Behind the Music: Sunday Bloody Sunday
During the four minutes and forty-two seconds I listened intently to Bono’s song, Sunday Bloody Sunday, many thoughts passed through my mind. Bono did a wonderful job of contrasting the 1972 Bloody Sunday Massacre with Easter Sunday, a peaceful day both Protestants and Catholics celebrate. While hearing U2’s uniquely created spin on the incident, I realized how sad and gruesome the day must have been. Bono’s parents were both of two different religions, Protestant and Catholic.
Meaning he as well was used to the tension between the two different religions and most likely used his own experiences while writing this song. I believe it’s by far one of the best political protest songs. Bono would also introduce this song at concerts by saying, “This is not a rebel song,” and waving a white flag in his hand as he said so, symbolizing peace. I think the band was very brave and creative by writing this because during its earliest performance’s, much controversy was brought about.
Either way, it’s an amazing peace song and U2 did an award-winning job on writing this piece. In April 1969, riots by Protestants & the police against Catholics resulted in the British government placing British troops on the streets in Northern Ireland, to the relief of the Catholics who welcomed the protection they offered. Bloody Sunday is the term used to describe an incident in Derry, Northern Ireland on January 30th, 1972 in which 26 civil rights protestors were shot by members of the first Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel Derek Wilford and his second-in-command Captain Mike Jackson, who had joint responsibility for the operation, during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in the Bogside area of the city. Thirteen people, six of whom were minors, died immediately, while the death of another person 4 and a half months later. Two protestors were injured when they were run down by army vehicles.
Many witnesses including bystanders and journalists recorded that all those shots were unarmed. Five of those wounded were shot in the back. Bono’s song was about both sides laying down their arms, Protestant and Catholic. In an interview from June 1987, Bono talks about his feelings on Bloody Sunday by saying, “I’m very clear on the way I feel about that, I would love to see a united arm, but I would never ever support any man who would put a gun to somebody else’s head to see that dream come true, and we wrote Sunday Bloody Sunday in a rage.”
Bono claims, he’s not one to turn the cheek, but Bono disagrees with the way the differences were dealt with. While watching videos of past performances of Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bono was very emotional and passionate in his words. This was an extremely important day in Ireland’s history, and one that Bono felt deserved immortality, none other for being such a gruesome day, but through his song as well.
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