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U2 Miss Sarajevo Lyrics

Last updated: 02/13/2014 12:46:44 PM

Is there a time for keeping your
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
A time for curling hair?
Is there a time for high street
To find the right dress to wear
Here she comes
Heads turn around
Here she comes
To take her crown
Dici che il fiume trova la via al
E come il fiume giungerai a me
Oltre i confini e le terre assetate
Dici che come il fiume giungerà
[Translation of the above]
You say that the river finds the
way to the sea
and like the river you will come
to me
beyond the borders and the dry
You say that like the river will
[End of translation]
Here she comes
Heads turn around
Here she comes
To take her crown
Is there a time to run for cover?
Is there a time for kiss and tell?
Is there a time for different
Different names you find it hard
to spell?
Is there a time for first
A time for East Seventeen?
Is there a time to turn to Mecca?
Is there time to be a beauty
Here she comes
Beauty plays the clown
Here she comes
Surreal in her crown
Dici che il fiume trova la via al
E come il fiume giungerai a me
Oltre i confini e le terre assetate
Dici che come fiume
Come fiume...
L'amore giungerà
E non so più pregare
E nell'amore non so più sperare
E quell'amore non so più
[Translation of the above]
You say that the river finds the
way to the sea
and like the river you will come
to me
beyond the borders and the dry
You say that like river
like river...
Love will come
And I cannot pray anymore
And in love I cannot hope
And for that love I cannot wait
[End of Translation]
Is there a time for tying ribbons?
A time for Christmas trees?
Is there a time for laying tables?
And the night is set to freeze
O lijepa, o draga, o slatka slobodo
O lijepa, o draga, o slatka slobodo
O lijepa, o draga, o slatka

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U2 forever! | Reviewer: Miss Bosnia | 2/13/14

I can't believe there are people out there who would like to do some revisions on history. The whole world knows what happened - Serbian chetniks attacked Bosnia, trying to make "Great Serbia" out of the territory that was never theirs. More than 100,000 people died, were mutilated, tortured, raped. All because they were Bosniaks. I applaud people like Bono and Angelina for seeing the truth and speaking about it! Bosnia loves you!

Apolitically Showed the Human Cost of War-Murder-Excuseless Violence, Didn't It? | Reviewer: theresa1 | 9/14/13

My impression, from what I've seen, of this "Miss Sarejevo" project is much different. I have to applaud U2 and their comrade, Bill Carter - for his documentary of the same name, "Miss Sarejevo" - for their publicizing of the horrible and beyond tragic human effects of war and senseless religio-political and ethnic strife (etc.)- based violence and murder among the human family.

I believe that is what these works focused on, rather than politics. In both that film, and the U2 video, what was shown was PEOPLE - people trying to be happy, CREATE, and enjoy life anyway; despite the circumstances beyond their control of others choosing to submit to anti-humane propaganda, and to use deadly and destructive weapons and overt violence and evil against their fellow human being neighbors.

Further, Bono did write another poem decrying even one sort of the outrageously inhumane, monstrously grotesque, detestable, deplorable, excuselessly evil [demonically evil] violence against even a 4-year old girl in these battles. Even without the "f-bomb" word in it, the outrage would have been well-conveyed.

This band (and the film documentary) did give attention to the devastating human suffering in this part of the world at a time when the internet wasn't so popular or accessible as it is today. So that was a good thing to show.

It doesn't matter WHERE or AMONG WHOM this violence, life-wrecking unjust damage and murder goes on. With all politics aside, IT CAUSES REAL FLESH-AND-BLOOD PEOPLE - including even babies and children, families, friends, etc. - TO SUFFER, to UNDER-GO TERRORIZATION and AGONY, and to incur DAMAGE and LOSSES OF ALL KINDS.

A bigger propaganda to be concerned about is what is BEHIND the armed political-nationalistic, [false]religious/religio-political, ethnic, tribal, gang, and even individual clashes that you see.

There are unseen wicked spirit forces at work - which even maneuver the world political system and back nations of it. They do all they can to create deadly SPIRITUAL propaganda - including spiritual lies; false religions; and misrepresentation and slander of Jehovah God and His spiritual, scriptural truth that could actually help prevent or stop trouble instead. When humans ignore and fail to obey God, when they obey the propaganda of the demons (via other humans also) instead, that evil influence can override their own born-in human conscience, their natural sense of right-or-wrong - and cause them to behave demonically towards their fellow human beings, insanely inhumane, without natural affection or compassion, hateful and evil to the extreme.

It is that very propaganda, stemming from the Devil, that "allows" people to even pick up a gun or have anything to do with destroying their fellow humans along with Satan's global war machinery.

That same demonic brainwashing-propaganda also works to de-sensitize people as to the REAL EFFECTS of SUFFERING and life-loss and damage that their participation in or support of war and violence causes to their "neighbor".

Now, with greater information-sharing throughout most of the world, its easier to see the horrible truth about how ugly and despicably unjust some humans have chosen to treat others. On the other hand, surely though, this has been proven true also, worldwide - and for centuries, with more of the stories being shared all the time -

"Man has dominated man to his injury"

~ Ecclesiastes 8:9

The hope and answer is for people to listen to their inborn conscience, to seek out and pay attention to the Creator's own instructions as to matters of life and death - instead of the Satanic propaganda that is permeating and misleading most of the world. That way, people can become, "proverbially" part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

For example, the Scriptures make known that the Creator requires people to "beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears". [In other words, people would leave off of weapons to harm their fellow man, and create something helpful out of resources instead.] God prophesies of such obedient, peace-loving persons, that, "Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)

It won't be long now until God himself removes all of the wicked forces and stubbornly wicked persons from off of this earth. Then, He will establish His own Kingdom over this whole world, as its only Rulership.

Then (soon) there won't be anymore snipers, or bombings, or war, suffering, pain, tears, poverty, etc......

To that end though, of people actually being guided towards life in that better new world here - instead of passing away with the wicked old world system - persons also need to leave off from participation and support of [any association with] any part any of the various false religions of Satan's world empire of them. (Revelation 18:4,5,8) Whereas the true scriptural religion is curative to mankind; spiritual lie-propaganda religion has both promoted and excused evil and violence in this world. In this regard, however, THIS SONG's written-history lyrics and those sung/performed live in concert have NOT done well though....FALSE religions are promoted and reinforced, rather than discouraged, by sung-mentioned features of them - for instance, "Is there a time for first communion......"Is there a time to turn to Mecca".... And, going along with false religions' seemingly never-ending problematic way; the fine Italian opera section of this song's lyrics reveal significant cynicism together with hopelessness towards these issues. (Also, true, scriptural religion - true Christianity - is NOT responsible[as is FALSE, war-mongering "Christianity"],for the pools of blood on the ground [shown under cross-marked helicopters, in the cartoon shown in concerts, during the singing of "Miss Serajevo"]).

That hopelessness not necessary, desirable, or helpful though. It is hope that conquers despair. With that, please seek out (and then share) the truth from Jah's words that builds the hope, that conquers despair, that gives strength - until that better Day, when trouble is no more. Soon.

Fabricated lies | Reviewer: Vivian | 9/5/13

I am very much interested in history of Balkans, and there is only one thing I can tell you for sure. Don't believe propaganda of any kind! Bin Laden fought in Sarajevo, on Bosnian side, did you know that? Bosnian Serbs (different than Serbian Serbs, same is with Austrian or Swiss Germans, comprende?) were fighting against foreign mercenaries like the aforementioned. Furthermore, no genocide over civilians ever took place in Srebrenica. There was never no census for more than 20 years in Bosnia, nobody can tell for sure how many people were killed in total! But even UN agrees that more than 300 000 Serbians were deported from Croatia (a latest great new addition to fascist EU). And this is just a beginning of what I have to tell you about Serbian people... Miss Sarajevo is yet another example of how artist like U2 or Angelina Jolie think they have right to judge entire nations, and yet they don't know simple facts. Nice melody, tho.

Miss Sarajevo | Reviewer: Mozart | 9/21/11

I often listen to this wonderful song around Christmas time. A time of year that is full of joy and hope in all parts of the world. The beauty of the world was found in the birth of Christ who came in a time when the world was sad and hopeless. A bright star gemed the black sky to signal in the Savior.
Hope and beauty in harmony.
This song is about there being a time to come.
There's a time for war just as there is a time for peace.
There's a time for ugliness and then a time for beauty.

"You say that the river
finds the way to the sea
and like the river
you will come to me
beyond the borders
and the dry lands
You say that like a river
like a river...
the love will come
the love...

Beauty (Christ)is returning:
We cannot wait any longer.
The world groans for His Coming.
To set us free.

"And i don't know how to pray anymore
and in love i don't know how to hope anymore
and for that love i don't know how to wait anymore"

Hear us | Reviewer: Mia | 3/13/10

Please, do not fight over such things. I was born in Sarajevo in 1993, after war began and i still live here. I'm lucky not to remember those horrible things, but our parents do. Truth is that they didn't had that much weapon, but they took all the Former Yugoslavian weapon.
We are healing, at least on the out side, younger ones live like it never happened. And it is truth they're (we're) still searching for our beloved ones

And back to the lyrics, they are beautiful, so unobtrusive and simple.
Thank you U2 and Luciano (rip)

sad or truth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/28/10

@ Antonio
maybe u saw a man but i was there, u just told what u watched on TV, yea there was a genocide but on such proportion as You told it? Serbia don't have such military force as u described. pls comment lyrics don't spread lies. or at least try to find truth what actually happened there

Sad tale... :( | Reviewer: Antonio | 1/7/10

I''ve once had a chance to see a man who was in Sarajevo during serbian attack.They first cam with several russian MIG-s and after that with ground forces... Sarayevo survived one of the largest sieges in history 1 artillery weapon every 30 meters
(When russians siged berlin in WW2 (1945)there wwas 1 artillery weapon every 50 meters)And the worst was genocides,serbians killed over 100 000 innocent bosnians (Srebrenica was site of worst genocide)... They are STILL finding remains of killed people and trying to identify them..

pikica | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/14/09

I think the most importent is the cous, what they were trying to acomplite with song and lyrics,thet is : help them!!! we were lucky enough to evoid the woor, but they didnt. i cant help askin my self, how meny of those girls are still alive.did they survive the wor?! oh,god, dont let thet hepen ever agen!god luck,Bosnia!
Gretings from Nataša,Slovenia

Miss break my heart | Reviewer: bryan donath | 8/29/09

tells a great story about the free world vs. I'm not sure? The leftovers from the communist/socialist states and aitheist states show that the value of life and liberty are non-value added. The US is now headed towards a state of similar anarchy, its financial institutions, state govts are in a state of bankruptcy due to social edicts that were unstainable, with rich social elitesl like Hollywood stars that wont giveaway their riches but expect the enteprenaues to give away thiers.

great song | Reviewer: Dean | 2/1/09

this is such a great piece of music, Pavarotti RIP.

I was lucky enough to have been in Sarajevo once(summer of 2007) and I must say that the city and the whole country are evolving rapidly from the ashes of war and suffering they had experienced, although the signs of battles are still visible almost anywhere. not to mention the people who are so warm and nicer than anywhere else in the world. I will definetely be back again.

with love, from Slovenia

sarajevo...impossible not to cry | Reviewer: crazytears | 9/20/08

undoubtly a powerful song. especially for mr. Pavarotti's performance. you may not know what he is saying (less you are italian or know italian), but just his voice comes in and...well it is indescribable all the emotions...great song, despite the fact i am not a u2 fan...

Awesome Performance | Reviewer: Hakan | 2/8/08

This song brings tears to your eyes if learn more about the story of Sarajevo in those years..A surreal girl who's looking for freedom to get on with her life, a typical and normal life..(high street shopping, curling hair, kiss and tell) Pavarotti's part is simply breath-taking, this is the only song I'm in love which combines an aria with a ballad perfectly..Full of emotion..

Miss Sarajevo "Is there a time". | Reviewer: Harry Watts | 1/12/08

The greatest loss to the whole world was the sad passing of the Master,Luciano Pavarotti.
U2 combined with Luciano, created a song so passionate, that awakens the emotions to the very height of overwhelming feelings within our flawed society, to allow such devestation in this day and age for all the Sarajevo's around the world, man and his greed has not learned to value life, love & give music to the world from Lennon to U2 & PAVAROTTI, We still cannot feed the world, give dignity to each and every human being, without killing, starvation & racism.
Bono & Luciano thankyou. Harry.

To all U2 & Mr. Pavarotti fans | Reviewer: Kevin | 11/29/07

Let us not forget their efforts and works.
To THEM, my (our) appreciation and thankfulness are to you. My (our) hearts are with you... God Bless! P.S. Bono... You are not alone!

Luciano, sing from heaven | Reviewer: Toni | 10/31/07

Yet it's been too long since Luciano left us. I just couldn't help crying as I heard the news. I teach English in Barcelona (Spain, Europe) at secondary education. After next Monday, my teenage students will know more about U2, Luciano and the horror lived in Sarajevo those years. This is probably the best song ever. Luciano, rest in peace and in our hearts. Thanks for the translation form croatian.