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It is the opening track from their album The Joshua Tree and was released as the album's third single in August The song's hook is a repeating guitar arpeggio using a delay effect, played during the song's introduction and again at the end. Lead vocalist Bono wrote the lyrics in response to the notion that it is possible to identify a person's religion and income based on the street on which they lived, particularly in Belfast.
During the band's difficulties recording the song, producer Brian Eno considered erasing the song's tapes to have them start from scratch. The song has remained a staple of their live act since the song debuted in on The Joshua Tree Tour. In an upstairs room at Melbeach House—his newly purchased home—he used a four-track tape machine to record an arrangement of keyboards, bass, guitar, and a drum machine.
Realising that the album sessions were approaching the end and that the band were short on exceptional live songs, he wanted to "conjure up the ultimate U2 live-song", so he imagined what he would like to hear at a future U2 show if he were a fan.
With no one in the house to share the demo with, he recalls dancing around and punching the air in celebration. Although the band liked the demo, it was difficult for them to record the song. Bassist Adam Clayton said, "At the time it sounded like a foreign language, whereas now we understand how it works". I remember having this massive schoolhouse blackboard, as we call them.
I was holding a pointer, like a college professor, walking the band through the chord changes like a fucking nerd. It was ridiculous. So much time had been spent on "screwdriver work" that Eno thought it would be best to start from scratch. His idea was to "stage an accident" and have the song's tapes erased. The studio version of the song was compiled from several different takes.
It only became a truly great song through playing live. On the record, musically, it's not half the song it is live. The guitar fades in after 40 seconds;  this part consists of a repeated "chiming" six-note arpeggio. A " dotted eighth " delay effect is used to "play" each note in the arpeggio twice, thus creating a rich sound. The bass and drums continue in regular eighth and sixteenth notes, respectively, while Bono's vocal performance, in contrast, varies greatly in its timbre"he sighs; he moans; he grunts; he exhales audibly; he allows his voice to crack"  as well as timing by his usage of rubato to slightly offset the notes he sings from the beat.
In later choruses, Bono sings "blown by the wind" with the same melody, stretching the same note even longer. After the third chorus, the song's outro is played, the instrumentation reverting to the same state as it was in the introduction, with a six-note guitar arpeggio played against sustained synthesiser notes.
The lyrics were inspired by a story that Bono heard about Belfast, Northern Irelandwhere a person's religion and income were Zion I - Cymande - Cymande by the street on which they lived. Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming me, that's the way a great rock 'n' roll concert should be: a place where everyone comes together Maybe that's the dream of all art: to break down the barriers and the divisions between people and touch upon the things that matter the most to us all.
According to him, the song is ostensibly about "Transcendence, elevation, whatever you want to call it. I was trying to sketch a feeling. The open-ended nature of the lyrics has led to many interpretations.
Journalist Michael Campbell believed the lyrics send "a message of hope" and Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming for a "world that is not divided by class, wealth, race, or any other arbitrary criterion".
I used to think it was Belfast Bono has expressed mixed opinions about the open-ended lyrics: "I can look at it now and recognize that [the song] has one of the most banal couplets in the history of pop music. But it also contains some of the biggest ideas. In a curious way, that seems to work. If you get any way heavy about these things, you don't communicate.
But if you're flip or throwaway about it, then you do. That's one of the paradoxes I've come to terms with. In a interview, Bono said he still felt Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming the song's lyrics were incomplete, stating "lyrically it's just a sketch and I was going to go back and write it out". He expressed regret for rhyming "hide" with "inside". However, Siempre Hace Frio - Cuco Sanchez - Con Acompañiento De Mariachi, Arpa Y Guitarra Edge disagreed with his comments, Rainy Day Woman - Demo that he loves the song and that Bono is "very hard on himself".
Eno responded by commending the "incomplete" lyrics because he feels Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming allow the listener to finish them".
In the U. The video begins with an aerial shot of a block in Los Angelesand clips of radio broadcasts are heard with disc jockeys stating that U2 is planning on Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming a concert downtown and expecting crowds of 30, people. Police show up to the set and inform the band's crew of the security issue that the film shoot is causing, due to the large number of people who are coming to watch the performance.
Two minutes into the video, U2 are seen on the roof of a liquor store at the corner of 7th St. Main St. Towards the end of the song, the police tell the crew that the performance is about to be shut down, and eventually police walk onto the roof while the crowd are booing the police.
The band attracted over 1, people during the video's filming, which took place on the rooftop of a liquor store in Downtown Los Angeles on 27 March A backup generator was put on the roof so the shooting could continue in the event that the authorities shut off the power on the primary generator, which happened during filming. The depiction of the police attempting to shut down the filming due to safety concerns actually happened during filming, just as seen in the video.
Hamlyn was almost arrested following a confrontation with the police. Mullen's More Than A Feeling - Various - Deep Dance 10 Tune Is Tune 02 part was recorded in a single take. The song is primarily an instrumental piece but does contain some lyrics inspired by Bono's trip to Ethiopia after Live Aid and his witnessing firsthand the famine in occurrence; these lyrical references include Bono singing in an Ethiopian language and following it with the phrase "Race against time".
The desert is so empty, but it aches with a strange kind of fullness. When Richards and Jagger played bluesBono was embarrassed by his lack of familiarity with the genre, as most of U2's musical knowledge began with punk rock in their youth in the mids. Bono realised that U2 "had no tradition", and he felt as if they "were from outer space". This inspired him to write the blues-influenced song "Silver Opus Carmesí - Alfonso Santisteban - El Callejón De Los Sueños Perdidos Gold", which he recorded with Richards and Ronnie Wood.
Both the studio recording and the Sun City versions were later featured on the bonus disc of the 20th anniversary edition of The Joshua Tree. Some of Bono's lyrics have been described as reminiscent of John Lennon. Steve Morse of The Boston Globe noted the "bell-like tones from the Edge fram[e] a search for heaven" and along with the subsequent track on the album, " I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For ", these songs showed how the group were "pilgrims still on a quest; not preachers who claim to have found answers".
NME lauded the song as the opening track by saying the album "starts by spitting furiously". The publication praised Bono's impassioned singing and The Edge's guitar playing, which transformed the instrument into "something more than an endlessly abused piece of wood". The review commented that the "last ten seconds are breathtakingly beautiful". The reviewer compared the opening riff to Simple Minds ' "Ghostdancing".
He called the song the "perfect album-opener", crediting the "slow build of its arrangement toward a climactic peak". Huey also called Bono's delivery "passionate and grandiose" and "his commitment to the material unshakable". He believed the combination of his vocals and the band's "sonic power" is what gave U2 its "tremendous force".
The song has since been played at nearly every full-length concert that U2 has headlined, totaling upwards of performances as of [update]. The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word.
It's like God suddenly walks through the room. The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that, "From the lofty sonic opening strains of [the song], this audience was up, ecstatic and inflamed. The song was performed at every show on the — Zoo TV The Comeback (Album Version) - Shout Out Louds - The Comeback. Some of these performances of the song were accompanied by footage of the group in the desert from The Joshua Tree 's photo shoot.
Near the end of the song, peace doves were shown on the Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming and bright beams of light flanking the set's golden arch were projected upwards. Hot Press said the effect transformed the stadium into a "UFO landing site". During the band's first show in New York City following the attacks, the band performed "Where the Streets Have No Name", and when the stage lights illuminated the audience, the band saw tears streaming down the faces of many fans.
The performance featured the names of the September 11 victims projected onto a large white banner behind the band, and concluded with Bono opening up his jacket to Forgot To Put Out The Chain On Baxter - Various - A Free Sampler Album the Star Spangled Banner. For the Vertigo Tourthe group originally considered dropping the song from their set lists, but Mullen and Clayton successfully argued against this.
On the tour's opening night, this reminded Bono that he had originally written Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - The Homecoming lyrics in an Ethiopian village.
He thought this visual accompaniment made the song come full circle, saying, "And here it was, nearly twenty years later, coming back to Africa, all the stuff about parched lands and deserts making sense for the first time.
U2 Live from Mexico City. The digital album, Live from the Point Depotcontains a performance from the Lovetown Tour, only available as part of The Complete U2 digital box set. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. U2 music Bono lyrics. Daniel Lanois Brian Eno. It is one of the most extraordinary ideas, only matched by The Doors' ' Break on Through To the Other Side ' as a throw-down to an audience.
Do you want to go there? Because if you do, I'm ready to go there with you, to that other place. Call it what you like, a place of imagination, where there are no limitations. If there's one thing people in LA hate, it's streets closing down, and we've always felt bands should shake things up. We achieved it because the police stopped us filming. Were we worried about being arrested? Not at the time Retrieved 25 May Hot Press. Eagle Rock Entertainment.
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