"11 o'Clock Tick Tock" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
It's cold outside
It gets so hot in here
And the boys and girls collide
To the music in my ear

Hear the children crying
And I know it's time to go
I hear the children crying
Take me home

A painted face
And I know we haven't long
We thought that we had the answers
It was the questions we had wrong

Hear the children crying
And I know it's time to go
I hear the children crying
Take me home

Sad song, sad song
Sad song, sad song

La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la

Sad song, sad song
Sad song, sad song

Call out your name
Call out in shame
Call out your name
Call out, you better call out
Call, call, call out
Oh-oh-oh-oh


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"11 O'Clock Tick Tock" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentSeems to be a song about innocence and naivety in ways. An early version of City Of Blinding Lights if you will
    Napkinon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the live version of this from red rocks. I think its a very powerful song.
    MiracleDrugon July 26, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Call out your name
    Call out in shame "

    So they did this - years later.
    They called out Yahweh's name "in shame"
    Despite warning
    That it not be associated
    With anything unholy,
    Such as false gods, spiritism,
    Or idolized institutions of man.
    Theresa1on January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is not one of my favorite songs. I don't think it stands out in the album. Though the lyrics are good. I like the line:
    "We thought that we had the answers
    It was the questions we had wrong"
    Anne Marieon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is an amazing song. The sound resembles a clock (hence the title) the lyrics are hard to directly interpret but as a whole they are so true. Its about youth and their struggles, it sounds kind of dark and cold and is very powerful, i love the sound of the drums in this song, it goes so perfectly with edge's harsh sounding riffs. Then "Sad song, Sad song....." is so cold and beautiful. Its awesome!
    U2girlon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my fav u2 songs, great lyrics from edge
    amahonyon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is spectacular! But, once again the story is very simple!
    It talks about one date in which Bono was late, and his date left a note saying "11 o'clock. Tick... tock..."

    But still, it's a bit confusing for me...
    The Big Bad Wolfon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe live version on the Fire 12"/7" gatefold (and the German R.O.K. 12" & CD single) is much better than the Red Rocks version, in my opinion. I don't like the studio version as much because Martin Hannet's treatment of the drums is a distraction.
    rager1969on March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one U2 song I've never quite figured out.. But I think coming from War fits in with those themes... to me, the line, "a painted face and we know we haven't long" refers to military people and camouflage paint.. children crying, etc points to some type of armed conflict happening...
    markeon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe studio version that Hannet produced is a favorite of the "old school" U2 fans out there. The title came from a note Bono received about his friend Gavin Friday: "11 O' Clock Tick Tock, Gavin called." The single (if you can find it) has the wonderful b-side Touch, which shows a more punk oriented U2. You can get it on Itunes as well.
    dtpon September 11, 2007   Link

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