U2: Where The Streets Have No Name




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Published on Jul 8, 2009

Where the Streets Have No Name
(The Joshua Tree, 1987)

Where the Streets Have No Name is a song by U2, from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. It peaked at #14 in Canada, #10 in The Netherlands and #4 in the United Kingdom.
The song became a staple of live shows, being played 645 times at 642 shows since its inaugural performance 2 April 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. Its critical reception was mostly warm, praised by music critics such as Rolling Stone magazine. In Rolling Stone issue 1054, the song was ranked 28th in the issues list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
This song is played during the home introduction of the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. It was the theme song for ESPNs coverage of the 2006 World Cup.


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
See that 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
Were still building
Then burning down love, burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you...
(Its all I can do)

The cities a flood
And our love turns to rust
Were beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled into dust
Ill show you a place
High on the 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
(Its all I can do)

The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by U2, released in 1987. The album features the bands exploration of roots rock, with their music exhibiting influences from bluesrock, folk rock, country music, and gospel music. Lyrically, The Joshua Tree depicts the bands fascination with America, but also its discontent with the foreign policy of the United States.
The album increased the bands stature from heroes to superstars, according to Rolling Stone magazine. The album produced several hit singles, including Where the Streets Have No Name, With or Without You, and I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For, all of which remain radio staples.
The Joshua Tree won Grammy Awards for Best Rock performance by a Duo or group with Vocal and Album of the Year in Grammy Awards of 1988. In 2003, the album was ranked number 26 on Rolling Stone magazines list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album is one of the worlds bestselling albums of alltime, having sold over 25 million copies.

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