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So Cruel Lyrics

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"'So Cruel' is mostly my song. I picked up a guitar late one night in Dogtown and started singing. People thought it was too traditional, one more attempt at writing a song for Roy Orbison but Flood found a way of making it feel like it was on the same album." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

We crossed the line
Who pushed who over
It doesn't matter to you
It matters to me

We're cut adrift
We're still floating
I'm only hanging on
To watch you go down
My love

I disappeared in you
You disappeared from me
I gave you everything you ever wanted
It wasn't what you wanted

The men who love you, you hate the most
They pass through you like a ghost
They look for you but your spirit is in the air
Baby, you're nowhere

Oh love you say in love there are no rules
Oh love sweetheart
You're so cruel

Desparation is a tender trap
It gets you every time
You put your lips to her lips
To stop the lie

Her skin is pale like God's only dove
Screams like an angel for your love
Then she makes you watch her from above
And you need her like a drug

Oh love you say in love there are no rules
Oh love sweetheart
You're so cruel

She wears my love like a see-through dress
Her lips say one thing
Her movements something else
Oh love like a screaming flower
Love dying every hour love

You don't know if it's fear or desire
Danger the drug that takes you higher
Head in heaven, fingers in the mire
Her heart is racing, you can't keep up
The night is bleeding like a cut
Between the horses of love and lust
We are trampled underfoot

Oh love you say in love there are no rules
Oh love sweetheart
You're so cruel

Oh love to stay with you I'd be a fool
Sweetheart you're so cruel