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November 6th, 2004

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erukolindo:
Greetings all, I just have a quick question for the U2 experts. In "With or Without You," I noticed the very first 2 lines are different than the rest of the song, in the fact that he says "I wait for you." I just wanted to know, though this may be obvious, if this was a reference to Jesus Christ. Thanks for the help, U2 f--kin rocks!
 
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From:always_rejoice
Date:November 6th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, we're talking about U2 songs, so there is no clear answer.

We're talking about With or Without You. No chance of a clear answer.

Of course it could be about Jesus, and the lines do suggest it! Most U2 songs/albums are very indirectly Christian, and it's pulled off flawlessly, so that there is never an exclusive answer.

Good observation!
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From:erukolindo
Date:November 6th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
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thanks for the response. yeah, the only reason i think that is because the phrase "i wait for you" is never repeated. its always different.
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From:volare
Date:November 6th, 2004 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Not that he's ever said. The overall explanation I've read from the band regarding that song has always been that it's about being in a band, one's place between being pulled from family at home to family on stage to "family" of the audience, etc. and how much of oneself is 'given away' to which family, feeling torn between so many lovers and loved ones.

But that's always been the reason for U2's popularity, I think - you can hear your own meaning and message in they lyrics, if you want it to refer to JC for your own uses then there you have it..
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From:erukolindo
Date:November 6th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
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i read that too, the band theory. i also read a "sin theory." i'm no expert, i just feal it's unique that the first phrase is "i wait for you," and every time after that, its different.
From:sumwonelss
Date:November 6th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I always thought it was more of a song that represented feelings over time......the begining of the song represents the begining of the situation....we get the set up, the back story, then we get whats currently going on. Just my take.
From:melst
Date:November 7th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC)
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I always thought it was a universal theory about the human condition... Or is that every U2 song. ;-)
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:November 7th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
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I think the 'I wait for you' is meant to contrast the later 'I wait without you'. Even though 'I wait with you' would be the exact opposite, it doesn't fit with the flow of the song. The phrase, while not copied word for word is also mirrored in later verses.

If it is a reference to Jesuss, one would almost have to argue that the 'you' is consistently Christ throughout the song as it doesn't sound like the audience changes.

And... I was going to say something else. But hell if I know what.
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From:pornrockangel
Date:November 7th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
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I agree with the contrasting part.

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