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The Best of 1980-1990

 

Pride

On man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more
In the name of love
In the name of love
One more
In the name of love

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed up
     on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more
In the name of love
In the name of love
One more
In the name of love

Early morning April 4
A shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more
In the name of love

New Year's Day

All is quiet on New Year's Day
A world in white gets underway
And I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year's Day
I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood-red sky
A crowd has gathered in
      black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
Newspapers say, it says it's true
     it's true
And we can break through
Though torn in two we can be one
I will begin again, I will begin again
Oh and maybe the time is right
Oh maybe tonight
I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we are told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars
     we wage
Though I want to be with you
To be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year's Day

With Or Without You

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait... without you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing left to win
And nothing else to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
I can't live
With or without you

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

 

I have climbed the highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

I have run I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls,
     these city walls
Only to be with you
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colours will bleed into one
But yes I'm still running
You broke the bonds
You loosed the chains
You carried the cross
And my shame
Oh my shame
You know I believe it
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

Sunday Bloody Sunday

 

I can't believe the news today
I can't close my eyes and make it go away
How long,
How long must we sing
     this song?
How long? Tonight we can be as one
Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across a dead end street
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up, puts my back up against the wall

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

And the battle's just begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has
     won?
The trenches dug within our hearts
And mother's children brothers, sisters
     torn apart

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

How long,
How long must we sing
     this song?
How long? Tonight we can be as one
Tonight, tonight

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Wipe your bloodshot eyes

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

And it's true we are inmune
When fact is fiction and TV
     is reality
And today the millions cry

We eat and drink while tomorrow
     they die
The real battle just begun
To claim the victory Jesus won
On a Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

Bad

If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could yes I would
If I could I would let it go
Surrender
Dislocate

If I could throw this lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away
Into the night and thru the rain
Into the halflight and thru the flame

If I could through myself set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light and to the day

To let it go and so to fade away
To let it go and so to fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake I'm not sleeping
Oh no, no

If you should ask then maybe
     they'd tell you what I would say
True colours fly in blue and black
Bruised silken sky and burning flag
Colours crash, collide in blood shot eyes
If I could you know I would
If I could I would let it go

This desperation
Dislocation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation

Let it go and so fade away
To let it go and so to fade away
To let it go and so to fade away
I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake, I'm not sleeping
Oh no

Where the Streets Have No Name

 

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I want to feel sunlight on my face
See that dust cloud disappear
     without a trace
I want to take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We're still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you
(It's all I can do)

The cities a flood
And our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled in dust
I'll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you
(It's all I can do)

And our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Ooh, I see love, see our love turn to rust
Blown by the wind, blown by the wind
Ooh, when I go there
I go there with you
(It's all I can do)

I will follow

I was on the outside, when you said
You said you needed me
I was looking at myself, I was blind
I could not see

A boy tries hard to be a man
His mother takes him by his hand
If he stops to think he starts to cry
Oh why?

If you walkaway, walkaway
I walkaway, walkaway-I will follow

I was on the inside
When they pulled the four walls down
You looked through the window, I was lost
I am found

If you walkaway, walkaway
I walkaway, walkaway-I will follow

(Your eyes make a circle
I see you when I go in there)

If you walkaway, walkaway
I walkaway, walkaway-I will follow

I will follow
I will follow

The Unforgettable Fire

 

Ice
Your only rivers run cold
These city lights, they shine as silver and gold
Dug from the night
Your eyes as black as coal

Walk on by
Walk on thru
Walk till you run and don't look back
For here I am

Carnival
The wheels fly and the colous spin
Through alcohol, red wine that punctures the skin
Face to face in a dry and waterless place

Walk on by
Walk on thru
So sad to besiege your love
So head on

Stay in this time
Stay tonight in a lie
I'm only asking but I, I think you know

Come on to take me away
Come on take me home
Come on take me home
Home again

And if the mountains should crumble
Or disappear into the sea
Not a tear
No not I

Stay in this time
Stay tonight in a lie
Ever after this love in time
And if you save your love
Don't save it all

Don't push me too far
Don't push me too far
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight...

Sweetest Thing

My love she throws me like a rubber ball
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
She won't catch me or break my fall
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Baby's got blue skies up ahead
But in this I'm a rain cloud
You know she likes a dry kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

I'm losing you Hey hey hey,
I'm losing you yeah
Ain't love the sweetest thing

I wanted to run but she made me crawl
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Eternal fire, she turned me to straw
Oh oh, the sweetest thing
You know I got black eyes
But they burn so brightly for her
Mine is a blind kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

I'm losing you
Oh oh oh,
I'm losing you yeah
Ain't love the sweetest thing
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh, yeah

Blue-eyed boy and this brown-eyed girl
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
You can sew it up but you still see the tear
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Baby's got blue skies up ahead
And in this I'm a rain cloud
You know we got a stormy kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

Desire

 

Yeah, lover I'm off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
and the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire
Desire

She's the candle
burning in my room
I'm like the needle
needle and spoon
Over the counter
with a shotgun
Pretty soon, everybody got one
And the fever when I'm beside her
Desire, Desire

(Burning, Burning)

She's the dollars
She's my protection
She's the promise
In the year of election
Sister, I can't let you go
I'm like a preacher
Stealing hearts at a travelling show
For love or money, money...?
Desire...

When Love Comes To Town

I was a sailor,
     I was lost at sea
I was under the waves
     before love rescued me
I was a fighter, I could turn on a thread
But I stand accused
     of the things I've said

When love comes to town
I want to jump that train
When love comes to town
I want to catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did,
     before love came to town

I used to make love
     under a red sunset
I was making promises
     I was soon to forget
She was pale as the lace
     of her wedding gown
But I left her standing
     before love came to town

I ran into a juke joint when
     I heard a guitar scream
The notes were turning blue
When I fell into a dream
As the music played
     I saw my life turn around
That was the day
     before love came to town

When love comes to town
I want to jump that train
When love comes to town
I want to catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did,
     before love came to town

I was there when they crucified my Lord
I held the scabbard when
     the soldier drew his sword
I threw the dice
     when they pierced his side
But I've seen love conquer
     the great divide (1)

When love comes to town
I want to jump that train
When love comes to town
I want to catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did,
     before love came to town

Angel of Harlem

It was a cold and wet December day
When we touched down at JFK
Snow was melting on the ground
On BLS I heard the sound (of an Angel)

New York like a Christmas tree
I said tonight this city belongs to me (Angel)

Soul Love this love won't let me go
So long... Angel of Harlem

Birdland on 53
The street sounds like a symphony
We got John Coltrane and a love supreme
Miles and she has to be an Angel

Lady Day got diamond eyes
She sees the truth behind the lies (Angel)

Soul Love this love won't let me go
So long... Angel of Harlem

Blue light on the avenue
God knows they got to you
An empty glass, the lady sings
Eyes swollen like a bee sting
Blinded you lost your way
On the side streets and the alleyways
Like a star exploding in the night
Filling up the city with broad daylight
An Angel in Devil's shoes (1)
Salvation in the blues
You never looked like an Angel
So long... Angel of Harlem

- for Billie Holiday

All I Want Is You

You say you want a diamond
     on a ring of gold
You say you want your story
     to remain untold

All the promises we made from the
Cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you'll give me a highway
     with no one on it
Treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night
You say you'll give me eyes
     on a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest

All the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you want your love to work out right
To last with me through the night
You say you want a diamond on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold

All the promises we break from the
Cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

All I want is you

 

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