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Dirty Day - Live From Berlin 2018 Lyrics

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eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Live In Berlin (2020)

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Each of us has a story of how we got here tonight: Adam, Edge, Larry, and myself. We grew up on the north side of Dublin in the 1970s. Now, Ireland in the ‘70s wasn’t the happiest place. There was the troubles, north and south, but there was all kinds of troubles on our island that had nothing to do with sectarianism. Like no jobs, everyday stuff, like the troubles in a family home, sons with so much to prove, taking on their fathers. U2 was our way of getting out of from under their shadow, was our way of saying I’m not like you. Let me introduce Garvin Evans, Brian Clayton, Larry Mullen Sr., and Bob Hewson. Now, may father, he didn’t take me too seriously, ‘cause he could see I was doing a very good job of that myself. But he gave me a lot of advice and I can still hear his voice in my head. Especially when I sing.

I don't know you
You don't know the half of it
Had a staring role
As the bad guy who didn’t walk out
They say be careful where you aim
'Cause where you aim you just might hit
You can hold onto something so tightly
You've already lost it

Dragging me down
That's not the way it used to be
You can't even remember
What I'm trying to forget

On a dirty day
Dirty day, dirty

You see, punk rock was, for us, something like electricity. The shock, the danger, the excitement, of a whole other world out there. If only my father wasn’t in the way. And he wasn’t in the way. Looking back, I realize he just wanted solid ground for his son. There wasn’t much of that about in Dublin in the ‘70s. You see, Bob thought that to dream was to be disappointed. He didn’t want that for me. Tonight, I want to thank him for his patience. But more than that, I want to say to my father that I’m sorry.

From father to son
In one life has begun
A work that's never done
Father to son

These days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
These days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
These days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
These days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
Like horses

Innocent times for four Irish boys, now men, daring to believe that at the far end of experience we can still recover that innocence.