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We set ourselves on fire…

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“Moment of Surrender” is definitely one of the standout tracks from the latest album.  A lot of U2’s recent material seems a bit unfinished and uneven to me, but this one’s just about there.  I love the way the vocals kick in, and there’s lots of great lyrics to chew on.  I’ll just post the lyrics rather than commenting.

I tied myself with wire
To let the horses roam free
Playing with the fire
Until the fire played with me

The stone was semi-precious
We were barely conscious
Two souls too smart to be
In the realm of certainty
Even on our wedding day

We set ourselves on fire
Oh God, do not deny her
It’s not if I believe in love
If love believes in me
Oh, believe in me

At the moment of surrender
I folded to my knees
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I’ve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My body’s now a begging bowl
That’s begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

I was punching in the numbers at the ATM machine
I could see in the reflection
A face staring back at me
At the moment of surrender
Of vision over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I was speeding on the subway
Through the stations of the cross
Every eye looking every other way
Counting down ’til the train would stop

At the moment of surrender
Of vision of over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

What do you think?  Anything redemptive?  Anything that resonates with you?

Update: See Vision over visibility for one thought on the song.

Photo by leonelserra

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • stephenbateman September 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

    I love it.

  • lon September 29, 2009, 6:38 pm

    i just posted a thought on one of the lines… but i also love

    "It’s not if I believe in love
    If love believes in me"

    a pleasant spin on calvinsim…and i love the idea of 'rhythm' that's repeated… totally necessary in my life

  • W.C.D. December 8, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Although U2’s most recent album, “No line on the Horizon”, is in my opinion a rather weak album compared to stuff like, “The Joshua Tree”, “October”, “War” and “How to dismantle an atomic bomb”, this particular track is a very good one. The story that it’s telling seems to be about a drug addict going under a conviction/crisis of faith. It’s one of a few really good songs on this album.

    • Lon January 16, 2012, 10:07 pm

      Achtung baby was the pinnacle for me.

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