A is for Acrobat

My favorite U2 song that begins with A is Acrobat. It is one of my favorite songs off of Actung Baby, which is one of my favorite albums. I was lucky enough to hear Acrobat live in Hershey, PA sitting outside the stadium listening to rehearsals for the ZooTv Outside Broadcast tour rehearsal concert. I love Acrobat for its lyrics. It includes the iconic “dream out loud,” but my favorite lyric is “And I’d join the movement if there was one I could believe in. Yeah I’d break bread and wine if there was a church I could receive in.”

Don’t believe what you hear, don’t believe what you see
If you just close your eyes you can feel the enemy.
When I first met you girl, you had fire in your soul.
What happened t’your face of melting snow
Now it looks like this!
And you can swallow or you can spit
You can throw it up, or choke on it
And you can dream, so dream out loud
You know that your time is coming round
So don’t let the bastards grind you down.
No, nothing makes sense, nothing seems to fit.
I know you’d hit out if you only knew who to hit.
And I’d join the movement
If there was one I could believe in
Yeah, I’d break bread and wine
If there was a church I could receive in.
‘Cause I need it now.
To take the cup
To fill it up, to drink it slow.
I can’t let you go.
And I must be an acrobat
To talk like this and act like that.
And you can dream, so dream out loud
And don’t let the bastards grind you down.
What are we going to do now it’s all been said?
No new ideas in the house, and every book’s been read.
And I must be an acrobat
To talk like this and act like that.
And you can dream, so dream out loud
And you can find your own way out.
And you can build, and I can will
And you can call, I can’t wait until
You can stash and you can seize
In dreams begin responsibilities
And I can love, and I can love
And I know that the tide is turning ’round
So don’t let the bastards grind you down.

What is your favorite U2 song that begins with A?

This blog post is part of my A to Z April Challenge – my 26 favorite U2 songs. Thanks for stopping by. I am also blogging the A to Z Challenge on my other blog DeenasDays.

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About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (340 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

8 Comments on A is for Acrobat

  1. Acrobat is one of my favourites from Achtung, too–although it’s hard to pick a favourite. Great song, great album, great band.

  2. americaninnorway // April 2, 2012 at 9:24 am // Reply

    LOVE U2… what a great theme for the challenge! Good luck. 🙂

  3. So glad you’re doing this series of posts. I’m a huge U2 fan as well- some friends only (semi) jokingly call me borderline obsessed. I do like Acrobat, but All I Want Is You takes the number one slot in A for me. Looking forward to reading more (and the book!)

  4. Ah, brilliant. I can’t imagine that we didn’t somehow cross paths at the Ga Dome or Vandy stadium, then. Great shows, yes?

    • Great shows! I was actually in the GA line in Atlanta. Got in line around noon. Stood at the front rail in front of Adam. For Nashville I didn’t wait in line, but waited in the parking garage and watched U2 drive in. I reviewed these shows (and all my shows) here on my blog.

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