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
I see the 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
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 aflood
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, and I see love
See our love turn to rust
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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Streets Have No Name (U2 cover) song meanings
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, the place "where the streets have no name" reminded me of heaven. I still feel it is a connotation of the afterlife but it also could signify the abolition of war and poverty, given that U2 (especially Bono) have always strongly supported these goals. It's an excellent song, no matter what it means.
    johnny448on January 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe way I see it, a song can mean many things, and can change its meaning according to who interprates it, but it's original meaning will only know it the person or persons who have written it....johnny, i would say it's the second optionl the abolition of war and poverty, and probably from bono's point of view his possibility of being able to share this struggle with the person he loves, like his wife, who always supports him in whatever he does...atleast, that's what i think..
    carinon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this cover.
    Vanessa is a genius.
    inadaynotmyown2on May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt clearly says What does the song mean to you?

    Not that you can't discuss what the artist/writer of the songs meaning behind it was. But please DONT just post "I love this song!" It annoys me and is NOT the purpose of the site.

    It probably is about war, but I have a question... why do you think she did the cover? What do you think the song means to her? Carin already told us what the creator of the songs meaning behind it was, but what about Vanessa's reason for singing it?
    The_Drummers_Angelon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh go suck a log The_Drummers_Angel!! i like this song. the intro is to long for my liking though... almost two minutes!
    llama_boyon April 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a pretty difficult song to cover I think, so I was surprised that she did this cover. I was impressed that she could play this song on a piano, so she must have a talent.
    Eatcarpeton September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentObviously there is more than one way to interpret the song, but to me, this song has to do with creativity. The "Streets [that have] no name" is like your imagination, where your mind isn't bound by names and you can make the streets whatever you want.

    "I want to tear down the walls//That hold me inside//I want to reach out//And touch the flame"
    - I feel like this is saying that you have to break out of the box which restricts your thought process and reach out to grab your burning ideas.

    "I want to feel sunlight on my face//I see the dust cloud disappear//Without a trace//I want to take shelter from the poison rain"
    - You feel great once you get your thought process flowing (hence the sunlight) and you see things become clearer. The Poison rain is kind of like escaping your problems or "poisonous" ideas.

    It seems probable that this could be one interpretation because both the writers and Vanessa are singers who need inspiration and imagination.

    Beautiful song by the way.
    Lennyfoshennyon February 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI DISAGREE.
    Eatcarpeton April 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhy do i hate the internet?

    because the reason i ended up with this shitty cover of a shitty song is that i got it in a download of an album that this song is not even on. fuck people. i hope that whoever is responsible for me discovering this cover gets raped by bono and vanessa carlton simultaneously, with the main focus being on bono. pssh. "where the streets have no name". where is that. heaven? your imagination? yeah right. try connecticut. drive around there and one in every...ten streets is actually labeled with a street sign. i guess the moral of the story is that you are a huge asshole.
    ashowofhandson August 17, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song mweans many things but to me it mainly means finding love and keeping it under harsh conditions
    dacubaricangirlon September 04, 2009   Link

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