don't change your shape
Have another grape

C'mon, c'mon, hey
I feel numb
C'mon, c'mon, hey
I feel numb
C'mon, c'mon, hey
I feel numb
C'mon, c'mon, hey
I feel numb
C'mon, c'mon, hey
I feel numb
C'mon, c'mon, hey
I feel numb

Don't plead
Don't bridle
Don't shackle
Don't grind
Don't curve
Don't swerve
Don't theorize
Don't spy
Don't lie
Don't try
Start again
Don't triumph
Don't coax
Don't cling
Don't hoax
Don't freak
Don't leak
Don't speak
Don't project
Don't connect
Don't expect
Don't project
Don't connect
Don't expect
I feel numb
Don't follow
Don't suffer
Don't touch
Don't dine
Don't breathe
Don't shave
Don't shower
I feel numb
Don't protest
Don't best
Don't bless
Don't rest
Don't act
I feel numb
I feel numb
I feel numb