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"There are moments when I keep my opinions out of the press but not out of songs." — Bono

Elvis Presley And America Lyrics

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The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

The Complete U2 (2004)

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"Like 'Elvis Presley And America' was recorded in five minutes. Eno just handed me a microphone and told me to sing over this piece of music that had been slowed down, played backwards, whatever. I said, 'What, just like that, now?' He said, 'Yes, this is what you're about.' So I did it and when it was finished there were all these beautiful lines and melodies coming out of it." - Bono, NME 1984

Black flash
Black flash over my own love, tell me of my eyes
Black flash come through my own life, telling these things
And I believe in you and I believe in you

Black flash sees the sky and it turns its side from you
She won't turn my back and I know your tears are blue
And you know and your sky is feeling blue
And your heart, so cold when I'm with you
And you feel like no one told you to
And your time is on side and your time with me

Ah, don't talk to me
Ah, don't talk to me
Don't talk to me

You know like no one told you how
But you know though the king that howls has howled
But you feel like sentimental but you don't care
If I just share it in your heart

Hopelessly, so hopelessly
I'm breaking through for you and me
And you don't though no one told you to
And you found out where you were going
Where to
You're through with me
But I know that you will be back for more

You know and though no one told you so
And you know, blue sky like a harder shade of blue
And you walk when you want to let go

Me, I'm the outside, tell me fade away
Drop me down but don't break me in your sleep
In your sleep, inside it's in your heart and mind

Whole sea is dark, it's in your heart and mind
Sweetly, those will come
Loving is on your side walking through
So let me in your heart
Your beat is like something
They run

See say you're sad and reach by
So say you're sad above beside
Oh stay you're sad over midnight
So stay sad above we said

You know I don't, no one told you how
And you don't and you wipe sweat off your white brow
And you care and no one told you tried
And your heart is left out from the side
And the rain beats down and the shame goes down
And this rain keeps on coming down
And this sky tonight

You know "S" "O" "N" "G", why
You're going go join to God
You know "S" "O" "N" "G", why
Give away some him no lie
Give away some my de day no

You know and though no one told you sky
And you feel like you pretend you can
You say go, you live, go live outside of me
Don't you leave, don't leave out part of me
Then can feel like I feel before
Like I hurt now and I see the floor
If you pick me up, bits and pieces on this floor