Earth sky sea and rain
Is she coming back again
Men of straw, snooker hall
Words that build or destroy
Dirt dry bone sand and stone
Barbed-wire fence cut me down
I'd like to be around
In a spiral staircase
To the higher ground

And I, like a firework, explode
Roman candle lightning lights up the sky

In the cracked streets trampled under foot
Sidestep, sidewalk
I see you stare into space
Have I got closer now
Behind the face

Oh tell me
Charity dance with me
Turn me around tonight
Up through spiral staircase
To the higher ground

Slide show sea side town
Coca-Cola, football, radio, radio, radio
Radio, radio, radio

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

"Promenade" as written by Dave Evans Adam Clayton

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  • +3
    General CommentI think this track from The Unforgettable Fire is U2's best kept secret. I love this song! This is by far my favorite U2 song of all time. Great song and great album. I love the imagery in this song and how open it is to interpretation. Every time I listen to this song I see in my mind's eye a young couple returning home after their town has been destroyed by war. I see them walking hand in hand among ruined streets and buildings and even though they are surrounded by devastation they believe in and have hope for a future there.
    capricornDJon March 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    MemoryThe underrated highpoint of Fire, Promenade is Bono reflecting on what it means to be an American. One of the great qualities about U2 is that Bono is a trenchant observer of the American Experience and why America means a lot to him. Great song. Brian also deserves credit here with his oblique strategies in Rock! U2 Forever!
    rabbitbunnyon February 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta great song, and no comments!???

    i think this was one of those where U2 had the music and bono improvised the lyrics over a few takes and this was the result!
    coggsteron November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMen of straw, Snooker hall is DEFINITELY the correct lyric!
    There is much discussion as to whether it is "charity" or "cherry"- but the gist is the same either way, I think."

    Anywho, This song concerns a house Bono and his wife Ali owned in Ireland in a town called Bray- a "seaside town"- across Dublin Bay from Howth (where Larry still lives with Ann and their kids.) The "Spiral staircase" is in the Martello Tower that Bono had redesigned for her as an anniversary gift early in their marriage. The staircase led from the living room to the bedroom. Bono had a glass roof put over the bedroom so he and Ali could look at the stars at night. (Could this man possibly get any better?!)

    The tower overlooks a promenade where there are pool (snooker) halls, arcades, restaurants, etc. I was there just over 5 years ago and the tower is still there!

    Higher Ground refers to your humana humana time with another person- gettin' your groove on so to speak. ( I am trying not be too graphic here!)

    It is the only song Bono has ever really said was written for Ali. It is so romantic in its simplicity.
    bonogrlon August 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe delivery and content of the last part of the song, the last verse leading into the very last stanza (the side town, coca-cola and radio part), sounds very Springsteen influenced. Very awesome.
    flyingemuson December 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis music has a magical touch. An unrevealed pearl of u2. I really don't know the meaning of the lyrics. But it has a special meaning to me.. It's uplifting, it's magic, i used to stufy for my final exams, just after my ex broke up with me, and this song for some reason, gave me strenght and i was able to pass in my tests. So to me it gives me strength, it makes me believe in myself and somehow it makes me believe in love.
    Daed_choiceon December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMen of Straw, Snooker Hall is the correct lryic.

    Love song, teen age sprirt, USA.
    baylisson February 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt\'s about Bono\'s house, where he lived in the South of Dublin
    msngjon April 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very nice peaceful song, just like the rest of the album
    Mistrikeon May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my all-time favorite U2 song.
    capricorn773on May 15, 2006   Link

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