Achtung Baby

Zoo Station
Even better than the real thing
One
Until the end of the world
Who's gonna ride your wild horses
So Cruel 
The Fly
Mysterious ways
Tryin' to throw your arms around the world
Ultraviolet (light my way)
Acrobat
Love is blindness
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Zoo Station

    I'm ready... Ready for the laughing gas.
    I'm ready... Ready for what's next.
    Ready to duck. Ready to dive.
    Ready to say I'm glad to be alive.
    I'm ready... Ready for the push.

    In the cool of the night. In the warmth of the breeze.
    I'll be crawling around on my hands and knees.

    She's just down the line... Zoo Station
    Got to make it on time... Zoo Station

    I'm ready... Ready for the gridlock.
    I'm ready... To take it to the street.
    Ready for the shuffle. Ready for the deal.
    Ready to let go of the steering wheel.
    I'm ready... Ready for the crush.

    Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright..it's alright.
    Hey baby...hey baby...hey baby...hey baby...
    It's alright. It's alright.

    Time is a train. Makes the future the past.
    Leaves you standing in the station
    Your face pressed up against the glass.

    I'm just down the line from your love... Zoo Station
    Under the sign of your love... Zoo Station
    I'm gonna be there... Zoo Station
    Tracing the line... Zoo Station
    I'm gonna make it on time... make it on time... Zoo Station
    Just two stops down the line... Zoo Station

Even Better Than The Real Thing

    Give me one more chance and you'll be satisfied
    Give me two more chances, you won't be denied.
    Well my heart is where it's always been.
    My head is somewhere in between.
    Give me one more chance, let me be your lover tonight.

    (Check it out)

    You're the real thing. Yeah the real thing.
    You're the real thing. Even better than the real thing.

    Give me one last chance and I'm gonna make you sing.
    Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring.
    You're honey child to a swarm of bees.
    Gonna blow right through you like a breeze.
    Give me one last chance. We'll slide down the surface of things.

    You're the real thing. Yeah the real thing.
    You're the real thing. Even better than the real thing.

    We're free to fly the crimson sky.
    The sun won't melt our wings tonight.

    Oh now... Here she comes.

    Take me higher. Take me higher.
    Can you take me higher?
    Will you take me higher?

    You're the real thing. Yeah the real thing.
    You're the real thing. Even better than the real thing.
    Even better than the real thing. Even better than the real thing.

One

    Is it getting better... Or do you feel the same.
    Will it make it easier on you... Now you got someone to blame.

    You say...
    One love.
    One life.
    When it's one need...In the night.
    It's one love.
    We get to share it.
    It leaves you baby.
    If you don't care for it.

    Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
    You act like you never had love... And you want me to go without.

    Well it's too late...Tonight...
    To drag the past out...Into the light.
    We're one... But we're not the same.
    We get to carry each other...Carry each other.
    One

    Have you come here for forgiveness?
    Have you come to raise the dead?
    Have you come here to play Jesus...To the lepers in your head?
    Did I ask too much?
    More than a lot?
    You gave me nothing.
    Now it's all I got.
    We're one...But we're not the same.
    We hurt each other...Then we do it again.

    You say...
    Love is a temple. Love a higher law.
    Love is a temple. Love the higher law
    You ask me to enter...But then you make me crawl
    And I can't be holding on...To what you got...
    When all you got is hurt

    One love.
    One blood.
    One life.
    You got to do what you should.

    One life...
    With each other.
    Sisters.
    Brothers.

    One life...
    But we're not the same.
    We get to carry each other.
    Carry each other.

    One.
    One.

Until The End Of The World

    Haven't seen you in quite a while.
    I was down the hold, just passing time.
    Last time we met was a low-lit room.
    We were as close together as bride and groom
    We ate the food, we drank the wine.
    Everybody having a good time...Except you.
    You were talking about the end of the world.

    I took the money, I spiked your drink.
    You miss too much these days if you stop to think.
    You led me on with those innocent eyes.
    And you know I love the element of surprise.
    In the garden I was playing the tart.
    I kissed your lips and broke your heart.
    You, you were acting like it was the end of the world.

    In my dream I was drowning my sorrows.
    But my sorrows they learned to swim.
    Surrounding me, going down on me.
    Spilling over the brim.
    In waves of regret, waves of joy.
    I reached out for the one I tried to destroy.
    You, you said you'd wait until the end of the world.
    (For Wim Wenders)

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

    You're dangerous, 'cos you're honest.
    You're dangerous, 'cos you don't know what you want.
    Well you left my heart
    Empty as a vacant lot
    For any spirit to haunt.

    Hey hey sha la la
    Hey hey

    You're an accident...Waiting to happen.
    You're a piece of glass...Left there on the beach.
    Well you tell me things...
    I know you're not supposed to.
    Then you leave me...Just out of reach.

    Hey hey sha la la
    Hey hey sha la la la

    Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
    Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
    Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
    Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

    Well you stole it, 'Cos I needed the cash.
    And you killed it, 'Cos I needed revenge.
    Well you lied to me, 'Cos I asked you to.
    Baby...can we still be friends?

    Hey hey sha la la
    Hey hey sha la la la

    Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
    Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
    Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
    Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

    The deeper I spin.
    The hunter will sin ... for your ivory skin.
    Took a drive in the dirty rain...
    To a place where the wind calls your name.
    Under the trees the river laughing...
    At you and me...
    Halluijah, heavens white rose.
    The doors you open...
    I just can't close.

    Don't turn around. Don't turn around.
    Don't turn around. Your gypsy heart.
    Don't turn around. Don't turn around again.
    Don't turn around. And don't look back.
    Come on now love...Don't you look back.

    Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
    Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
    Who's gonna taste your salt water kisses?
    Who's gonna take the place of me?
    Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
    Who could tame the heart of thee?

So Cruel

    We crossed the line.
    Who pushed who over?
    It doesn't matter to you.
    It matters to me.

    We're cut adrift...
    But still floating.
    I'm only hanging on...
    To watch you go down...my love.

    I disappeared in you.
    You disappeared from me.
    I gave you everything you ever wanted.
    It wasn't what you wanted.

    The men who love you, you hate the most.
    They pass through you like a ghost.
    They look for you but your spirit is in the air.
    Baby...you're nowhere.

    You say in love there are no rules.
    Sweetheart...You're so cruel.

    Desparation is a tender trap.
    It gets you every time.
    You put your lips to her lips...
    To stop the lie.

    Her skin is pale like God's only dove.
    Screams like an angel for your love.
    Then she makes you watch her from above.
    And you need her like a drug.

    You say in love there are no rules.
    Sweetheart...You're so cruel.

    She wears my love...
    Like a see-through dress.
    Her lips say one thing.
    Her movements something else.
    Oh love...Like a screaming flower.
    Love...Dying every hour.

    And you don't know if it's fear or desire.
    Danger of a drug that takes you higher?
    Head of heaven...Fingers in the mire.

    Her heart is racing... you can't keep up.
    The night is bleeding like a cut.
    Between the horses of love and lust...
    We are trampled underfoot.

    You say in love there are no rules.
    Sweetheart...You're so cruel.

    To stay with you I'd be a fool.
    Sweetheart...You're so cruel.

The Fly

    It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky.
    It's no secret that our world is in darkness tonight.
    They say the sun is sometimes eclipsed by a moon.
    Y'know I don't see you when she walks in the room.

    It's no secret that a friend is someone who lets you help.
    It's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else.
    They say a secret is something you tell one other person...
    So I'm telling you... child.

    Low Voice Gospel Voice
    A man will beg. Love we shine like a
    A man will crawl. Burning star.
    On the sheer face of love We're fallin' from
    Like a fly on a wall. The sky.... tonight.
    It's no secret at all.

    It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest.
    It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success.
    Every artist is a cannibal. Every poet is a thief.
    All kill their inspiration and sing about the grief.

    Low Voice Gospel Voice
    A man will rise. Love we shine like a
    A man will fall. Burning star.
    From the sheer face of love We're fallin' from
    Like a fly from a wall. The sky.... tonight.
    It's no secret at all.

    Oh yeah...
    It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky.
    The universe exploding 'cosa one man's lie.
    Look I gotta go.
    Yeah I'm running outta change.
    There's a lot of things...
    If I could I'd rearrange.

Mysterious Ways

    Johnny toke a walk With your sister the moon.
    Let her pale light in To fill up your room.
    You've been living underground...Eating from a can.
    You've been running away From what you don't understand.

    She's slippy.
    Your're sliding down.
    She'll be there...
    When you hit the ground.

    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    She moves in mysterious ways.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    She moves in mysterious ways.
    Johnny take a dive With your sister in the rain.
    Let her talk about the things You can't explain.
    To touch is to heal. To hurt is to steal.
    If you want to kiss the sky...
    Better learn how to kneel (...on your knees boy!)

    She's the wave.
    She turns the tide.
    She sees the man inside the child.

    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    She moves in mysterious ways.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    She moves in mysterious ways.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    She moves in mysterious ways.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    Lift my days...light up my nights.

    One day you'll look back and you'll see
    Where you were held how by this love.
    While you could stand there
    And not move on this moment.
    Follow this feeling.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    She moves in mysterious ways.
    It's alright...it's alright...it's alright.
    We move through miracle days.
    Spirit moves in mysterious ways.
    She moves with it. She woves with it.
    Lift my days and light up my nights.

Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World

    6.00 in the morning
    You're the last to hear the warning
    You've been trying to throw your arms around the world
    You've been falling off the sidewalk
    Your lips move but you can't talk
    Tryin' to throw your arms around the world
    I'm gonna run to you...run to you...be still
    I'm gonna run to you...run to you...woman I will

    Sunrise like a nosebleed
    Your head hurts and you can't breathe
    You been tryin' to throw you arms around the world
    How far you gonna go
    Before you lose your way back home?
    You've been trying to throw your arms around the world

    I'm gonna run to you...run to you...woman be still
    I'm gonna run to you...run to you...woman I will

    I dreamed that I saw Dali with a supermarket trolley
    He was trying to throw his arms around a girl
    He took an open top beetle through the eye of a needle
    He was tryin' to throw his arms around the world

    I'm gonna run to you...run to you...woman be still
    I'm gonna run to you...run to you...woman I will

    Nothin' much to say I guess
    Just the same as all the rest
    Been trying to throw your arms around the world
    A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle
    When you're tryin' to throw your arms around the world

    I'm gonna run to you...run to you
    I'm gonna run to you...run to you
    I'm gonna run to you...run to you
    Woman be still...woman be still
    Be still...woman be still
    Woman I will

Ultra Violet (Light My Way)

    Sometimes I feel like I don't know
    Sometimes I feel like checkin' out
    I want to get it wrong
    Can't always be strong
    And love it won't be long...

    Oh sugar, don't you cry
    Oh child, wipe the tears from your eyes
    You know I need you to be strong
    And the day is as dark as the night is long
    Feel like trash
    You make me feel clean
    I'm in the black
    Can't see or be seen

    Baby Baby Baby light my way

    You bury your treasure where it can't be found
    But your love is like a secret that's been passed around
    There is a silence that comes to a house where no one can sleep
    I guess it's the price of love
    I know it's not cheap

    Baby Baby Baby light my way

    I remember when we could sleep on stones
    Now we lie together in whispers and moans
    When I was all messed up
    And I heard opera in my head
    Your love was a light bulb
    Hanging over my bed

    Baby Baby Baby
    Baby Baby Baby
    Baby Baby Baby light my way

    Baby Baby Baby
    Baby Baby Baby
    Baby Baby Baby light my way

Acrobat

    Don't believe what you hear
    Don't believe what you see
    If you just close your eyes
    You can feel the enemy

    When I first met you girl
    You had fire in your soul
    What happened your face
    Of melting in snow?
    Now it looks like this!
    And you can swallow
    Or you can spit
    You can throw it up
    Or choke on it
    And you can dream
    So dream out loud
    You know that your time is coming 'round
    ...don't let the bastards grind you down

    No nothing makes sense
    Nothing seems to fit
    I know you'd hit out
    If you only knew who to hit

    And I'd join the movement
    If there was one I could believe in
    Yeah I'd break bread and wine
    If there was a church I could receive in
    'Cos I need it now
    To take a cup
    To fill it up
    To drink it slow
    I Can't let you go

    And I must be
    An acrobat
    To talk like this
    And act like that
    And you can dream
    So dream out loud
    ...don't let the bastards grind you down

    What are we doing to do now it's all been said?
    No new ideas in the house, and every book has been read

    And I must be
    An acrobat
    To talk like this
    And act like that
    And you can dream
    So dream out loud
    And you can find
    Your own way out
    You can build
    And I can will
    And you can call
    I can't wait until
    You can stash
    And you can seize
    In dreams begin
    Responsibilities
    And I can love
    And I can love
    I know that the tide is turning 'round
    ...don't let the bastards grind you down

Love Is Blindness

    Love is blindness
    I don't want to see
    Won't you wrap the night around me
    Take my heart
    Love is blindness

    In a parked car
    In a crowded street
    You see your love made complete
    Thread is ripping
    The knot is slipping
    Love is blindness

    Love is clockworks
    And cold steel
    Fingers to numb to feel
    Squeeze the handle
    Blow out the candle
    Love is blindness

    Love is blindness
    I don't want to see
    Won't you wrap the night around me
    Oh my love... Blindness

    A little death without mourning
    No call and no warning
    Baby...a dangerous idea
    That almost makes sense

    Love is drowning in a deep well
    All the secrets and no one to tell
    Take the money...Honey...Blindness

    Love is blindness
    I don't want to see
    Won't you wrap the night around me
    Oh my love... Blindness.

Album FAQ

U2

Bono -- Vocals & Guitar
The Edge -- Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals
Adam Clayton -- Bass Guitar
Larry Mullen -- Drums & Percussion
Paul McGuinness -- Manager

Studio Crew
Joe O'Herlihy -- Monitoring
Des Broadbery -- Keyboard & Guitar Technician
Fraser McAlister -- Bass & Guitar Technician
Sam O'Sullivan -- Drum Technician
Anne-Louise Kelly -- Album Production Manager
Album photography:  Anton Corbijn
Design by: Steve Averill and Shaughn McGrath - Works Associates (Dublin)
Label Illustration by: Charlie Whisker
Photographed by: Ritchie Smith

Recorded In
Hansa Ton Studios Berlin, Dog Town Dublin, S.T.S. Dublin, Windmill Lane Studios Dublin.
Recording Facilities and Co-Ordination Berlin: Joe O'Herlihy and Dennis Sheehan.
Recording Facilities and Co-Ordination Dublin: Terry Cromer, Audio Engineering Dublin.

 

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