Friday, June 3, 2011

In the garden I was playing the tart

Until the End of the World

You might take this song as a tale of infidelity, in which the betrayer shrugs it off as "No big deal" while complaining that the one whom he has betrayed is acting like "it's the end of the world." But there's a much larger story at play here, and the key is often spoken in concert when Bono exclaims at the beginning, "Jesus, this is Judas!" Of course, "in the garden" then becomes the Garden of Gethsemene, and "I kissed your lips and broke your heart" becomes the kiss of Judas, betraying Jesus.

I took this video myself in Winnipeg on May 29. Watch for the two bridges to come flying together at the end, as Bono and The Edge reach toward one another to exchange a rose...

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 led 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, love
Love, love...

[Snippet] Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone, a long time ago
[Spoken] Flowers for Damascus, a flower of peace for Tehran, in my dreams...

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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