The Lady Speaks

Friday Anti-War Song

From The Meaning of U2 Lyrics: [emphasis mine]

Well, as in many things, it is slightly open to interpretation. But from reading the lyrics and reading a few books where Bono talks about the song… It is musically supposed to represent the bombings of El Salvadorian towns during its civil war by US planes. It is about the United States’ policy of supporting dictators in 3rd world countries to oppose the spread of communism. But more than all this, it is about the way war destroys people. When originally writing the lyrics, Bono was not sure if he should say, And we run, into the arms…of America. or Into the arms of the world so as not to offend Americans. Obviously he stuck with the first. Bono and Edge say his guitar solo in it is supposed to be the keen of the bombs being dropped, and the rage of the war machines….


Bullet the Blue Sky
— U2

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
Slappin’ ’em 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
WE take the staircase to the first floor
WE turn the key and slowly unlock the door
a man breathes into a saxophone
through the walls you hear the city groan
Outside it’s America
Outside it’s America

Across the field you see the sky ripped open
and the rain all through a gaping wound
Pounding on the women and children pounding the woman and children
Who run…….who run
Into the arms…
…of America


December 29, 2006 - Posted by | America, Iraq, Middle East, Music, Politics, Protest, US Military, War

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