Bono, always with a toe-dip in activism and political thought, corralled the Somali-Canadian golden-souled hip-hop hybrid talent, K’naan, upon hearing his track, “Bulletproof Pride,” late last year, and good-will commanded a bit part in the song, the two going on to perform it live in front of former President Clinton for the “Decade of Difference” concert. Sparkling with the heavenly choir theatrics of that thing we call hope – K’naan’s new trajectory it seems – the track was chiseled away in the studio to stud the latter half of his forthcoming fourth effort, Country, God or the Girl, due Tuesday, October 16. Cheers to Rap-Up with the stream. There are threads of “the machine,” “the mercenary” and “heavy hearts,” and Bono, dueting with his own over-the-top faithful self that he didn’t do back in front of Clinton. In other words, it could be about the “Country,” “God” or the “Girl,” depending on your beliefs. We like to think it’s about all three. What do you think?

Full “Bulletproof Pride” Lyrics:

I’ve been running out of

My 70 excuses

There comes a point when patience

Can’t take all these abuses

Now my reserves are empty

I’m feeling kind of low

Because when do you fight for someone

And when do you let ‘em go

The other day I thought I saw you on a magazine

Your stubborn nose pretending to belong to the machine

 

I’ve been waiting for you to come to your senses

Holding up your heavy heart, down there in the trenches

You don’t have to carry that weight all by yourself

Even you the mercenary could use a little help

You’ve got your gun, your bulletproof pride

You never run, but you sure know how to hide

 

My friend said he had seen you

At a movie theatre

You looked just had you had always

Didn’t ask about me either

I won’t say life ends without you

But you’re the only answer

You got me like a thief

You got me with my hands up

The other day I thought I saw you on a magazine

Your stubborn nose pretending to belong to the machine

 

I’ve been waiting for you to come to your senses

Holding up your heavy heart, down there in the trenches

You don’t have to carry that weight all by yourself

Even you the mercenary could use a little help

You’ve got your gun, your bulletproof pride

You never run, but you sure know how to hide

 

[Bono duet with himself]

 

Your wish is falling before you

The stars are frustrating

You’re always [into] waiting love

 

Yeah, there’s something wrong

Yeah, be safe now

There’s a faith in my heart

Going days won’t stop

When I feel that I’m still

In the beat of your soul

When you talk

When you write

When you weave and you flow

And you leave and you stay

Only waiting is left

Now I’m kneeling around in the cold

 

I’ve been waiting for you to come to your senses

Holding up your heavy heart, down there in the trenches

You don’t have to carry that weight all by yourself

Even you the mercenary could use a little help

You’ve got your gun, your bulletproof pride

You never run, but you sure know how to hide

 

[Editor's Note: We transcribed this by ear at press time, so get at us if you have corrections]