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Vaporized in a single tweet …’

'Suit and tie comes up to me 
Face orange as a rose on a thorn bush 
Skin as thin as orange crush 
And he's peeling off those dollar bills 
Slapping them down 
One hundred 
Two hundred ...'

 

Catch the band on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this evening? 

Blistering performance of ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’, written thirty years ago and never sounding more in the moment. 

Could have been a newsflash. 

Looks like the band decided to run the lyrics through 2017. 

Here they are, from tonight.

In the howlin' wind
Comes a stingin' rain
See it drivin' nails
Into the souls on the tree of pain.
From the firefly
A red orange glow
See the face of fear
Runnin' 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.
We see them burnin' crosses
See the flames, higher and higher.

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

Suit and tie comes up to me 
Face orange as a rose on a thorn bush 
Skin as thin as orange crush 
And he's peeling off those dollar bills 
Slapping them down 
One hundred 
Two hundred 

I can see those fighter planes 

I can see those fighter planes 

WMD in their veins 


Ground shakes but the children can’t weep
Vaporized in a single tweet 
The emperor rises from his golden throne
Never knowing, never BEING known  
The lights are on the presidents home
Oh my god I’ve never felt so alone
Outside its America
Outside its America


In a far off palace in a far-fetched land 
Another baby plays a baby grand
Fingers on the keys of a siren song
Finger on the button of oblivion
And all I can think of is my son

All I can think of is my son
He misses his ma, misses his da
And he runs 
And he runs 
And he runs 
Into the arms of america

COMMENTS

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maryamd
09 September, 2017
Incredible
I was there in the audience and it was unforgettable, the lyric change was so powerful and current. The fear and anxiety were in the air. I also LOVE the new song, so fresh and so mischievous. I have never seen U2 in such a small venue. I feel truly blessed. I was even more blessed to talk with Bono on double decker bus. As a fan from the beginning, it was a night I will never forget. Thank you B you made my Birthday and my daughter loved the CD. God Bless you all as you travel on the next leg of the tour.- Maryam
peach23
09 September, 2017
Great Performance !!
Nailed the lyric change and the performance was so good. Raised the hairs on my arms and this in front of just a studio audience. Powerfully executed. Just awesome!!
JohntheBaptist
09 September, 2017
Powerfull
Wow, I really like the angry U2 part. Bullet is still so needed and current in these times!! I still use Bullet to go through my angry emotions. Thanks U2!!
BeagleboyNZ
08 September, 2017
Wow....
Thems some mighty powerful lyrics there son.....
Kkluvu2
08 September, 2017
Bullet on Fallon
Current, relevant... Brilliant. ❤️
Mareike77
08 September, 2017
Pride
I have never - and I don't want to sound condescending or as if I'd no clue that I am way out of my league here - felt more proud than today - of you, Bono, and the band around you. Thank you for giving ME a great life and for voicing what I feel and think and experience. You didn't necessarily make me the enthusiast I am today but you certainly helped developing my enthusiast personality over all these years. I wouldn't be what I am today if it wasn't for your thoughts and inspiration. The band I believe in isn't short of that, Mister. Does it sound strange that I don't admire your fame at all but your strength and perseverance? I can't change the world but I can change the world in me - or even: I can change the world but I can't change the world in me... maybe the latter is the better option right now. The emergency option.
Kkluvu2
08 September, 2017
Bullet on Fallon
Brilliant, current, relevant....❤️
nickharv
08 September, 2017
Bullet
The highlight of a busy week - new songs, new album on the way and proof these songs are timeless, constantly changing and always relevant. When's the next tour ?
Marcy
08 September, 2017
Back in my Body
I bet the "President" is the one who feels so alone. Utterly irrelevant as we build a new America, a New Earth, on unity consciousness. All I'm hoping for is Edge to spell me "Back in my body" one of these days
Judith86
08 September, 2017
Amazing
Fantastic version of Bullet The Blue Sky!!! And visuals are great, please keep them for the rest of the tour :)
rockinrunner
08 September, 2017
Bullet the Blue Sky 2.0
Who could have said / sang it any better than Bono and the boys? Bullet the Blue Sky 2.0 Outstanding and definitely fitting for the current times.
the shev
08 September, 2017
A reminder of greatness
Best tv performance since bbc Jonathon Ross Dec 04.OMG bullet
EmperorKT
08 September, 2017
U2 "the best band!"
I'm an immigrant, a neutralized US Citizen, a former high school teacher and federal law enforcement officer; I am a product of the American Dream who has been a huge fan of U2 since age 9 and has seen the band perform live over 10 times. Watching the band perform Bullet the Blue Sky on the Jimmy Fallon show gave me a sense of nostalgia, mixed with excitement and concern for the future and reminded me of why I admire U2, unlike any other band. I saw the band perform live in Miami last June and was left so excited that on the following week I made travel arrangements for New Orleans and purchased tickets to see U2 a second time on the Joshua Tree Tour. Unfortunately these plans have been suspended due to the pending landfall of Hurricane Irma which is threatening my home in Miami. I feel "stuck in a moment you can't get out of"; I'm stressed and the fear of losing everything I own has saddened me beyond belief. This is the third time in my life in which I am faced with starting all over with nothing; 1. coming to as an immigrant, Hurricane Andrew and now Hurricane Irma. At each step, U2's music has always been a positive influential step along the way. Thank you for making the world a better place for all of us.....
orange12
08 September, 2017
Sounds electric
Any chance of putting the video for Bullet on your site? Couldn't find it online. Love the fact that Bono is changing lyrics on a 30-year old song and bringing it to life for a different generation.
alibono
08 September, 2017
Bullet...
What a song! Even today...after so many years it blows my mind!!! Love you guys...my 4 irish heroes ❤️❤️❤️❤️
sarahlouisecastree
07 September, 2017
Brilliant
So true and so timely. Well done U2 with the updated lyrics even though the original lyrics well describe today's nightmares. A prophesy or just the wheel turning?
allad1nsane00
07 September, 2017
Spot on
Bravo guys
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