"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 come away, oh come away, oh come away, I say I
Oh come away, come away, oh come, oh come away, I say I

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 so high
I'll be there tonight, tonight

Oh come away, I say, I say oh
Oh come away, I say

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
Lights 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 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 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 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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    General CommentThis song came on the radio after Hurricane Katrina. I was driving to my nieghborhood to see if I still had a home. It was so odd for "A Sort of Homecoming" to come on the radio, but it was very weird for it to come on as I really was having my own homecoming. Even though my house is gone, this song is very important to me... I'll never forget that day I was driving home with this song playing, the ocean looking so calm, and that feeling of peace and acceptance come over me.

    I love U2.
    Banjaxed08on December 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok, i could be completely wrong about this, but i always thot that this song was about, like, a really big disaster, either a war, or a famine ("as the valley explodes" "the land grows weary of its own") and then the refugees having to leave their home ("And you know it's time to go/ Through the sleet and driving snow/ Across the fields of mourning/ Lights in the distance" "oh come away") and then, their homecoming ("Oh, don't sorrow, no don't weep/ For tonight, at last/ I am coming home/ I am coming home"). but their home really isn't the same anymore, so it's only a "sort of homecoming".

    also, Unforgettable Fire has one of the coolest album covers EVER. wat is that a picture of????
    mieolhcon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my all time favorite U2 songs (bono has mentioned it is one of his). This song used to remind me of the conflict in Bosnia during the 1980's 1990's... To me it is the story of a man coming home after war, longing for his family or his wife/lover, thoughts going through his mind as he travels home. I think the versions from Unforgettable and Wide Awake in America are both great (the version from WAIA really captures what U2 is all about-- "build a bridge")...
    markeon July 19, 2007   Link
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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 CommentOne of the most important songs in my life. I know its about Ireland in the 1980s but to me, especially since I always listened to it before traveling, its about passage and reconciliation, growing older and the awful responsibility of time.
    Smokleron November 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBecause I have way too much time on my hands, I like looking at most of their albums as a story being played out. You have the innocence of childhood and spirtuality (boy into October) then he grows up, get's drafted, and witnesses the horrors of war (war)...
    I see "The Unforgettable Fire" as the the unsteady, post-traumatic return home. It's a shaky, flavorless, spacy album with ambiguously poetic lyrics (no where more evident than in the stretch of promenade-Elvis Presley and America).

    I think 'A Sort of Homecoming' is about coming home from "war" (both the album and the literal sense), while reflecting back on it and how people have been changed by it. While most of the chorus lyrics are self explanatory, and about the hunger to finally return home. Lyrics like:

    "...faces ploughed like fields That once gave no resistance...Dislocated, suffocated"
    Emphasizes the numbness and emotional disconnection that soldiers incur in warfare and post-traumatic depression. These lyrics are a reoccuring theme throughout the album.

    Tnspieler1012on February 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is by far my fav U2 song! I love pretty much everything about it especially the lyrics and the drums me being a drummer. Despite this i don't really know wat its about I would have said probably written about a war torn country
    woobywooon April 20, 2010   Link

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