"The Refugee" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
Woah, woah
She's the refugee
I see your face
I see you staring back at me
Woah, woah
She's the refugee
Her mama say one day she's gonna
Live in America

In the morning
She is waiting
Waiting for the ship to sail
Sail away

Woah, woah
Her papa go to war
He gonna fight
But he don't know what for
Woah, woah
Her papa go to war
Her mama say one day he's gonna
Come back from far away

Help me
How can you help me

In the evening
She is waiting
Waiting for her man to come
And take her by her hand
And take her to this promise land

Woah, woah
She's a pretty face
But at the wrong time
In the wrong place
Woah, woah
She's a pretty face
Her mama say one day she's gonna
Live in America
Yeah, America

Woah, woah
She's a refugee
She's coming back, she's coming
Keep you company
Woah, woah
She's a refugee
Her mama say one day she's gonna
Live in America


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"The Refugee" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very good song, in my opinion. This song deals with the political and social situation in Ireland. The album that this song was on, 'War', was their most political albums, and this particular song takes the subject of war head on. I think in the beginning, though, the 'whoa, whoa' is REALLY War, War. Which would state that War is the refugee. The rest of the song clearly ties into that theme. It's a metaphor that is continually repeated.
    U2aholicon June 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song.
    It's an example of U2 at (what I considered) their best.
    Raw, edgy, primal, evisceral, etc.
    Not as slick-and-polished as thei more recent works, but still very good.

    Play it loud.
    Major Valoron October 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWHA-WHOOA!!!

    This song is a little weak, but I still like it. The guitar's great.

    Wait.. U2aholic, it's really, "War! War!"? Are you sure?
    Reynard Muldrakeon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to the lyrics at U2.com it really is "War, war"
    bonobootson October 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmen, Major Valor, amen.
    lastoftherockstarson May 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe general scenario is very clear – a girl in a war-torn country is, at her mother's behest, looking forward to escaping her misery by immigrating to America.

    Something interesting happens with the way song uses time… first it refers to morning, later to evening. Time is passing, bringing her no closer to her destination. The day passes, and still she waits, and as of the last line, her passage to America is still in the future. Maybe it will never arrive.

    I've always thought of "her man" as a possible romantic partner, but that's not entirely clear – she's waiting for her father to return, and in Irish slang, "your man" has a broader meaning than in American English. Perhaps it's her father, or some future romance.

    It's interesting to see U2's ongoing interest in America and how it evolves in their lyrics. Here, as quite young men, they see it as a place of hope. Later, it becomes familiar to them, and more real, more nuanced as a source of hope, isolation, international strife, and more. But here, early on, is their fresh impression, as a place where Irish suffering during The Troubles might escape.
    rikdadon June 30, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentJKS LOL I CRAVE U2 FOR BATS
    someone1on September 18, 2008   Link
  • -5
    General CommentTHIS MEANS CRAP ALL BECAUSE IM AUSSIE 2230

    IT IS GAY AND FULL OF IT AND ALSO IM HORNY
    someone1on September 18, 2008   Link

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