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Heartland by U2
Album: Rattle And HumReleased: 1988
This was written in 1986 and intended for The Joshua Tree. It was bumped by "Trip Through Your Wires," which they felt was a better song to perform live.
U2 wrote this about Ireland, but they were also inspired by the American heartland. It talks about the "Mississippi delta sun, Mississippi and the cotton wool heat, Sixty-six a highway speaks." Route 66 is a historic interstate highway in the USA. (thanks, Richard - St. Louis, MO)