U2 frontman Bono collaborates with Norwegian DJ Kygo on The Best Thing – possible lyrics

UPDATE: the Sound Cloud link mentioned below no longer exists. It has been removed probably due to copyright.

FANSITE U2 Argentina has posted a Sound Cloud link of The Best Thing, a collaboration between Bono and Kygo, played live recently at the Cloud Nine Festival.

AUDIO: listen to the clip here

Social media users were quick to share YouTube clips of the song, but the links were quickly shut down due to copyright laws.

Snippets of the track first surfaced some days ago when it was given a good thrashing at Bono’s holiday house in the French coastal town of Eze. A beachgoer managed to record two video clips which quickly went viral before they also were deleted.

The clips were up long enough for many to fall in love with song, and for others to voice their fears that this will be the new direction for the band which is due to release it’s next album Songs of Experience soon.

The song is quite a departure from recent social media posts released by the band, one from the studio and another by Fender (listen from the 4min 43sec mark).

These had a darker, richly colourful feel about them, with The Edge’s guitar front and centre.

The Kygo track is cemented in a dance groove, Bono’s voice very much a floating, dreamy anchor of its melody.

What we have here no one can really be quite sure about. Will The Best Thing appear on the new album? Is it simply a collaboration that is Kygo’s to own?

All we can do is speculate until we hear something official.

I have tried to decypher the lyrics of The Best Thing, and here’s what I’ve made out so far. A song about Ali? The band? The kids?

If you can fill in the lyrical blanks, message me on Facebook or Twitter

A huge thanks to Ciaran Glancy for figuring out some of the missing lyrics.

When you look so good
The pain in your face doesn’t show
When you look so good
Baby you don’t even know
When the world is ours
And every door smells of fresh paint
When the girl it thrills
Says it’s scripture that makes you saint

When we’ve seen enough
To know children ? …teach
When you’re free enough
To wake up on a bed or a beach

You’re the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You’re the best thing about me
I’m the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You’re the best thing about me
The best thing not easy to destroy
You’re the best thing about me
Why am I?

Why am I walking away?

Why am I?
Why am I walking away?
Why am I walking away?

I’ve been crying out
How bad can a good boy be

Shooting off my mouth
That’s another great thing about me
I’ve got everything
But I feel like nothing at all
There’s no risk you take
??

You’re the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You’re the best thing about me
I’m the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You’re the best thing about me
The best thing not easy to destroy
You’re the best thing about me

Save me from myself

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