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Lyrically, the song was inspired by a trip that lead vocalist Bono made to Nicaragua and El Salvadorwhere he saw firsthand how local peasants were affected by United States military intervention in the region. Angered by what he witnessed, Bono asked guitarist the Edge to "put El Salvador through an amplifier. It eventually became the chorus for "Bullet the Blue Sky". In July Bono and his wife Ali travelled to Nicaragua and El Salvadorwhere they saw firsthand the distress of peasants bullied by political conflicts and United States military intervention.
The trip angered Bono and formed the basis of the song's lyrics. I don't think we were in danger, but I knew there were lives in danger or being lost close to us, and I felt for them. It upset me as a person who read the Scriptures, to think that Christians in America were supporting this kind of thing, this kind of proxy war because of these Communists. Producer Daniel Lanois says that the most progress on "Bullet the Blue Sky" was made at Melbeach, the Edge's newly purchased home in seaside Monkstown.
Wanting it to sound like Led ZeppelinMeegan adjusted a monitor mix to make it "really heavy sounding. This new sonic emphasis on the high-hat made every hit more relevant The inherent low-frequency punch of the PA also added a level of excitement to the bass drum.
The overall sensation was a chestier one. The final mix of "Bullet the Blue Sky" was based on two different versions. Producer Steve Lillywhitewho in December was hired by U2 to help mix some of The Joshua Tree was asked by the Edge "to fly over from one version to another version".
Without access to modern day samplers at the time, Lillywhite had to match the tempos of the two tape recordings by hand and then, as they played, transfer the requested sections of each onto a half-inch tape recorder.
He said it "was never all played at the same time; it was a real mish-mash of two things. And he was not as sentimental to that idea, so he pulled out all the stops.
During a spoken word passage of the song, Bono speaks of being approached by a man, "his face red like a rose on a thorn bush, like all the colors of a royal flush, and he's peeling off those dollar bills, slapping them down,".
Bono said the person he had in mind while writing the lyrics was then US President Ronald Reaganwhose administration backed the military regimes in Central and South America that Bono encountered on his earlier trip.
The lyrics were partially inspired by Bono seeing a mural in El Salvador of Reagan in a chariot depicted as the Pharaohwith Salvadorans as "the children of Israel running away". During the Joshua Tree Tour, Bono would frequently grab a large spotlight and shine into peoples' faces in the audience, and would also make numerous political references to figures such as Ronald Reagan and Jerry Falwell.
He also used the spotlight on the Elevation Tour. U2's following album, Rattle and Humfeatured a live performance of this song, with a pre-recorded intro of Jimi Hendrix 's version of " The Star-Spangled Banner ". On the Zoo TV Tour, it was about Nazism ; on the PopMart Tour, it, at least on occasion, featured references to consumerism and rock Raisin Sugar Cane - Various - The Real Popcorn Collection Vol.
2 in keeping in with the tour's theme. On the Elevation Tour, it became an indictment against handgun violence, illustrated by references to John Lennon 's assassination and an ironic intro video clip featuring Charlton Hestonwho was at that time the president of the National Rifle Associationwhile on the Vertigo Tour, it was about religious violence and the final lyrics were replaced by a snippet of " The Hands That Built America ". In Crak - Gimmik - Slow Motion Process, Mojo placed the song at number 17 on its list of the " Epic Cirrosis - Anarchus - Total Hate Tracks".
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