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Bad

by U2

Lyrics

If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
full lyrics
If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would
full lyrics

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
major key tonality
electric guitar effects
an emotional male lead vocal performance
subtle use of strings

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Comments

I don't get how people could hate U2, just listen to this...
80'S classic
Well Roxanne U2 loves you.
Hate U2, there so stupid
Best U2 song
This is awesome and enjoyable to Music lover Pam Gooch
Bad is Good!
One of my favorites
jdishner9
Written for a friend who died of a heroin overdose on his 21st birthday, this song is the treasure of U2's musical collection.
jcliffhowitz
Greatness!
The definitive version is on Live At Red Rocks
I agree, Chuck: one of U2s best songs ever. Such emotionally charged vocals- just amazing and beautiful song
I agree, Chuck: one of their best songs ever. Very emotionally charged vocals- amazing song.
This song's heart is it's pure emotion. U2 just knows how to pay attention to what's going on in the musical ether and Bono delivers magic through his voice.
Awesome song
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love this song
Dang read the lyrics
.....wow.
Simple : U2 is the classical 80"s band
U2 got too commercial/m a i n s t r e a m after Joshua Tree.....thi s album blows Joshua Tree out of the water!
What a pleasant surprise to hear this on my station! I agree this song never gets old. U2's BEST music was from early to mid 80's.
garyburns485
I burn this song up bad....over and over on my iPhone. So awesome.
Best song in the entire world. Period.
This song never gets old 2 me. Timeless !!!! Memory's !!
Awesome. They performed this at Live Aid, before they were the iconic band they are now. In the middle of the song, Bono broke into a Rolling Stomnes' Sympathy for the Devil mix. Totally awesome!!!!
kboyd1967
From before Bonk turned into a douche.
This is why I love U2. Their songs are so simple, but yet have so much meaning. The rhythms, beats, & lyrics are always perfect when u2 is performing them! \m/ I'm wide awake (:
@rabbitbunny , U2 are Irish. I get your point, though!
mmcaneney0
Let it go! Very powerful song from a fantastic album. Always overshadowed by The Joshua Tree but there is a vibe on The Unforgettabl e Fire that is well...unfor g e t t a b l e .
U2 Rock Hard. Bad is a Good Song and a Reminder that Bono and pals are the absolute Best Classic American Rock band of all time. I rest my case!
One of their best songs ever........ . . . . . . . . . . a n d so on
tahritz
This was the last song of their set in Pittsburgh. It appears they did it impromptu. As they were waving to the crowd, Bono quickly huddled the guys together, they all nodded and ran back to their instruments and started playing this. It was beautiful. At the end he even started singing the end of '40'.
tahritz
I was there too. In one of the reviews the next day it said that he was referring to a friend of his from his youth who is now currently living in Cleveland and came to Pittsburgh for the show.
In Pittsburgh last Tuesday, Bono said that the song was about somebody he greatly admired who grew up on the North Side of Pittsburgh. I was thinking, maybe, Andy Warhol, but he grew up in Oakland, not the North Side. Any ideas?
jwestfall443
One of my favorites from U2. Great bass line.
Classic
I have to disagree tahritz with the Wide Awake version. I think this version is by far superior. Having said that I do feel the Wide Awake version is still very good.
No, it was not about Bono's heroin addiction. It was about a friend of his' addiction. Bono was never addicted to heroin.

I am a huge U2 freak and this is probably my favorite U2 song of all.

It still moves me to tears.
tahritz
I've heard before that this song is about Bono kicking a drug addiction (to heroin I believe?) early in his career. It is rare that a live version of a song is better than the studio version, but in this case the live version from "Wide Awake in America" is even more amazing than this version (if that's possible).
Aprendi a gostar de Rock com U2. Sem sombra de dúvidas, a maior banda do gênero em atividade.
Excellent beyond any words I can think of. U2 was just channeling something magical into their music in the 80's. There's almost something supernatural going on here. It's hard to believe humans can come up with such beautiful stuff given our history and habits.
nicole_segal
Gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it...
kewardlow
On my solo drives across the country from WV to CO I listened to The Unforgetable Fire over and over. Seemed to fit so well with not only the change of scenery (lushness to wide open spaces) but to my own life changing experience. A new journey beginning
I think the song is about two people sharing a love but one is looking for the promise of something bigger and better and they leave a good love behind for the expectation of something greater. the other half wishes them well.
This song literally helped save my life.
Most powerful and moving U2 song of all time. Sung live it is amazing. My favorite U2 tune ever.
One of history's few perfect songs. A 10.
To me this song is about some one falling in obsessive love with someone when their committed to someone else. And being very aware that you are not to act on the impulse.
I heard this song is about heroin addiction.
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