"Where The Streets Have No Name" as written by and Bob/gaudio Crewe....
I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I wanna reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I want to feel, sunlight on my face
I see that dust cloud disappear without a trace
I wanna 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 cities a flood
And our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled into dust

I'll show you a place
High on the desert plain

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name

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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"Where the Streets Have No Name" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +15
    General CommentThis is from u2.com, and I think it explains what the song is about really well...

    "An interesting story that someone told me once is that in Belfast, by what street someone lives on you can tell not only their religion but tell how much money they’re making - literally by which side of the road they live on, because the further up the hill the more expensive the houses become. You can almost tell what the people are earning by the name of the street they live on and what side ot that street they live on. That said something to me, and so I started writing about a place where the streets have no name...."
    -bono
    plosionon March 11, 2003   Link
  • +9
    General Commentthis song is obviously about a postmans worst nightmare. where the streets have no name.... he just puts the letters in any house
    andya71on January 28, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentLike all masterful works of art, there are layers upon layers upon layers of meaning. And Im not even sure that Bono understood it all when he wrote it himself.

    However, after watching them play in Tampa on Saturday...and leading into the song with an absolutely stunning version of "Amazing Grace"....

    And his homeland's division among social classes, and Protestant and Catholic...
    And his travels to the wretched places of the earth...
    And reciting the verse of paradise being a place of no "sorrow or pain"
    and a city "High on a Desert Plain" -- quite possibly a reference to (New) Jerusalem

    And seeing the tears in peoples eyes...thousands and tens of thousands of them...

    Im convinced its about Heaven. Of course the streets will have no name. We will be home, and know exactly where we were...

    I know. I got a little taste of it Saturday night at a football stadium.


    MyLabLolaon October 12, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIn N. Ireland you can tell by the name of the streets whether the person who lives there is protestant or catholic, this song is about a place where this no longer happens
    jana1985on September 04, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentU2 songs can be open to many ways of interpretation to certain people, but i think certainly the most dominant interpretation is that the song is about heaven. When U2 performed this song live during the Popmart tour there was an extended ending where Bono sang "then there will be no time for sorrow, then there will be time for shame" this is almost a direct quote from Relevations 21 describing heaven... the streets that Bono is talking about could very well be the golden street described in that same passage in heaven! This is my favorite song of all time and like Bono says everytime they play it its like "God walks into the room."
    learn2kneelon February 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAlthough all signs point to this being wrong, it's how I've always interpereted it.

    I've always pictured this song as being told by an old Japanese person who was in Hiroshima.

    I wanna run
    I want to hide
    I wanna tear down the walls
    That hold me inside

    Running, hiding inside, being trapped inside.

    I wanna reach out
    And touch the flame

    The flame - or the 'unforgettable fire', which can refer to the bomb.

    Where the streets have no name - there are no streets now, no roadsigns. They've been flattened etc.

    I see the dust cloud disappear without a trace - self explanatory - cloud

    I wanna take shelter from the poison rain - after the explosion there was radioactive rain

    And when I go there
    I go there with you
    It's all I can do

    - this bit always made me think it's a man, singing to the wife he lost in the explosion.

    The city's a flood - not necessarily water. Panic, activity.
    And our love turns to rust - again, i see the narrator's wife/spouse/loved one having just died. Their love has turned to rust.
    We're beaten and blown by the wind - the terrible wind from the blast
    Trampled in dust - dust everywhere, from buildings, dirt, even people

    Like I said, it's not what U2 intended, but I think it fits in a lot of ways. Even if it's not intended, it's amazing that one song can contain a million stories. It depends on the listener.
    bennishon December 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this place "where the streets have no name" is heaven. When they say "I want to feel sunlight on my face See that dust cloud disappear without a trace
    I want to take shelter from the poison rain ", it's an obvious referance to a wonderful, peaceful place. That's my thoughts.
    chosen1forlifeon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit´s all about freedom. i guess they captured this well with their music. And Bono is the best. not as much because he has a tender voice, but because he know how to express himself in a music. this is the music of my life. the music when you run and you´re free and then you know, that you´re in a place so high that none can´t do do no harm. it´s all about being in heaven too.
    anafashionon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about getting away from our fucked up society and our fucked up cities. Going to a place where it all doesn't matter, where the streets have no name.
    MetalKronicon September 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definitely talking about heaven, just like most of U2 songs, it is another reference to faith. I love U2.
    mqmninezeroon October 03, 2004   Link

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