"Raised by Wolves" as written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Paul David Hewson and Larry Mullen....
Face down on a broken street
There’s a man in the corner
In a pool of misery
I’m in white van
As a red sea covers the ground

Metal crash
I can’t tell what it is
But I take a look
And now I’m sorry I did
5:30 on a Friday night
Thirty three good people cut down

I don’t believe anymore
I don’t believe anymore

Face down on a pillow of shame
There are some girls with a needle
Tryin’ to spell my name
My body’s not a canvas
My body’s now a toilet wall

I don’t believe anymore
I don’t believe anymore

Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
Raised by wolves
We were raised by wolves
Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
If I open my eyes
You disappear

Running wild
Running wild

Boy sees his father
Crushed under the weight
Of a cross in a passion
Where the passion is hate
Blue mink Ford
I’m gonna detonate in your den

Blood in the house
Blood on the street
The worst things in the world
Are justified by belief
Registration 1385-WZ

I don’t believe anymore
I don’t believe anymore

Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
Raised by wolves
We were raised by wolves
Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
If I open my eyes
You disappear

Running wild


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"Raised by Wolves" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +3
    Song FactOne of the verses is clearly about a horrific Dublin bombing in 1974 - according to the Wikipedias:

    "The second of the Dublin car bombs went off at about 17:30"

    "The bomb car was a metallic blue mink Ford Escort, registration number 1385 WZ."

    The rest of the horrific account of the bombing can be found here - not for the faint of heart, quite graphic and sad:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    kimjongsurgeon December 03, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know it's referencing an unsolved/unpunished car bombing from the late 70s. This song (the acoustic version, in particular) removes any doubt of Bono's ability to command a song these days. What a rock voice!
    sttommore1on October 15, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis interpretation doesn't fit all the lyrics but I wondered if Raised by wolves refers to the Fabian Society whose symbol is the sheep in wolves clothing. They have given us a whole heap of social change programs leading to a very socialist society. Or maybe U2 is referring to bad clergy as the bible does.
    coolmintson October 22, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionI don't know what this song means or is referring to; I've never heard of U2 until October when Verizon downloaded their full album for free on my iPhone when I purchased my phone that month but love this song and The Troubles. I wish us brown Americans were into rock music. This group is the first rock group whom I'm a fan of. No I don't listen to cRAP, just mostly soul, jazz, r&b (1960s-2000s) and now I embrace rock.
    juniore1lon December 07, 2014   Link
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    General Commentto understand bono's lyrics you have to understand he was raised by political strife and a religious upbringing.

    the wolves symbolize people that are inclined to hate by belief whereas their victims are the people that were raised by them.

    so if you have a family member or guardian that is like a wolf, you can get into trouble bc of your family bc you are more sheepish.

    makes sense since if you are raised by a shepherd then they will take care of your sheepish self that is more humble and good but if your raised by wolf society or a wolf family your probably in jeopardy.

    the whole wolf stereotype comes from the teachings of jesus. wolves in sheep clothing, meaning they mingle in society as "good people" but inwardly are raveounous wolves.
    GrungyBeatleon January 01, 2017   Link

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