"Seconds" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Russell Senior....
Takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh
It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh, say bye bye
Where you going to now

Lightning flashes across the sky
East to west, do or die
Like a thief in the night
See the world by candlelight.

Fall, rise and fall, rise and

In an apartment on Time Square
You can assemble them anywhere
Held to ransom, hell to pay
A revolution everyday
USSR, GDR, London, New York, Peking
It's the puppets, It's the puppets
Who pull the strings

Fall, rise and fall, rise and

Say goodbye, say goodbye
Say goodbye, say goodbye
Say goodbye

It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh
Push the button and pull the plug
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh

Fall, rise and fall, rise and

And they're doing the atomic bomb
Do they know where the dance comes from
Yes they're doing the atomic bomb
They want you to sing along
Say goodbye, say goodbye
Say goodbye
Say goodbye.


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"Seconds" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey, Russell Senior

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    General CommentThis song appears to be about warfare. There are numerous mentions of war-like things in the lyrics...'lightning flashes across the sky...', 'and they're doing the atomic bomb.' It would make sense since most songs on that album are about political subjects, and the actual name of the album is 'War'.
    It's a good song. I personally like it a lot.
    U2aholicon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti like this song too, kinda makes you think on how easy it is for us to end life anymore. for us, life can be turned on and off like a light switch, there's nothing holy about it anymore. it's a tool (politically and scientifically).
    irresistible7on August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is actually a really under-rated U2 song in my opinion. It's a good song with an extremely catchy bass line!
    u2elevationon August 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's funny how a lot of people didn't even realize that the Edge sings a lot of this song. People were shocked when they would play it live and Edge would be singing. The two of them have similar pitches.
    skycaton March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe first time i heard this I loved it! its a very very different style for them to play but this song is actually how i was introduced to Early U2. sure i knew sunday bloody sunday and New years day but those are such big hits (and great songs) i never got the feel of Early u2 from them but Seconds and some others really capture that early punk rock u2. I love it!
    bonovox_u2on March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHas anyone heard the version from "Live at Red rocks".. a great performance, and yes, Edge sings lead. Think terroists when you listen to the lyrics...
    markeon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI speak Spanish..can anybody tell me the words that the strange voice shouts in the middle of the song? thanx
    iheartlarryon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentiheartlarry It's a sample from an old movie, but i can't remember which. I'll have a go at transcribing it. There's a man shouting a little kids repeating after him (in caps)

    "I wanna be an airborne ranger
    I WANNA BE AN AIRBORNE RANGER
    I wanna live a life of danger
    I WANNA LIVE A LIFE OF DANGER
    (drums kick in)
    Burn
    BURN
    Death
    DEATH
    Kill
    KILL
    KILL
    KILL"
    Kind of disturbing really.

    The song I think is about suitcase atomic bombs. Think Sum of All Fears, think the biggest nightmare of the US: terrorists get their hands on a nuke and can do whatever they like with it.

    I love the fact that this is one of the most cheerful sounding songs U2 have written, but when you listen to the lyrics its pretty chilling, especially since it was written before the concept of anyone other than a superpower possessing a nuke was really around.
    logggerfloodleson May 24, 2010   Link

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