"With or Without You" was first played live at the second show on the Joshua Tree Tour on 4 April 1987, and was a regular for the rest of that tour.
, Bono wrote the lyrics during his first night visiting Côte d'Azur in 1986, while struggling to reconcile his responsibilities as both a married man and a musician. Whether that's addicted to her, the sex itself or both is hard to say. Can someone add what the official meaning of the song is?  The track consisted of a Yamaha drum machine beat and a bass part played by bassist Adam Clayton using an Ibanez bass guitar with a short scale. He is winning nothing by doing it and he is losing nothing by doing it again because he has already done it. Its about giving yourself wholeheartedly to another person and them giving all of themselves to you, but it is not enough....and its never enough.You give it all but I want more Its about going into these situations knowing what you are in for but doing it anyway. "And you give yourself away."  It became a regular concert inclusion during stadium concerts on the second leg in Europe and remained in the set list for the third leg. It hurts, it leaves nothing else to lose, we can't live either way. - You guys rock, thanks for the encouragement. , Two videos were shot in Dublin in February 1987 and were co-directed by Meiert Avis and Matt Mahurin.
", The song begins with a minimal drum beat of eighth notes played by Mullen, while a backing track—Eno's synthesiser—plays a "rippling" triplet arpeggio of the chord D major.
" On subsequent tours, his guitar technician occasionally received electric shocks from the instrument when preparing it for performances. There is no emotional attachment. This piece of gear would have failed even the most basic of safety regulations.  Clayton referred to the song's nature as a challenge to radio, saying, "You don't expect it there [on radio]. It is also worth noting from the book "into the heart" by Nial Stokes, Bono says that "You" can also refer to the group. "With or Without You" is a song by Irish rock band U2.It is the third track on their fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree (1987), and was released as the album's lead single on 16 March 1987. He knows what he is doing is wrong but he just can't stop doing it. The thing you refer too is their second kiss, and the music which is player there is not definitely not "With or Without You". One of the things that was happening at the time was the collision in my own mind between being faithful to … John from Washington, Dc Many of U2's songs are religious or spiritual in nature, but after giving this one some thought, I think it's safe to say it's about being in love with a woman (apparently an ex) who's sleeping with another guy (or guys). The lyrics ostensibly describe a troubled relationship between two lovers, although the lyrics have been interpreted in religious contexts. Lillywhite, who wanted a more mainstream approach to his mix, favoured "a little more crash, bang" sound to Mullen's drums that enter later in the song, while Eno preferred that the drums remain "more mysterious and more supportive". It was initially a rare inclusion during the Vertigo Tour - over the two months of the tour's first leg, it was only played four times. Finally With or without you sums up the idea how sin controls all of us. A second alternative version can be found in the Super Deluxe version of the album.. , —The Edge, on the song's concluding guitar figure, Bono's vocals enter at 0:28 in a low register, a stark contrast from Bono's typical singing style to that point in the group's career. He can't live with her because it is purely an exchange of pleasure for money. He gives himself to the guards and the eventual crucifixion even though he had the power to stop it. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. During this time, a rough demo of "With or Without You" was written, with lead vocalist Bono composing the song's chord sequence.  NME called it "some kind of love song" and found musical and lyrical symmetry between the song and the group's 1981 album October. No single christian would want Christ to be taken from them and killed, but at the same time, it is a requisite for salvation. While Lillywhite and engineer Mark Wallis were mixing it, Eno entered the room and told them that he wanted to change the introduction. For instance, Peter was torn at the idea of losing Christ, and yet his soul would be lost if Christ had not been taken and killed.
"You" might be refering to the group as much as the audience in this case. , "With or Without You" is written in a 4/4 time signature and is played at a tempo of 110 beats per minute.  The song regularly closed out the main set on the Innocence + Experience Tour, again occasionally with the "shine like stars" coda. This leads on to the chorus of: With or without you With or without you I can't live With or without you. Translation of 'With or Without You' by U2 from English to Spanish.  Music television network VH1 ranked the song number 13 on the "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s" countdown in its series The Greatest. 5, May 09 1987", Danishcharts.com – U2 – With or Without You", Lescharts.com – U2 – With or Without You", Offiziellecharts.de – U2 – With or Without You", Dutchcharts.nl – U2 – With or Without You", http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(U).html, Swedishcharts.com – U2 – With or Without You", Swisscharts.com – U2 – With or Without You", "Australian Music Report No 701 – 28 December 1987 > National Top 100 Singles for 1987", "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart", "Danish single certifications – U2 – With Or Without You", "French single certifications – U2 – With or Without You", Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique, "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (U2; 'With or Without You')", "With or Without You" lyrics and performances at U2.com, Hasta la Vista Baby! Why do long to believe in a loving God, yet love to do evil. I like that kind of sophistication [...].  While writing the lyrics, he realized that neither facet of his life defined him, but rather the tension between the two did. He explained that the final lyric is about torment and how repressing desires only makes them stronger. "Through the storm we reach the shore, You give it all but I want more.". Wallis said: "And it was kind of awe-inspiring because he said, 'Right, send this guitar through those ten effects over there and send that guitar through those ten effects over there and then feed them back to each other.'  In 2009, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 43 on the week ending 31 May, based on download sales due to Shaun Smith's performance of the song in the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent.  At 3:03, the song bursts out in emotion as Bono begins open-throated "Oh-oh-oh-ohh" vocals, which are double-tracked, and the rhythm increases to play sixteenth notes on the guitar, cymbals, and tambourine.  In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 132 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".  According to Clayton, these early versions of the song sounded too sentimental and "very traditional because the chords just went round and round and round". Then once you are reunited you start to notice tiny little annoying things or you realise that you cant stand the person you thought you loved....only to not be able to live without them again when you are seperated from them.
One of the famous biblical stories with the Christ tells us that he and the apostles were traveling by boat when a storm came upon them (Luke 8:23 and Mark 4:37). It was played at most shows on 1989's Lovetown Tour. I fully respect other peoples views of this song and i hope they feel the same about my interpretation. ", "With or Without You" debuted at number 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and on 16 May 1987, it topped the chart to become U2's first number-one single in the US, proving Friday's prediction true.  The drums increase in intensity at 1:45, before The Edge begins playing the song's signature guitar riff at 1:53. I think this song is more about love when it is requited, ie real relationships, than anything else.
The sequenced beat was chosen to give the song a feeling of discipline, so that when Mullen's acoustic drums enter the song, "they mean something", in Lanois' words. thus giving us the idea that they still did not understand who he was for certain. , The band's manager Paul McGuinness was resistant to U2 releasing "With or Without You" as a single, as he thought it was too sonically unusual for release. We are TORN. "With or Without You" features sustained guitar parts played by guitarist the Edge with a prototype of the Infinite Guitar, along with vocals by lead singer Bono and a bassline by bassist Adam Clayton. So what started as a traditional bit of rhythm guitar, bass, and drums suddenly became something quite otherworldly and spiritual, and the sound of the music you were hearing started to give you a feeling of where the song was going to go prior to the lyric. Here you can clearly see how much he gives of himself and how much, we the audience, mean to him.....definately the best performance of the song ever. , According to Bono, the song was heavily influenced by Scott Walker's album Climate of Hunter. For you You Tube U2 Dudes (say that real fast!)
 He stays below the middle C for the first two and a half stanzas, centering his melody on the mediant F♯. This verse is the hardest to decipher but I'll give it a go. I'll take you through the lyrics and explain why... See the stone set in your eyes See the thorn twist in your side I wait for you Sleight of hand and twist of fate On a bed of nails she makes me wait And I wait without you. The best interpretation of the song is to watch the video POPMART Live from Mexico City. Its about how when apart from your love, the only thing you want is them, the sun rises and sets by them, and you would give anything to be with them.  The band continued to work on the song at STS Studios, creating many permutations of the track, but not making any progress. I think this is a song about Christ unselfish love and sacrafice for Bono and the human race.  The song concludes with a fade-out. This is an interesting part. "And" implies that you considered at least two types of models, those with X and those without. This was the common practice in crucifixion and is documented in the bible as well (John 19:34).
 Readers of Rolling Stone voted "With or Without You" the "Best Single" in a 1987 end-of-year poll, while it finished in 15th place on the "Best Singles" list from The Village Voice's 1987 Pazz & Jop critics' poll..
Here the stone set eyes are those of the prostitute he is visiting. A stanza begins in which Bono sings the song's title in a high, passionate voice as the drums get heavier. The apostles were scared and woke the Christ up.
DeGagne described Bono's singing as "unleashing all his vocal power, moving from a soft, subtle intro and middle to an explosive burst of unyielding energy toward the end".  In 2012, Slant Magazine listed "With or Without You" as the 40th best single of the 1980s. I think this represents sin and how we really don't gain anything from it, but we feel that we have nothing left to lose since we have pushed God away so manytimes before.
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