U2: Every Breaking Wave Lyrics Vienna Austria

So there was enough difference in this version that I felt the need to record it as a separate entry. I actually preferred, in the gambler verse, the use of losing as it was in the previous performance. Overall similar but definitely a bit of a different feel. I don’t know if what I heard is perfect but I think it’s pretty close. Send corrections if you find any!
Thanks Wind for a couple of fixes!

Every breaking wave
On the shore
Tells the next one there’ll be one more

Every gambler knows
That to win
Is what you’re really there for

Some are left in fearlessness
Now I’m speaking to an answer phone
Like every fallen leaf
On the breeze
Winter wouldn’t leave it alone

Ay hey now
Ay hey now

I don’t know if I’m that strong
I don’t know if I’m that strong
Don’t know if I’m that strong
To be the one
Who needs someone

Every sailor knows that the sea
Is a friend made enemy
Every shipwrecked soul
Knows what it is
To live without intimacy
I thought I heard the master’s voice
It’s hard to listen while you preach

Like every fallen leaf
On the breeze
This is as far as I could reach

Ay hey now
Ay hey now

I don’t know if I’m that strong
I don’t know if I’m that strong
Don’t know if I’m that strong
To be the one
Who needs someone

The waves know
We’re on the rocks
Drowning is no sin

And you know
Where my heart is
The same place yours has been

We know
The fear of winning
So we end before we begin


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3 Responses to U2: Every Breaking Wave Lyrics Vienna Austria

  1. Wind says:

    Without minimizing the world’s problems both real and imaginary, the world has a funny way of becoming what we think it to be. For example, a chick who bemoans the fact that she’s fat, ugly and no decent man will ever want her, sends those thoughts into the ether where they reverberate endlessly. That’s the way she carries herself, it comes through in her voice, and before you know it, no decent wants her.

    This is a true story. I have a neighbor who spazzed the first and basically last time she was in my place, because my cat, Demon, rubbed up against her leg. Demon is like an ascended master, which I explained to her. She told me she was afraid of cats, I asked why, had a cat ever harmed her, her response, “My mother is afraid of cats”. I mentioned this to her husband in passing, and he said, “Yeah, I know”. They have a daughter who miraculously is the friendliest little girl, and when she was just shy of 2, she and Demon espied one another. He was 20 feet from her, and she started to freak. I can’t imagine where she picked that up from, can you? Needless to say, being a resilient, inquisitive child, she got over it. Unfortunately her mother has about 9 billion additional imaginary phobias.

    So, anyway I just thought I’d mention that. I know from personal experience, to the extent I am able to see my life from a place inside myself that’s joy-filled, the more it seems or is that way. Not perfect just yet, I sometimes get overwhelmed. I know it’s less painful, and the recovery time is shorter, if you have even just one fan who will point at you and laugh when you trip over something silly, and fall flat on your ass. >:)

  2. Wind says:

    I heard ‘could’ reach, rather than ‘can’ reach. And ‘where’ my heart is, instead of ‘what’ my heart is.

    I think by changing the lyrics regarding gambling, from losing to winning, he’s changed the entire tone of the song. People who have ‘issues’ around gambling, rarely if ever walk away when they’re up; downward spiral ensues usually.

    New song analysis time, or is it better to wait until it’s released? Or, do you feel your previous analysis remains valid?

    • larrylootsteen says:

      Thanks for those! I made the updates.

      I think the basics of the song remain the same. What changes here is Bono trying to make a more positive point of view. Maybe trying to inject a bit more hope into the overall feel. Unfortunately for me, that actually takes something away from this song. The earlier version had more of a darkness to it that was real. I feel like this one has lost its edge just a bit.

      I just hope Bono isn’t trying too hard to be positive in a world where the hard edges are all around. They need to be acknowledged and exposed. I really hope when they finish the song that they see that.

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