Songs of Experience Lyrics by U2

Songs of Experience Lyrics by U2

Landlady lyrics by U2

Where The Shadows Fall lyrics by U2

Streets Of Surrender lyrics by Bono

streets of surrender lyrics by Bono


Streets Of Surrender lyrics  by Bono

Bono has written some lyrics for a song he was developing for singer Zucchero.

When asked by a reporter asks if the terrorist attacks in Paris (2015) will inspire a new album or song, and Bono recited these lyrics to what is called Streets of Surrender.

It's quite likely that this will not be an official U2 song, however as Bono recited these lyrics in front of a reporter for a TV segment, they can be considered a public performance, and noteworthy as a lyric by Bono.

Streets of Surrender lyrics

Every man has two cities he needs to be
The one he can touch
And the one he can't see
The one where a stranger's a friend
Every man has got one city of liberty
For me it's Paris, I love it
Every time I get lost down these ancient streets I find myself again

You're free, baby, baby
Free now and forever
It's Christmas time
You can decide to forget or to remember
You're free, baby, baby
I didn't come down here to fight you
I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender
The streets of surrender

I heard a far fetched story
That nobody seems to know
I think it was about that stranger
It was youth, it was love and it was danger
It was winter with that warm it gets before the snow
It chilled my soul
Everybody's crying about some kid
That they found lying on a beach
Born in a manger

You're free, baby, baby
Free now and forever
It's Christmas time
You can decide to forget or to remember
You're free, baby, baby
I didn't come down here to fight ya
I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender
The streets of surrender

Streets Of Surrender lyrics by Bono

streets of surrender lyrics by Bono


Streets Of Surrender lyrics  by Bono

Bono has written some lyrics for a song he was developing for singer Zucchero.

When asked by a reporter asks if the terrorist attacks in Paris (2015) will inspire a new album or song, and Bono recited these lyrics to what is called Streets of Surrender.

It's quite likely that this will not be an official U2 song, however as Bono recited these lyrics in front of a reporter for a TV segment, they can be considered a public performance, and noteworthy as a lyric by Bono.

Streets of Surrender lyrics

Every man has two cities he needs to be
The one he can touch
And the one he can't see
The one where a stranger's a friend
Every man has got one city of liberty
For me it's Paris, I love it
Every time I get lost down these ancient streets I find myself again

You're free, baby, baby
Free now and forever
It's Christmas time
You can decide to forget or to remember
You're free, baby, baby
I didn't come down here to fight you
I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender
The streets of surrender

I heard a far fetched story
That nobody seems to know
I think it was about that stranger
It was youth, it was love and it was danger
It was winter with that warm it gets before the snow
It chilled my soul
Everybody's crying about some kid
That they found lying on a beach
Born in a manger

You're free, baby, baby
Free now and forever
It's Christmas time
You can decide to forget or to remember
You're free, baby, baby
I didn't come down here to fight ya
I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender
The streets of surrender

U2 songs with angels in the lyrics


What U2 songs feature 'angels' in the lyrics?

What's an angel? Some see them as messengers of God. Others may see them as mystical creatures who look out for Earth dwellers. Some say everybody has a guardian angel.

So what of U2 and their lyrical references to these winged entites? What does Bono think of their place in the world?

Angel of Harlem

We should start with an obvious one, Angel of Harlem. Featuring a wicked guitar rhythm, the song is U2's homage to the jazz legend that was Billie Holiday.  She is the Lady Day the song refers to and her spirit is considered to be the Angel of Harlem.

The song also acknowledges New York City-area landmarks, including JFK airport, WBLS radio and Harlem. It also refers to John Coltrane and A Love Supreme, Birdland club, Miles Davis.

If God will send his angels.

Probably the most obvious song for the point of this essay. One of the few truly good U2 songs from the Pop album, the song was made popular by being on the soundtrack to the City of Angels film that starred Nic Cage and Meg Ryan. This film was a remake of sorts of a Wim Wenders film - which U2 trainspotters may note that Wim is a great fan and friend of U2 and several of their songs have graced the soundtrack to his movies. 

Stay (Faraway, So Close!

Speaking of Wim Wenders, Stay was used in the Wenders film Faraway, So Close!. Originally intended to be a song for Frank Sinatra, Stay features one of the best lyrics Bono has ever written which us sued to some up the story being told in the song "Just the bang and the clatter as an angel runs to ground".

Wim Wenders also directed U2's promotional video for the song. Wim used ideas from his movies to tell the story of U2's members acting as guardian angels over the band who were actually performing the song in the video.

Bullet the Blue Sky

The classic track from The Joshua Tree album, it is a discussion of dirty American politics at play. Featuring the line "Jacob wrestles the angel but the angel was overcome" this is a reference to Genesis from the Christian Bible. At that time Jacob was said to have actually met an angel of God.

The lyric seems to be suggesting that the conflicts Bono is sing about, such as war in El Salavador are beat out God. It's almost the classic, if God exists, why is there evil in the world argument.

There are some other songs too - Deep in the HeartTrip through your wires and Oh, Berlin which was found in the vaults an released as part of the Achtung Baby re-issue.

Finally, while the word angel does not appear in Lucier's Hands  Lucifer himself is said to be a fallen angel. The song is found on the deluxe version of Songs of Innocence.






Instrument Flying lyrics by U2

Instrument Flying lyrics by U2

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Civilization lyrics by U2

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