"Angel Of Harlem" as written by and Dave Evans Adam Clayton....
It was a cold and wet December day
When we touched the ground at JFK
Snow was melting on the ground
On BLS I heard the sound
Of an angel

New York, like a Christmas tree
Tonight this city belongs to me
Angel

Soul love, this love won't let me go
So long, angel of Harlem

Birdland on fifty three
The street sounds like a symphony
We got John Coltrane and a love supreme
Miles, and she's got to be an angel

Lady Day got diamond eyes
She sees the truth behind the lies
Angel

Soul love this love won't let me go
So long angel of Harlem
Angel of Harlem

She says it's heart, heart and soul
Yeah yeah (yeah)
Yeah yeah (right now)

Blue light on the avenue
God knows they got to you
An empty glass, the lady sings
Eyes swollen like a bee sting
Blinded you lost your way
Through the side streets and the alleyway
Like a star exploding in the night
Falling to the city in broad daylight
An angel in Devil's shoes
Salvation in the blues
You never looked like an angel
Yeah yeah angel of Harlem

Angel angel of Harlem
Angel angel of Harlem
Angel angel of Harlem
Angel angel of Harlem


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"Angel of Harlem" as written by David Evans Adam Clayton

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    General CommentI'm amazed this song had only 2 posts on it at the time I'm writing. For those who aren't familiar with the story, Bono heard Billie Holliday on WBLS at the beginning of their 86' tour in NYC and was inspired. Typical of the entire Rattle & Hum record, I think this song is really a love song to Amerikana in general, and Billie Holliday in particular. One of my favorite songs where every part of U2 is rocking: Vocal, Guitar, Bass, and Drums.
    rednight1972on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI am sure that there is a certain deeper meaning in this song but here is mine (And sorry, for me it is the best):

    2002 and two I went to NY and been to Harlem. Friend lives there and at night we have been to a party. Met a girl and I think I felt in love with her. We had "something" for 5 days and so she is still in my mind as my "Angel of Harlem". And beleive me she still ist.

    Today we are just writing E-Mails. I am from Europe, so - long way.
    But always when I hear that song it makes me.................

    Jamila, if you ever read this, this is your song - I hope th others don´t mind.
    ConJulioon May 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti loved this song from the moment i heard it

    it might be because i live in ny so close to JFK and know how great it is to fly into NYC when its snowing <3
    nowaynotmeon January 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some unknown reason this song always reminds me of the motorcycle gangs and their Hell's Angels :)
    Novartzaon February 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the late great Billie Holliday, who lived in Harlem.
    Supertadon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have heard that this is one of Bono's fav songs... i am not sure why. To me this song is ok, but IMO it has no place being on any best of... it would not even make my 'best of rattle n hum'
    Uncle Chop Chopon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLady Day is Billie Holiday
    ladyday.net

    In a lie show bono sings got bloodshot eyes (instead of diamond) possibly referencing her heroin addiction.
    renoiron April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsuuccccchhhhhh an amazing song! really makes you look at the city of harlem in a different way.
    crazyeyeskillaon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't even care what it's about, it's KICKIN' ...easily one of their best.
    pyros411on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the Rattle and Hum film, they do a different version:

    It was a cold a cold and wet December day
    When we touched the ground at JFK
    Sunset on the Uncle Sam
    Charlie the Birdman
    And an angel
    New York like a Christmas tree
    Tonight this city belongs to me
    Angel

    Soul Love, this love won't let me go
    So long, Angel of Harlem

    Moonlight on the avenue
    God knows when they got to you
    Strung out, you learned to sing
    Eyes swollen like a bee sting
    Birdland on 53, the street sounds like a symphony
    We got Jon Coltrane and a love supreme
    Miles and she’s got to be an angel

    Soul Love, this love won't let me go
    So long, Angel of Harlem
    Macphisto12on March 16, 2006   Link

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