In the shit house a shotgun Praying hands hold me down Only the hunter was hunted In this tin can town Tin can town
No stars in the black night Looks like the sky fell down No sun in the daylight Looks like it's chained to the ground Chained to the ground The warden said "The exit is sold If you want a way out Silver and gold"
Broken back to the ceiling Broken nose to the floor I scream at the silence, it's crawling It crawls under the door There's a rope around my neck And there's a trigger in your gun Jesus say something I am someone, I am someone I am someone
Captain and kings In the ships hold They came to collect Silver and gold Silver and gold
Seen the coming and the going Seen them captains and the kings See them navy blue uniforms See them bright and shiny things Bright shiny things, yeah
The temperature is rising The fever white hot Mister, I ain't got nothing But it's more than you got
Chains no longer bind me Not the shackles at my feet Outside are the prisoners Inside the free Set them free Set them free
A prize fighter in a corner is told Hit where it hurts Silver and gold Silver and gold
Yeah, silver and gold
This song was written in a hotel room in New York City Right about the time a friend of ours, Little Steven Was putting together a record of artists against apartheids It's a song written about a man in a shanty town outside of Johannesburg A man who's sick of looking down the barrel of white South Africa A man who is at the point where he is ready to take up arms against his oppressor A man who has lost faith in the peace makers of the West While they argue and while they fail to support a man like Bishop Tutu And his request for economic sanctions against South Africa Am I bugging you? Don't mean to bug ya Ok Edge, play the blues
Writer/s: Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Larry Mullen, Paul Hewson
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Peter from Buffalo, NyAfter doing a project for my 10th grade global class, i came to realize that Bono wrote this song to remind the world of the Apartheid that was going on in South Africa. It was written in 1988, just before the "iron curtain" was lifted from Europe and the Berlin Wall was taken down. Bono wanted to remind the people of the world that there were still human rights violations going on around them, and even though the Soviets had just about split up and the troubles in Europe were just about over. Nelson Mandela had been arrested for his Anti-Apartheid actions in the ANC in the 1960. He was imprisoned for 27 years, which would have him coming out in 1987. Being written in 1988, this song is about him. On the album rattle and hum, the song is preformed live. at the end, bono explains the significances of the song.
"This is a song written about a man in a shanty town outside of Johannesburg. A man who's sick and tired of looking down the barrel of white South Africa. A man who is at the point where he is ready to take up arms against his oppressor. A man who has lost faith in the peacemakers of the west while they argue and while they fail to support a man like bishop Tutu and his request for economic sanctions against South Africa."
this is what Bono says after preforming the song. He really wanted the world to rememeber Mandela. and in 1994, Mandela became the 1st Black president of the new South Africa, that was NOT under apartheid. Bono and U2 have always been good for songs about human rights violations and this time it paid off
Marius from LÃ¼neburg, GermanyAmy, don't you confound that with "desire"?!
Amy Friel from Barrie, CanadaI like the "Money, money, money, money" line. It's very bitter, almost mocking. Kudos to U2 for having the balls to tackle apartheid.
Ted from Los Angeles, NyThis is a remake of the Burl Ives hit sung by Sam the Snowman in "Rudolph the Reindeer."
It really was so easy for Linda Ronstadt to score a hit with her Buddy Holly cover of "It's So Easy." She would sometimes change the lyric to: "It's so easy to have a hit, all you have to do is recycle it."
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson conceived "Dancing Queen" as a dance song with the working title "Boogaloo," drawing inspiration from the 1974 George McCrae disco hit "Rock Your Baby." Their manager Stig Anderson came up with the title "Dancing Queen."