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A Zooropa Album Interpretation
by Melissa aka Loopaygirl
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This album represents a spiritual journey.  The journey is centered around the character of the wanderer.  He is the star of this album.  It shows his journey as being a search for God that goes awry.  The other important figures in the album are God, the devil, and some other outside omniscient neutral force who  I'll call  the narrator to make things easier. I have put quotes from the songs in quotation marks, and if I refer to stanzas they are the stanzas as they appear in the Zooropa booklet.


This song introduces the idea of the spiritual journey.  The first three stanzas of this is the narrator speaking.  In the fourth stanza "And I have no compass..." switches to the wanderer being the speaker, and also introduces what this album is about.   The lines "And I have no compass/ And I have no map"  indicate that the wander is lost in some sort of way.  "And I have no reasons/ No reasons to get back"  that is self explanatory in and of itself, but will make more sense later on.   "And I have no religion" indicates being spiritually lost.   "And I don't know what's what", this line shows that the wanderer is very confused, and he can't tell the difference between things, and as I will explain later, the thing he can't tell the difference between is good and evil.  The sixth stanza is the narrator talking to the wanderer.  The lines  "Zooropa...Don't worry baby.  It'll be alright...Zooropa..you got the right shoes...Zooropa..to get you through the night"  are the narrator's feeble attempt at comforting the lost soul (wanderer).  "Its cold outside but brightly lit"  the coldness indicates the being lost and away from God, while being brightly lit by "uncertainty." "Zooropa... skip the subway," the wanderer is falling towards the subway.  My theory is that the different modes of transportation that are in this album indicate the spiritual journey and how the wanderer is "driving" so to speak from place to place.  Now the subway being underground is associated with the devil.  So the wanderer is on his spiritual journey and is for some reason being lured by the devil, thus the narrator is trying the tell the wanderer to "skip the subway" and get away from the devil.  "Get your head out of the mud baby" also shows the narrator trying warn the wanderer to get away his head out of the ground and away from the devil.   Now in the next stanza are the lines  "No particular place names/ no particular song"  in which the wanderer once again is speaking.  The wanderer is traveling on the journey and doesn't really know where he is.  "I've been hiding/ What am I hiding from"  indicates that perhaps this whole spiritual journey is actually the wanderer running from something, but what? I'll get into that later.  The last Stanza which starts "Zooropa...don't worry baby.." is back to the narrator speaking.  Its basically the same as what I put for stanza 6.  More attempts of comforting the wanderer, and trying to tell the wanderer to get his head out of the mud.  "Zooropa...uncertainty can be a guiding light" shows how uncertainty is what lit the way for this journey and partly started him on this journey.  Ok so this song switches speakers but there is a certain logic in it.  The stanza that starts out  "Zooropa...." have the narrator  speaking  while the other stanzas are the wanderer speaking.  Also the end of the song indicates that the wanderer fell to the devil thus "take  your head out of the mud baby."


This song is a conversation  between the wanderer and the devil.  The first stanza is the wanderer speaking.  "Catching your bright blue eyes/ In the freeze frame"  the freeze frame is related to the imagery of the "moving pictures" and "satellite television" later on in the album.  This images represent watching things happen instead of actually doing those things. "I've seen them so many time/ I feel like I must be your best friend" shows that the wanderer has seen, this person he's meeting, before (in his dreams perhaps), and he feels like he knows him.  The wanderer thinks he has found God, but what the wanderer does not know is that this person is really  the devil.  The devil is disguised to lure the wanderer to him, which is shown in the lines "You're looking fine, so fine, oh my/ Dressed up like a lovely day."  The guise that the devil wears is metaphorically shown as a "lovely day," which I will  discuss more later.  The second stanza "Babyface, babyface..." switches to the devil speaking.  The devil is calling the wanderer a baby.  This would make sense because the wanderer is lost as if he is a baby and also because later there is the imagery of the "daddy" which I'll will explain more in the song "Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car." Now the rest of this stanza "Slow down child let me untie your lace...." is the devil trying to tempt the wanderer to stay with him.  The lines "Cover girl with natural/ How could beauty be so kind/ To an ordinary guy" show the devil trying to flatter the wanderer in a way to stay.  The third stanza is back to the wanderer speaking.  It's similar to the first stanza in that the wanderer has "come home late at night" to the devil, because the devil lured him to hell.  Again there is the imagery of the devil in disguise as a "lovely day."  The fourth stanza, "Babyface, Babyface..,"  goes back to the devil speaking.  Again he is tempting the wanderer to stay with him, in hell.  The fifth stanza, "Babyface, babyface.."  is the devil again doing more tempting.  "You're coming to me from outerspace" shows how the wanderer came into hell from the "overground" which would the "underground's" equivalent of "outerspace."  So the stanzas that start out "Babyface, babyface..." are the devil speaking, while  the other stanzas are the wanderer speaking.


This song is from the wanderer's point of view.  Here the Edge is singing the part of the wanderer (obviously).  In between Babyface & Numb it seems the wanderer experienced something bad that has made him feel numb.  What I think happened is he realized that the "lovely day" was the devil and not God as he had thought.   It is, to me, interesting that Edge should be singing the song because when some people feel "numb" they don't feel like themselves.  The first stanza it seems that the wanderer is trying to comfort himself after this terrible experience thus "Don't worry everything's just fine/ Just fine."  All the "don't ...don't....don't" is like the wanderer is trying to tell himself  to not do something.  I think the thing he is trying to convince himself to not do is what follows.  He realized that what he thought was God turned out to be the devil, but he is telling himself that it can't be the devil it must be God.  Thus we have lines throughout the song such as "Don't think."  "Don't project/ Don't connect/ Protect/ Don't expect/ Suggest" is like he telling himself to not connect to the fact that what he found was the devil, and to not suggest to himself that it could be the devil.  Then there's the  part Bono sings  "Too much is not enough/ Gimme some more/ Gimme some more/ Of that stuff love/ Too much is not enough" is also the wanderer speaking.  He had too much of the devil, but it's not enough because it is so tempting he wants more.  "Some more of that stuff love"  the stuff is what the devil is using to tempt the wanderer to stay with him. 


In this song it is the narrator speaking for the most part.  The lemon in this song represents the devil.  A lemon is yellow & bright but underneath is sour, similar to how the devil here is disguised as a "lovely day" but is really evil.  First stanza is narrator speaking.  "Lemon/ See through in the sunlight."  Here the sunlight represents God, therefore the lemon's guise is "see through" when God is around, meaning when God is around to guide the wanderer it is easier to tell what is evil.  "She wore lemon/ Never in the daylight" the lemon is the guise the devil wears to lure people to him but doesn't dare do that when God "daylight" is around.  "She's gonna make you cry/ She's gonna make you whisper and moan"  shows how the devil has been cruel to the wanderer by  tricking him.  "But when you're dry/ She draws water from a stone" despite being cruel when the wanderer wants something ("is dry")  the devil gives it to him ("Draws water from a stone").  The devil is satisfying the wanderer's immediate wants but in the end it will leave the wanderer empty (because you can't really actually get water from a stone).  The second stanza is the wanderer speaking.  "I feel like I'm slowly, slowly, slowly slipping under" towards the devil.  Third stanza  "She wore lemon.." seems to go back to the narrator speaking.  "She wore lemon/ to colour in the cold gray night"  The devil is the "she" and again it shows the devil wearing the lemon guise.  In wearing it he appears to be God/ the light/ what the wanderer has been looking for in the midst of the "night" which represents a spiritual state  in which the wanderer had "no religion" & hadn't found God.  "She had heaven/ And she held on to it so tight."  The devil appeared to have heaven & to  be God.  But as in the song Dirty Day "you can hold on to something so tight/ You've already lost it," which indicates that this is really a devil in a lemon dress so to speak & not God.  In stanza four the narrator is still speaking.  This goes back to the whole "moving picture" "satellite television" theme.  "A man makes a picture....."  I think the man is the wanderer.  "Through light projected/ He can see himself up close" indicates the wanderer is watching himself & the journey he's been making.  "He turns his money into light/ To look for her."  The money is to represent temptation in general.  He is going to turn his temptation into light (search for truth & such)  & look for the real God, just meaning he's going  to forget about all the devil's "apples" of temptation, so to speak, & go look for God.  Stanza five the wanderer is speaking again.  "And I feel like I'm drifting, drifting, drifting from the shore/ And I feel like I'm swimming out to her."  It seems  to me that in many songs God can be associated with water.  The shore is dry & would therefore be away from God.  So he's swimming out to God.  Next stanza is the narrator speaking again.  "Midnight is where the day begins (x3)."  It reminds me of the quote "You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in."  The wanderer can't find out what good is until he's seen evil, and he has seen evil as the devil.  The next stanza "Lemon/ See through in the sunlight" is the same as the first two lines of the song.  Stanza 8.  "A man builds a city/ With banks and cathedrals" shows how temptation & religion/goodness are close together in the world.   "A man makes a car/ And builds a road to run (them) on."  This goes back to the transportation imagery theme I pointed out earlier.  This is the car of the wanderer's journey.  It's kinda like representing his soul, because his soul carries him on his spiritual  journey.  "A man dreams of leaving/ But he always stays behind"  indicates how after the wanderer went to hell and dreamt of "driving away" but for some reason stays with the devil.   "You're gonna meet her there/ She's your destination/ You gotta get to her" indicates that the destination of his spiritual journey is with God.  "These are the days when we look for something other"  indicates the wanderer is looking for God.  Next stanza "Midnight is where the day begins (x3)"  has the same meaning as it did earlier in the song.  The next stanza "A man makes a picture.................To look for her" has the same meaning as indicated earlier. 

Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

To me this song is God speaking to the wanderer.  "You stop in for a pack of cigarettes/ You don't smoke, you don't even want to"  is a metaphor for the wanderer stopping into hell (smoke...fire), even though he doesn't want to be with the devil.  "I see you check your change" I saw this as somewhat being a reference to Judas, & how he got money to betray Christ.  So he's checking his change to see how long its gonna last him, how long the short term satisfaction is really going to make him happy.  "Dressed up like a car crash/ The wheels are turning but you're upside down"  is going back to all the transportation imagery.  If the car represents the wanderer's soul which takes him on his spiritual journey, then this is what I say about that line.  If the car is crashed, it's been wrecked or ruined in some way because he fell to the devil.  The wheels are turning so the wanderer's drying to "drive" out of hell, but since the car is upside down,  it can't leave. Being upside represents whatever it is that is keeping the wanderer from leaving.  "You say when he hits you, you don't mind/ Because when he hurts you, you feel alive/ Is that what it is?"  "He" the devil is abusing the wanderer in the long run, but the wanderer is rationalizing it because for some reason he needs it, it's giving him some temporary satisfaction.  "You stumble out of a hole in the ground" shows the wanderer getting out of the "underground" thus out of hell.  "A vampire or a victim"  the wanderer was either a victim or of the devil's trickery or he is to blame too thus a "vampire" because he was sucking the devils blood so to speak, the devil was giving him something he thought he needed or wanted.   "And if you look, you look through me/ And if you talk it's not to me/ And when I touch you you don't feel a thing"  the wanderer can't see God anymore despite God trying to save him.  "If I could stay...then the night would give you up/ Stay, and the day would keep its trust/ Stay, and the night would be enough"  God is saying that he if he could stay with the wanderer he could save him from the devil.  I also think its implying more so that if the wanderer would  let God stay in his heart then he could save him from the devil.   "Faraway so close" Wanderer is close to God  but far spiritual.  "Up with the static and the radio/ With satellite television/ You can go anywhere"  goes to the whole "moving picture" "satellite television" theme.  It indicates that the wanderer  can look  at any place through this television & think about going there without actually going.  So he can think of leaving hell without actually doing it.  "And if you listen I can't call......"  this stanza gives the same idea as the stanza of "And if you look...." except for now its giving the image that the wanderer can't hear God.  "If I could stay...then the night would give you up/ Stay and the day would keep its trust" means the same thing here as it did earlier.   "Stay with the demons you drowned" because the wanderer "drowned" the demon of the devil.  "Stay with the spirit I found"  God found the spirit in the wanderer.  "Three o'clock in the morning/ It's quiet and there's no one around/ Just the bang and the clatter/ As an angel runs to ground/ Just the bang and the clatter/ As an angel hits the ground"  I think the Angel hitting the ground image signifies that an angel or God himself has come to rescue the wanderer. 

Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car

This song has the point of view of the narrator.  "Precious stone" is the wanderer.  "You're out on your own" means the wanderer is out on his own so obviously away from the devil.  "Daddy" in this song is the devil.  "Daddy won't let you weep/ Daddy won't let you ache"  shows how the devil supposively  takes care of the wanderer & how he is trying to lure the wanderer to hell with empty promises.  "Daddy gives you as much as you can take" the wanderer has had as much as he can of the devil.  "Daddy's gonna pay for you're crashed car" Going back to the transportation imagery this shows a crashed car, so if the car is the wanderer's soul then a crashed car means that the wanderer's soul/spirit has been damaged by the devil.  So saying "daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car" would show  how the devil is trying to tempt the wanderer back by saying he'll make everything better for the wanderer.  It also works as the devil's gonna have to "pay" for what he did to the wanderer.  So in this whole song the "crashed car" represents the wanderer's spiritual journey having gone horribly awry.  "A little uptight, you're a baby's fist"  goes back to the idea that the wanderer is represented by a  baby (like in Babyface).  "Butterfly kisses up and down your wrist"  show how the devil is "kissing" the wanderer, in other words trying to tempt him back to hell.  "When you see him coming, you're licking your  lip/ Nails bitten down to the quick"  the wanderer is tempted by the devil thus "licking (his) lip" but is also afraid of the devil thus "nails bitten...."  Then it goes back to the "Daddy's gonna  pay......"   "You've got a head full of traffic"  Traffic would be cars moving in his head.  So if the car driving represents  the different spiritual journeys that are being made then "a head full of traffic  shows how the wanderer is thinking about all the different spiritual paths he could take, he could stay with the devil or go to God.  "You cry for mama, and daddy's right along"  he is crying for God ("mama") but he can't get away from the devil ("daddy") either physically or just his memory.   "He gives you the keys to a flamin car"  So the devil gave him the  keys meaning he helped lead the wanderer to getting a "flamin car."   The image of the car being "flamin" shows it on fire thus it has gone through hell.  So evil led the wanderer to hell.  "Daddy's with you wherever you are"  the wanderer can't get away from the devil and the memory of him, and he keeps thinking whether or not he should go back to the devil.  The reasoning to go back to the devil is shown in "Daddy's a comfort/ Daddy's your best friend."  The devil took care of the wanderer's  immediate wants & temptations, and appeared to be the wanderer's friend.  "Daddy'll hold your hand right up to the end"  The devil will hold the wanderer up to the "end" to where the wanderer wouldn't be able to handle any more.  So if "daddy" holds his hand up  to the end, thats all he holds the wanderer's hand up to.  So when the wanderer is at the point to where he can't take anymore, the devil leaves him to basically fall into oblivion.   "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday's  alright" shows the passing of time and leads into "Some Days Are Better than Others."

Some Days Are Better Than Others

This song is from the narrator's point of view.  This song shows how literally some days are better then others.  Also the days represent God and the devil.  This was shown already in Babyface with the whole "dressed up like a lovely day" thing I discussed.   The devil would be the bad day, "dirty day,"  and the thing that was "dressed up like a lovely day."  Since the devil had only put on the guise of the "lovely day" the ACTUAL  "lovely day" would be God.   Also God would be a  good day.  Some days, literal days, are better for the religious/ spiritual journey that the wanderer makes. "Some days...it all adds up/ And what you got is enough" This refers to the wanderer.  The wanderer stayed with the devil because as in Numb "Gimme some more/of that stuff love/ Too much is not enough."  The wanderer wanted more & more, but now he is to a point where "what (he's) got is enough" And he's ready to leave the devil behind.   "Some days you hear a voice/ Taking you to  another place"  In the song Stay it showed how the wanderer could not hear God calling him in the lines "And if you listen, I can't call."  So here the wanderer can finally hear the voice of God, and its "taking him to another place" away from hell and towards being with God.  "Some days are honest some days are not" the honest day is God, the day that isn't honest is the devil. "Some days you wake up in the army/ And some days its the enemy"  The army would be God's army and waking up in the army means being on the side of God.  "And some days its the enemy" would mean waking up with the enemy" which is the devil.  "Some days you fell like a bit of a baby"  this shows the idea that the wanderer can be represented by the baby.  This makes sense since God religiously is referred to as the father.   "Lookin for Jesus and his mother" shows how the wanderer is on the journey to search for God. 

The First Time 

This is the wanderer speaking in this song.  The lover, brother, and  father represent the trinity.  The lover is the holy spirit.  "she got soul, soul, soul, sweet soul"  shows how the "lover" has soul thus must be the spirit. "She teach me how to sing" is showing how the spirit teaches him how to pray & be close to God.  "Shows me colours when there's non to see/ Gives me a hope for when I can't believe"  shows how the holy spirit has restored the wanderer's own spirit and given hope and kept him going.  With the image of the trinity in this song it shows how the wanderer is now away from the devil and is with God.  "For the first time I feel love" he feels love because he is with God.  "I have a brother" the brother is Jesus.  Jesus is God's son & people are God's children so that would make Jesus the wanderer's brother.  "I spend my whole time running/ He spends his running after me"  shows how the wanderer  has been "running" on his journey and Jesus has been chasing after him trying to get him to come be with God.   When he feels himself "goin down" towards the devil he calls for Jesus who "comes around."  "My father" is God.  "He gave me the keys to his kingdom (coming)" God gave him the "keys" to get to heaven  & be with him (while the devil gave him the "keys to a flamin car".)  "He said 'I have  many mansions/ And there are many rooms to see'/ But I left by the back door/ And I threw away the key..." God told him there are many mansions & rooms to see so the wanderer went on his journey in search of these.  But he left the kingdom "left by the back door" and "threw away the key" when he was lured by the devil.   "For the first time I feel love" now he's back with God and feels true love.  So basically this song is the wanderer reminiscing over the events of straying from God & coming back to God. 

Dirty Day

This song is the wanderer speaking.  For the most part he is speaking to God.  "I don't know you...and you don't know the half of it"  suggests that God would not know the wanderer because he went off with the devil, and God "doesn't know the half" of what happened to the wanderer.   "I had a starring role.... I was the bad guy who walked out"  the wanderer is acknowledging the fact that he is the one who "left by the back door" and "threw away the key."  "They say be careful where you aim/ Because where you aim you just might hit"  the wanderer was "aiming" to fill his temptation, and where he aimed he hit, but got his temptation/wants filled by the devil.   "You can hold on to something so tight/ You've already lost it"  In Lemon it says "She had heaven and she held on to it so tight" but as shown  here  "You can hold on to something so tight/ You've already lost it."   So the wanderer thought he had found "heaven" but really hadn't, and in the process lost the real heaven.  Also it show how the devil appeared to have heaven but didn't.  "Dragging me 
down" he was dragged down to hell.  "Thats not the way it used to be" he used to be with God.   "You can't even remember what I'm trying to forget"  He thinks God doesn't know about what really went on with this whole being dragged to the devil thing.  He thinks God doesn't realize that it was not the wanderer's fault (but in reality the wanderer is partly to blame).  "What I'm trying to forget" the wanderer is trying to forget the memory of the devil which is haunting him.  "It was a dirty day" the wanderer has realized that the devil was a "dirty day" and also that the actual days he was with the devil were bad ("dirty") days.  "You want explanations" God wants to know why the wanderer drifted from him.  "I don't even understand" the wanderer can't fully explain.  "If you need someone to blame.../ Throw a rock in the air/ You're bound to hit someone guilty"  the wanderer is trying to point guilt at someone, also if he threw a rock it could hit the wanderer showing the wanderer's guilt.  Either way it gives me the image of a stoning, so perhaps he gets stoned for going to evil, but I'm not sure on the whole stoning idea.  "From father to son/ In one life has begun"  God gave him life.  "A work thats never done/ Father to son"  If you consider Jesus as the son here it gives the image of God & Jesus's work of saving souls as never being done.   "(And love...it won't last kissing time)"  the love the wanderer  got from the devil wasn't going to last from simply staying in hell.   "Get it right/ There's no blood thicker than ink"  the wanderer is saying that he thought there was no love stronger than his temptations, ink being material things & blood being  love.  He is kinda 
trying to rationalize & make excuses for his drifting from God, but his excuses are pathetic.  "Hear what I say/ Nothing's as simple as you think"  he is telling God the whole thing is not as simple as it seems.  "Wake up/ Some things you can't get around"  he couldn't get around (or away) from the devil.  "I'm in you/ More so when they put me in the ground" he's now apart of God & when he is "put in the ground" (I'm thinking it means when he dies) it will be more permanent.  "It was a dirty day/ A dirty day" the devil was a "dirty day" and his time with the devil was a bad ("dirty".)   "Hank says THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE HORSES OVER THE HILLS"  shows those days, both the literal & the devil, are gone. 

The Wanderer

First off  this song "The Wanderer"  is starring Johnny Cash.  Johnny Cash is the voice of the wanderer.  Johnny Cash is representing an older version of the wanderer to show how time has progressed through this whole journey.  The wanderer is now older, wiser.  "I went out walking through streets paved with gold"  The streets show the path of his journey that his soul was driving on.  Gold shows  the contrasting images of both  money and light, showing the closeness of goodness and evil/ temptations on his journey, and how they both appeared similar.  "City without a soul" refers to hell.  "I went out walking under an atomic sky" he went out walking on his journey.  "Where the ground won't turn/ And the rain it burns"  kinda describing his journey and such.  "Rain burns" rain is water which gives life and the wanderer thought he found life with the devil but it burned.   "Like the tears when I  said goodbye"   this acknowledges that he left God/goodness.  "Yeah I went with nothing/ Nothing but the thought of you/ I went wandering"   he went wandering with the thought of God.  "I went drifting through the capitals of tin/ Where men can't walk/ Or freely talk/ And sons turn their fathers in"  Sons of God (which are people) turning their father (God) in shows betrayal, like that of  the wanderer drifting towards the devil.  "I stopped outside a church house/ Where the citizens like to sit/ They say they want the kingdom/ But they don't want God in it"  So on the outside it has the appearance of  something holy and good but does not actually have God in it.  That describes the devil when he was dressed like the "lovely  day"  but was actually the "dirty day."  "I went out riding/ Down that ol' eight lane" again shows the wanderer riding the street of his journey.  "I passed by a thousand signs/ Looking for my own name"  he was trying to find himself while on this spiritual journey.   "I went with nothing/ But the thought you'd be there too/ Looking for you" He was looking for himself spiritually and he hoped when he did God would be there too.  "I went out there/ In search of experience/ To taste and to touch/ And to feel as much/ As a man can/ Before he repents"  looking back the wanderer sees  his journey was started in part by following and trying to fill his temptations.  Now he has to repent and ask God for forgiveness.  "I went out searching, looking for one good man/ A spirit who would not bend or break/ Who would sit at his father's right hand/  I went out with a bible and a gun/ The word of God lay heavy on my heart/ I was sure I was the one"  So the wanderer went out looking for someone who was with God and he thought that he was the one who's heart was with God.  "I went out with a bible and a gun" 
shows two quite  drastically different images.  Bible shows he was looking for God.  And the gun shows it was kinda like he was playing Russian Roulette with his heart/soul.  He was trying to find God and was nearly "killed"  spiritually by the devil.  "Now Jesus, don't you wait up/ Jesus, I'll be home soon/ Yeah I went out for the papers/  Told her I'd be back by noon"  he's speaking to God saying he's coming back to be with God spiritually.    "Yeah I went with nothing/ But the thought you'd be there too/  Looking for you.../ Yeah I left with nothing/ Nothing but the thought of.../ I went wandering"  This has the same meaning as I explained before.   Now the music to this song 
 has almost a country feel to me.  It gives me that cowboy riding off into the sunset image.  Its like the wanderer is riding off into the sunset, giving a nice happy ending image.  The sun is an archetype for life and also here represents God.  This was already shown in Lemon as God being the "sunlight."  So riding off into the sunset shows going off to be with God.  Also the cowboy is riding a horse into the sunset, which shows the image of  how the wanderer was riding along on his spiritual journey.  Images of horses are shown elsewhere also:  in Dirty Day "The days run away like horses over the hills."  So to me this  whole riding on a horse imagery doesn't seem so 
far off. 


First off I think the whole concept of the devil/ God/ wanderer/ and spiritual journey imagery can all be symbolic.  The devil of course represents  the evils and temptations in the world.  God represents  good, what is right and truthful.  The wanderer and his journey shows  the confusion in the world and how people can drift  between good and bad.  People try to do what is good and sometimes in that end up doing what is not.  The way in which the wanderer was fooled by the devil into thinking that the devil was God shows there's a thin line between good and evil, and that they can often be confused for one another.  A real life example is a religious war.  You think you are  doing good spreading the word of God's  Gospel  but you end up killing people.  That kinda reminds me of Northern Ireland.  So basically this is showing the thin line between good and evil and how people are confused between what is what.