The Joshua Tree – With or Without You
Jun30

The Joshua Tree – With or Without You

I’ll start with two stories. The first takes place around thirty years ago.  Three dudes are sitting in an early model pickup truck driving from a smaller town to a small town.  This particular early model truck has a bench seat, which is especially nice for girls sitting close, and also if you need to fit three boys and a payload of a half dozen boxes filled with party decorations.  On that day, the boy’s mission was delivering these...

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The Joshua Tree – Where the Streets Have No Name
Jun29

The Joshua Tree – Where the Streets Have No Name

“We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes. The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word. It’s like God suddenly walks through the room.” –  Bono   The big one. The one The Edge composed as “the ultimate U2 live song” and “one that a fan would want to hear.” The one the public voted as their favorite of The Joshua Tree...

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The Joshua Tree – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Jun28

The Joshua Tree – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

We are now in the home stretch.  The last three posts, and purposefully, the first three songs of The Joshua Tree album.  These three songs are the three biggest hits of the album, and although purists might argue otherwise, are the best musically and lyrically of The Joshua Tree. For all Joshua Tree posts, I re-listened to all of the songs from the album through a music streaming service, and not through You Tube videos.  This was...

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The Joshua Tree – Bullet the Blue Sky
Jun27

The Joshua Tree – Bullet the Blue Sky

U2 goes political. Bullet the Blue Sky is a political song that condemns US foreign policy for promoting unrest in Central America and was inspired by Bono’s trip to Central America in 1958 with Amnesty International.  Bono wanted  Edge to play a song that amplified the troubles that he saw and experienced while in El Salvador.  Arguably their most political song, over time the band has changed the politics of the song from everything...

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The Joshua Tree – One Tree Hill
Jun22

The Joshua Tree – One Tree Hill

I encourage you to listen and watch the video above. I think the footage is from a recording from the third leg of the original Joshua Tree tour.  One Tree Hill was not part of the set in the first two legs of the tour, for Bono felt he would be too emotional to finish the song.  You see, the song is written about Greg Carroll, someone close to him and the Band and who had died just before the recording of The Joshua Tree. Bono met...

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