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Staring At The Sun - Live From Slane 2001 Lyrics

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"'Staring At The Sun' was another great tune that never became a great record, for whatever reason. I don't know why we didn't quite nail it. In the end, when we were playing it live, we just sang it with acoustic guitars and the song came through much better." - The Edge, U2 By U2 2006

Summer stretching on the grass
Summer dresses pass
In the shade of a willow tree
Creeps a crawling over me
Over me and over you
Stuck together with God's glue
It's gonna get stickier too
Been a long, hot summer
Let's get under cover
Don't try to think it out
Don't think at all

I'm not the only one starin' at the sun
Afraid of what you'd find
If you took a look inside
I'm not just deaf and dumb
I'm staring at the sun
I'm not the only one who'd rather go blind

There's an insect in your ear
If you scratch it won't disappear
It's gonna itch and burn and sting
You wanna see where the scratching brings
Waves that leave me out of reach
Breaking on your back like a beach
Will we ever live in peace
'Cause those that can't do often have to
Those that can't do often have to preach

To the ones staring at the sun
Afraid of what you'd find
If you took a look inside
I'm not just deaf and dumb
I'm staring at the sun
I'm not the only one who'd rather go blind

Intransigence is all around
Military still in town
Armour plated suits and ties
Daddy just won't say goodbye
Referee won't blow the whistle
God is good but will he listen
I'm nearly great but there's something missing
I left it in the duty free
But you never really belonged to me

And I'm not the only one starin' at the sun
Afraid of what you'd find
If you took a look inside
I'm not just deaf and dumb
I'm staring at the sun
Not the only one who'd rather go blind