City Of Blinding Lights Lyrics - U2

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The more you see, the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now

Neon heart day-glow eyes
A city lit by fireflies
They're advertising in the skies
For people like us

And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Don't look before you laugh
Look ugly in a photograph
Flash bulbs purple irises
The camera can't see

I've seen you walk unafraid
I've seen you in the clothes you made
Can you see the beauty inside of me?
What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?


And I miss you when you're not around
I'm getting ready to leave the ground

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

Won't leave me as I am
But time won't take the boy out of this man

Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
Oh you look so beautiful tonight
In the city of blinding lights

The more you know the less you feel
Some pray for others steal
Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily

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one of the best songs ever!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: kitty | 11/17/12

WOW I love this song it is great. Although it isn't the best song ever. Anyway my review is I love the whole song and how do they do their songs so well? I wish that I could be like them anyway I wish that I could write on this page every day.

Blessings aren't just for those who kneel... luckily | Reviewer: Goldenhair | 1/23/12

"blessings aren't just for those who kneel... luckily"

This is an easy one. It means blessings don't just come to the ones who are religious, and get on their knees to pray. Good things come to us all,thank goodness whether we ask for them or not.

reviewing 'Time won't leave me as I am. But time won't take the boy out of this man. | Reviewer: Songo Eregoba | 12/27/11

That simply means everyone grows old, but we choose to keep our minds young. Just as Christ wants us to remain children at heart before we can get into the Kingdom of heaven. But personally, I choose to keep my mind young. That is easy to do when you let the love of Christ in your heart flow unto others. A good instance is always choosing to believe the best of people, until they behave other wise. And even then be willing to forgive, just as a little child does not harbour grudge for long, so you should remain as an adult. And I'll still keep doing the things I used to do to make sure my mind stays fresh. Those are my favourite lines in the whole song which I love so much.

Another Anti-Will-of-God Lyric | Reviewer: theresa1 | 9/21/11

Also, the line "Stop helping God across the street like a little old lady" promotes that which is against God's known will and spirit too.

It is CERTAIN that Jehova uses his faithful human worshipers as his "fellow workers" (1Corinthians 3:9), to preach and teach his vital scriptural messages to their fellow human beings; just like the Scriptures exemplify, just like God and Christ mandate that they do, and just like Jehovah and Jesus said they would. (Ezekiel 3:17-21; Matthew 24:14; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; more) So, as per the will of God Almighty Himself, there ARE humans who ARE "helping God" - just as HE wishes.

It is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE that music lovers do NOT put mass-media-ed song lyrics or any other mere teaching of men ABOVE Divinely purposed and delivered, soon to be life-or-death-determining scriptural TRUTH.

It's about prayer as a symbol for organized religion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/18/11

Looks like at least some here have already said what I would say, which is that the line refers to prayer ... not knocking but saying blessings are not restricted to organized religion. I would add a correlation to other lyrics: "please, please, get up off your knees" ... that line goes with the rest of the song as critical: "your holy war, your northern star, your sermon on the mount, from the boot of your car" - quit selling religion. Of course that is from the Pop album, the darker years (song like mofo and wake up deadman). In recent times they have taken a more positive stance, not that I think Achtung thru Pop totally dissed religion, but I think it expressed more of a disillusionment. Since All that You Can't Leave Behind, they have been more upbeat ... not renouncing the "dark" years but just coming out on the other side of something, but the something (the darker albums) is still a part of the progression of who they are (look at any set list from the 360 tour - the largest percentage of songs played consistently comes from Achtung Baby, and their upcoming documentary style production is for the 20th anniversary of the album, looking at the huge place of it in their career). They still try to provide a healthy check for religion, such as the line in "Stand Up Comedy" from No Line on the Horizon, "Stop helping God across the road like a little old lady" (in other words, maybe God doesn't need your help as much as you think ... but at the same time Bono is saying he can still stand up for hope, faith, love - known as the 3 cardinal virtues in Christian tradition)

Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily | Reviewer: Johnny de smit | 8/26/11

"Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily" - what does this mean ? The answer may simply lay within ourselves ...because what you put out there in your mind and in words and in thoughts - is truly what you get back ! If you think by kneeling , begging , being meek or by being poor and sad and feeling sorry for yourself earns you the right to receive a blessing from God and or the universe then think again - because Blessings are also given to those that are already enriched with life , money , wealth and the happy ....when the intention is clear ...the mechanism will appear ( blessings ) .....Look at U2 ..they are not poor in oh so many ways ....Bless you Bono...very prophetic!

"The more you know the less you feel"....LOVED IT! | Reviewer: Eve | 7/31/11

My favourite part of this whole amazing song is the phrase:"the more you know the less you feel",because a lot of us get too much locked up inside their minds and unfortunatly i'm one of those people,at some point of my life i couldn't feel even a song i couldn't feel anything because i was focusing to much on what's in front of me!but luckily the answer came right in that phrase so god bless u2!they are true magicians!

Tonight | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/21/11

I always thought the line "blessings are not just for the ones who kneel" was actually "less is not just for the ones who kneel." Would that make sense too? It sends the same message that everyone is equal, I think.

Think !! | Reviewer: Gert | 2/22/11

Don't go to deep !!!!

It's a beautifull song, but eveyone knows THERE IS NO GOD !!!! ( All )believers are causing troubles worldwide !!!! Stop these nonsens plzzz. Turn the world into a better place !!!!

Keep kneeling !! | Reviewer: Siddharth | 2/16/11

The line "Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily" tells me that God is always forgiving and in our day to day life not everyone spares much time for him. He doesn't mind that. He is still gonna look out for each and every individual.

The more you know the less you feel | Reviewer: Kate | 2/1/11

It's just great that this song wakes up so many feelings. And so different! Well, not different at all, but still. It shows how beautiful this song is, doesn't it? I do think there is something about faith and Christianity. Bono doesn't let us forget about it almost in every song. But I am not sure if this song is completely about it.
I really like this sentence: "The more you know the less you feel" - it is SO TRUE! And for me this is what this song is about. The city makes us blind with its lights and it wakes up feelings, maybe at this moment we start feel more, even for a second. It is also true for a faith - sometimes we should think less and try to feel more.
Greetings from Russia:)

real meaning of the song | Reviewer: bex | 9/30/09

What it really means- quite simple if you read through it:

Bono said in an interview that this song is about New York. It's the view they first had from the airplane when descending to NYC, coming to the states as a young band, influenced by the punk era (neon heart, day-glo eyes). They were entranced by NYC and the overall experience and newness of all that was ahead of them. Now that they're older they're romanticizing this time in their youth.

The punk bands made their own clothes, they created their own style. They posed for pics and tried to look crazy and wild. He's remembering when they were boys, and how they had a clearer view of the world that is now clouded by celebrity and fame.

"Lessons not just for the ones who kneel...luckily." The band has always been spiritual. But they're not practicing organized religion- or kneeling, praying- regularly. So, luckily, they are still tended to by God.

City of Blinding Lights | Reviewer: cata | 4/29/09

hello everyone, I´m from Venezuela and U2 has been with me since I was a child, I love that song, the lyrics are spectacular, so deep, the sense of each word, each phrase, makes you think about life, religion, society, love. My favorite part: "the more you see the less you know..." "I knew much more then than I do now". I apologyze if my english trasncription isn´t right...

Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel | Reviewer: Botelho | 4/15/09

"Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel" means that anyone, of any religion, or even with no religion, receive blesson... its kind of a critic to some fanatic religious people that think that only THEM and THEIR beliefs are the right one.
To Kneel means to workship some kind of greater force, in this case, God.
But i think the rest of the song dont have a religious focus, it just talks about a woman and love in general.

U2 tryes to make lyrics that suits for everyone, this one is one of them.

Re:The line "blessings aren't just for those who kneel... luckily" is a great one - what does it mean? | Reviewer: Allien06 | 4/13/09

Ok for me as a Catholic i see it this way, you kneel in church praying and asking to God for a miracle or something very hard to get in real life, but when in fact some one might just get that without even asking the Lord for anything.
Example: A Winning Lottrey ticket.

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