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-- Bono

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40 Lyrics

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The Joshua Tree Live From Paris (2007)

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"40" (live from Paris)

"So then we had this slightly unusual piece of music and we said, 'OK, what are we going to do with it?' Bono said, 'Let's do a psalm.' Opened up the bible and found Psalm 40. 'This is it. Let's do it.' And within forty minutes we had worked out the last few elements for the tune, Bono had sung it, and we mixed it. And literally, after finishing the mix, we walked out through the door and the next band walked in." - The Edge, U2 By U2 2006

Goodnight, this is "40"

I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He lift me up out of the pit
Out of the miry clay

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long, how long, how long
How long to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and hear

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

Sing it

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long, how long, how long
How long to sing this song

Thank you very much to the Pogues and UB40. Thanks, goodnight, and God bless you.

How long to sing this song, yeah
Nobody gonna feel no pain
Nobody gonna cry someday
Nobody gonna feel no pain
Nobody gonna cry some


How long must we sing this song
How long

Goodnight


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