"I and I" is a name for God, and "Elevation" is the name of a classic Chasidic Jewish prayer technique.
So it's about sex AND prayer.
Does this description of it from Rabbi Cohen's book sound like the song, or what?:
Prayer is not something the pray-er just recites...it is an
experience he enters into. There is no room for inhibition; singing and dancing are essential means by which he expresses his emotional cleaving to God….but such ardor/desire for God has to be so overwhelming that any extraneous thoughts
are excluded…If distractions are erotic in nature…and the pray-erfaces up to the predominance of the sexual urge at both conscious and subconscious levels, and
its capacity to intrude even during prayer...then he
has learned to take
measures…by introducing the (ancient) doctrine of the "elevation of strange thoughts." This is a Chasidic Jewish technique not of sublimation, but of thought conversion, whereby the beauty or desirability of the woman is latched
upon and used not as a sexual but rather as a mental and spiritual stimulus. We are taught to "elevate" these thoughts by substituting the beauty of God for the
physical beauty that is currently bewitching us. The pray-er has learned to immediately contrast the pale reflection of beauty that humans are endowed with,
on the one hand, and the supreme Divine source of authentic and enduring beauty, on the other…This is not sublimation; This is elevation.
-Rabbi Jefery Cohen
Fascinating text, Fresno Dave, thanks for sharing! I'll just add this little supporting quote from U2 by U2:
Bono: "[Elevation] is fun and frolics but the goal is soul. It is about sexuality and transcendence, a playful piece about wanting to get off, or in this case, to literally get off the ground. I can't actually remember writing it, it was all over in minutes, which is probably not the greatest admission to make in a song about sex." (p. 296)
As for the ecstacy rumour . . . I wonder if the person who started that actually knew U2's music. (By that I mean the whoever the original author of the idea was, not the poster on this thread.) Bad and Running to Stand Still are all about drugs, but they are not the joyful celebrations of them. Bono's lost friends to drugs; he writes about their devastating effects, but I've never heard him praise them.