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Sunday Bloody Sunday - Live From Nashville 2011 Lyrics

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From The Ground Up (2012)

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"We were trying to be the Who meets the Clash. I spent minutes on these things rather than hours. So 'Sunday Bloody Sunday,' which was supposed to contrast Easter Sunday with the death of thirteen protesters in Derry on Bloody Sunday, didn't quite come off. And yet melodically and the suggestion of the lyrics stood up to the test of time. I've changed the lyrics when I sing it now just to make it more believable for myself. I don't think anyone else notices. But that's a great song - mostly Edge's song." - Bono, Rolling Stone 2005

I can't believe the news today
I can't close my eyes and make it go away

How long, how long must we sing this song
How long, how long
Tonight we can be as one, tonight

Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across a dead end street
I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up
My back up against the wall

Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Open up

And this battle's yet begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has won
Trenches dug within our hearts
Mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

How long, how long must we sing this song
How long, how long
'Cause tonight we can be as one
Tonight, tonight
Tonight tonight
Tonight tonight

Wipe your tears away
Wipe your tears away
Wipe your blood shot eyes
Sunday bloody Sunday
Wipe these eyes
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday

Reboot yourself
Yeah, I'm coming up alone
Unboot yourself
Now you'll never let go
Bundle it up
Put our love to the side
Running it down
Better sit tight
Check it out
Check it out
Check it out
Check check check

Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday
Sunday bloody Sunday