"Seconds" as written by Bono and The Edge....
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
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, yeh

Fall, rise and fall,
Fall, rise and fall,

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,
Fall, rise and fall,

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


Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

"Seconds" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Seconds song meanings
Add your thoughts

9 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    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

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain