"A Sort Of Homecoming" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
And you know it's time to go
Through the sleet and driving snow
Across the fields of mourning
Light in the distance

And you hunger for the time
Time to heal, desire, time
And your earth moves beneath
Your own dream landscape

Oh, oh, oh
On borderland we run

I'll be there
I'll be there
A high road
A high road out from here

The city walls are all come down
The dust, a smoke screen all around
See faces ploughed like fields that once
Gave no resistance

And we live by the side of the road
On the side of a hill
As the valley explode
Dislocated, suffocated
The land grows weary of its own

Oh, oh, oh on borderland we run
And still we run
We run and don't look back
I'll be there
I'll be there

I'll be there tonight I believe
I'll be there somehow
I'll be there tonight

The wind will crack in winter time
This bomb-blast lightning waltz
No spoken words, just a scream

Tonight we'll build a bridge
Across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again

And your heart beats so slow
Through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning
Light's in the distance

Oh don't sorrow, no don't weep
For tonight, at last
I am coming home
I am coming home

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"A Sort of Homecoming" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentThe title comes from Jewish poet Paul Celan, who wrote: "Poetry is a sort of homecoming."
    Gary_Lon October 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is my coming home song. I was forced to move interstate, and this was one of my coming home anthems, I put it on a tape for my friend, and listened to it as much as I could.
    It's a great song. The lyrics are so provocative.
    Arianrhodon October 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI knew this song was about Ireland, but living in Israel in 8 years I could understand the perspective. I felt it was a metaphor for people and the land being tired of a conflict and in your heart you wanted to go to a better place. So even if it wasn't a physical place, it still existed in your mind. Hence "A Sort of Homecoming".
    rednight1972on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSomething I forgot to mention in my previous post is that I grew up in the US till I was 10 and when I finally got to go home to the USA from Israel I played this song all the time. It really had special meaning to me to be leaving the bombs, bloodshed and tears behind and to be going home.
    rednight1972on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentvertigo has the same bass line almost the same baseline as this. i wonder what drove u2 to use a riff that they hadn't used for 15 years.
    ICantLeaveU2Behindon April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite u2 songs. I am very sad that people don't even know this song. It was a very touching song and caused me to sing terrible reditions of their songs in the shower. As you can see, people are probably too busy downloading "Hollaback Girl" on their ipods to listen to real music.
    PaulDavidHewsoncolon June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song,one of my favorite u2 songs,from their best album,im not really sure what it means
    judyleondearayaeson July 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is such an awesome song. i don't even know the studio version, i have wide awake in america and this song is so incredible on there. i relate to it not in a literal sense, necessarily but being a teenager i relate to it in a sense of finding myself and discovering life and what is important to me. i can also relate to it in a literal sense as i feel like where i live is not actually my home, so sometimes leaving and going somewhere else is a sort of homecoming to me.
    U2girlon August 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand i would like to add that i agree with PaulDavidHewsoncol, its too bad more people dont know about this song and lots of other awesome songs. i dont understand the appeal in todays music at all. personally, i think its terrible, and i was born the same year rattle and hum came out.
    U2girlon August 31, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"A sort of a home coming" is so special to me. It's got to be in my top 5 u2 songs. The part that goes " see the sky the burning rain, she will die and live again" reminds me of my mother who died back in '86. This song helped me thru it, and still comforts me. God, I was so young back then. These words are still so poignant to me. The words to this song flow out over my tongue like blood flows thru my viens. My life blood. " No spoken words, just a screem"...
    truegriton September 03, 2006   Link

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