Song Lyrics Sunday: Give

“With or Without You” wasn’t the first song I thought of when I saw this week’s prompt. (It was “Gimme All Your Lovin'”), but I don’t always like to go with my first idea on these because it’s often an “ear worm,” rather than a song that’s been important to me in some way, or has more meaningful lyrics. Indeed, as I let the prompt settle in my mind a bit, the U2 song materialized.

Here’s some good background info on WOWY. I know many people find Bono too political and annoying now (me too), but I loved The Joshua Tree album (1987), which is where the song is from. After a long struggle by the band to get the sound right, the lyrics to WOWY were written by Bono, inspired by his conflict at the time between his professional and domestic life.

Of course, to me, the lyrics were always about love, and how you give your self away to it, until there’s nothing left, because it’s never mutual, at least not for me.

… See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I’ll wait for you
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait, without 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
… And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away […]

(full lyrics)

6 responses to “Song Lyrics Sunday: Give

  1. Great choice, Paula, I selected it as well for my first entry in this fun and glowing challenge! 💕

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  2. Excellent choice and yes, I must agree. It’s from an amazing album! 🙂

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  3. Oh, I love this song…and really all of U2 songs. Every time I hear one it takes me right back to the U2 laser show we saw. It was fantastic. If you ever get a chance to go, you really should! 🙂

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