"Salomé" lyrics by U2


"Salomé" lyrics by U2


Salome was inspired by the character from the Bible who asked for John the Baptist's head.

Lyrics

Baby please
Baby please don't go
I got eyes to feed, they want skin and seed
Now don't make me crawl
Baby please
Baby don't bite your lip
Give you half what I've got if you untie the knot
It's a promise

Salomé x 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Baby please
Baby, what's that tune
Well, I heard it before when I crawled from the door
And my blood turned blue
Baby please
Baby please slow down
Baby, I feel sick
Don't make me stick to a promise

Salomé
Salomé
Salomé
Salomé
Salomé
Salomé

I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you

Baby please
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Baby don't sing yet
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Won't you dance for me
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Beneath the cherry tree
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Won't you swing down low
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Please
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Baby please say yes
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Baby don't go away
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you
Don't spill any of your precious love
I got to get you
Got to, got to get you

Shake it, shake it, shake it Salome x 8
Salome

I got to get you
Got to, got to get you

10 U2 songs that reflect on American culture and politics

Bono wearing an American flag jacket
Outside is America

10 U2 songs that reflect on American culture and politics


U2 are no strangers to having a say on America, its people and its politics. They are fairly big on political activism,.

In fact, making political commentary is almost second nature to Bono, if he's not singing about troubles in Ireland, he's trying to convince someone like George Bush Jnr to reduce the debt owed to America by third world countries. He shares his views because he earnestly cares.

U2 toured America many times early in their career and appear to have fallen under its spell - so it's no surprise really that Bono has chosen to write about what he's seen and heard and learned.

Here's a selection of 10 U2 songs that feature some form of lyrical comment or celebration of the one of the world's most dynamic countries.

Angel of Harlem


A song about singer Billie Holiday, Bono was trying to throw the kitchen sink at this song, referencing all kinds of musical figures related to the city of New York - even a popular radio station was mentioned!

U2 appeared to be trying to 'get into' the blues on Rattle on Hum - this song was a clear step in that musical genre and the dropping in of names from artists that helped shape it were an attempt to give an air of authenticity.

America is after all, the home of the blues.

A less cynical reader might simply see the lyrics of Angel of Harlem as a celebration of the city.

The Saints Are Coming


While not written by U2 or Green Day (it was a cover of The Skids song), The Saints Are Coming is a song both bands recorded together to deliver a blunt political message about the U.S. Government's response to Hurricane Katrina which many felt was negligent and that the Bush administration was "Stuck on Stupid".

The promotional video deliberately played on popular feelings of utter disbelief and dismay at the way the U.S. government had responded to the event.

Stuck on stupid indeed.

Bullet the Blue Sky


Perhaps the archetype political song by U2 (arguably Sunday Bloody Sunday could take that role too) the lyrics describes the unintended consequences of US President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy decisions in South America.

The song lyrics are a overt criticisms of the American policy of "stop communism at all costs".

Such policy lead the Reagan Administration to provide financial and political support to the Salvadoran regime which required them to ignoring that regime's abuse of human rights. 


Is it really any surprise that U2 ended up writing a song about New York?

Bono has stated that the song is a tribute of sorts to both Frank Sinatra and Lou Reed.

The Play Boy Mansion


The Play Boy Mansion is possibly a symbol of all that is wrong and right with America - either way Hugh Hefner is as popular as ever.

The songs lyrics are perhaps a tongue-in-cheek run down of some American icons.

Certainly Bono would not be deliberately suggesting the route to happiness is a visit to Hefner's pad.

Or is he?

Elvis Ate America and Elvis Presley And America


Two for the money here - U2 have often sang about Elvis - and these songs were a celebration of the man and his legacy on music.

The lyrics that 'Elvis would have been a sissy without Johnny Cash' was a great piece of commentary - the use of the word 'nigger' was a brave move.... did Chuck D approve?

Zooropa


Many of the verse lyrics are borrowed from the slogans of American companies and corporations.

These slogans include "Be all that you can be" from the United States Army), "Fly the friendly skies" from airline United Airlines), Colgate's "Ring of confidence (the lyric being "We've got that ring of confidence"), and Fairy's "Mild green Fairy liquid" (the line being "We're mild and green and squeaky clean").

This could be simply viewed some kind of meta commentary on American consumerism (admittedly the song has slogans from other European countries) and perhaps hints at some kind of moral confusion where the morals of a society may be dictated by the corporate dollar spend on advertising.

Pride (In the Name of Love)


Pride has become an international anthem for peace, freedom and human rights.

It's inspiration was civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and '60s.

The song is a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. who has become the symbol for equal rights in America for all persons.

U2 also wrote the song MLK about the same subject.

Seconds


While the lyrics are a loose story of a terrorist trying to arm a bomb and perhaps set it off, the context for the song is that it was written by Bono in the 1980s.

This was a period where the Cold War between the USSR and America had reached an all time freezing point in relations (save for the Cuban missile crisis!).

The song evokes the fears that people had that this Cold War could potentially lead to nuclear war and the own kind of cold winter that would bring.

That's just a taste of songs that U2 have used to make a comment on America.

There's almost a duplicity to U2 in this regard - they tour America and revel in it's people and then at the same time they make sharp criticsm of its leaders, their institutions and Coke but take the ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities.

I trust U2 fans are in on it but it might be hard to tell in a country where many people think Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA is a patriotic song.....

U2 songs that reference nuclear bombs and other horrors

u2 protesting nuclear power plant

U2 songs that reference nuclear bombs and other horrors

U2 are known for their political views and agitation to get policy change but where as a band like Rage Against the Machine would be all in your face – U2 are just as obvious but less angry – their last tour featured members of Amnesty International coming out on state during Walk On – a song dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi,  a Burman political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Both band’s lyrics also push the barrel of whatever agenda they have – a long standing on for U2 has been referencing atomic war and nuclear issues.

U2 also once famously protested against the Sellafeild nuclear plant by colluding with Greenpeace to stage an event on a beach near the site that was contaminated with radiation as the result of the power plant’s activities.

As far as I can figure the earliest U2 song lyrics that refers to atomic bombs is from the non album single, Celebration where Bono sarcastically shares that he believes in the following three things:

“I believe in the third world war
I believe in the atomic bomb
I believe in the powers that be but they won't overpower me”

That was as far back as 1982.

Seconds from the popular War album is another early U2 songs to make direct references to atomic bombs

“And they're doing the atomic bomb
Do they know where the dance comes from
Yes, they're doing the atomic bomb
They want you to sing along

Bono said to the NME music magazine in 1983 of the song "There is a line in 'Seconds' about a fanatic assembling a nuclear device in an apartment in Times Square, New York, but it could be anywhere. We are now entering the age of nuclear terrorism where a group of fanatics could have the capabilities of bringing a bomb into a city and holding millions of people to ransom."

The Unforgettable Fire was released in 1984 in a time when the world was worrying itself sick about the arms race between the US and the Russians. Bono was inspired by a collection of paintings collectively known as The Unforgettable Fire which was a reference to atomic bombs being dropped in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Ngagasaki. 

Says the Edge of the art display (in the book U2: Into the Heart: The Stories Behind Every Song) "the image of that purging quality, coupled with the insight it gave into the horror of nuclear holocaust, stuck in Bono's mind".

It is perhaps ironic then the lyrics to song The Unforgettable Fire do not reference anything nuclear or atomic!

The Wanderer, featuring country and western legend Johnny Cash from the Zooropa album was definitely suggestive of being set in a post apocalyptic world set under an 'atomic sky'. Lyrically it featured a character that appeared to be struggling to find some kind of spiritual identity.

Another U2 album title also referred to atomic bombs in a most direct fashion – How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb was a popular album that had a bonus track Fast Cars which gave the answer to the album’s question – one dismantles an atomic bomb with love.

Are there any other U2 lyrics that refer to nuclear issues?

Check out this other article that discusses Bono's lyric writing abilities

Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes Lyrics U2

Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes Lyrics U2

"Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes"

My heart is longing for you, love
I cared for you more then you knew
Though you have broken each promise
And yesterday's dreams are untrue

Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
When sunshine brings memories of you
My sunshine will turn into sorrow
As I dream of the love we once knew

Why should I always be lonesome
When sunny and blue are the skies
While shadows and loneliness linger
I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes

Why did you promise me sweetheart
Never to leave me alone
Yesterday's sunshine is faded
Your love wasn't true like my own

Alone, I'll be yearning tomorrow
When sunshine brings memories of you
My sunshine will turn into sorrow
As I dream of the love we once knew

Why should I always be lonesome
When sunny and blue are the skies
While shadows of loneliness linger
I'm dreaming with tears in my eyes


(This song, performed by Bono & Larry, can be found on the Songs of Jimmie Rodgers album)

Oh, Berlin lyrics by U2 from the Achtung Baby recording sessions


'Oh, Berlin' lyrics by U2

Oh, Berlin is a song from the Achtung Baby sessions that has never been heard until the release of the 20th Anniversary release of Achtung Baby. Other releases from that time include Down all The Days and Blow Your House Down.

It's no surprise that U2 wrote a song about Berlin as that's where a lot of recording for the album took place - indeed Zoo Station is so named after a train stop in the city!

Lyrics

Hasse, hasse, hasse, hasse

White snow turning to slush
A festival of brown in the city of my crush
If you walk around, you can step inside
Köthner Straße achtunddreißig

Oh Berlin
Who could think they would find you by just looking
Oh Berlin
How many of us hide in you
Oh Berlin
To think I could know you by your name

To stare and not be stared
To look and not be seen
To feel new feelings
Rather than understand where you've just been
Fame, huh

Oh Berlin
Who could they would find you by just looking
Oh Berlin
When you flap your angel wings
Oh Berlin
To think that I could know you by your name

Chasing the ghosts of our heroes
Lou Reed, David Bowie, Iggy, Wim Wenders, Rilke
To change location rather than change yourself
To ask for directions rather than ask for help
To remain always a true friend

Oh Berlin
Who could think they would find you by just looking
Oh Berlin
When you flap your angel wings
Oh Berlin
To think that I could know you by your name

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic orders
And even if one to suddenly take me to its heart
I would vanish into its stronger existence
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
That we are still able to bear and we revere it so
Because it calmly disdains to destroy us
Every angel is terror

Every angel is terror
Oh Berlin
Every angel is terror
Every angel is terror
Who would think they could find you by just looking
Every angel is terror
Every angel is terror
Oh Berlin
How many of us hide in you
Oh Berlin
To think that I could know you by a single name

A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel lyrics by U2

 A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel lyrics by U2


'A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel' song lyrics by U2


B-side from U2's classic Angel of Harlem, a popular song from Rattle and Hum. The song might be about a hooker or a woman who confuses sex for love.

Either way it's one of those classic songs written by Bono which could mean anything.

Given the bluesy roots that U2 were trying to lay down on Rattle and Hum, Heartbreak Hotel is probably a reference to the popular Elvis song as well.  

Lyrics:

From where I stand
I can see through you
From where you're sitting, pretty one
I know it got to you

See the stars in your eyes
You want the truth but you need the lies
Like Judy Garland, like Valentino
You give your life for rock and roll, uh huh

Stand
We're on the landslide of love
You got everything you want,
And what you need you give away

For a primitive love and a ride on the mystery train
A primitive love
A room at the heart, heartbreak hotel
A room at the heartbreak, heartbreak hotel
A room at the heartbreak, heartbreak hotel

You say it's love, it's not the money
You let them suck your life out like honey
Turning tricks, you're on the street
Selling your kisses so bittersweet

I love it, yeah
Buy me again
I want to know pretty baby
I want to know
The price is too hard to pay

A primitive love and a ride on the mystery train
A primitive love
A room at the heart, heartbreak hotel

A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel
A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel
A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel
A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel

Hallelujah, said halle-hello to ya
Said hallelujah

A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah
A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah
A room at the heartbreak, the heartbreak
The heartbreak hotel, hotel

Deep in the Heart Lyrics by U2



Deep in the Heart Lyrics by U2 

This song was a U2 b-side from The Joshua Tree's very popular hit I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Deep in the Heart features some slide guitar from The Edge.

Lyrics:

Angel, everything is gonna be alright
Angel, everything is gonna work out tonight
Thirty years old, sweet as a rose
Every petal of her wafer thin
Love will make you blind, creep up from behind
Get you jumping out of your skin
Angel, it's sink or swim

Deep in the heart
Deep in the heart of this place
Deep in the heart
Deep in the heart of this place

Door is closed behind me now
The window is sealed to shut out the light
Green as the leaves and the cure of the nettle sting
Do your homework, it'll work out right

Deep in the heart
Deep in the heart of this place
Deep in the heart
Deep in the heart of this place

The scent of cedar, I can still see her
You can't return to the place you never left
Angel, we'll make it work out tonight
Angel, I wanna be home tonight
Door is closed behind me now
The window is sealed, to shut out the light
Green as the leaves the cure of the nettle sting
Do your work and you'll work out right

Deep in the heart
Deep in the heart of this place
Deep in the heart
Deep in the heart of this place

Lyrics of songs sung by The Edge

What U2 lyrics does The Edge sing?

What U2 songs does the Edge sing?


The Edge sings on plenty of U2 songs as back up vocalist, often sharing those duties with Larry. Here's a couple of songs where The Edge has taken the lead vocal duty. Clicking on the song name with take you to the lyrics.



Numb


"Numb" was released as the Zooropa's first single. Numb is a repeating, monotonous mantra spoken by The Edge with a drumbeat sampled from the Leni Riefenstahl film Olympia. 


"Numb" also features backing vocals by Bono and Larry Mullen, Jr i.e. while the The Edge sings in a slow monotone while Bono sings around it in his 'opera' voice.
Van Dieman's Land was the original name used by Europeans for the island of Tasmania, Australia. The lyrics were written and sung by U2's one and only The Edge. 

The song is dedicated to a Fenian poet named John Boyle O'Reilly, who was deported to Australia because of his poetry and Fenian leanings. 

The track itself is from Rattle and Hum.


Sunday Bloody Sunday



During the Pop Mart tour, The Edge took lead vocal duties live on stage for this song. Edge sang alone and without accompaniment from the rest of the U2 band, save for his own guitar.


The Edge is also noted as singing the the first half of the song "Seconds" from War, dual vocals with Bono in "Discotheque" from the Pop album, and the bridge in the song "Miracle Drug".

Are You Gonna Wait Forever lyrics by U2



Are You Gonna Wait Forever lyrics by U2

Are You Gonna Wait Forever was the b-side from U2's Vertigo single off the How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album. This song was dropped from the album as All Because of You ended up sharing the same musical sensibilities - in a similar way to how Lady With The Spinning Head is very similar to The Fly.

Lyrics:

All the obstacles in my way, now
Are disappearing every day, now
I'm getting closer
We're getting closer to home
It won't be long until the summer comes

Are you gonna wait forever?
Are you gonna wait forever?

Getting out from under my bed, now
I'm going to say the things I should have said, now
Getting closer
Getting closer to what's true
Gonna find myself in you

Are you gonna wait forever?
Are you gonna wait forever?
Are you gonna wait forever?
Are you gonna wait forever?

There's no one there behind their eyes
They're in the business, beautiful lies
We'll keep the promise
'Cause we don't know how to break it
The furniture you can rearrange
Don't trade your dreams for some small change
Guard the flame, or better leave it naked

Are you gonna wait forever?
Are you gonna wait forever?
Are you gonna wait forever?
How?
Are you gonna wait forever?
How, how long, how long?
Or is it now, now, now?
Or is it now?

Down All The Days lyrics by U2

Down All The Days lyrics by U2

Released as part of the celebrations of the twenty year anniversary of one of U2's best albums, Achtung Baby. If you liked this song, you should check out U2's Blow Your House Down which was released at the same time.

Down all the Days Lyrics by U2.

My eyes are black
They've seen the glory
My ears are shut
They've heard the storm
My legs are weak
From so much stumbling

Down all the days
Down all the days

My lips are dry
They've tasted water
My spirit high
I hardly touch the ground
My heart is heavy
It hears the distant firing

Down all the days
Down all the days
Down all the days
Down all the days
Down all the days
Days, days
Down all the days
Days, days

I love to talk
Days, days
Can you leave me some it to hug
Days, days
Can you hold me now
Days, days
I love her hug
Days, days
Days, days
Days

The skyline's in the cloud
Throw down some winds now
Right now I'm only here to see me
Come down whenever you want to see me
Right on a phone, the holy rose
Someone in the street's on fire
And I am weary, worthy
Wounded, all wrong
I love thee, to hold thee
I love thee

Everybody Loves A Winner lyrics U2

Everybody Loves A Winner lyrics U2

A left over from the Achtung Baby recording sessions, the song was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of what were arguably U2's richest recording sessions (any session that One or Love is Blindness falls out of must be rich!)


Lyrics:


Once I had fame
I was full of pride
Well, there were a lot of friends
Always by my side

But my luck ran dry
Now my friends begin to hide

Everybody loves a winner
Everybody loves a winner
When you lose, you lose alone

Everywhere I turned
There was a hello and a smile
I never thought they'd be gone
After a while

Oh, that big road ran down
And the smiles turned to frowns

Everybody loves a winner
Everybody loves a winner
But when you lose, you lose alone

Hands to heaven that I would be true
To get back that love
There's nothing I wouldn't do
But I learned and I lost
And now I paid the cost

Everybody loves a winner
Everybody loves a winner
Everybody loves a winner
But when you lose, you lose alone

Where did it all go wrong lyrics by U2

Where did it all go wrong lyrics by U2

Near the Island lyrics U2 Deluxe achtung baby

Near the Island is an instrumental track from the Achtung Baby sessions. It has no lyrics !


Oh Berlin lyrics by U2

Oh Berlin lyrics U2

Heaven And Hell lyrics U2 achtung baby

Heaven And Hell lyrics U2 

From the Achtung baby recording sessions, Heaven and Hell was a non album track released along with Blow Your House Down to and Oh, Berlin to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album. 

Heaven and Hell Lyrics by Bono

You used to think I was something special
You haven't thought that in a while
You liked the company of my inner devil
'Cause my inner devil could make you smile

Like an angel on some stained-glass
Not some relic from the recent past
With your pale breasts and your fresh wound
And your eyes to heaven with your hands bound

I thought you'd find me when you went looking
In truth, you'd have to be there to look around
How come the honeysuckle isn't sucking
And I got a bee sting walking on the ground

Did our brass bead become a mud bath
A dirty boy, dirty girl having a dirty laugh
I saw you coming, I had you covered
Till you discovered

That we're heaven, heaven, heaven and hell
Heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven and hell

Picnick table and a china cup
We had an airbed that was all stuffed
Now it's room 64 at the chateau
Ask the front desk where does your love go

Is it to heaven, heaven, heaven or to hell
Is it to heaven, heaven, heaven or hell
Baby, we're heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven and hell

Check out Down all the Day's lyrics as well!

Blow Your House lyrics U2

Blow Your House lyrics by U2

Blow Down Your House was released by Irish Rockers U2 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic album, Achtung Baby. The song was from the recording sessions of that album. It was released as part of a super dooper reissue of Actung Baby.

Burn Your House down features all the familiar sonic elements of Achtung Baby - Edge riffs, appeggios, slide guitar, backing vocals and lyrics that feature a woman as a central character that's being out of control - kind of like The Lady with the Spinning Head

Blow Your House Down Lyrics:

You've been along this road so many times
Nothing should be a surprise to you
Seen every premeditated crime
From every possible point of view

Why, if it's so wrong, does it feel so right?
Why, oh I've got your gun?
Do I want you tonight?

She, she's gonna blow your house down
She's gonna turn your head around
She's gonna blow your house down

What of chaos is the thing you crave
Is it the taste of self-inflicted pain
And what of losing is your drug of choice
Is it what keeps you coming back again

Why, if it's so wrong, does it feel so right

She, she's gonna blow your house down
She's gonna turn your head around
She's gonna blow your house down

She blow your house down
She's gonna turn your head around
She's gonna blow your house down

Run fast, fast as you can
Run fast, fast as you can
Fast, fast as you can
Run as fast, fast as you can
Fast as you can
Run as fast, fast as you can

The wave, it have its
She was saving it
What makes you think you can
Oh, they're craving
Deals for breaking
Your old devil's hands

She, she's gonna blow your house down
She's gonna turn your head around
She's gonna blow your house down

She gonna blow your house down
She's gonna turn your head around
She's gonna blow your house down

Q Magazine Achtung Baby U2 Lyrics Covers Song Lyrics



Q Magazine U2 Covers Song Lyrics from Achtung Baby

Q Magazine has arranged for a selection of fabulous artists to record an album of covers from U2's Achtung Baby. This is to celebrate the re-issue of U2's Achtung baby for the 20th Anniversary.

Here's the track list. Clicking on the song title will take you to the lyrics of the song.

"Zoo Station" visited by Nine Inch Nails
"Even Better Than the Real Thing" covered by U2 (Jacques Lu Cont Mix)
"One" performed by Damian Rice
"Until the End of the World" sung by Patti Smith
"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" broken in by Garbage
"So Cruel" recorded by Depeche Mode
"The Fly" swatted by Gavin Friday
"Mysterious Ways" moved by Snow Patrol
"Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World" tackled to the ground by The Fray
"Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" lit up by The Killers
"Acrobat" riffed out by Glasvegas
"Love Is Blindness" monstered by Jack White

Glasvegas is apparently doing a song ....

List of U2 B-sides and Lyrics

List of U2 b-side songs


List of U2 B-sides and Lyrics



When a band records an album, they often have a selection of songs that don't make the final cut but they are good enough to be released in some form and historically they've been added as a B-side as support to the A-side of a single release.

While Oasis is famous for their b-sides, U2 are not so much well known for their b-sides but none-the-less, they've built up a pretty sweet collection of songs.


U2 B-sides List - alphabetical


A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel
B-side on the 'Angel of Harlem' single released in December 1988.

Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk / Korova 1
B-side on 'The Fly' single, October 1991.

Always
B-side on 'Beautiful Day' single, October 2000.

Are You Gonna Wait Forever
B-side on 'Vertigo' single, November 2004.

Ave Maria (Jacknife Lee Mix)
B-side on 'Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own' single, February 2005.

Beat On The Brat
From 'We're a Happy Family', a tribute album to The Ramones. February 2003.

Big Girls Are Best
B-side on 'Stuck in A Moment' single, January 2001.

"Boomerang II" from The Unforgettable Fire's Pride, September 1984.

Boy/Girl
A track on U2's very first single 'Three', October 1979.

Can't Help Falling In Love (Triple Peaks Remix)
B-side on 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses' single, August 1992.

Dancing Barefoot cover by Patti Smith
B-side on 'When Love Comes to Town' single, April 1989.

Deep In The Heart
B-side on 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' single, May 1987.

Everlasting Love by Robert Night
B-side on 'All I Want is You' single, June 1989.

Fortunate Son by CCR
B-side on 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses' single, August 1992.

Hallelujah Here She Comes
B-side on 'Desire' single, September 1988.

Happiness is a Warm Gun (The Gun Mix) by John Lennon
B-side on 'Last Night on Earth' single, July 1997.

Holy Joe
B-side on 'Discothèque' single, February 1997.

Johnny Swallow
B-side on 'Fire' single, July 1981.

Lady with the Spinning Head
B-side on 'One' single, March 1992.

Love Comes Tumbling
B-side on 'The Unforgettable Fire' single, October 1984.

Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)
B-side on 'With or Without You' single, March 1987.

Neon Lights
B-side on 'Vertigo' single, November 2004.

North and South of the River
B-side on 'Staring at the Sun' single, April 1997.

Paint It Black (cover of the Rolling Stones)
B-side on 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses' single, August 1992.

Race Against Time
B-side on 'Where the Streets Have No Name' single, August 1987.

Salomé
B-side on 'Even Better Than the Real Thing' single, June 1992.

Satellite of Love a cover of the song by Lou Reed.
B-side on 'One' single, March 1992. U2 would againt visit Lou Reed's songs on The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack album.

Silver and Gold
B-side on 'Where the Streets Have No Name' single, August 1987.

Slow Dancing
B-side on 'Stay (Faraway, So Close!)' single, November 1993.

Spanish Eyes
B-side on 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' single, May 1987.

Summer Rain
B-side on 'Beautiful Day' single, October 2000.

Sweetest Thing (The Single Mix)
Released as a single in 1997. Originally a b-side on 'Where The Streets Have No Name' single, 1987.

The Three Sunrises
B-side on 'The Unforgettable Fire' single, October 1984.

Touch
B-side on '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' single, May 1980.

Tower of Song
B-side on 'Window in the Skies' single, January 2007. From the movie 'Leonard Cohen: I'm your Man'.

Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl
B-side on 'A Celebration' single, March 1982.

Treasure (Whatever happened to Pete the Chop)
B-side on 'New Year's Day' single, January 1983.

Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad
B-side on 'If God Will Send His Angels' single, December 1997. Written by Bono and The Edge for Frank Sinatra to sing, he declined. Sinatra's daughter Nancy eventually gave it a shot.

Unchained Melody by made famous by The Righteous Brothers
B-side on 'All I Want is You' single, June 1989.

Walk to the Water
B-side on 'With or Without You' single, March 1987.

Where Did It All Go Wrong
B-side on 'Even Better Than the Real Thing' single, June 1992.

Mother of Pearl Lyrics by U2

Mother of Pearl Lyrics by U2

This is a place holder post in case U2 do actually release this song on Songs of Ascent.

The Sacred Heart of Malibu lyrics by U2

The Sacred Heart of Malibu lyrics by U2

This is a place holder post based on the chance that The Sacred Heart of Malibu will be released by U2

I'll Believe Her When She Sings lyrics by U2

'I'll Believe Her When She Sings' song lyrics by U2



This is a place holder post based on speculation this is a song name by U2. Mentioned in 2011, the song has never been heard of again. Possibly a song U2 worked on and then abandoned in favour of other tracks.

It could make an appearance on Songs of Experience but we doubt it.

Consider this a foot note in the song creation process.

Mount Zion lyrics by U2

Mount Zion lyrics by U2

This is a place holder post based on speculation this may be a future U2 song

U2 Songs of Ascent Lyrics

This album became Songs of Innocence

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Songs of Ascent Lyrics by U2

While not yet officially announced, Bono suggested that U2 were working on an album called Songs of Ascent. 

U2 has played a couple of unreleased songs on the 360 Tour and it's assumed these songs are from sessions that were intended for the new album (or were possibly left overs from No Line on the Horizon).


Every Breaking Wave
Glastonbury
North Star

No Line on the Horizon album song lyrics by U2

No Line on the Horizon lyrics by U2


No Line on the Horizon lyrics by U2


No Line on The Horizon was the follow up to How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

Featuring the odd first single choice of Get On Your Boots, the roaring Magnificent and the wonderful Unknown Caller, NLOTH was a strong effort from the band.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb lyrics by U2

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb


How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb lyrics by U2 

HTDAAB was a great follow up to U2's 'comeback' album, All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Featuring the big hits of Vertigo and City of Blinding Lights, the album was another turn at the 'classic U2 sound' albeit with a slightly more rocky slant than it's predecessor. Winning 9 Grammy Awards and selling 9 million copies, U2's work won favour with fans and critics.

Lyrically the album has been said to be a consideration of world at the crossroads of its existence. Love and war, peace and harmony, and approaching death are strong lyrical themes.

Lyrics:


  1. Vertigo
  2. Miracle Drug
11. Yahweh

Bonus Track: Fast Cars

In case you where wondering how one does dismantle and atomic bomb, the answer is 'with love' as refered to in the song Fast Cars.

U2's B-Side "Spanish Eyes" lyrics

U2's "Spanish Eyes" b-side lyrics


U2's "Spanish Eyes" b-side lyrics


Spanish Eyes was the b-side to the very popular single from The Joshua Tree, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For


The meaning in Bono's lyrics is suggestion that the Irish have Spanish heritage in their ancestry (whether DNA based or not). Bono is really making a simple love song with a focus on eyes, as is custom for many songs.

Spanish Eyes Lyrics


Hey, hey, baby hang on
Baby hang on

Hang to your heart
Beat tight like a drum set
Hang on to your love
See it shine like a song
Hey, hey, baby hang on

Our love it shines like rain
In those spanish eyes, spanish eyes

Hey, hey, here she comes
Comes in colours
You know she gonna turn the daylight on
Cause I love the way you talk to me
And I love the way you walk on me
And I need you
More than you need me
Our love, shines like rain
In those spanish eyes, spanish eyes

Across the world
For green and gold
It's those spanish eyes
That get me home
Home again

Hey, hey, baby hang on
Hey, hey, you know that
The night is young
Dazzled by lights that
Shine in your eyes
I'm standing in the shadows
And wait for the night
Forever in fever
Forever in heat
You pick me up to put me out on the street

Hey, hey, baby hang on, hang on
Hey, hey, baby hang on, hang on
Cause I love the way you talk to me
And I love the way you need me
And I need you

'All That You Can't Leave Behind' song lyrics by U2

'All That You Can't Leave Behind' album song lyrics by U2.


'All That You Can't Leave Behind' album song lyrics by U2


Following the muddled experiment that was Pop (that's not to say it lacked good songs!), U2 returned to their 'classic' sound of bass, drums and guitar for All That You Can't Leave Behind.

This approach to songwriting won many U2 fans back and the album becoming their most successful in over a decade, selling over 12 million copies and winning a truck load of Grammy awards.

Following the 911 attacks in America, the lyrics of the songs took on new meaning for many American U2 fans which contribute to the album's success.

U2's All That You Cant Leave Behind Lyrics 



1. "Beautiful Day"
2. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
3. "Elevation"
4. "Walk On"
5. "Kite"
6. "In a Little While"
7. "Wild Honey"
8. "Peace on Earth"
9. "When I Look at the World"
10. "New York"
11. "Grace"

UK, Australia and Japan bonus track

12. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"

The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack Lyrics by U2



The Million Dollar Hotel lyrics by U2 and other artists


The Million Dollar Hotel was a movie to which U2 and in particular Bono helped with the soundtrack. Featuring The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Lou Reed's Satellite of Love sung by Milla Jocovich, the soundtrack was a mix of U2 songs from the All You That You Can't Leave Behind recording sessions and muscial numbers peformed by The Million Dollar Hotel Band, including some guitar work by Daniel Lanois, a long time producer for U2.


The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack Lyrics:

1. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"
2. "Never Let Me Go"
3. "Stateless"
4. "Satellite of Love"
5. "Falling at Your Feet"
6. "Tom Tom's Dream"
7. "The First Time"
8. "Bathtub"
9. "The First Time" (Reprise)
10. "Tom Tom's Room"
11. "Funny Face"
12. "Dancin' Shoes"
13. "Amsterdam Blue (Cortége)"
14. "Satellite of Love" (Reprise) 

Pop album lyrics by U2

U2 Pop album song lyrics


Pop lyrics by U2


Pop was the U2 juggernaught kicking back into a high gear following the weirdness that was Original Soundtracks Vol 1.

Pop was U2 unashamedly trying to do something new again and saw them testing the waters of electronica.

While some people thought U2 took it too far, Pop produced the delightfully goofy Discotheque, the classic pop song of Staring at the Sun and the oft overlooked but perfectly judged Please.

It was yet another U2 album number one all around the world.

U2's Pop Lyrics:


1. "Discothèque"
2. "Do You Feel Loved"
3. "Mofo"
4. "If God Will Send His Angels"
5. "Staring at the Sun"
6. "Last Night on Earth"
7. "Gone"
8. "Miami"
9. "The Playboy Mansion"
10. "If You Wear That Velvet Dress"
11. "Please"
12. "Wake Up Dead Man"

Passengers Lyrics Original Soundtrack Vol 1 by U2



Original Soundtracks Vol 1 Lyrics by U2 / Passengers

If you fans had thought U2's grammy award wining Zooropa was experimental and weird, no one was prepared for the insanity that was Original Soundtracks Vol 1. U2 teamed up with Brian Eno and other artists to be known collectively as passengers to produce an album of weird and wonderful delights such as Your Blue Room and the very popular Miss Sarajevo.


Original Soundtracks Vol 1 lyrics

1. "United Colours"
2. "Slug"
3. "Your Blue Room"
4. "Always Forever Now"
5. "A Different Kind of Blue"
6. "Beach Sequence"
7. "Miss Sarajevo"
8. "Ito Okashi"
9. "One Minute Warning"
10. "Corpse (These Chains are Way too Long)"
11. "Elvis Ate America"
12. "Plot 180" Hypnotize
13. "Theme from The Swan"
14. "Theme from Let's Go Native"

Note songs 1 and 12,13,14 have no lyrics.

Drunk Chicken America Lyrics U2 Ginsberg

U2's Zooropa album song lyrics


Zooropa album lyrics by U2

I think Zooropa was the first U2 album I ever bought.

I vaguely recall having heard Numb on what was then called 93 FM and thinking it sounded pretty cool. Then on a trip later to Taupo with my Dad and brothers I saw a poster with all the song titles on it and it looked awesome and dangerous unlike say the Roxette album we listened to on the way to Taupo.

Soon after I bought the album and my musical journey with U2 began.

Anyways you didn't come here for the memories of a teenager, you came for the lyrics of Zooropa, a Grammy award winning album that featured a monotoned The Edge, an amazing vocal track by the late and great Johnny Cash and some fantastic Brian Eno keyboard magic on Lemon.

Zooropa was a quick companion piece of sorts to Achtung Baby. Lyrically, Zooropa expanded on many of the Achtung Baby tours' themes of media over-saturation, technology, and of course love.

U2's Zooropa lyrics:


1. "Zooropa"
2. "Babyface"
3. "Numb" (The Edge on lead vocal)
4. "Lemon"
5. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
6. "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car"
7. "Some Days Are Better Than Others"
8. "The First Time"
9. "Dirty Day"
10. "The Wanderer"

Extra for Experts


Hold Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, Thrill Me was also written during the recording sessions for Zooropa, however it was considered to different from the other songs to warrant a place on the album and somehow it found its way onto the Batman Forever movie soundtrack.

Achtung Baby Lyrics by U2



Achtung Baby Lyrics by U2


Achtung Baby is U2's crowning glory, their master piece that no band since 1991 has bettered, it is a modern day classic. Following the perhaps inevitable backlash against U2's Rattle and Hum, U2's sound on the album was unlike anything the band had ever produced before.

U2's previous records such as War and The Joshua Tree made lyrical statements about political and social issues. Bono's lyrics for Achtung Baby a realised a more personal and introspective which examined love, sexuality, spirituality, faith, and even betrayal with Until The End of the World being an obvious example.

U2's lyrics for Achtung Baby

"Zoo Station"          
"One
 "Acrobat"     

Rattle and Hum album lyrics by U2

Rattle and Hum album lyrics by U2


Rattle and Hum album lyrics by U2


Following on from the mega selling The Joshua Tree was seen as a tough act to follow - U2 were nearly up to the challenge with Rattle and Hum, an album with some killer songs like All I Want Is You and God Part II but as a whole it didn't quite have the same magic as The Joshua Tree.

That said the album produced plenty of hits of U2 and songs from Rattle and Hum still feature in most U2 concert set lists.

The album was intended to be a tribute to some musical legends and took a bluesy turn with Desire featuring a Bo Diddley inspired riff being played on Desire, blues maestro BB King featuring his own guitar work on Love Comes To Town and lyrics evoking memories of jazz legends Billie Holiday and Miles Davis and even John Lennon.

The album title, Rattle and Hum, is taken from a lyric from U2's own "Bullet the Blue Sky"

Rattle and Hum Lyrics

         

The Unforgettable Fire lyrics by U2

'The Unforgettable Fire' album lyrics by U2

'The Unforgettable Fire' album lyrics by U2


The Unforgettable Fire was U2's fourth album.

With a more ambient or abstract sound than War, U2's new producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno helped deliver an album with lyrics that referenced heroin addiction, Martin Luther King, atomic bombs and Elvis.


The Unforgettable Fire Lyrics

1. "A Sort of Homecoming"
2. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
3. "Wire"
4. "The Unforgettable Fire"
5. "Promenade"
6. "4th of July" 
7. "Bad"
8. "Indian Summer Sky"
9. "Elvis Presley and America"
10. "MLK"

Disappearing Act was a song that was released for the re-issue of The Unforgettable Fire in 2009.

October Lyrics by U2

October album cover U2
October was U2's follow up to their debut album Boy. Produced again by Steve Lillywhite, it was a more polished effort but did not win over as many critics as the first album. The track Gloria has proved to be a song that has stood the test of time and as the title of that song suggests, October's lyrics were of a heavily spiritual nature and they were all written by Bono.

October Lyrics:

1. Gloria
2. I Fall Down
3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
4. Rejoice
5. Fire
6. Tomorrow
7. October
8. With A Shout
9. Stranger In A Strange Land
10. Scarlet
11. Is That All?

Fun Fact: October is the least selling of all the U2 albums. Even Pop sold more.....

Boy lyrics by U2

Boy

Here's the lyrics to U2's Boy album. Released on October 20, 1980 it was produced by Steve Lillywhite who would go on to produce several U2 works.

Common lyrical themes among the album's songs are the thoughts and frustrations of adolescence which is not surprising as U2 were just a bunch of 20 something Irish lads when Boy came out!

Boy is probably best known for is classic tracks "I Will Follow" and The Electric Co.

Boy Lyrics:

1. "I Will Follow"
2. "Twilight"
3. "An Cat Dubh"
4. "Into the Heart"
5. "Out of Control"

Side two

1. "Stories for Boys"
2. "The Ocean"
3. "A Day Without Me"
4. "Another Time, Another Place"
5. "The Electric Co."
6. "Shadows and Tall Trees"

A question often asked about the album is, who is the boy on the cover? The answer is Peter Rowen. He went on to become a photographer.