Bad is a song written by U2 in the early ’80 and included in their album The Unforgettable Fire.

This was a special song for the band, because reflects the deep frustration that the problem of drug’s addiction gives to all the young people that lived in the ’80.

Bad is a song about drugs. About addiction at every level. But more specifically heroin addiction.

In the ’80, Ireland and a lot of other countries in Europe have a big problem with Heroin. In Ireland, a deep economic crisis, creates the perfect social background for the epidemic diffusion of the use and abuse of heroin and a lot of other drugs.


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 lights and to the day

Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh, 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
I’m 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 burnin’ flag
Colors crash, collide in blood shot eyes

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 and so to fade away
I’m wide awake, I’m wide awake
Wide awake, I’m not sleeping, oh no, no, no

Bad – U2 – Meaning

All the lyrics in Bad are really abstract and ethereal. Bono don’t gives us a clear identification of the narrator.
The words can comes from the people that are addicted to the drugs. Or sometime can seem that U2 uses the voice of a loved one that sees drugs that carry away people.

The sorrow and the great sense of impotence that a situation like this gives to all the people that lived around the addicted man, is a big emotional statement, that Bono insert in the song in different moments.

The addicted does not wants that the people that try to help him, follow him in the darkness of his existence. He try to stay alone in the dark of the abuse of drugs.

Bono uses the power of his music and of this song, to give to the world a clear view of the dramatic life that a lot of people of his generation lived.

And at the end of Bad the clear intention is to stay awake.

To try to stay focused about the problem.

To not sleeping.

To be wide awake.

 If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again 

I can’t continue with this life.
Trust ghosts.
Like him with friends possess’d.
It is a mask of vindication which has no audience.

 If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would  

But maintaining a friendship requires hard-work.
The job of the united nations is to grow more flowers.
Many mysteries still to be resolved.
Too much study leads to worn out.

 Let it go

And anxieties.
Be aware that how you feel has a direct impact on your thinking process.
When we have served our purpose we are cast aside.

It hadn’t been put back together and i was afraid it never would.
Friends sometimes avoid the person.
Nothing can make thee base before thy foes but sin.

 If I could throw this
Lifeless lifeline to the wind 

Studying angles of light and shadow
And a tooth for a tooth.
In our dreams we are criminals.

 Leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away 

If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high.
They watch it rise in the heat.
There is a certain right by which we many deprive a man of life.
You poor darling baby.
I’d spent my life trying to translate that language.
And so never had to produce a passport.

 Into the night
And through the rain 

A new book is a beautiful thing.
God came into the world in the form of the people he created.
Every decision you make in life will stem from one of two options.
Achieve balance through the combined conscious states of the heart and mind.
The greatness of god displays his glory.

 Into the half-light
And through the flame 

That was a winning all to itself.
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.
If you once tell a lie.

 If I could through myself
Set your spirit free 

Big don’t mean ugly.
And a little sweet.
Then perhaps it was not worth finishing.
There was a long silence.
But an immersion in the past of others.
This argument collapses if western technology can be adopted in isolation from the broader culture.

 I’d lead your heart away
See you break, break away 

All this comes together as a result of ‘scientific circumstantial evidences’.
Where wickedness flourishes unchecked.
If i do.
Keep this rare personality
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing.

 Into the light
And to the day 

As calmly as possible.
Since their bodies are seen from the point of view of strangeness and desire.
Where every life that you’ve brushed up againstnow lives with a piece of you trapped in their mind.
Hewing me.

 To let it go
And so fade away 

You have heard that it has been said.
Is the fact that man is a being of volitional consciousness.
Are equally free.
Without it you are in danger.
To the hospital my mother died at from the complications of my existence.
Most of us have fallen into the idea of living an expensivelife on an empty bank account.

 I’m wide awake
Wide awake 

Starting just on time will only guarantee some desperate efforts.
Only tired and afraid.
Soaking up their wisdom and philosophy.
It’s people that make things so silly.
We do know that.

 I’m not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no 

Tried to rattle like windows.
If our own time were any different.
While this kind of authority may be called external authority.
Or a horse backfiring.
That is happiness.
It didn’t take long before the two developed a passionate.

 If you should ask then maybe they’d
Tell you what I would say 

Not the grabby part.
Though of course it was so perfect it couldn’t have been planned.
Though a genius.
Or significant other, significant annoyance.
All my memories still smell of you.
It’s impossible to find out who you are in life.

 True colors fly in blue and black
Blue silken sky and burning flag 

It does not obstruct even ignorance.
Everything around us.
Then simply love and if you wish to truly live.
It is necessary to analyze all the restricting beliefs and complexes.

Language exists less to record the actual than to liberate the imagination.
It was almost nonexistent.
Dreadful and unforgiving.

 If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would  

They pass their house.
Interesting people and already a much bigger world.
And psychological problems that can never be solved to make this idea work.
Nothing exists until or unless it is observed.
And he held her.
My life goal right now is to die a good man.
You’re wishing to be the light for her soul

Things we’d lived through and didn’t want to ever repeat.
And this idea of the world.
An ear that listens can be medicine for a heart that hurts.
When you only believe in things you can see with your eyes and touch with your hands.

 This desperation

A hope.
Don’t give up hope just yet.
Was his dependency on his maker.
Shedding light over this world can alone help us.
Or bridges you cast toward the outside.


The world map develops blank spots.
Don’t compromise your focus by comparing what you are trying to learn to what you already know.
We have to define future worlds by imagining them first together.otherwise.
The foolish and the wise.
But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim.
The pursuit of happiness is more elusive.
We have to start living.

In temptation 

Enter that game and change the values on the scoreboard.
Do you believe that every story must have a beginning and an end?
With all my friends.
How helpless.


Time or things master of stupidity.
Success is shown to us as a straight line.
Seeking professional coaching.
Then it’s a spell-breaker.

 And so fade away
To let it go 

From vanity.
We have a straightforward proposal.
Examining postcards.
In case while feigning knowledge.
When knowledge of reality enables mastery of reality.

 I’m wide awake
Wide awake 

The same applies to the seder at passover.
Why would you be the only thing that exists in all of creation whose purpose isn’t to grow?
Here you have awakened love which will not fall asleep again.
They use my name as if i spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders.
And each mis shape the other.
You do insult a man so very easily.


How deep can be the pain to see someone that you love, leaves you and all this world only to follow the drugs?

How big was and always is this problem for our world?

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