In a field by a river
my love and I did lie
And on my naked shoulder
she too proud to cry
She said that I must leave her
an icy tear she froze
How could I melt the heart
Of a Wild Irish Rose

Well a gypsy she has made of me
A servent of the street
And back to bed I've travelled
To taste a love as sweet
Well the heart it knows no reasons
And reason never knows
As I lie with them I'm thinking
Of a Wild Irish Rose

Well I saw the city of angels
It brought a devil out in me
And Hell's hotel on Sunset
Showed a whore no mercy
As the orange sky was screaming
From the roof I let her go
These are the dizzying heights that brought me
My Wild Irish Rose

Now red is the rose
That she layed on my grave
A life is what she wanted
And a life I surely gave
Like a hundred men before me
They lay lying here in rows
Young men, bloody
As a Wild Irish Rose

Lyrics submitted by emann333

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    General CommentIn Bono's words, from the middle of the MP3 from which this transcription was made:

    "This is based on a...on the time we spent in a hotel called the Millon Dollar Hotel in Los Angeles, which is downtown Los Angeles. It's like a half-way house hotel for bums and people thrown out of hospitals under the Regean era. And I was being taken through this hotel--I was doing some filming down there--and I noticed that the cheap liquor that all the bums drank was called Wild Irish Rose. So I started with the line, 'The city of Angels/Has brought a devil out in me', and developed it on from there. The Rose in Ireland, as you know, is a sort of romantic image of love, obviously, but it's also an image of Ireland itself. That is an image I thought would be nice to subvert."
    emann333on June 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful lyrics
    U2aholicon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt really makes me see these images in my head. Very romantic and sad.
    Anne Marieon February 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know what cd this song is on?
    polkadottedfameon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBut Bono said how he came up with the idea of the lyrics, as emann333 wrote, but what is it acctually about? I kinda don't understand the connections with the verses
    gakkon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhich movie is it in?
    Cure.on September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just pretty much think this song is about a hooker... At least he uses this as an obvious metaphor for something more.
    MagentaMSIon September 16, 2008   Link

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