U2: Three Chords and the Truth

Lyrics to the U2 album The Unforgettable Fire

A Sort of Homecoming

And you know it's time to go
Through the sleet and driving snow
Across the fields of mourning
Lights in the distance

And you hunger for the time
Time to heal - desire time
And your earth moves beneath your own dream landscape

Oh, oh - on borderland we run
I'll be there - I'll be there tonight
A highroad, a highroad out from here

The city walls are all come down
The dust a smoke screen all around
See faces ploughed like fields that once gave no resistance

And we live by the side of the road
On the side of a hill as the valleys explode
Dislocated, suffocated
The land grows weary of its own

Oh, oh - on borderland we run
And still we run - we run and don't look back
I'll be there - I'll be there
Tonight, tonight

The wind will crack in wintertime
This bomb blast lightning waltz
No spoken words - just a scream

Tonight we'll a bridge across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again tonight

And your heart beats so slow
Through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning
Lights in the distance
Oh, don't sorrow - no, don't weep
For tonight, at last, I am coming home
I am coming home

Pride (in the name of love)

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here 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 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
But 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?

Wire

Innocent, and in a sense I am
Guilty of the crime that's now in hand
Such a nice day - throw your life away
Such a nice day - let it go
Cold in his eyes - I can't believe it
Cold in his heart and soul, heart and soul

Cold man - such a cold heart
Such a cold man - watch you tear yourself apart
So lay me down - my soul to keep
So lay me down - the longest sleep
Oh, the longest sleep

In I come and out you go, you get
Here we are again - now place your bet
Is this the time - time to win or lose?
Is this the time - the time to choose?

Cold in his eyes - I can't believe it
So deep inside - a cold fire
Cold in his heart and soul

Anytime you're on the earth
Kiss me - ooh, not too tight now
That's right - just keep me going

It's all right Jack
You're on the right track
Cut through - cut out
Cut throat - let out
I'm on your side
Be on the boat side
I'm all right Jack
You get off my back
I'm no dope
I give you hope
Here's the rope
Here's the rope
Now swing on it

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 through
Walk till you run and don't look back
For here I am

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

Walk on by - walk on through
So sad to beseige your love so
Head on - stay this time
Stay tonight in a lie
I'm only asking but I think you know
Come on take me away
Come on take me away
Come on take me home - home again

And if the mountain 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, save it all
Don't push me too far
Don't push me too far tonight

Promenade

Earth, sky, sea, and rain
Here she comes back again
Men of straw sneak a whore
Words that build or destroy
Dirt, dry bones, sand and stones
Barbed wire fence cut me down
I'd like to be around
In a spiral staircase to the higher ground
And I like a firework, explode
Roman candle lightning lights up the sky

In cracked streets, trampled under foot
Sidestep, sidewalk
I see you stare into space
Have I got closer now, behind the face?
Tell me, tell me will you dance with me
And turn me around tonight
Up through the spiral staircase to the higher ground

Slide show - sea-side town
Coca-Cola - football, radio, radio, radio

4th of July

(Instrumental)

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 through the rain
Into the half-light and through 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 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
Would tell you what I would say
True colours fly in blue and black
bruised silken sky and burning flak
Colours crash - collide in bloodshot 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 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

Indian Summer Sky

In the ocean cut, swim deep - the sky
Like there - I don't know why
In the forest there's a clearing
I run there toward the light
Sky - it's a blue sky

In the earth a hole dig deep - decide
If I could, I would
Up for air to swim against the tide
Up toward the sky
It's a blue sky

To lose along the way
The spark that set the flame
To flicker and to fade
On this the longest day

So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart

You give yourself to this the longest day
You give yourself - you give it all away

Two rivers run too deep
The seasons change and so do I
The light that strikes the tallest trees
Will light the way for I
Will light the way
Up toward the sky
It's a blue sky

To lose along the way
The spark that set the flame
To flicker and to fade
On this the longest day

So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart
So wind blow through my soul
So wind go through to my heart

You give yourself to this the longest day
You give yourself - you give it all away

Elvis Presley and America

Black flash of my own love
Tell me - open my eyes
Black flash come through my own life
Telling me to sing
And I believe in him
And I believe in you
Black flash sees the sky
And he turns inside from you
She won't turn my back
And I know her tears are blue

And you know - and your sky is fading blue
And your heart - so cold when I'm with you
And you feel, like no-one told you to
And your time is on-side
And you'll talk with me - oh, don't talk to me
Oh, don't talk to me - don't talk to me

You know, like no one told you how
But you know - well the king that howls has howled
And revealed like sentimental
But you don't care
Would you share it in your he-a-rt, he-a-rt
Hopelessly, so hope and see
I'm breaking through for you and me
And you know, though no-one told you to
And you found out where you were going, where to
And you're through with me
But I know that you'll be back for more

You know, and though no-one told you so
And you know
The sky - like a heart in shades of blue
And you walk when you want to let go
We live on the outside
Turn away - fade away
Drop me down but don't break me
If you can't stay
Audience sighs in your heart and mind
Audience dies in your heart and mine
Sweetly love will come
Loving is on your side, walking through
Something in your heart
It beats like something new

The end - I'm lost
Stay - stay sad and resigned
Don't stay sad - no more beside
Don't stay sad - no more be sad
Don't stay sad - no more be sad

And you know, and though no one told you how
And you wipe the sweat off your white brow
And you care, and though no one told you try
And your heart is left out from the side
And the rain beats down
And the shame going down
And this rain keeps on coming down
And the sky is black

Keep my voice up - don't push too far
You are going to join to God
Give my voice some energy - why?
Keep my voice up - can't go louder
Keep my voice up louder - gave no more

And you know, and though no one told you scan
And you feel, like you pretend you can
You say go - you live on the old side of me
Don't you leave - don't leave out part of me
Then I can't feel like I feel before
I can't hold on and I see the floor
And you pick me up
Bits and pieces on this floor

MLK

Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised
If the thundercloud passes rain
So let it rain - rain down on him
So let it be - so let it be

Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised
If the thundercloud passes rain
So let it rain
Let it rain - rain on him

Lyric transcription by Chris Warren

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