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An Cat Dubh - Live From Red Rocks 1983 Lyrics

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Under A Blood Red Sky (1983)


Sweetest Thing (1998)


The Complete U2 (2004)

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"The sequence that blows my mind is 'An Cat Dubh,' the black cat, to 'Into The Heart.' It's astonishing. Just the violences of Edge's guitar playing, this image of temptation, a cat sleeping beside a dead bird in suburban Dublin, and playing with it, the way they do, cat stalks the bird, kills it, and then shakes it about. And somehow knowing the sexual side of that, desire and innocence, and the way it can play with you. And the beautiful lyrical guitar, Edge breaking the rules of punk rock and playing a kind of guitar theme, a solo almost, that went on for an age. That's amazing." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

This is The Black Cat, An Cat Dubh

Say goodnight,
She waits for me to put out the light
When I'm still
She waits to break my will
Yes, and I know the truth about you
She cat

And in the daylight
A blackbird makes a violent sight
And when she is done
She sleeps beside the one
Yes, and I know the truth about you
She cat

This is the bass player, guitar

Yes, and I know the truth about you
She cat

Rise up, rise up
Rise up, get up
When you're gone it's been too long
We've been waiting all day for this
We've been waiting
We've been waiting all day for you
For you