U2: Three Chords and the Truth

Lyrics to the U2 album The Joshua Tree

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
I see the 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
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 city's 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

Our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind --

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

I have climbed the highest mountain
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 fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of the 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
Bleed into one
But yes, I'm still running
You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains
Carried the cross of my shame
Of 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 --

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
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 to win
And nothing left 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
With or without you
I can't live with or without you

Bullet the Blue Sky

In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
See it driving nails into the souls on the tree of pain
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 - bullet the blue

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

Bullet the blue sky - bullet the blue sky
Bullet the blue - bullet the blue

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 those fighter planes
And I can see those fighter planes
Across the mud huts as the children sleep
Through the alleys of a quiet city street
We take the staircase to the first floor
We turn the key and slowly unlock the door
A man breathes into a saxophone
And through the walls we hear the city groan
Outside it's America - outside it's America

So how does it feel to see the sky ripped open?
To see the rain through a gaping wound?
Pelting the women and children
Who run into the arms of America

Running to Stand Still

And so she woke up
Woke up from where she was lying still
Said I got to do something about where we're going
Step on a steam train
Step out of the driving rain
Maybe run from the darkness in the night
Singing ha la la la di day - ha la la la di day

Sweet the sin
Bitter the taste in my mouth
I see seven towers
But I only see one way out
You got to cry without weeping
Talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice
You know I took the poison from the poison stream
Then I floated out of here
Singing ha la la la di day - ha la la la di day

She runs through the streets
With her eyes painted red
Under black belly of cloud in the rain
In through a doorway she brings me
White gold and pearls, stolen from the sea
She is raging - she is raging
And the storm blows up in her eyes
She will suffer the needle chill
She is running to stand still

Red Hill Mining Town

From father to son the blood runs thin
See the faces frozen still against the wind
The seam is split - the coal face cracked
The lines are long - there's no going back
Through hands of steel and heart of stone
Our labour day has come and gone
And you leave me holding on
In Red Hill Town, see the lights go down

I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting - I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to

The glass is cut - the bottle run dry
Our love runs cold in the caverns of the night
We're wounded by fear - injured in doubt
I can lose myself - you I can't live without
Yeah you keep me holding on
In Red Hill Town, see the lights go down

I'm hanging on [etc repeated]

Then we two scorched the earth - set fire to the sky
We stooped so low to reach so high
A link is lost - the chain undone
We wait all day for night to come
And it comes like a hunter, child

I'm hanging on [etc repeated]

Love, slowly stripped away
Love has seen its better day
Hanging on
The lights go out on Red Hill
The lights go down on Red Hill
The lights go down on Red Hill Town
The lights go down on Red Hill

In God's Country

Desert sky
Dream beneath the desert sky
The rivers run, but soon run dry
We need new dreams tonight

Desert rose
Dreamed I saw a desert rose
Dress torn in ribbons and in bows
Like a siren she calls to me

Sleep comes like a drug in God's country
Sad eyes, crooked crosses in God's country

Set me alight
We'll punch a hole right through the night
Everyday the dreamers die
To see what's on the other side

She is liberty
And she comes to rescue me
Hope, faith, her vanity
The greatest gift is gold

Sleep comes like a drug in God's country
Sad eyes, crooked crosses in God's country

Naked flame
She stands with a naked flame
I stand with the sons of Cain
Burned by the fire of love
Burned by the fire of love

Trip Through Your Wires

In the distance she saw me coming down
I was calling out
I was calling out
Still shaking - still in pain
You put me back together again
I was cold and you clothed me honey
I was down and you lifted me honey

Angel - angel or devil
I was thirsty and you wet my lips
You, I'm waiting for you
You, you set my desire
I trip through your wires

I was broken, bent out of shape
I was naked in the clothes you made
My lips were dry - throat like rust
You gave me shelter from the heat and the dust
There's no more water in the well
No more water, water

Angel - angel or devil [etc repeated]

Thunder, thunder on the mountain
There's a rain cloud in the desert sky
In the distance she saw me coming down
I was calling out
I was calling out

One Tree Hill

We turn away to face the cold enduring chill
As the day begs the night for mercy, love
The sun so bright it leaves no shadows, only scars
Carved into stone on the face of earth
The moon is up and over One Tree Hill
We see the sun go down in your eyes
You run like a river to the sea
You run like a river runs to the sea

And in the world a heart of darkness, a fire zone
Where poets speak their heart, then bleed for it
Jara sang - his song a weapon in the hands of one
Whose blood still cries from the ground
It runs like a river runs to the sea
It runs like a river to the sea

I don't believe in painted roses or bleeding hearts
While bullets rape the night of the merciful
I'll see you again when the stars fall from the sky
And the moon has turned red over One Tree Hill
We run like a river runs to the sea
We run like a river to the sea

And when it's raining, raining hard
That's when the rain will break my heart
Raining - raining in your heart --

Oh, great ocean - oh, great sea
Run to the ocean - run to the sea

Exit

You know he got the cure, but then he went astray
He used to stay awake to drive the dreams he had away
He wanted to believe in the hands of love

His head it felt heavy as he cut across the land
A dog started crying like a broken hearted man
At the howling wind, the howling wind

He went deeper into black - deeper into white
He could see the stars shine like nails in the night
He felt the healing, healing, healing, healing hands of love
Like the star that is shining from above

He put his hands in the pocket
His finger on the steel
The pistol weighed heavy
His heart he could feel
Was beating, beating, beating
Oh my love - oh my love - oh my love

He saw the hands that build could also pull down
The hands of love

Mothers of the Disappeared

Midnight - our sons and daughters
Were cut down and taken from us
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the wind we hear their laughter
In the rain we see their tears
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

Night hangs like a prisoner
Stretched over black and blue
Hear their heartbeat
We hear their heartbeat

In the trees our sons stand naked
Through the walls our daughters cry
See their tears in the rainfall

Lyric transcription by Chris Warren

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