Discussion on the song Stuck in a Moment by U2

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“Stuck In A Moment”I’m not afraid
Of anything in this world
There’s nothing you can throw at me
That I haven’t already heardI’m just trying to find
A decent melody

A song that I can sing
In my own companyI never thought you were a fool
But darling look at you
You gotta stand up straight
Carry your own weight

These tears are going nowhere babyYou’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And now you can’t get out of itDon’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of itI will not forsake

The colors that you bring
The nights you filled with fireworks
They left you with nothing I am still enchanted
By the light you brought to me
I listen through your ears

Through your eyes I can see And you are such a fool
To worry like you do
I know it’s tough
And you can never get enough
Of what you don’t really need now

My, oh myYou’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of itOh love, look at you now
You’ve got yourself stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

I was unconscious, half asleep
The water is warm ’til you discover how deep

I wasn’t jumping, for me it was a fall
It’s a long way down to nothing at all

You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

And if the night runs over
And if the day won’t last
And if our way should falter
Along the stony pass

And if the night runs over
And if the day won’t last
And if your way should falter
Along this stony pass

It’s just a moment
This time will pass

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Questions for discussion

1) Have you listened to Bono before? Do you like his music? What is this song all about?

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2) How does Bono describe the stuck-in-a-moment experiences in the song?
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3) What does this song do to you? Does it connect with the times when you have been “stuck in a moment”? Does it remind you of someone in your context/s?

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You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And now you can’t get out of it Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

4) What do you do when you are stuck in a moment and you can’t get out of it? What are your experiences of pulling yourself together when everything seems to fall apart?

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I never thought you were a fool
But darling look at you
You gotta stand up straight
Carry your own weight
These tears are going nowhere baby

I know it’s tough
And you can never get enough
Of what you don’t really need now
My, oh my

5) When you are stuck in a moment it is natural that you slide down deeper in guilt/self-pity. Why is it so easy to go on a self-pity trip? Even the tough among us cry? What do you do when tears don’t get you anywhere?
 

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And you are such a fool
To worry like you do
I know it’s tough
And you can never get enough
Of what you don’t really need now
My, oh my

You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

6) Why is it foolish to worry when you are stuck in a moment? Bono encourages us to get ourselves together. How do you plan to do it?

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You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it

7) Bono says: when you are stuck in a moment it’s got to be you and its got to be now. How do you plan to deal with ’stuck-in-a-moment’ experiences?

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