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Seconds Lyrics

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War (1983)


The Complete U2 (2004)

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.

"Seconds"

"Before we can overcome these things we have to face them. There is a line in 'Seconds' about a fanatic assembling a nuclear device in an apartment in Times Square, New York, but it could be anywhere. We are now entering the age of nuclear terrorism where a group of fanatics could have the capabilities of bringing a bomb into a city and holding millions of people to ransom." - Bono, NME 1983

It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye
It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye
Say bye bye
Where you going to now

Lightning flashes across the sky
East to west, do or die
Like a thief in the night
See the world by candlelight

Fall, rise and fall, rise and

In an apartment on Times Square
You can assemble them anywhere
Held to ransom, held to pay
A revolution every day
U.S.S.R., D.D.R.
London, New York, Peking
It's the puppets,
It's the puppets pulling the strings

Fall, rise and fall, rise and

Say goodbye, say goodbye
Say goodbye, say goodbye
Say goodbye

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
I wanna live the life of danger
I wanna live the life of danger

It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye
Push the button and pull the plug
Say goodbye

Fall, rise and fall, rise and
This is the rise and fall
The rise and fall

And they're doing the atomic bomb
Do they know where the dance comes from
Yes, they're doing the atomic bomb
They want you to sing along

Say goodbye, say goodbye
Say goodbye, say goodbye

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