Like a song I have to sing
I sing it for you
Like the words I have to bring
I bring it for you

And in leather, lace and chains, we stake our claim
Revolution once again
No I won't, I won't wear it on my sleeve
I can see through this expression and you know I don't believe
Too old to be told, exactly who are you?
Tonight, tomorrow's too late

And we love to wear a badge, a uniform
And we love to fly a flag
But I won't let others live in hell
As we divide against each other
And we fight amongst ourselves
Too set in our ways to try to rearrange
Too right to be wrong, in this rebel song

Let the bells ring out
Let the bells ring out
Is there nothing left?
Is there, is there nothing?
Is there nothing left?
Is honesty what you want?

A generation without name, ripped and torn
Nothing to lose, nothing to gain
Nothing at all
And if you can't help yourself
Well take a look around you
When others need your time
You say it's time to go, it's your time
Angry words won't stop the fight
Two wrongs won't make it right
A new heart is what I need
Oh, God make it bleed
Is there nothing left?


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  • +3
    Song Meaning

    An ode to his father, Bobby Hewson, when Bono needed him after his mother passed away: And if you can't help yourself Well take a look around you When others need your time You say it's time to go... it's your time.

    Bono is so beautifully articulate and personal in his lyrics. He has a brilliant gift!

    Neffecton February 10, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    i love this song, it strips away any faking attitudes and talks about how people really are. they get caught up in a movement or a feeling, and they leave everyone else in the dust. they wash in and out with the tides, and don't care about anyone else. too many people say this is a special generation, or this is the one that will band together. truth is, this generation is like any before it, fake and faithless. and no amount of "movements" will set it right, and no amount of arguing, or drawing lines, or war. each person has to look out for the other, and each person has to build his own faith, nobody else can do any of that for them. and no show of pride or patriotism or parade can do any of that for them either.

    irresistible7on August 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My Opinion

    Possibly Larry's finest showcase song (after SBS). Great drums throughout War. Bono's lyrics seem more relevant today than they were in the late 70's/early 80's in fact, or maybe it's because I was young then and ignorant of the subtle wars all around us.

    "And if you can't help yourself (maybe especially if you CAN help yourself)/then take a look around you/when others need your time/you say it's time to go/it's MY time." I'm totally convicted right there. Thanks, Bono!

    Altrockaddicton July 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    why is this song not so popular. Its my 4th favorite song off war....but thats still saying something. I think War is the best album of U2's carrear

    ilikestuffandyouon January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    what a great and underrated song!!

    Setubalenseon March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I just loooove this song!!

    FeistyIrishGirlon May 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Irresistible7, beautiful description. I agree completely. Speaks to me in regards to the more ugly post-9-11 side.

    Zephoson January 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Sometimes, when I'm upset, I close my eyes and imagine Bono listening to this song, and wondering how he let U2 get so shitty.

    mopo976on June 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "A new heart is what I need Oh God, make it bleed."......simply breath-taking lyrics

    starscream613on November 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    this song is one of my alltime favorites. i cant beleive that no one has commented it in sooo long!!

    u2rocksMAon April 14, 2010   Link

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