"Shadows And Tall Trees" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Back to the cold restless streets at night
I talk to myself about tomorrow night
Walls of white protest
The gravestone in name
Who is it now
It's always the same

Who is it now
Who calls me inside
Are the leaves on the trees
Just living disguise
I walk sweet rain tragicomedy
I'll walk home again
To the street melody

But I know, oh no
But I know, oh no
But I know

Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees

Life through a window
Discolored pain
Misses Brown's washing is always the same
I walk street rain tragicomedy
I'll walk home again
To the street melody

But I know, oh no
But I know, oh no
But I know

(Out there)

You feel in me
Anything redeeming
Any worthwhile feeling
Is love like a tightrope
Hanging from the ceiling

But I know, oh no
But I know, oh no
But I know

Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows, shadows, shadows
Shadows, shadows, shadows
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows, shadows, shadows
Shadows, shadows, shadows
Shadows and tall trees
Shadows and tall trees


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"Shadows and Tall Trees" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentA beautiful song. I'm honestly supried that no one else has said anything about it. You can almost feel the passion from it, I love it.

    I believe the title is derived from the 'Lord of the Flies,' named after chapter 7.
    sarajevoon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYep, I also heard that this song got its name from Lord of the Flies. It certainly wouldn't be the first time, especially on the Boy and Joshua Tree albums, that Bono took inspiration from his favorite books and works of literature: Hence the mention of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray in "The Ocean."

    I have always and probably will always think that the Boy album packs more punch than any other album by any other band I've ever heard. It was written when U2 were only teenagers, seventeen and eighteen years old and the whole album seems to have a recurring theme: growing up and trying to find a place in the world.

    Shadows is beautiful song. When I think of it, I think of a young man (Bono) walking home late at night, wondering what life and love are going to be like. Will life always be predictable? (Mrs. Brown's washing is always the same), Will there be a specific purpose for his life? All questions we ask when we're young and trying to adjust, uncomfortably, into adulthood.

    Also, I agree with everyone else's theory. That he's wondering if what he sees is the real thing, or if everything's just a facade. He wonders if everything will change or if it will all stay the same.

    Once again, a beautiful song. Like most of the Boy album, it's about change, confusion, and an almost paranoid curiosity about the world and a young boy's place in it.
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see salvation themes in this...doubt that he is worthy. Not just religious, but for love in general.

    You feel in me
    Anything redeeming
    Any worthwhile feeling
    Is love like a tightrope
    Hanging from the ceiling

    Am I worthy of being redeemed or forgiven? Is love a thin line that I can easily fall off of? Have I ruined it all somehow?

    I agree that it seems to be about a young boy, wondering about the world and his place in it. Beautiful lyrics.
    kathy10154on November 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutly love the lyrics of this song. The imagry is fantastic. Lyricly i think this is one of the best song off Boy. I love the line 'walls of white protest, gravestone in name'
    Uncle Chop Chopon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMost of U2's first album is sadly underrated today and I think the gorgeous music and lyrics of this one make it the album's best track. Everything in it conveys a sense of existential longing--of trying to find the meaning of life in among all the mundanities of everyday living--that I think all of us get at times, certainly when we're 20-somethings as the band were in 1980. The line "Do you feel in me/Anything redeeming/Any worthwhile feeling" personalises it even more. Most of us can probably relate to nights spent awake wondering whether we have anything in me that can change the world for the better.
    albanyankeeon January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti have to agree this is one of the better songs....its as if its asking if what we see in the world is the real thing, or is it our perseption of it...Are the leaves on the trees Just living disguise...its like if the whole world has come into a conspiracy to trick us away from reality
    love2zworldon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song- so peaceful and beautiful- it helps end the album very nicely
    metalhead2322on April 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the Boy album, still one of my favourites, but I was told this was a song about a boy who had been "interfered with" and that he cant make heads or tails of life and he just wants to be walking the streets. Sorry to controversial.
    gingermickon March 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThough this song describes a youth facing an uncertain future in a city in Ireland, the title is from a chapter in Lord of the Flies. In that chapter, the sympathetic character Ralph is facing a power struggle that is turning against him as he and other boys fearfully climb a mountain at night. The specifics of the chapter and this song are very different but the emotions are similar.
    rikdadon February 18, 2017   Link

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