Cedarwood Road
by U2

Album: Songs of Innocence (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Not all the streets have no name - the title of this song refers to 10 Cedarwood Road in Dublin, where a young Paul 'Bono' Hewson grew up alongside his friends Guggi Rowan and Gavin Friday. It is located in the Ballymun district on the northern outskirts of the Irish city. (The track is dedicated to Rowan).
  • The song started with guitar riff that Edge wrote at home. He put the track together using Garage Band software with drum loops that Larry Mullen Jr. made for him.
  • Bono wrote the lyrics to match the tone of the track Edge put together. "Sometimes I write lyrics and we try to find the music to express those lyrics," he told the Song Exploder podcast. "But most of the time, it's about finding a feeling at first, and then trying to express that feeling. Edge had this big blues riff - powerful and full of rage. It was a natural fit for me to talk about my own rage."

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