With Or Without You Lyrics - U2

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See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side.
I wait for you.
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you

With or without you
With or without you.

Through the storm, we reach the shore
You gave it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you.
I can't live with or without you.

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give, and you give
And you give yourself away.

My hands are tied, my body bruised
She´s got me with nothing to win
And nothing left to lose.

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give, and you give
And you give yourself away.

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you.

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you.

yeah,
we' ll shine like stars in the summer night
we' ll shine like stars in the winter babe
one heart, one hope, one love

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you.




Format : 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette, CD
Length : 4:53
Released : 21 March 1987
Genre : Rock
Producer : Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois
Recorded : Danesmoate House in Dublin, Ireland, 1986
Label : Island
Certification : Gold (CRIA)

"With or Without You" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, and was released as the album's first single on 21 March 1987. The song was the group's most successful single at the time, becoming their first number-one hit in the both the United States and Canada by topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and the RPM national singles chart for one week.

"With or Without You" features sustained guitar parts played by guitarist The Edge with a prototype of the Infinite Guitar, along with vocals by lead singer Bono and a bassline by bassist Adam Clayton. The song originated from a demo recorded in late 1985 that the group continued to work on throughout The Joshua Tree sessions. Ostensibly a troubled love song, the track's lyrics were inspired by Bono's conflicting feelings about the lives he led as a musician and domestic man.

Critics praised the song upon its release. It is frequently performed on the band's tours, and it has appeared on a number of their compilation albums and concert films. "With or Without You" is U2's second most frequently covered song. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 132 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". From Wikipedia


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What the song says to me | Reviewer: kcmwolf | 5/11/12

To me, it is obvious this song is about the heartache of being in the "friend zone" and the impossiblity of the situation. I feel kind of bad posting this on here because the song and its meaning seems so personal. And the way its sung seems like its meant to be a secret. That's why the song is tragic, beautiful and timeless.

"See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side"
He's watching her and being her support through all her relationships. He watches her get hurt and become cold. He's there the whole time waiting for her to realize. And though he's there, he never really has her. And it's tearing him up inside.
"I wait for you.
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you"

"Through the storm, we reach the shore
You gave it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you"
They go through trials together and she gives him all the love she can give him, but only as a friend.


"My hands are tied, my body bruised
She´s got me with nothing to win
And nothing left to lose"
He can't do anything about his situation because he'll lose everything, but if he can't have her the way he wants, what's the point? She's giving her heart and body to others. But if only she would give him the chance, he'd love her with everything he has.

"we' ll shine like stars in the summer night
we' ll shine like stars in the winter babe
one heart, one hope, one love"


Symbolisms | Reviewer: Silverarrow | 4/12/12

No matter what the song in its entirety to about, it's interesting that Christ is pretty much present as reference in the lyrics.

See the stone set in your eyes; Christ's tombstone.
See the thorn twist in your side; Christ's crown of thorns.
On a bed of nails; the cross on which he was nailed.
My hands are tied, my body bruised; him being nailed on the cross, and being bruised by the relentless torture that he received.

with or without you | Reviewer: steveregs | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/24/12

I'm shocked at the lyrics of this song. I guess we'll wait for U2 to give clear interpretations on if this song is about God or a boy and a girl, cos it applies both ways at specific lines. I just sent the lyrics to my university crush who loved me but was with soneone else. What we had was passionate (no sex) but she still decided to leave for †hξ guy. I've moved on now and I sent that as a goodbye message to her. I really loved Caroline.

Interesting Posts on Lyrics - The lyrics confirmed what I already knew | Reviewer: MahoganyGirl13 | 11/14/11

This song confirmed that I was giving 90% to a relationship (marriage) and that I could live with or without my partner. It confirmed that I was desperately holding on to someone that did not love me the way I deserved to be loved. I began to see the difference and took steps to change the uneven relationship. We finally divorced, but every time I hear the song I realize I made an intelligent and life changing decision. Now I'm in a wonderful, fulfilling relationship!

Impossible Love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/10/11


This is the song somebody I love posted the day after I ended it with him. Coincidence or not I have no idea , but it seems to fit our situation.

He lives in another country , and he is only 20 , I am 35. I am also in a relationship with another man and have a child . I fell for this younger guy but I wish had never met him. He really is like a drug : no good for me but so hard to give up. I'm not sure I can ever really forget him , only time will tell.

For me this song is about impossible love : being so in love with somebody but knowing that being with them just won't work, because of the circumstances , but being without them is just as inconceivable because you love them so much.

'See the stone set in your eyes' : when I met him in the summer , I was with my boy friend . I saw him searching my eyes for a clue but I had made up my mind that I would not leave my boy friend for him. He is too young, it just wouldn't work .

'See the thorn twist in you side.. I wait for you ' : he can see I am not 100% happy in my current relationship. He waits for me to make a decision , ' sleight of hand etc ' , he thinks because I wont leave my bf I am using, deceiving him , that I can't really love him.

'On a bed of nails she makes me wait' , the waiting is torture. He tries to get close to me but I keep him at arms length :( He waits without me , he is alone.

'Through the storm we reach the shore' We meet where he works , on a beach , and I am with my boy friend and child. I guess he realizes he wants more , all of me , not a shared love.

'You give it all , but I want more' I do everything I can to show how much I care about him , that I love him , but it's not enough , he wants all of me but I can't give him that , so he cant live with me , or without.

'My hands are tied' , he feels powerless. It's a no win situation.
'And you give your self away .' I guess he thinks I am using him , that I just want him for one thing .

Well he is wrong. I love him with a passion I have never felt for any one else. If he was older , or I was younger , then yeah , no problem. They say age doesn't matter , but after two years of knowing him I can see it does matter. And it wouldn't last. I'm afraid of getting hurt I guess, so I make do with a half love.

Or may be I'm reading too much into this song !

Hurt. | Reviewer: Sally | 10/9/11

This song means a lot to me at the moment more than anything.
I'm in a relationship with a man that I have wanted to be with for years, so when we got together at the beginning of this year it was amazing, like everything I have ever wanted. But as of recently things have started to take a different turn. Just over a month ago he broke it to me that he needed space and that he's not sure of what he wants, which broke me. Here's this man I've wanted for so long, thinking he wants me the same way, telling me that he's no longer sure. So I gave him the space he wanted, and he came to the conclusion that he didn't want it to end here, but since then it hasn't been the same. He goes days without making contact with me "on a bed of nails he makes me wait" and then when we're together it's just not the same as it once was "you gave it all but i want more", but imagining not being with him cripples me, basically not being able to live with or without him.

I think this song verbalises a relationship where one loves the other far too much, and when the love is not reciprocated in the same way, it's gut wrenching, crippling, because you want them to love you as much as you love them.

tolles lied | Reviewer: thomas | 8/16/11

ich war 1992 auf dem u2 konzert in dortmund mein vater lag über 8 monate im coma zu diesem zeit punkt

aber meine mutter meinte fahr bitte dort hin du kannst es eh nicht ändern

als u2 with or with out you spielte lief es mir eiskalt über den rücken ich weinte und hatte ein ganz komisches gefühl

ich kam nachhause und an dem abend ist mein vater gestorben ich bereue nie das ich auf dem konzert war und der song ist mein lieblingslied und wird es auch immer bleiben noch heute leuft es mir kalt über den rücken und 2009 bei 360 grad in gelsnkirchen weinte ich wieder aber es ist der geilste song der welt

always in my mind | Reviewer: BofenHsu | 5/3/11

Each time when I heard this song, it always remind me back to 20 years ago when I was in the university
with my girl friend. Especially when I was in the Army for service in Mazu, this song repeat all the time to memorize the past four years. Even though now I got married and she was in French Lyon for study again. I still bless god to help her sweet life in the future. No matter where she live

Two women | Reviewer: Stan | 3/29/11

When I read these lyrics, it tells a story about a man who is trapped (hands are tied, bed of nails *she* makes me wait) in a relationship (marriage) while in love with another woman, also in a relationship who is giving herself away to a man who does not appreciate her...and he wants more from her but she will only go so far. They are probably friends and she doesn't know he wants her.

i left her | Reviewer: Andrew | 1/30/11

In my heart she was the one and only. We were together for 7 yrs and then one day I was gone... I felt that I wanted more out of it. But she refused and blew me off numerous times. She had me waiting.... So, This song had a meaning to me, @ Ana, yes what you say could be true in a sense but everyone has their experience and feeling of what the song means to them. I'm in another relationship now and she gives so much to me but I want more than that because i feel she's trying to win me over. I CAN'T LIVE WITH OR WITHOUT HER, I'm still waiting...

crippling voice of love...................!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/18/10

all i have left with me is this very song which will always penetrate deep in my heart for all the times to come ......the moment i lost him from my sight to a distant place of life was something that i never wanted my heart to understand it...! with this very song (with or without you), he left me.i am so much into this song now.it simply makes me n heart feel so good ...even in despair i find my heart happy,for she still feels him the most with touch of this song.well,the only song which is so close to my heart is got to be 'with or without you' by u2...........i love it the most...
when i completed writing this review of mine,the song just ended few minutes before.......see ,it works big time ..!!!! fiona .......

not a happy song | Reviewer: ana | 9/2/10

I don't think this is a happy song or a song about God. I believe it's a song about someone you love but you can't be with that person anymore.... because everything got so complicated that you've worn out. You will always love the person but you know you can't be together because it won't make you happy, that's why it's with or without you... the body is bruised and you wait....
there's nothing to win and nothing to lose because you gave all you could... together or apart won't make you happy, that's why it so sad

Saudade | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/22/10

In My Language there's a beautiful word called "Saudade" - it's for when you miss someone so much. But in this case this song triggers in me a "saudade" of the things I haven't lived yet...
Strangely beautiful.

LOVE HURTS | Reviewer: xitiz | 7/2/10

m a gr8 fan of U2..have heard this songs as many times as many words this song have. everytime i listen to this songs i get into tears cz it reminds me of the time whn my girlfriend left me alone for sometime(a month) without even sending any msg or any sort of information about here whereabouts.. whn its already a long distance relation..this song is by far the best song i wud like to hear at anytime...coincidence is my gf likes to hear bono that makes me linked to her somehow if not directly. i still love her but wonder whether she reciprocates or not. I'm waiting for you!
WITH OR WITHOUT U I CAN'T LIVE ....WITH OR WITHOUT YOU!

TO LOOSE BUT TO LIVE/LOVE AGAIN .... | Reviewer: CARMINE FRANCESCA | 2/2/10

AS A HOPLESS ROMANTIC, TO HAVE LOVED, TO HAVE LOST & TO HAVE PINED FOR HER FOR OVER 15 YRS. U2'S JOSHUA TREE WAS OUR CONNECTION. AFTER THE BREAK UP IT TOOK ME AT LEAST 5 YRS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY IT AGAIN. "AND YOU GIVE YOURSELF AWAY" AND WE HAVE. WE DID. WE WILL DO IT AGAIN. MY LOVE-PEACE-HAPPINESS TO YOU ALL. ITS NOT ONLY THE DESTINATION BUT THE JOURNEY AS WELL. STOP, LOOK & LISTEN. WATCH OUT FOR ME. WE CAN TAKE TIME OUT ANS SMELL THE ROSES TOGETHER ..... X X X X


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