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"I write songs about high ideas and aspirations and I admire Martin Luther King and John Hume, peaceful people, but in myself I'm capable of aggression of a really brutal kind." — Bono

With Or Without You - Live From Edmonton 1997 Lyrics

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"So that song is about torment, sexual but also psychological, about how repressing desires makes them stronger. The most important line is probably, 'And you give yourself away.' It just flipped it and it releases all the mental tension, which is when the 'Aah-aah' comes out. That is what giving yourself away is, musically." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
Slight of hand and a twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
Yeah, you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied, my body is bruised
And she got me with nothing left to win
And nothing else to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away
With or without you
With or without you
I can't live

With or without you
With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you

Thank you
Thanks for coming out and seeing us play
Good night and God bless you