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Sunday Bloody Sunday Lyrics

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Elevation 2001 Live From Boston (2001)

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"Sunday Bloody Sunday" (live from Boston)

"We were trying to be the Who meets the Clash. I spent minutes on these things rather than hours. So 'Sunday Bloody Sunday,' which was supposed to contrast Easter Sunday with the death of thirteen protesters in Derry on Bloody Sunday, didn't quite come off. And yet melodically and the suggestion of the lyrics stood up to the test of time. I've changed the lyrics when I sing it now just to make it more believable for myself. I don't think anyone else notices. But that's a great song - mostly Edge's song." - Bono, Rolling Stone 2005

I can't believe the news today
I can't close my eyes and make it go away

How long, how long must we sing this song
How long, how long
Tonight we can be as one, tonight

Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across a dead end street
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up
My back up against the wall

Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

And this battle's yet begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has won
Trenches dug within our hearts
Mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

How long, how long must we sing this song
How long, how long
Tonight we can be as one
Tonight
Tonight, tonight
Tonight, tonight
Get ahold of yourself

Johnny was a good man, yeah
Johnny was a good man
Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Never take a life
Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Underneath the lights
Show me

Wipe your tears away
Wipe your tears away
Wipe your blood shot eyes
Sunday bloody Sunday
Wipe your tears away
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

And it's true we are immune
When fact is fiction and T.V. reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die
Sunday bloody Sunday
The real battle yet begun
Sunday bloody Sunday
We'll claim the victory Jesus won

On Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Thank you for better times
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

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