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Dirty Day - Live From Sydney 1993 Lyrics

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Zoo TV Live From Sydney (1994)


Zoo2Live (2006)

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"'Dirty Day' is a father and son song. 'It's a dirty day,' was an expression my dad would use and there is a lot of him in there but it was also influenced by Charles Bukowski, the great American writer and drinker. His nickname was Hank and I use his phrase at the end of the song, 'Hank says the days go by like horses over the hills.' The song is about a character who has walked out on his family and, years later, meets the son he's abandoned. So it's not about my father but I used some of my dad's attitude." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

I don't know you
And you don't know the half of it
I had a staring role
The bad guy who walked out
They say be careful where you aim
'Cause where you aim you just might hit
You can hold onto something so tight
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

It was a dirty day
Yeah, a dirty day

You want for explanations
To things I don't even understand
You need someone to blame
Hey, throw a rock in the air
You're bound to hit someone guilty

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

And love, it won't last kissin' time

Get it right
There's no blood thicker than ink
Hear what I say
Nothing's as simple as you think
Wake up
Somethings you can't get around
I'm in you
Moreso when they put me in the ground

Those days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
Those days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
Those days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill
Those days, days, days
Run away like horses over the hill

And love, it won't last kissin' time
And love, it won't last kissin' time
And love, it won't last kissin' time
And love won't last kissin' time