Judas and U2

"Until the End of the World" - from Achtung Baby album.

"Last time we met it was a low-lit room
We were as close together as 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
And 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.

"In waves of regret, waves of joy
I reached out for the one I tried to destroy
You, you said you'd wait until the end of the world."

I left out a couple lines - anybody want to explain the last 3 lines for me?
Bono's poetry makes very clear for me the distinction between prose as declarative and poetry as allusive. Poetry alludes to things, and sometimes it doesn't quite get you there...


  1. There is a case made by some that Judas repented by returning the 30 pieces of silver and saying he had betrayed innocent blood. But since he committed suicide he would have to wait (unlike) Peter for his forgiveness and restoration.

  2. Last 3 lines sounds like Judas' last moments, returning the money and yet ending it all. How can you live when you realize you've just killed the Messiah? Sin left a blackness infront of his eyes so dark he couldn't see the light of Christ's forgiveness through it all, and was left to despair until the end of the world (boy, that sounds like purgatory! Too much Catholic influence in Bono?)