U2 — Where the Streets Have No Name
Album: The Joshua Tree
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Released: 1987
Length: 5:32
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I wanna run
I want to hide
I wanna tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I wanna reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I wanna feel sunlight on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear without a trace
I wanna 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 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
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

Our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh yes, in dust
See our love turn to rust
And we're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh, when I go there
I go there with you
It's all I can do
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I won't bash this song however to others' points, it has been overplayed to a fault. Their older stuff leading up to and including The Unforgettable Fire was by far their best. Although there were some good tracks on Achtung. Saw them twice and they do put on a solid show. Have to give 'em that.
vabbé, sempre bella
 kingart wrote:

I was never a huge U2 fan—like so many other main-brand acts, the endless payola promo repetitions of a handful of their tunes on commercial FM (usually mediocre tracks that did not pass the tests of numerous ear assaults) turned me off to the band as a whole—but I'm on your page with your view of this song. Genius.  

 
Oh yes. Especially after Zooropa, or Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me song (1995). Everything after that was pure garbage or rehash of old stuff. As far as I'm concerned, relevant U2 is from 1984-1993/5.
I am a big early U2 fan, but this song is the new American Pie.  It has been so overplayed that I really can't listen to it anymore.  

Yes!   Can't wait to see them play this live next week in Phoenix!   
 poetdancer wrote:
So I glad I saw U2 just recently on their Joshua Tree tour. Still an amazingly relevant band, and the show was fantastic.

 
Just saw them two nights ago myself. By god I was actually impressed. Saw them twice before but this one was a step above. (Beck opening didn't hurt things either. ^_^)
 maboleth wrote:
The ultimate U2 song, nothing comes close. And one of their best albums ever.

 
I was never a huge U2 fan—like so many other main-brand acts, the endless payola promo repetitions of a handful of their tunes on commercial FM (usually mediocre tracks that did not pass the tests of numerous ear assaults) turned me off to the band as a whole—but I'm on your page with your view of this song. Genius.  
 On_The_Beach wrote:

And you go there often, apparently.  ; )

 
Looks like he went "there" at least 14 times on that day.
The ultimate U2 song, nothing comes close. And one of their best albums ever.
So I glad I saw U2 just recently on their Joshua Tree tour. Still an amazingly relevant band, and the show was fantastic.

I've never considered myself a fan of U2, probably cuz I was only 10 when this album came out, so too young for their early years, and I was more on the Jazz/Blues/R&B/Funk/Hip-Hop/Rap, etc.

I rated this one a 9, and even though I've heard it hundreds of times, I don't think I ever enjoyed it until a few years ago.  Maybe it's wisdom as I get older?  Or having lost loved ones?  Nonetheless, I've always tried to remain open-minded about U2, and maybe I'll go out and buy one of their albums one day....this one probably....why  not?!

Long Live RP!


Sing it!
"Still building then burning down love."  Timeless words.
 ploba wrote:
O yes, I remember the hours and hours of enjoyment I received from listening to this album when it first came out

 
There you have it right there,  The reason why U2 are one of the greats - because people love their music. Simple.

Many people dislike Bono and his persona but that is beside the point.  He/they could write and perform music that appealed to a whole generation across the world. 

I have just got to bump it up from 8 > 9. 
O yes, I remember the hours and hours of enjoyment I received from listening to this album when it first came out
 trevc wrote:
However bad Coldplay get they will never be this bad. Why do all their songs sound the same and equally bad?

 
Perhaps it is your lack of compassion and humanity.
The best!
 Rochoa78 wrote:
When I go there, I go there with you.

 
Have you considered Depakote for your epilepsy?
back in the day ..  riding my bike down the Hermosa Beach Strand .. headphones turned up loud on my Walkman .. bliss
“I want to feel some lead on my face.”
That's a stubborn mondegreen. And I keep on wondering what it could mean if it had been the actual lyrics.
 Agreed, especially after this tough week.

jessesteinen wrote:
This song lifts me up.

 


This song lifts me up.
 Rochoa78 wrote:
When I go there, I go there with you.
 
And you go there often, apparently.  ; )
When I go there, I go there with you.
When I go there, I go there with you.
 ambrebalte wrote:

I dare to differ
In these days when I see how devastating any "-ism" can be, to pack us, listeners, by country, what would that mean?
I'm not attacking anybody here. I am sad, deeply, "inconsolable". We are loosing everything we thought was ..., was what? Our world, freedom, peace, hopes. I'm not looking for the whos or the whys anymore. I'm tired. I worry. I feel sorrow...
I don't know where to live.

 
I was mostly joking, thus the {#Cheesygrin}. I do have an interest in other cultural perspectives and musical tastes, so I think it would be fun to see this, but probably not worth a bunch of programming time. I do enjoy seeing the countries where commentators are from, although I'm not sure "pale blue dot" packs much meaning for me.
where the cliche's have no end.
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their best tune LIVE
{#Bananajam} 
Even my 11-year-old daughter thinks this is a great song (and why wouldn't she?).
However bad Coldplay get they will never be this bad. Why do all their songs sound the same and equally bad?
Listening to this song, while remembering the video, always gives me goosebumps and brings me back to all the amazing shows I have seen of U2. Last year I've met Bono, it still makes me smile when I think of that day. Yes, I am a fan {#Dancingbanana_2}
Best U2 track especially when you see them live.
Saw them live in Chicago last year and my God what a show. Technical wizardry. Emotional. Meaningful. Church.
Still one of the best driving songs ever! I can't forget jamming this at high volume while rolling at great speed across the high California desert as my bro and I approached Sequoia and Yosemite before my 1st Japan launch for one of our best trippy tripping camping trips.
Car blast off music. Cue this up, hit the highway at 20, crank this as the machine hits 70. I've done it many times. 
 Will62 wrote:
Yawn - self-important ramblings from an unshakably opinionated dilettante

 
Don't be so hard on yourself.
 stalfnzo wrote:

The problem with your argument is that "a solid 8.3" rating is similar to the problem with a democracy: the masses are often not right. In fact, throughout history the masses have been proven wrong over and over, and have had to be dragged out of their ignorance by more enlightened individuals. (Flat earth, Heliocentric solar system, Slavery, Civil Rights, Suffrage, etc, etc.) I have no doubt that history is on my side regarding the mediocrity of U2.

 
Oh, so is God on Your Side? Must be handy in bar fights. Many times the wisdom of the crowd wins out, though.
 Pike wrote:

That's because we've had to listen to this pretencious noise for longer than you have. Also, does anyone know when the edge puts his hat on in the morning? Is it before or after he's cleaned his teeth?

 
Yes, a grand total of perhaps 1 year longer in a nearly 30 year career.  Also, does anyone know when Pike will learn to spell the big words?


 Pike wrote:

That's because we've had to listen to this pretencious noise for longer than you have. Also, does anyone know when the edge puts his hat on in the morning? Is it before or after he's cleaned his teeth?

 
Haha, I'm in the UK actually, and count myself among the less-well-likers...
 Webfoot wrote:

That would be a very cool addition, and not just for U2!  Bill, can you get crackin' on that?  {#Cheesygrin}

 
I dare to differ
In these days when I see how devastating any "-ism" can be, to pack us, listeners, by country, what would that mean?
I'm not attacking anybody here. I am sad, deeply, "inconsolable". We are loosing everything we thought was ..., was what? Our world, freedom, peace, hopes. I'm not looking for the whos or the whys anymore. I'm tired. I worry. I feel sorrow...
I don't know where to live.
 themusicroob wrote:
Wish you could see ratings by country. I have a feeling U2 are much less well-liked in the UK than across the pond...

 
That would be a very cool addition, and not just for U2!  Bill, can you get crackin' on that?  {#Cheesygrin}
Loving all this U2 we're getting these days!  Let us bathe in the tears of the crybabies and h8rs as we enjoy ALL that this band has to offer from Boy to Songs of Innocence.  

Thanks Bill!
 themusicroob wrote:
Wish you could see ratings by country. I have a feeling U2 are much less well-liked in the UK than across the pond...

 
That's because we've had to listen to this pretencious noise for longer than you have. Also, does anyone know when the edge puts his hat on in the morning? Is it before or after he's cleaned his teeth?
Wish you could see ratings by country. I have a feeling U2 are much less well-liked in the UK than across the pond...
 jsed wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}{#Dancingbanana}

I wish I could rate it an 11.

 
+1
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}{#Dancingbanana}

I wish I could rate it an 11.
Yawn - self-important ramblings from an unshakably opinionated dilettante
 colt4x5 wrote:
Yes, Neville, 8.3 is something of an endorsement.
Oddly ... it also leaves room for dissent.
Even though gazillions of loyal listeners find this song irresistible, compelling, heart-rending, "U2's best" — there are others, equally loyal members of the RP community, who find this ditty less impressive — some to the extent that they will rate it "3" or "2" or "1," and would go lower if lower were only available.
So don't get all carried away with those myths of Majority Rule, Might Makes Right, My Station - Love it or Leave It.
This is not Winner Take All.
Despite your endless whining.
 
The thing is, I'm not even a U2 fan any more. I never listen to their music, except here on RP.
The last album of theirs that I found interesting was "Atomic Bomb" way back in . . . ?
So no, I'm not complaining because I feel I need to defend a band I love.
And yes, I get that it's not all about ratings and popularity.
It's just a simple case of being tired of the (seemingly endless) whining.
Seeing the same people saying the same negative, witless things over and over and over . . . and over.
"Bono is an arse!" Woo-hoo, hilarious, never heard that one before.
"Edge can't play guitar." "Everything after The Joshua Tree sucks." . . . ad nauseam.
About as clever and insightful as "Dylan can't sing".
I'm all for dissenting viewpoints; just make some attempt to write something remotely interesting.
Or, stick with "U2 sucks" if that's the best you can come up with.