Please - unsolved lyrics

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Please - unsolved lyrics
« on: August 30, 2020, 04:10:03 PM »
I love this song, but never analysed the lyrics. Thought they were obvious. Some of them I don't really understand. Maybe you can help!

Two whom is he actually singing? Who is 'you'? In the first and second verse, it's like 'one', but that would be a weird song ("So one never knew love, until one crossed the line of grace"). But Bono's making a harsh statement 'But love is not what you are thinking of'. Should be someone.. The IRA?

What means 'how low you stoop to make that call'? What call?

Wat are 'catholic blues'
What are 'convent shoes'
What is 'stick on tattoos' and why is is making the news?
And why is the sermon on the mount from the booth of my car?

What's what lovers deal and steal?

"cause you my love, I could never believe"
Who is you? (I think it's his opposition) and what could he not believe?

Hope you can help! Thanks :-)

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So you never knew love
Until you crossed the line of grace
Then you never felt wanted
'Till you had someone slap your face
So you never felt alive
Until you almost wasted away
You had to win
You couldn't just pass
The smartest ass
At the top of the class
Your flying colors
Your family tree
And all your lessons in history

Please
Please
Please
Get up off your knees
Please
Please
Please
Please

So you never knew
How low you'd stoop to make that call
And you never knew
What was on the ground 'till they mad you crawl
So you never knew that
The heaven you keep you stole

Your catholic blues
Your convent shoes
Your stick on tattoos
Now they're making the news
Your holy war
Your northern star
Your sermon on the mount
From the booth of your car

Please
Please
Please
Get up off your knees
Please
Please
Please
Leave me out of this

So love is hard and love is tough
But love is not what you're thinking of

September
Streets capsizing
Spilling over
Down the drain
Shards of glass splinters like rain
But you could only feel
Your own pain
October
Talking getting nowhere
November
December
Remember
Are we just starting again

Please
Please
Please
Get up off your knees
Please
Please
Please
Please

So love is big, bigger than us
But love is not what your thinking of
It's what lovers deal
It's what lovers steal
You know I've found it hard to receive
'Cause you my love I could never believe



See through in the sunlight

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Re: Please - unsolved lyrics
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2020, 05:09:32 PM »
I interpret the first verse as being said to the Irish Loyalists, supporters of Britain.

The second verse to the Irish Republicans (IRA).

The sermon on the mount is "from the BOOT" of your car, referring to car bombs.

I think the final line ("you, my love, I could never believe") are the forces of division. It's not the oranges or the greens per se but the ones who are really driving the conflict from both sides. Or, pur another way, the lies of Satan.

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Re: Please - unsolved lyrics
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2020, 08:45:47 PM »
Please is about the religious element of the Troubles, where religion actively supported terrorists on both sides. "Get up off your knees" is an attack on organized religion's role in the conflict. The Sermon on the mount from the boot of your car is a reference to using Christianity to justify car bombings. Leading figures on both sides of the conflict were priests (Ian Paisley famously created his own church so that he could become a priest in it). 

One theory I heard is that the first verse is singing to protestants (lyrics about elitism, needing to win rather than compromise, looking back on history) while the second sings to catholics (catholic blues/convent shoes/holy war/sermon on the mount from the boot of your car). That might make sense but I don't know for sure.



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Re: Please - unsolved lyrics
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2020, 10:05:56 PM »
Thanks for those details.

I would say the first verse being to Protestants and second to Catholics is pretty clear - I described them as Loyalists and Republicans, or Orange and Green, but Protestant and Catholic is kind of just another descriptor.