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When I Look At The World Lyrics

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"I have seen people's faith rocked by tragedy, some people very close to me. That is what the song 'When I Look At The World' is about. It is a tender song but also quite tough. I have heard it suggested that it is a portrait of Ali. I have certainly been guilty of putting Ali on a pedestal in the past, which can be dehumanizing because it rids people of their complexity. But here is a confession, on this son, I have put myself on the pedestal. It is written from the point of view of someone who is having a crisis of faith looking at someone who has built their house upon the rock." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

When you look at the world
What is it that you see
People find all kinds of things
That bring them to their knees
I see an expression
So clear and so true
That changes the atmosphere
When you walk into the room

So I try to be like you
Try to feel it like you do
But without you it's no use
I can't see what you see
When I look at the world

When the night is someone else's
And you're trying to get some sleep
When your thoughts are too expensive
To ever want to keep
When there's all kinds of chaos
And everyone is walking lame
You don't even blink now, do you
Or even look away

So I try to be like you
Try to feel it like you do
But without you it's no use
I can't see what you see
When I look at the world

I can't wait any longer
I can't wait till I'm stronger
I can't wait any longer
To see what you see
When I look at the world

I'm in the waiting room
Can't see for the smoke
I think of you and your holy book
While the rest of us choke
Tell me, tell me, what do you see
Tell me, tell me, what's wrong with me