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Rattle and Hum

Helter Skelter

When I get to the bottom
I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn
And I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom
And I see you again

Do you, don't you want me to love you?
I'm coming down fast, but I'm miles
     above you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on
     tell me the answer
Well, you may be a lover, but
     you ain't no dancer.

Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter

Van Diemen's Land

 

Hold me now, hold me now
Till this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's land

It's a bitter pill I swallow here
To be rent from one so dear
We fought for justice and not for gain
But the magistrate sent me away

Now kings will rule and the poor will toil
And tear their hands as they tear the soil
But a day will come in the dawning age
When an honest man sees an honest wage

Hold me now, hold me now
Till this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's land

Still the gunman rules and widows pay
A scarlet coat now a black beret
They thought that blood and sacrifice
Could out of death bring forth a life

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...

Hawkmoon 269

 

Like a desert needs rain
Like a town needs a name
I need your love
Like a drifter needs a room
Hawkmoon
I need your love

Like a rhythm unbroken
Like drums in the night
Like sweet soul music
Like sunlight
I need your love

Like coming home
And you don't know
Where you've been
Like black... as coffee
Like nicotine
I need your love

When the night has no end
And the day yet to begin
As the room spins around
I need your love

Like a Phoenix rising
Needs a holy tree
Like the sweet revenge
Of a bitter enemy
I need your love

Like the heat needs the sun
Like honey on her tongue
Like the muzzle of a gun
Like oxygen
I need your love

When the night has no end
And the day yet to begin
As the room spins around
I need your love

Like thunder needs rain
Like the preacher needs pain
Like tongues of flame
Like a blindman's cane
Like a needle in a vein
Like someone to blame
Like a thought unchained
Like a runaway train
I need your love

Like faith needs a doubt
Like a freeway out
I need your love

Like powder needs a spark
Like lies need the dark
I need your love

All Along the Watchtower

 

"There must be some way out of here,"
said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion,
I can't get no relief.
Businessmen they drink my wine,
plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line
know what any of it is worth."

"No reason to get excited,"
the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us
who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that,
and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now,
the hour is getting late."

All along the watchtower,
princes kept the view
While all the women came and went,
barefoot servants, too.
Outside in the distance
a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching,
the wind began to howl.

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

Freedom For My People

 

I need some freedom
Freedom for my people
I want some freedom
Freedom
Freedom, freedom for my people
I'd like some freedom
I need some freedom for my people
Freedom
Freedom, freedom for my people

Silver and Gold

 

In the shit house, a shotgun
Praying hands hold me down
If only the hunter was hunted
In this tin can town

No stars in the black night
Looks like the sky fall down,
No sun in the daylight
Looks like it's chained to the ground

Chorus

The warden says,
"The exit is sold,"
If you want a way out -

Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold

Broken back to the ceiling
Broken nose to the floor
I scream at the silence
That crawls under the door
(under the floor)

There's a rope around my neck
There's a trigger in your gun
Jesus say something!
I am someone!

Yes, captains and kings
     in the slave ships hold
They came to collect

Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold

I seen them coming and going
The captain and the kings
Their navy blue uniforms
Them bright and shiny things

The temperature is rising
The fever white hot
Mister I ain't got nothing
But it's more than you've got

These chains no longer bind me
Not the shackles at my feet
Outside are the prisoners
Inside the free (set them free)

Last Chorus

A prize fighter in a corner is told
Hit where it hurts -

For Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold

You can stop the world from turning around
You just gotta pay a penny in the pound

Pride (In the Name of Love)

 

One 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
What 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
What more in the name of love

Early morning April four
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
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

In the name of love

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

Love Rescue Me

 

Love rescue me
Come forth and speak to me
Raise me up and don't let me fall
No man is my enemy
My own hands imprison me
Love rescue me

Many strangers have I met
On the road to my regret
Many lost who seek to find
     themselves in me
They ask me to reveal
The very thoughts
     they would conceal
Love rescue me

And the sun in the sky
     makes a shadow of you and I
Stretching out as the sun
     sinks in the sea
I'm here without a name
     in the palace of my shame
Love rescue me

In the cold mirror of a glass
I see my reflection pass
I see the dark shades
     of what I used to be
I see the purple of her eyes
The scarlet of my lies
Love rescue me

Yea though I walk through
     the valley of the shadow
Yet I will fear no evil
I have cursed thy rod and staff
They no longer comfort me
Love rescue me

Sha la la sha la la
Sha la la sha la la

I've conquered my past
The future is here at last
I stand at the entrance
To a new world I can see
The ruins to the right of me
Will soon have lost sight of me
Love rescue me

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

Heartland

 

See the sunrise over her skin
Don't change it
See the sunrise over her skin
Dawn changes everything

And the delta sun burns bright and violent

Mississippi and the cotton wool heat
Sixty-six (1) the highway speaks
Of deserts dry,
     of cool green valleys
Gold and silverveins - shining cities

In this heartland
In this heartland
In this heartland
Heaven knows this is a heartland

See the sunrise over her skin
She feels like water in my hand
Freeway like a river
     cuts through this land
Into the side of love
     like a burning spear
And the poison rain
     brings a flood of fear
Through the ghostranch hills,
     Death Valley waters
In the towers of steel belief goes on and on

In this heartland
In this heartland
In this heartland
Heaven knows this is a heartland

God Part II

 

Don't believe the devil
     I don't believe the book (2)
But the truth is not the same
     without the lies he made up
I don't believe in excess success is to give
I don't believe in riches
     but you should see where I live
I... I believe in love

Don't believe in forced entry
     I don't believe in rape
But everytime she passes by
      wild thoughts escape
I don't believe in deathrow,
     skidrow or the gangs
Don't believe in the Uzi
     it just went off in my hand
I... I believe in love

Don't believe in cocaine
     I got a speedball (3) in my head
I could cut and crack you open (4)...
     did you dear what I said?
Don't believe them
     when they tell me there ain't no cure
The rich stay healthy
     the sick stay poor
I... I believe in love

I don't believe in Goldman
     his type like a curse (5)
Instant karma's gonna get him
     if I don't get him first
I don't believe that Rock 'N Roll
     can really change the world
As it spins in revolution spirals and turns
I... I believe in love

I don't believe in the 60's
     in the golden age of pop
You glorify the past
     when the future dries up
I heard a singer on the radio
     late last night
Says he's gonna kick the darkness
     till it bleeds daylight
I... I believe in love

I feel like I'm falling
     like I'm spinning on a wheel
It always stops beside a name
     a presence I can feel
... I believe in love

- for John Lennon

The Star Spangled Banner

 

(Instrumental)

 

Bullet the Blue Sky

 

In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
See it driving nails
     into souls on the tree of pain (2)
From the firefly,
     a red orange glow
See the face of fear
     running scared in the valley below

Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue (3)
Bullet the blue

In the locust wind (4)
     comes a rattle and hum
Jacob wrestled the angel
     and the angel was overcome (5)
Plant a demon seed,
     you raise a flower of fire
See them burning crosses,
     see the flames, higher and higher (6)

Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue
Bullet the blue

So this guy comes up to me
His face red
Like a rose on a thorn bush
Like all the colours of a royal flush
And he's peeling off
     those dollar bills
(Slapping them down),
     one hundred, two hundred,
And I can see the fighter planes
And I can see the fighter planes
Across the mud huts
     as the children sleep
Through the alleys
     of a quiet city street
Up the staircase to the first floor
We turn the key and slowly unlock the door
A man breathes deep into saxophone
Through the walls we hear the city groan
Outside is America
Outside is America

So across the fields
See the sky ripped open
See the rain pur through
A gaping wound
Pelting the women and children
Who run
Into the arms
Of America

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

U2Rendezvous2001-2002