U2 Lyrics

Rattle and Hum

01 - Helter Skelter (3:07)

02 - Van Diemen's Land (3:06)

03 - Desire (2:58)

04 - Hawkmoon 269 (6:22)

05 - All Along The Watchtower (4:24)

06 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (5:53)

07 - Freedom For My People (0:38)

08 - Silver and Gold (5:50)

09 - Pride (In the Name of Love) (4:27)

10 - Angel of Harlem (3:49)

11 - Love Rescue Me (6:23)

12 - When Love Comes To Town (4:14)

13 - Heartland (5:02)

14 - God Part II (3:15)

15 - The Star Spangled Banner (0:43)

16 - Bullet the Blue Sky (5:37)

17 - All I Want is You (6:30)

 


 

Helter Skelter (3:07) :

(This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We're stealing it back.)

When you get to the bottom

You go back to the top of the slide

And you stop and you turn

And you go for a ride

Then you get to the bottom

Then you see me again

Do you, don't you want me to love you

Coming down fast

I'm right here above you

Tell me tell me tell me the answer

Ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

Do you, don't you want me to make you

I'm coming down fast

now don't let me break you

Tell me tell me tell me the answer

You ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

When you get to the bottom

You go back to the top of the slide

And you turn and you stop

And you go for a ride

Then you get to the bottom

Then you see me again

Do you, don't you want me to love you

Coming down fast

I'm right here above you

Tell me tell me tell me the answer

Ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

Helter skelter...(and again)

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

Helter skelter

 


  

Van Diemen's Land (3:06) :

Hold me now, oh hold me now

'til 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 this dawning age

When an honest man sees an honest wage

Hold me now, oh hold me now

'til this hour has gone around

And I'm gone on the rising tide

For to face Van Diemen's land

 


 

Desire (2:58) :

(Yeah)

Lover, I'm on the street

Gonna go where the bright lights

And the big city meet

With a red guitar...on fire

Desire

She's a candle burning in my room

Yeah 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...

And the fever...getting higher

Desire, desire...

Burning, burning

She's the dollars

She's my protection

Yeah she's a promise

In the year of election

Oh sister, I can't let you go

Like a preacher stealing hearts

At a traveling show

For love or money money money

money money money money

moneymoney money money

And the fever, getting higher

Desire, desire, desire, desire

Desire, desire

 


 

Hawkmoon 269 (6:22) :

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

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 coffee

Like nicotine

I need your love (I need your love)

I need your love (I need your love)

I need your love (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

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 hot needs the sun

Like honey on her tongue

Like the muzzle of a gun

Like oxygen

I need your love (I need your love)

I need your love (I need your love)

I need your love (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

I need your love...

[Repeat 9 times]

Like thunder needs rain

Like a preacher needs pain

Like tongues of flame

Like a sheet stained

I need your love

I need your love

Like a needle needs a vein

Like someone to blame

Like a thought unchained

Like a runaway train

I need your love

I need your love...

[Repeat 7 times]

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

In the heart of the heat of the love

In the heart of the heat of the love...

[Repeat until end]

 


 

All Along The Watchtower (4:24) :

There must be some way out of here

Said the joker to the thief

There's too much confusion here

I can't get no relief

Businessmen they drink my wine

Plowmen dig my earth

None of them know along the line

What any of this is worth

No reason to get excited

The thief, he kindly spoke

There are many here among us

Who think that life is but a joke

But you and I, we've been through that

And that is not our fate

So let us not talk falsely now

Because the hour is getting late

All along the watchtower

Princes kept the view

While horsemen came and went

Barefoot servants too

All I got is a red guitar

Three chords

And the truth

All I got is a red guitar

The rest is up to you

There's no reason to get excited

The thief, he kindly spoke

There are some among us here

Say that life is just a joke

You and I, we've been through that

And that is not our fate (at least today)

So let us not talk falsely now

Because the hour is getting late

Late...

(yeeeaaaaaahhhhhh...)

[until end]

 


 

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (5:53) :

I have climbed 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 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 colors will bleed into one

Bleed into one

Well 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 believed it

But I still haven't found...

...what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found...

...what I'm looking for

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 (0:38) :

There are no real lyrics to speak of in this song

 

 


Silver and Gold (5:50) :

In the shit house a shotgun

Praying hands hold me down

Only the hunter was hunted

In this tin can town

Tin can town

No stars in the black night

Looks like the sky fell down

No sun in the daylight

Looks like it's chained to the ground

Chained to the ground

The warden said

The exit is sold

If you want a way out

Silver and gold

Broken back to the ceiling

Broken nose to the floor

I scream at the silence, it's crawling

It crawls under the door

There's a rope around my neck

And there's a trigger in your gun

Jesus say something

I am someone, I am someone

I am someone

Captain and kings

In the ships hold

They came to collect

Silver and gold

Silver and gold

Seen the coming and going

Seen them captains and the kings

See them navy blue uniforms

See them bright and shiny things

Bright shiny things

The temperature is rising

The fever white hot

Mister, I ain't got nothing

But it's more than you got

Chains no longer bind me

Not the shackles at my feet

Outside are the prisoners

Inside the free

Set them free

Set them free

A prize fighter in a corner is told

Hit where it hurts

Silver and gold

Silver and gold

 

[spoken part follows:]

Yep, silver and gold... This song was written in a hotel room in New York city 'round about the time a friend or ours, little Steven, was puting together a record of artists against apartheid. This is a song written about a man in a shanty town outside of Johannesburg. A man who's sick of looking down the barrel of white South Africa. A man who is at the point where he is ready to take up arms against his oppressor. A man who has lost faith in the peacemakers of the west while they argue and while they fail to support a man like bishop Tutu and his request for economic sanctions against South Africa.

Am I buggin' you? I don't mean to bug ya...

Okay Edge, play the blues..

 


 

Pride (In the Name of Love) (4:27) :

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 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

(The Edge!)

Early morning, April 4

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

For the reverend

Martin Luther King...sing

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 (3:49) :

It was a cold and wet December day

When we touched the ground at JFK

Snow was melting on the ground

On BLS I heard the sound

Of an angel

New York, like a Christmas tree

Tonight this city belongs to me

Angel

Soul love...this love won't let me go

So long...Angel of Harlem

Birdland on fifty-three

The street sounds like a symphony

We got John Coltrane and a love supreme

Miles says she's got 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

Angel of Harlem

She says it's heart...heart and soul...

Yeah yeah...(yeah)

Yeah yeah...(right now)

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

Through the side streets

and the alleyway

Like a star exploding in the night

Falling to the city in broad daylight

An angel in Devil's shoes

Salvation in the blues

You never looked like an angel

Yeah yeah...Angel of Harlem

Angel...Angel of Harlem...

[Repeat and fade]

 


 

Love Rescue Me (6:23) :

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

Said, love rescue me

In the cold mirror of a glass

I see my reflection pass

See the dark shades of what I used to be

See the purple of her eyes

The scarlet of my lies

Love rescue me

Yea, though I walk

In the valley of shadow

Yea, 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 la

Sha la la la...ha la la...

Sha la la la...sha la la la

Sha la la la...sha la la

Sha la la la...sha la la la

Sha la la...

I said love, love rescue me

I said love

Climb up the mountains, said love

I said love, oh my love

On the hill of the son

I'm on the eve of a storm

And my word you must believe in

Oh, I said love, rescue me

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah...

Yeah I'm here without a name

In the palace of my shame

I said love rescue me

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 (4:14) :

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

Now I stand accused of the things I've said

Love comes to town

I'm gonna jump that train

When love comes to town

I'm gonna 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,

I was dazing in 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'm gonna jump that train

When love comes to town

I'm gonna catch that flame

Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down

But I did what I did...

...before love came to town

[Repeat Chorus]

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

When love comes to town

I'm gonna catch that train

When love comes to town

I'm gonna catch that flame

Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down

But I did what I did...

...before love came to town

 


 

Heartland (5:02) :

See the sun rise over her skin

Don't change it

See the sun rise over her skin

Dawn changes everything

Everything

And the delta sun

Burns bright and violet

Mississippi and the cotton wool heat

Sixty-six a highway speaks

Of deserts dry

Of cool green valleys

Gold and silver veins

Of the shining cities

In this heartland

In this heartland soil

In this heartland

Heaven knows this is a heartland

Heartland...heartland

See the sun rise 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 ghost-ranch hills

Death valley waters

In the towers of steel

Belief goes on and on

In this heartland

In this heartland soil

In this heartland

Heaven knows this is a heartland

Heartland...

heaven knows this is a heartland

Heartland...heartland

Heartland...

heaven's day here in the heartland

Heart...

 


 

God Part II (3:15) :

Don't believe the devil

I don't believe his book

But the truth is not the same

Without the lies he made up

Don't believe in excess

Success is to give

Don't believe in riches

But you should see where I live

I... I believe in love

Don't believe in forced entry

Don't believe in rape

But every time she passes by

Wild thoughts escape

I don't believe in death row

Skid row 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

Got a speed-ball in my head

I could cut and crack you open

Do you hear 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

Don't believe in Goldman

His type like a curse

Instant karma's going to get him

If I don't get him first

Don't believe in rock 'n' roll

Can really change the world

As it spins in revolution

It spirals and turns

I... I believe in love

Don't believe in the 60's

The golden age of pop

You glorify the past

When the future dries up

Heard a singer on the radio

late last night

He says he's gonna kick the darkness

'til 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 of me

With a presence I can feel

I... I believe in love

 


 

The Star Spangled Banner (0:43) :

Instrumental

 


Bullet the Blue Sky (5:37) :

In the howling wind comes a stinging rain

See them 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

You 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

(Yeah...alright)

So this guy comes up to me

His face red like a rose on a thorn bush

Like all the colors of a royal flush

And he's peeling off those dollar bills

Slapping ;em down

One hundred, two hundred

And I can see those fighter planes

I can see those fighter planes

Across the mud huts where the children sleep

Through the valleys and the quiet city street

We take the staircase to the first floor

We turn the key and slowly unlock the door

As a man breathes into a saxophone

And through the walls we hear the city groan

Outside it's America

Outside it's America

 

[Spoken part follows]

So I'm back in my hotel room with Johnnie Coltrane and the love supreme. In the next room I hear some woman scream out that her lover's turning off, turning on the television. And I can't tell the difference between ABC news, Hill Street Blues, and a preacher on the old time gospel hour stealing money from the sick and the old.

Well the God I believe in isn't short of cash, mister.

I feel a long way from the hills of San Salvador, where the sky is ripped open, and the rain pours through a gaping wound...pelting the women and children...pelting the women and children...

...who run...who run...into the arms...of America

 


 

All I Want is You (6:30) :

You say you want

Diamonds on a ring of gold

You say you want

Your story to remain untold

But all the promises we make

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 in a moon of blindness

A river in a time of dryness

A harbour in the tempest

But 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

Diamonds 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

You...all I want is...

You...all I want is...

You...all I want is...

You...

 


 

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