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And so she woke up
Woke up from where she was
Lying still
Said I gotta do something
About where we're going

Step on a steam train
Step out of the driving rain, maybe
Run from the darkness in the night
Singing ha, ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la de day

Sweet the sin
Bitter taste in my mouth
I see seven towers
But I only see one way out

You got to cry without weeping
Talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice

You know I took the poison
From the poison stream
Then I floated out of here
Singing...ha la la la de day
Ha la la la de day
Ha la la de day

She runs through the streets
With her eyes painted red
Under black belly of cloud in the rain
In through a doorway she brings me
White gold and pearls stolen from the sea
She is raging
She is raging
And the storm blows up in her eyes
She will...

Suffer the needle chill
She's running to stand...

Still.



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    skyeboMar 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    This song was written about a heroin-addicted couple living in Dublin's Ballymun flats; the towers have since become associated with the song. Though a lot of time was dedicated to the lyrics, the music was improvised with co-producer Daniel Lanois during a recording session for the album.
    "Seven Towers" is the flats they lived in . "Sweet the Sin Bitter the taste in my mouth" refers to taking heroin/crack. The strongest reference to drugs is " you no i took the posion from the posion stream then I floated out of here) . The Song tittle is perfect meaning for the distillation of the dynamic of feeding on addiction. "She will suffer the needle chill no more " means she has od'd - Powerful song cried when first heard it... U2 are fantastic for writting songs that mean something whether its political , religous the Song is all about the Herion epedemic in Irland.
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    natt1969Dec 21, 2008 at 8:05 am
    The meaning to this song jumped out to me immediately through the intensity of the song itself. It is a sure, but slow build up of emotion and thought that stays under control.

    What it means to me mirrors the feeling I get listening to it...she is plagued with something in her life that she cannot control, and she has to keep her feelings to herself...so she just thinks and does not say how she is feeling. With all that emotion in her head, she has to keep calm, and the only thing she says outloud is "Ha la la la de day
    Ha la la de day", so that no-one knows how she is hurting inside.

    She is "running to stand still," because she is trying to get out of the situation, while going unnoticed...almost like she is a battered woman, and put on a beautiful face, and happy and content front to her man, so that he won't beat her anymore...while planning her excape..She is raging inside, but she will "suffer the needle chill," in order to protect herself. She cries without weeping, talks without speaking, screams without raising her voice...because she is trapped in a life of pain.

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