With or without you

That moment in Rattle & Hum
where Larry is standing at Elvis’s grave
The eternal flame
The whole Graceland thing
The four of you
step
into Elvis’s
luxurious room, all plush and glitz and
this huge picture of Priscilla
Everything’s roped off
You’re not allowed to touch anything
The guide is nervous
What will these Irish rockstars do?
But you weren’t rockstars yet
Just four kids from Dublin who didn’t know the rules

(I bought the t-shirt in K-mart
I didn’t even have to go
to a record shop
All that marketing!
Same as with Elvis
Those people that got hold of him
He was just this kid from Memphis
who didn’t know the rules)

And I think
about standing
in a roped-off room
I think
about standing
someday
in a roped-off room
in Dublin

And the other moment
Larry in a kitchen, wishing Elvis
had been buried somewhere he couldn’t
have gone

Larry’s right, as always
(Those drums
That’s the third moment
After the Elvis thing
After the camera has gone
from black and white
into colour
Under the sky
in that stadium in Arizona
In With or Without You
Those drums. Nothing
is hidden)

Larry’s right
as always
We don’t need
an eternal flame
I don’t want
a roped-off room
An enormous picture
of Nelson Mandela, or some other
African child

I hope that doesn’t happen to my
favourite band
Someone
making money
money, money, money-money
Even if it is
given
for victims
of abuse
or storms
or third world debt

We don’t need
a luxurious room
We don’t need
an eternal flame
We have one already
With or without you

What do you think?