One of my favorite U2 songs ever is ‘Bad’. It’s the song that made the band famous in the glorious days of the mullet, which Bono showed off quite well at Live Aid in 1985. It’s a song about heroin addiction, which was a bit of an issue in the economically depressed town of Dublin, Ireland at the time.
It’s made me think of how we as a country have been addicted to the drug of fear for the past decade. And now, the person who was the face of that fear is gone. Leaving us to struggle along without an object to vilify or blame.
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
Maybe I’m way off here…but those words remind me a little of the Gethsemane prayer of Jesus. In my head today, I’m thinking this is what God might pray for us:
If you should ask then maybe they’d
Tell you what I would say
True colors fly in blue and black
Blue silken sky and burning flag
Colors crash, collide in blood shot eyes
If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would
Let it go
Let it go
Best version of the tune is this one, IMHO. Here’s the Live Aid performance: