Fire
by U2

Album: October (1981)
Charted: 35
  • This song was released as a single three months before October came out. It was the first U2 song to chart, going to #35 in England.
  • U2 recorded this in the Bahamas in 1981 while on a break from their US tour. It was the only track on October not recorded in Dublin.
  • The lyrics contain apocalyptic, biblical themes. Bono has always worked a lot of religious imagery into his lyrics, but he's rarely this dire, singing about the "sun burning black" and "stars falling down."
  • U2 performed this on their first appearance on British TV show Top Of The Pops.
  • A distorted guitar segment of this appears at the end of some of the vinyl copies of Boy.
  • In their autobiography U2 by U2, the band calls this one of their least favorite songs, with the Edge noting "the problem was it was high in potential but actually not very high on content."

Comments: 1

  • John from Hungary I've always liked this song, ever since it was released all those years ago. I like the 6/8 rhythm (rare for U2) which really moves it along! Live version is better, though, in my opinion.
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