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Unknown Caller Lyrics

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"Unknown Caller" (live from Pasadena)

"(The character from 'Moment Of Surrender') ends up in a motel room at the end of his rope. He picks up his cell to call someone either for help or for drugs, we don't know, but he can't get a signal. Then something mad happens. The phone starts to text him instructions. He doesn't know where the messages are coming from, he is not sure whether they are from someone he knows or has met... Are they his conscience, is it a crank, or is it God? This altered state is the driving force in 'Unknown Caller.' - Bono, No Line On The Horizon 2009

It was a beautiful sunrise on that morning in the holy city of Fez in Morocco. Some birds flew into our little riad and we wrote this song. It’s called Unknown Caller, for a chorus of voices. Chorus of voices.

Sunshine, sunshine
Sunshine, sunshine

Oh, oh, yeah
A chorus of voices now
Oh, oh

I was lost between the midnight and the dawning
In a place of no consequence or company
3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face
Speed-dialing with no signal at all

Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh
Escape yourself and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Force quit and move to trash

I was right there at the top of the bottom
On the edge of the known universe
Where I wanted to be
I had driven to the scene of the accident
And I sat there waiting for me

Restart and re-boot yourself
You're free to go
Oh, oh
Shout for joy if you get the chance
Password, you, enter here, right now

Oh, oh
You know your name so punch it in
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Then don't move or say a thing

Terry Lawless in the underworld on the Hammond organ

Oh, oh
Los Angeles, you know your name
So punch it in
Oh, oh
You know your name
So punch it in
Los Angeles
You know your name
So punch it in
Oh, oh
Password, enter here, Los Angeles
California, punch it in
Oh, oh
Password, enter

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