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"Lucifer's Hands" lyrics by U2

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"Lucifer's Hands" lyrics by U2


This song was released on the post itunes version of Songs of Innocence.

Along with The Crystal Ballroom this song was one of two songs added to the 'hard copy' version of the album to make it more palatable for U2 fans to buy given they had already kindly been given the first 11 songs for free by Apple.

Lyrics


Punk rock party in a suburban home
Everybody’s famous here but nobody’s known
We got no music ‘cause the speaker’s blown apart

The spirit’s moving through a seaside town
I’m born again to the latest sound
New wave airwaves swirling around my heart

You no longer got a hold on me
I’m out of Lucifer’s hands
You no longer got a hold on me
You’re no longer in control of me
I am

The NME is spitting from an inky page
St. John the Divine is gonna take the stage
Like a talent show where your talent is your rage
I’m in

Prayers of fire on a raindog night
Young men see visions beyond sound or sight
The Velvets beginning to see the light
Amen

You no longer got a hold on me
I’m out of Lucifer’s hands
You no longer got a hold on me
You’re no longer in control of me
I am

Yes, I can change the world
Yes, I can change the world
The poor breaking bread
That’s made out of stone
The rich man won’t eat
He’s eating alone
That’s easy
But I can’t change the world in me

You no longer got a hold on me
I’m out of Lucifer’s hands
You no longer got a hold on me
You’re no longer in control of me
I am

Check out Song for Someone, also from Songs of Innocence.


4 comments:

  1. pretty sweet song.

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  2. Life begins with the first glance
    The first kiss at the first dance
    All of us are wondering why we're here
    In the crystal ballroom underneath the chandelier

    Wet the glass until the glasses sing
    We punish our hearts till the heart bells ring
    Cos where we come from we're not always kind
    The human soul is what love leaves behind

    We're the ghosts of love and we haunt this place
    We're the ghosts of love in every face
    In the ballroom of the crystal light
    Everyone is here with me tonight
    Everyone but you

    Our first chance, is their last dance
    Our life is shaped by another's hands
    Buttoning unbuttoning a coco dress
    Stopping and unstopping every cold caress

    Born for bliss, born for this
    Every human life begins with a kiss
    Kissed by every kind of possibility
    And everyone is here tonight with me

    We're the ghosts of love and we haunt this place
    We're the ghosts of love in every face
    In the ballroom of the crystal lights
    Everyone is here with me tonight

    Everyone but you
    Everyone but you

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  3. Do you think this is an allegory between U2 finding its voice and the coming of the spirit to the disciples at pentecost?

    We got no music cause the speakers blown (Jesus has left)

    St John Devine is going to take the stage

    Spirit moving through a seaside town

    Very clever and true to how U2 perceive their work as inspired by the spirit.

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  4. This body of work was inspired by U2's childhood experiences - no spirits there. Other than good spirits ;)

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