U2 surprises fans, releases new song “Ahimsa” ahead of Sydney shows

Sydney, Australia (November 21st 2019) – U2 has surprised its fans by releasing a new song – called “Ahimsa” – ahead of their two shows in Sydney. The song title is a reference to the Hindu principle of non-violence, and is  a nod to their first visit to the country next month. The song is a duet with renouned Indian singer/songwriter A. R. Rahman. Bono and Edge appeared on NDTV to promote the song, saying “India is the most extraordinary achievement for functional democracy…..[India] should be very proud of it. ” The song is performed by U2 but with vocals by Rahman and his daughters. “Ahimsa is India’s greatest gift to the world,” Bono said in the interview, “and it’s more powerful than nuclear energy or the armies of the British Empire.” Bono promised “We’re going to perform some rock and roll and have some fun, but we’re going to go through the black and white to get there.” The song is available to stream from November 22nd onward.

The song was produced by Duncan Stewart, mixed by Steve Lillywhite, and the female voices are A.R. Rahman’s daughters.

Lyrics below:

I’ll meet you where the sky is torn.
I’ll meet you in the end.
I’ll meet you before the world was born.
When we had not a care
This is an invitation
To a high location
From someone who wants to be loved
This is a meditation
On your radio station
If you like it you can sing along

Ahimsa
Ahimsa
Ahimsa
Ahimsa

I’ll meet you where there is no weeping
Your tears are now a stream
I’ll meet you where there is no sleeping
But we wake up to dream.

This is an invitation
To a high location
From someone who wants to be loved
This is a meditation
On your radio station
If you like it you can sing along.

Ahimsa
Ahimsa
Ahimsa
Ahimsa

 

 

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