"Fire" as written by H P Baxxter, Ferris Bueller, Rick J. Jordan and Jens Peter Thele....
Your only rivers run cold
These city lights
They shine as silver and gold
Dug from the night
Your eyes as black as coal

Walk on by
Walk on through
Walk 'til you run
And don't look back
For here I am

The wheels fly and the colors spin
Through alcohol
Red wine that punctures the skin
Face to face
In a dry and water less place

Walk on by
Walk on through
So sad to besiege your love so head on
Stay this time
Stay tonight in a lie
I'm only asking but I
I think you know
Come on take me away
Come on take me away
Come on take me home
Home again

And if the mountain should crumble
Or disappear into the sea
Not a tear, no not I

Stay in this time
Stay tonight in
Ever after, this love in time
And if you save your love
Save it all

Don't push me too far
Don't push me too far

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

"The Unforgettable Fire" as written by David Evans Adam Clayton

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    General Comment"Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!" –Revelation 18:2
    This song is a reflection of things to come —mainly based from Revelation— as we see imagery of a blackened sun, the moon turned red as blood and meteorites falling from the sky. Of course, Bono makes this a personal confliction, as thoughts of being consumed as a martyr, during the Second Coming of the Lord, plague him. He is also divided between his faith and the world (which will surely end up as Babylon).
    Fermented Wateron June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOctober is one of my favorite U2 albums, and "Fire" one of my favorite songs. Each song on October has the same dark and gritty feel to it. I love it because their youth is so clearly evident in the earlier lyrics. If you compare this song to one of U2's newer ones, it's clear to see how much they have grown and evolved since then. "Fire" was written at a confusing time for U2. Bono (and the rest of the band for that matter) was at a crossroads regarding religion and spirituality.

    Bono was deeply concerned that his love for his music would be his downfall. He was at a point where he'd become deeply religious but he didn't want to give up his love affair with rock music either. He wondered if being a part in U2 would somehow go against the religion he'd become so involved in. I think this song reflects the conflict he felt in the early 80's when he was just coming into his own. "Fire" refers to him intensely wondering if by carrying on this rock and roll lifestyle, if his ultimate fate would be to end up in the fiery depths of hell. I have no doubt this song is about Hell in and of itself. He wonders if the life he is choosing is just hell trying to pull him under.
    eirenightshadeon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song!!! it is probably my fav. next to "tomorrow" its sooo good....the stars are falling down.....the edge is my hero :D
    Tikitavi13on September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song always meant that when things are black and the stars are falling down, all these things that are going bad around you and you're getting really mad. There's a fire! Something that makes you call out.
    rednight1972on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentObvious references to Revelations, but with Bono's call backs, as if it doesn't apply to him.

    It's interesting to note that British (European?) pressing of the LP include a snippet of an early rendition of Fire after Shadows and Tall Trees. This is missing on the American LP and all CD releases (too bad).
    rager1969on March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, I like to refer to that snippet as The Spark, as in "the spark that set the flame," or in this case, the Fire.
    rager1969on March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Great band. Great record.
    GabrielDeRoseon June 17, 2007   Link

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