15 Bad U2 Lyrics
U2 has been known for its emotional and sometimes political lyrics. Lead singer Bono has written some thought-provoking lines to songs such as “New Year’s Day,” “Running to Stand Still” and “Pride (In the Name of Love).”
- “The sea, it swells like a sore head” (“Electrical Storm”) – The only thing worse would be to compare the sea to a festering boil.
- “In the days when we were swinging from the trees / I was a monkey stealing honey from a swarm of bees / I could taste you even then” (“Wild Honey”) – There are so many weird things going on here. I’m sure there’s some metaphor here — sex? God? — but at face value, it’s pretty silly.
- “With a mouth full of teeth you ate all your friends” (“Crumbs From Your Table”) – I would hope that you’d have a full set of teeth if you’re going to chew up humans.
- “Some days are slippy, other days sloppy / Some days you can’t stand the sight of a puppy” (“Some Days Are Better Than Others”) – This doesn’t even rhyme. And I’ve never had a day where I didn’t like to see a puppy.
- “Freedom has a scent / Like the top of a newborn baby’s head” (“Miracle Drug”) – When I think of freedom, I think of a baby’s head covered with embryonic fluid.
- “Well you left my heart empty as a vacant lot” (“Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”) – Yes, a vacant lot is empty.
- “Bono, Bono, sexy person” (“Elevation”) – Bono has always had an ego, and while this is probably tongue in cheek, many can roll their eyes at his narcissism.
- “You know you’re chewing bubblegum / You know what that is but you still want some / You just can’t get enough of that lovey-dovey stuff” (“Discotheque”) – it’s only fitting that I include something from the nadir of U2’s creative output. Another obvious line – if you know you’re chewing bubblegum, you probably know what it is. And “lovey-dovey stuff”? It’s a far cry from “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
- “In a dry and waterless place” (“The Unforgettable Fire”) – Yes, but is there any water?
- “An intellectual tortoise / Racing with your bullet train” (“All Because of You”) – Bono had to have something rhyme with “choice” and chose “tor – toice”. Yeah, he had nothing.
- “We’re one but we’re not the same” (“One”) – A terrible platitude if I’ve ever heard one. It sounds like an outtake from “We Are the World.”
- “Some days are dry, some days are leaky / Some days come clean, other days are sneaky” (“Some Days Are Better Than Others”) – I should have just copied the entire lyrics to this song.
- “The corner of your lips / As the orbit of your hips” (“Elevation”) – How many times have these two words been used in rhymes? Can you not come up with anything more original, Bono?
- “Between the horses of love and lust / We are trampled underfoot” (“So Cruel”) – Ouch.
- “Unos, dos, tres, catorce!” (“Vertigo”) – One, two three, fourteen?