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-- Bono

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Bad Lyrics

Found On:


Wide Awake In America (1985)


The Unforgettable Fire (1985)


The Unforgettable Fire Collection (1985)


The Complete U2 (2004)


The Unforgettable Fire (2009)

Note: U2 has released different versions of most singles in different countries. We are not showing every cover image in this space, just one that's representative of each release.

"Bad" (live from London 1)

"'Bad' is just a huge promise of a song. A friend of mine, about as close as you can get, squandered his intelligence and his gifts to heroin. Dublin in the late Seventies and early Eighties was a capital for smack. The Shah of Iran had been deposed, and people smuggled their money out of that country in white gold and pearls, by which I mean heroin. It was cheaper than weed, it was cheaper than smoking spliff, and a lot of sweet teenage kids, who just liked to smoke a little bit of ganja, were offered this cheap high, something beyond their imagination... I tried to describe that with the song, 'Bad, what it was to feel that rush, to feel that elation, and then go on to the nod, awful sleep that comes with that drug..." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would let it go
Surrender, dislocate

If I could throw this lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you break, break away
Into the night through the rain
Through the half-light, through the flame

If I could through myself
Set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light, through the day

So let it go, and so find a way
To let it go, and so to find a way
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no
I'm not sleeping

If you should ask well maybe
They'd tell you what I would say
True colours fly in blue and black
Blue silken skies and burning flag
Colours crash, collide in blood shot eyes
If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would let it go

This desparation, seperation
Condemnation, revelation
In temptation, isolation
Desolation, isolation

Let it go, and so to find a way
To let it go, and so find find find a way
Not fade away, hey
Not fade away, no no
Not fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no no
I'm not sleeping

Come on down
Come on down
Come on down
Sing it
Come on down

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October 21 2017

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

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October 22 2017

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

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