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"Edge's guitar solo in 'Love Is Blindness' is a more eloquent prayer than anything I could write." — Bono

Breathe - Original Mandela Version Lyrics

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18th of July on the banks of a not-well-known river
I started a journey to where I am now
A troubled soul, breath taker
I was guided by the dreams of my creator
Towards a rhythm and rhyme
A melody line of a song called freedom
Which, once heard, will not leave your head
And it will be as you want it to be
If you can love what you see
Everything is going to be alright
And the life you get to have
Is the one you give away
To forget who, to forgive is a good thing

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
This love will not be beat
Neither down or out
There's nothing you have that I need
I can breathe

All those who stood together
Fist in air, now know this
That real division is not a scar on the land
But in the heart of a man, who began
As a kin, not to resist a knotted fist
Now an open hand, an open face, an open page
Whose history might rewrite its rage

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
This love will not be beat
Neither down or out
There's nothing you have that I need
I can breathe

We are people born of sound
The songs are in our eyes
Gonna wear them like a crown

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
This love will not be beat
Neither down or out
There's nothing you have that I need
I can breathe

Salt in your eyes
Well, it stings and burns
Till every heart is as fire
As it yearns
I felt my life slip away
Into someone else's song
40 in the shade
And the game was all wrong