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"That the scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers and mercenaries used to shock me. Now it is a source of great comfort." -- Bono

Bullet The Blue Sky - Live From Denver 1987 Lyrics

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The Joshua Tree Live From Madison Square Garden (2017)

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In the howling wind
Comes a stinging rain
See him 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
The sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky

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

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

So 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
One hundred, two hundred
I can see those fighter planes
I can see those fighter planes
Across the mud huts where the children sleep
Through the alleys and the quiet city streets
We take the first floor, the first floor
We turn the key and slowly unlock the door
A man breathes into saxophone
Through the walls we hear the city groan
Outside is America
Outside it’s America
Hey, Colorado

So I went walking
And the air was cool and clean
And I felt a million miles away
From the smoke-filled, fire-fanned hills of San Salvador
Where I saw the sky ripped open
The rain pouring through a gaping wound
Pelting the women and children
Pelting the women and children
Who run, who run into the arms of America