Saturday, December 24, 2016

25 Songs About Addiction and Recovery: BAD, U2f

If Wire is the U2 song about dealing with a friend's addiction that no one knows, Bad is the one that everyone knows. They are actually from the same album, 1984's "The Unforgettable Fire," but the reasons Bad is so much more well-known are two: U2 chose to sing it at Live Aid in summer 1985, and it turned into a 15-minute opus when Bono went into the crowd and, for an agonizing few minutes, appeared as though he was not going to reemerge, and then, later that year, a live version was included on "Wide Awake in America," an EP (there's a concept that has been firmly relegated to the dustbin of history) that sold moderately well.
And both of the well-known live versions are really good, much better than the original album version. In fact, it can be plausibly argued that the live releases of this song were the underlying reason why they went from top-echelon stars to the biggest on the planet when "Joshua Tree" came out in 1987; because they were MTV stars already because of the live performances. Bad is, like Wire, full of angst and frustration at the inability of a loved one to do anything to help an addict that does not want to be helped. And the "roll call" of emotions is devastatingly effective--"isolation, desolation, temptation, separation", all the rest, are something both addict and their loved ones can identify strongly with. To this day, I'm not sure if the song is from the point of view of the friend, or if it is a dialogue; you can make a case for either.
But in any event, it remains, 30 years later, a powerful song. I am going to include both live versions that I referred to, without putting the album version up; it's pretty lame compared to these two.


And


If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
Let it go
Surrender
Dislocate
If I could throw this lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away
Into the night
And through the rain
Into the half-light
And through the flame
If I could through myself
Set your spirit free, I'd lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to the day
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
To let it go
And so to fade away
To let it go
And so, fade away
Wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no
If you should ask then maybe they'd
Tell you what I would say
True colors fly in blue and black
Bruised silken sky and burning flag
Colors crash, collide in bloodshot eyes
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
If I could, you know I would, if I could, I would
Let it go
This desperation
Dislocation
Separation, condemnation
Revelation in temptation
Isolation, desolation
Let it go
And so fade away
To let it go
And so fade away
To let it go
Oh now, and so to fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no


Read more: U2 - Bad Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

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