I was a senior in high school when this came out. Like most other kids my age, we thought the song was so poignantly sweet, but I realized not too much later how he's saying...I can't live with you--and I can't live without you. Bam. Dysfunctional relationship. Having gone through such a relationship..well...
You give yourself away...and you give yourself away...and you give...and you give...
My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose
That plaintive, wailing voice Bono uses is just...crushing. I could barely listen to this song after high school, it made me long so much for a relationship I didn't have at the time. Now I can barely listen to it because it brings up emotions from my marriage I'd much rather forget. Much like Every Breath You Take, really, really twisted relationship stuff.
Annnnnd...while I was typing this, Every Breath You Take was the next song YouTube went to :/