Love is big, and love is tough. But love is not what you're thinking of.
A verse that will stick with me as long as I live. A heartbreaking and painful line.
The live versions on Popmart delivers a punch that stuns the crowd for a bit, that's healed by Streets. Does anyone know why in the climax of the song Bono would wail and cry out and move all over? It's a raw emotional moment, I'm just wondering if there's anything behind it.
I agree regarding the line you picked. It's one of the most devastating lines Bono (most likely, although Edge got songwriting credit as well) has written.
I think that the emotionalism Bono displayed was just a way to signal to the crowd that this song coneys serious pain. Sadly, the crowd around me at DC Popmart was not enamored with this song in the least; they weren't feeling the intensity of it. Rather, they were bored and talking during it. When Larry played the intro to SBS near the end (as he did during the early part of the tour), then a few people got excited, thinking the band was going to launch into SBS. They didn't understand that the whole point of that SBS insertion was for Bono to stop it with another emotional "please"; the message being conveyed was that this was not a time to engage "The real battle yet begun/To claim the victory Jesus won," but rather a time to "Get up off your knees now." So "Please" put few of us in DC through an emotional wringer, from what I could tell, but "Streets" naturally got everyone's attention back on the stage. This is just a long way of saying that you're right about the band's intent behind pairing "Please" and "Streets," but American audiences weren't necessarily feeling it (just as they didn't love the album).