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"[I]t says somewhere in the scriptures that the Spirit moves like a wind. . . . The Spirit is described in the Holy Scriptures as much more anarchic than any established religion credits."

-- Bono

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Bullet The Blue Sky Lyrics

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Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (1993)


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.

"Bullet The Blue Sky" (live from Dublin)

"I was angry with what I saw as the bullying of peasant farmers by big aeroplanes supported by American foreign policy and dollars. In Nicaragua, seventeen families ran the country before the revolution; all of the wealth was in the hands of those seventeen families. In Salvador it had been similar. In Chile, a democratic choice had been overthrown by a CIA-backed coupe to impose a killing machine called General Pinochet. There was a lot to despise about America back then, there was shameful conduct int he defence of their self-interest... They were bad times. I had described what I had been through, what I had seen, some of the stories of people I had met, and I said to Edge: 'Could you put that through your amplifier?'" - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

Love, love, love, love

In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
See it driving nails into souls on the tree of pain
From the firefly, a red orange glow
I see the face of fear running scared in the valley below

The sky
Bullet the blue sky
The sky
Bullet the blue sky
The sky
Bullet the blue
The sky
Bullet the blue
The sky

In the locust wind comes a rattle and hum
Jacob wrestled the angel and the angel was overcome
You plant a demon seed, you raise a flower of fire
See them burning crosses, see the flames, higher and higher

The sky
The sky
Bullet the blue sky
The sky
Bullet the blue sky
The sky
Bullet the blue
The sky
Bullet the blue
The sky

Must we let it happen again
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

This guy comes up to me
His face red like a rose on a thorn bush
Like all the colours of a royal flush
And he's peeling off those dollar bills
Slapping them down
Slapping them down
We're talking one hundred, two hundred
Three hundred, four
I can see those fighter planes
I can see those fighter planes
Away across the mud huts as the children sleep
Through the alleys, the quiet city streets
Take the staircase to the first floor
Turn the key to Sarajevo's door
As a man breathes into saxophone
And through the walls we hear the city groan
A man breathes into a saxophone, saxophone
And through the walls we hear the city moan
Moan, groan, moan, groan
Outside is America
America
And we run, and we run
And we run into the arms of America


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