U2 — Until the End of the World
Album: Achtung Baby
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Released: 1991-11-18
Length: 4:35
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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 a 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 lead me on with those innocent eyes
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

(Love...love...)

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
Waves of regret and waves of joy
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
You...you said you'd wait
'til the end of the world
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This is simply U2! Thanks for passing it right way when I most needed to listen to it.
One of my favorite U2 songs. Maybe one of my fav songs, period.  Very good on its own, directly connected to a decent flick of the same name, and a tune that's synonymous with a premier band. 
I always feel compelled to read the comments surrounding any U2 song, as the band is more prone to haters than most on RP. That said, this is a good song and the haters hate less on this song than most other U2 songs on RP. So that has to mean something, right?
The story of Jesus and Judas the night of the Last Super.
ugh this song is my life
One of my ALL TIME favorite songs!  Never gets old.  And always makes me fondly think of the Wim Wenders film of the same title.  I've owned the VHS copy (US short edit) ever since it was available.  Wish it would become available on DVD or BluRay.  Last year I finally had an opportunity to watch a special screening of the 4 hour version —WOW, blew my mind.  So fun to watch it with a theater full of fans, seeing it on the big screen.  All the extended scenes really put a whole new spin on the story I THOUGHT I already knew inside and out....
Is the narrator of the song Judas?
 

Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Not just great music but the lyrics are full of angst as good as any "poetry"...

   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
  Waves of regret and waves of joy
  I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
  You...you said you'd wait 
  'til the end of the world.


But the catch is... if you go back to the start of the lyrics...

   Haven't seen you in quite a while...

then you realise that she must not have waited for him.

I am sure many of us have felt something like this unfulfilled love and regret.

Bono put the feelings into words so well.

 



 

 LowPhreak wrote:

Well here's some news: there aren't so many guitarists or guitar solos that don't have some kind of effect or processing going on. Try playing this lead totally straight with all amp effects and pedals turned off and nothing done on the engie side. It would sound pretty dry and boring, as many famous or very good solos would have.

I'm not a huge fan of Edge but this track is decent.

 
Yes, I agree.  The criticism of him - or any guitarist - using "too many effects" is kind of silly anyhow.  Oddly enough, that was occasionally a criticism of Jimi Hendrix years ago, though not much these days.  Should everyone just record acoustic guitars into microphones? 
I've been hearing U2 everywhere all the time for over 30 years and am about dang tired of them BUT...

this song rocks.
Everyone I know is every time BLOWN AWAY by THIS SONG! Oh my God it is an incredible testament to the talent and mastery of U2
 Exactly. Edge isn't Hendrix, never claimed he was. In fact, he was originally considered one of the post-punk rock guitar anti-heroes in the day. I love the sounds he makes. And U2 in Philly two weeks ago was simply phenom.{#Boohoo}{#Guitarist}

trailhead wrote:

Watch the movie "It might get loud" and he will show you.  Yes, it is just what you expect - simple chords.  He isn't trying to hide anything.  His use of effects is as much technique as using his fingers.  It still takes skill.

 


 Shmelo wrote:

I don't eve know what he sounds like without his wall of post-processed echoes and reverb. blech.

 
Watch the movie "It might get loud" and he will show you.  Yes, it is just what you expect - simple chords.  He isn't trying to hide anything.  His use of effects is as much technique as using his fingers.  It still takes skill.
Not just great music but the lyrics are full of angst as good as any "poetry"...

   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
  Waves of regret and waves of joy
  I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
  You...you said you'd wait 
  'til the end of the world.


But the catch is... if you go back to the start of the lyrics...

   Haven't seen you in quite a while...

then you realise that she must not have waited for him.

I am sure many of us have felt something like this unfulfilled love and regret.

Bono put the feelings into words so well.

 


Reminds me so much of high school.  Thanks for playing!!!
Going to see U2 tomorrow!! So excited!!
 coloradojohn wrote:
I am one who is inclined to think that both this album AND Joshua Tree are amazing records; each different, but both incredibly fervent.
 
Twenty six years?!?!?  The fervency and sheer energy is still there.
I can't believe it's been 26 years since this gem was released. This is my favorite U2 album.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I am one who is inclined to think that both this album AND Joshua Tree are amazing records; each different, but both incredibly fervent.

 
I saw them at Mile High when they came through and the energy was pump'n.  I guess mile high is not on the recent tour schedule.

 
one of their best trx ever!!
I am one who is inclined to think that both this album AND Joshua Tree are amazing records; each different, but both incredibly fervent.