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U2 – Bullet The Blue Sky lyrics

In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
See it driving nails
Into the souls on the tree of pain
From the firefly, a red orange glow
See the face of fear
Running scared in the valley below

Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue
Bullet the blue

In the locust wind comes a rattle and hum
Jacob wrestled the angel
And the angel was overcome

You plant a demon seed
You raise a flower of fire
See them burning crosses
See the flames higher and higher

Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue
Bullet the blue

This guy comes up to me
His face red like a rose on a thorn bush
Like all the colors of a royal flush
And he's peeling off those dollar bills
Slapping them down
One hundred, two hundred

And I can see those fighter planes
And I can see those fighter planes
Across the mud huts where the children sleep
Through the alleys of a quiet city street

You take the staircase to the first floor
Turn the key and slowly unlock the door
As a man breathes into a saxophone
And through the walls you hear the city groan
Outside is America
Outside is America

Across the field you see the sky ripped open
See the rain through a gaping wound
Pounding on the women and children

Who run
Into the arms
Of America

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Bullet The Blue Sky meanings

  • achtungbaby
    This song is about Bono's time with Amnesty International in El Salvador during the 1980s. There, Bono witnessed the firebombing of a small village by the US military. It is said that Bono told The Edge to "put El Salvador through an amplifier". This is easily one of U2's most political songs, and is usually played along with a message against political conflicts and violence. When U2 performed in Boston in 2001, they played "Bullet the Blue Sky" accompanied by a video of the president of the NRA at the time, Charlton Heston, who said, when asked about his agenda for the NRA, "Well, here's my credo - there are no good guns, there are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people." This is followed by a video of a young girl getting into a bag and pulling out a handgun.
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