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Bad Lyrics

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The Unforgettable Fire (2009)

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"Bad" (live from London 2)

"'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

We're an Irish band. We come from Dublin City, Ireland. Like all cities, it has its good, it has its bad. This is a song called Bad.

Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love

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 walk, walk away
Into the light
Through the rain
Into 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 night
Through the day

So let it go
And so find a way
Let it go
And so find a way

Wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake, yeah
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no
I'm not sleeping

If they 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 bloodshot eyes

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would let it go

This desperation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation
Isolation

Let it go
And so find a way
Let it go
And so find, find, find a way
Find a way, no

Tonight give it up

Let it go, go, go
Don't let it go, no, no
Let it go
And so fade away
Let it go
And so fade away

Wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake, yeah
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no
I'm not sleeping

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who's gonna hang a name on you
Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who's gonna hang a name on you
Goodbye
Who's gonna hang

Pleased to meet you
I hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
Pleased to meet you
I hope you guessed my name, yeah

Molly came from Miami, FLA
Hitchhiked all the way across the USA
She could hear the satellite coming down
Pretty soon she was in London town
In Wembley Stadium
And all the people were going
Do do do do do do do

Sing it, thank you, God bless you

(This performance can be found on the Live Aid dvd and features parts of Take A Walk On The Wild Side and Satellite Of Love by the Velvet Underground, and Sympathy For The Devil and Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones)

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