"The Electric Co." as written by Daniel E Matz and Jason Mc Neely....
Somebody cry, somebody cry, somebody cry
Well, somebody try, somebody try, somebody try
Something quick
Did you look back, did you look back, don't you look back
Well, somebody cry, somebody cry, somebody cry
Well, I can't see why or what for
What for, what for?

Break it up
Boy, stupid boy
Don't sit at the table
'Till you're able to

Toy, broken toy
Shout, shout, you're inside out if you don't know

Electric co. (Electric co.)
If you don't know Electric co.
Electric co.

Red, running red
You'll play for real
The toy could feel
A hole in your head
You go in shock
You're spoon-fed

If you don't know Electric co.
If you don't know Electric co.

Break it up
Div it up

If you don't know Electric co.
If you don't know Electric co.
If you don't know Electric co.
If you don't know Electric co.

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"The Electric Co." as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentThis song is written about a guy who went through Electric Shock treatment....
    BonoBabyon March 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, written about the Bill Cosby hosted children's show, "The Electric Co". While in a cult run by "Holy Joe", Bono and the gang were forced to watch it daily.
    Reynard Muldrakeon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLike BonoBaby said this song is about Electic Shock Treatmetn and how angry it made bono that the psychatiric hospital used it.
    Bono_is_Godon May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHey, anybody ever heard the European version of "Live at Red Rocks?" In the middle of this song, they slow down and Bono does a few lines from "Send in the Clowns, but he changes it to "send in the crowd." Any idea where I can get a copy of that. My old EP just won't work anymore.
    andeweatherson August 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbono still sings the "send in the clowns" line when theyve playd this on the curent (2005) tour! aswell as the "despite all my rage i am still just a rat in a cage" line from 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' by smashing pumpkins. which ties in with the psychiatric treatment idea...
    JordyWordyon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is what bono means when he talks about "you have to have a rage inside of you to play music like this" in the early 80's edge actually broke bono's nose onstage during this song. great during vertigo
    wrestlewithjimeon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentrepeat the phrase electric co. several times out loud in front of someone, maintaing eye contact.. if you don't know, electric co, if you don't know, electric co, if you don't know I'll let you go..... ;)
    I'll let you go:electric co. :: love:god
    I know thingson February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn my version (from the live album Under a blood red sky) he sings: 'I love the crowd' and something I can't hear very well in the middle.
    Anne Marieon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnger and rage... this song is almost always "comboed"with "Cry", and no wonder :D

    San Diego, vertigo Tour "you're in the sound...Bring on the clowns"
    The Big Bad Wolfon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm in love w/ this song. It's definately the best song on Boy, and I think that Edge's backing vocals convinced me to buy the song on iTunes.
    Bono rockson December 31, 2006   Link

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