Is there a time for keeping a distance
A time to turn your eyes away
Is there a time for keeping your head down
For getting on with your day

Is there a time for kohl and lipstick
A time for cutting hair
Is there a time for high street shopping
To find the right dress to wear

Here she comes
Heads turn around
Here she comes
To take her crown

Is there a time to walk for cover
A time for kiss and tell
Is there a time for different colors
Different names you find it hard to spell

Is there a time for first communion
A time for east 17
Is there a time to turn the mecca
Is there a time to be a beauty queen

Here she comes
Beauty plays the crown
Here she comes
Surreal in her crown

Dici che il fiume
trova la via al mare
E come il fiume
giungerai a me
Oltre i confini
e le terre assetate
Dici che come fiume
come fiume
L'amore giunger
E non so pi pregare
E nell'amore non so pi sperare
E quell'amore non so pi aspettare

English translation:

You say that the river
finds the way to the sea
And as the river
you'll come to me
Beyond the borders
and the thirsty lands
You say that as river
As river
Love will come
And I cannot pray anymore
And I cannot hope in love anymore
And I cannot wait for love anymore

Is there a time for tying ribbons
A time for Christmas trees
Is there a time for laying tables
When the night is set to freeze

O lijepa, o draga, o slatka slobodo...

Lyrics submitted by scottishboy

Miss Sarajevo song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentIf you know the meaning of this song, and you're just like me, you will be listening to it on repeat and sobbing, not crying, for minutes on end.

    Was a more beautiful/sad song ever crafted? I think not.

    caralhovoadoron November 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song was inspired by a documentary, also called 'Miss Sarajevo'.. which covered a beauty pageant held in war-torn Yugoslavia, which gun booming all around... A sort of a protest song..
    sumiton December 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it's great!
    placebiston April 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song always brings a tear to my eye, how in the midst of the atrocities going on in Sarajevo they did what people do and got on with life by holding a beauty pageant.
    I'd never read the english translation of Pavarotti's bit before, but that is so haunting, the urgency and despair that underlies the "Miss Sarajevo' pageant...
    Elcarimon April 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPavarotti's solo adds such a wrenching emotion to this song; perhaps that was the aim of keeping the rest of the song "boring" (referring to the description given in a previous post) - so that it could highlight the contrast given to the feeling of the song when Pavarotti sings. I happen to really like the almost monotonous flow of the rest of the song; the gentle melody is nice, and I think it helps to reflect one of the subjects of the song's protest: that the countries of the Western world distracted themselves with things like consumerism (at some points in the song, the music behind Bono resembles that which could be heard in a department store), or else just drifted along while Eastern Europe burned.

    I've seen the doc Miss Sarajevo; it is a great film. Go out and watch it if you're able to.
    mallentarielon July 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs a fan of U2, I do consider this one of their best songs and I cannot think of a better collaboration by any artist I've heard. Pavarotti's voice can still send shivers, it's so far above what I normally hear vocally (I don't listen to opera) that it really adds power.
    Skoorbon November 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationbeauty plays the cLown, not the cRown
    elfionon October 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPavorotti is a beast in this song. Wow.
    actanonverbaon August 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou say that the river
    Find your way to the sea
    And as the river
    You will come to me
    Beyond the borders
    And the thirsty lands
    You say that as the river
    as river
    Love will come
    the love
    And I no longer pray
    And in love I do not know more hope
    And I do not know that love wait
    eoingibbon1998on April 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song really kicks ass!
    what a mind trip!
    BrazilianFanon September 22, 2002   Link

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