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U2 – Exit lyrics

You know he got the cure
You know he went astray
He used to stay awake
To drive the dreams he had away
He wanted to believe
In the hands of love

His head it felt heavy
As he cut across the land
A dog started crying
Like a broken hearted man
At the howling wind
At the howling wind

He went deeper into black
Deeper into white
Could see the stars shining
Like nails in the night
He felt the healing
Healing, healing
Healing hands of love
Like the stars shiny shiny
From above

Hand in the pocket
Finger on the steel
The pistol weighed heavy
His heart he could feel
Was beating, beating
Beating, beating oh my love
Oh my love, oh my love
Oh my love

My love

Saw the hands that build
Can also pull down

The hands of love

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    I really like their performance of this song from the Rattle And Hum tour. It's a dark song and I think it's about a young man who is confused about what love is; he's trying to shut himself off from his feelings, trying to freeze his heart with the cold night and the stars "like nails" and the steel pistol, but he can't ignore his heart beating so hard, and it creates a terrible conflict of what to do or who to be. Maybe similar to someone who has suffered abuse where love should have been and then struggles to love himself. The description is really chilling as if the man is about to go commit murder or suicide. In the live performance, Bono actually sings "The hands that build can also pull down. EVEN the hands of love."
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