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Old 09-18-2003, 02:29 PM   #1
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Question about Desire

"i'm like a preacher stealing hearts at a travelling show"

Does anyone else think this may have been Bono's way of self-mocking?
"preacher" being a hint at his religious influence in his lyrics (kind of taking a punch back at the critics who resent religios/political motives U2 so often uses in their career),
"stealing hearts" being about singers/rock stars idolized - and how singer not necessarily want/deserve/expect that but understand it's just the way it is,
and "a travelling show" being a refernce to a musical tour?
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Old 09-18-2003, 02:44 PM   #2
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I've always thought of that line as an allusion to himself or the band as a whole. I haven't considered it self-mocking, but it could be!
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Cool, I never thought of it that way! I always just thought, a preacher stealing hearts at a traveling show... LOL
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Interesting interpretation, but I don't really seeing it fitting with the rest of the song. I've always seen this song about negative desires, false gods. Money, drugs, power, etc. The line about preacher stealin hearts at the travelin show, for the love of money...I always saw that as a reference to those Jim Baker types whos desire was money driven and not gospel driven.
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Originally posted by BonoVoxSupastar
I've always seen this song about negative desires, false gods. Money, drugs, power, etc. The line about preacher stealin hearts at the travelin show, for the love of money...I always saw that as a reference to those Jim Baker types whos desire was money driven and not gospel driven.
I think you're right, BonoVoxSupastar.
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