Song Lyrics

Bonsoir
Bienvenue à Paris tout le monde (Welcome to Paris everyone)
Bien à vous bienvenue à Paris*

We are in Paris
It feels like the whole world is in Paris
We are all parisiens tonight

Ce soir nous sommes tous parisiens (Tonight we’re all Parisians)

If you believe in liberty, Paris is your home town
That’s right
Thank you for welcoming us back
And allowing us to come here and, and tell our story
Allowing us to tell you a little something about our lives
At a time when your lives have been turned upside down
For the next few songs, we’d like to take you
To the north side of Dublin
To the streets that gave life to this band
And, uh, you know we’re all formed by our first experiences
Our first fights in the playground, our first loves
Our first losses, and I lost my mother at the age of 14
But when she left me, she left me an artist
And I want to thank her tonight
I want to thank Iris
Tous les mamans (All the moms)
Tous les mamans

Iris…Iris…Iris…(Iris)

The star
That gives us light
Has been gone a while
But it’s not an illusion
The ache
In my heart
Is so much a part of who I am

Something in your eyes
Took a thousand years to get to here
Something in your eyes
Took a thousand years, a thousand years

Hold me close
Hold me close and don’t let me go
Hold me close
Like I’m someone that you might know
Hold me close
The darkness just lets us see
Who we are
I’ve got your life inside of me

Iris… Iris….Iris

Once
We are born
We begin to forget
The very reason we came
But you
I’m sure I met
Long before the night the stars went out
We’re meeting up again

Hold me close
Hold me close and don’t let me go
Hold me close
Like I’m someone that you might know
Hold me close
The darkness just lets us see
Who we are
I’ve got your life inside of me

Iris
Iris

The stars are bright but do they know
The universe is beautiful but it’s cold
(Iris, Iris)

You took me by the hand
I thought that I was leading you
But it was you made me your man
Machine
I dream and you are

Iris standing in the hall
She tells me I can do it all
Iris wakes to my nightmares
Don’t fear the world, it isn’t there

Iris playing on the strand
She buries the boy beneath the sand
Iris says that I will be the death of her
But it was not me

Iris
Iris

She said free yourself to be yourself
If only you could see yourself
Free yourself to be yourself
If only you could see

Free yourself to be yourself
If only you could see yourself
Free yourself, be yourself
If only you could see yourself, yourself

(She said, just be yourself, if only you could see yourself)

*(There he gets the “bienvenue” pronunciation wrong and says the equivalent of “kind regards”, hence the laugh)