"Army of Bono" as written by and Dan Maines Richard Timothy Sult....
Hold the presses, Mikey, hot news on the wire
Hundreds see an image of a Guinness drinking choir
Celebrities and cameras are headed to the scene
While presidents are fleeing to their speeding limousines

Don't worry, it's just stigmata
Pass me a napkin and don't you dare tell my mother

Your local programming interrupted
By the mindless banter of a soulless talking head
Roll out the red carpet, dripping bloody tongue
Pay no mind to blue berets and all their shiny guns

Don't worry, it's just stigmata
Pass me a napkin and don't you dare tell my mother
Who you gonna call when the man brings his hammer down?
Goose stepping with a smoking Irish fly

And when our world is over, children by the fire
Raise their hands and pray that they may see a new messiah
And somewhere in the darkness a flag goes running by
The smell of cigarettes and love are incense for the fly

Don't worry, it's just stigmata
Pass me a napkin and don't you dare tell my mother
Who you gonna call when the man brings his hammer down?
Goose stepping with a smoking Irish fly



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"Army of Bono" as written by Jean-paul Gaster Dan Maines

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  • +2
    General CommentI'm kind of in the middle about this song too, but I'm leaning toward Metathought's reasoning that this might actually be PRO-Bono (no pun intended!)
    It's trendy to immediately jump to bashing Bono, but the song might actually be FOR his case instead of against it. Politics and celebrity are the same...Bono has used his celebrity successfully AGAINST politics.

    Some people claim Bono has a messiah complex, but the lines, "When the World is Over..", "pray that they see the new Messiah" - "and somewhere in the darkness a flag goes running by, the smell of cigarettes and love are incense to the fly" are not about Bono being God...but about Bono being right about God.(?)
    When people wake up and realize that God is supposed to be about Love, the world will be over and Bono will be saying "I told you so..." (...just FYI, I am non-Christian so I am not religiously biased..)

    I don't know anything about this band, Clutch, but they seem to know a good bit about Bono and U2 by their (very old!) references. The "Fly" was a stage-persona Bono played during the Zoo TV tour in the early 1990's, and U2 is infamous for their white-flag/anti-war routine from the early 80's. Even Bono himself jokes about having a messiah complex...the casualness of wiping stigmata with a napkin (as if it were spilled ketchup) would totally go along with the joke.


    You can probably tell I'm a U2 fan; even if this song were Anti-Bono I'd still give it kudos for at least being a million times more intelligent than most of the stuff I've seen/heard/read.
    U2Kittehon December 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song isn't a commentary on Bono, it's a story just like every other Clutch song. The title is Army of Bono, IE Bono has taken over.

    In this story, Bono comes on the news (first two lines), while elected officials are fleeing - Bono has secured world order. The chorus signifies why, stigmata is a reference to Bono becoming/claiming to be the messiah. The new armed officials are wearing blue berets (hats which Bono is famous for) thus indicating that new (armed) officials are dressed like Bono.

    The who you gonna call is rhetorical, the man who brings his hammer down is Bono, who's men now march like notorious dictatorship regimes (look up goose stepping). Bono is the "smoking Irish fly." IE, goose stepping with a smoking Irish fly = military regime lead by Bono.

    Eventually the world ends, and children pray for another Bono. The flag - indicating the previous pre-world end regime for the children - flys; Bono has lived through the end of the world (cigarettes and love are Bonos hobbys), are intense for the fly (Bono = smoking Irish fly). With me?

    To recap: Bono takes over, world ends, Bono survives to lead people once more.

    I can almost guarantee you this song was written as fiction for interest. You guys who think its a commentary on some aspect of his life are way over thinking it, Clutch is a storytelling band and it makes much more sense if you read it that way.
    Chuckles13on August 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt clearl speaks about how the government uses the media to try and distract us from the real issues in the world, exampleroll out thered carpet dripping bloody tongu, pay no mind to blue berets and all their shiny guns, pretty much says look celebrities, don't pay any attentin to the war were wasting billions of dollars on, once again another poke at the government, nothing new with Clutch.
    jwill01on September 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually, at first, i thought the lyrics reminded me of The Street Lawyer by John Grisham, if anyone has read it, comment back.
    Cold_Steel_Hearton July 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe dude above me is right.
    It's also putting down Bono from U2 pretty bad, lol. He's the Irish fly. And I think is band is the Guinness drinking choir.
    The man bringing his hammer down is God ending the world.
    votewithabulleton March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or is this NOT meant as an insult to Bono.
    Bono is known for his activism, right? I feel like he is saying he wants us to be an army of Bono's for what the song is about.
    But I could be wrong.
    metathoughton January 14, 2010   Link

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