A Sort Of Homecoming
by U2

Album: The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
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  • And you know it's time to go
    Through the sleet and driving snow
    Across the fields of mourning
    Light in the distance

    And you hunger for the time
    Time to heal, desire, time
    And your earth moves beneath
    Your own dream landscape

    Oh, oh, oh
    On borderland we run

    I'll be there
    I'll be there
    Tonight
    A high road
    A high road out from here

    The city walls are all come down
    The dust, a smoke screen all around
    See faces ploughed like fields that once
    Gave no resistance

    And we live by the side of the road
    On the side of a hill
    As the valley explode
    Dislocated, suffocated
    The land grows weary of its own

    Oh come away, oh come away, oh come away, I say I
    Oh come away, come away, oh come, oh come away, I say I

    Oh, oh, oh
    On borderland we run
    And still we run
    We run and don't look back
    I'll be there
    I'll be there
    Tonight
    Tonight

    I'll be there tonight, I believe
    I'll be there so high
    I'll be there tonight, tonight

    Oh come away, I say, I say oh
    Oh come away, I say

    The wind will crack in winter time
    This bomb-blast lightning waltz
    No spoken words, just a scream

    Oh
    Oh

    Tonight we'll build a bridge
    Across the sea and land
    See the sky, the burning rain
    She will die and live again
    Tonight

    And your heart beats so slow
    Through the rain and fallen snow
    Across the fields of mourning
    Lights in the distance

    Oh don't sorrow, no don't weep
    For tonight, at last
    I am coming home
    I am coming home Writer/s: Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Larry Mullen, Paul Hewson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 17

  • Christy BJ from Ny, Ny: it’s a beautiful lyric, but you’ve not got it quite right. I believe the lyric is, “Across the fields of mourning; light in the distance.”
  • Signals from San Diego, CaStephen Fowler has the right answer. This song is about the bomb blasts in Japan.
  • Stephen Fowler from Abbotsford, British ColumbiaMy understanding is that the band had visited an exhibition called The Unforgettable Fire that dealt with the two Atomic bomb blasts in Japan. This song is about a citizen of Hiroshima or Nagasaki viewing the destruction from a distance and contemplating the death and, the potential rebirth of the city.
  • Doug Bougher from IndianaI believe that this song alludes to Bono's mother and her passing, much in the same way that he used the October album as a catharsis. His line "she will die and live again" and "don't sorrow, no don't weep, for tonight I am coming home" I believe is a reference to his Christian faith and him speaking for his mother regarding her being in heaven. JMHO
  • Myla from San Diego, CaI always thought that the phrase "She will die and live again tonight" was about Ireland or the land regenerating itself.
  • Jon from Fort Collins, Cohmmm...well how about this in the vein of The Da Vinci Code:
    The song is about the daughter of Jesus fleeing Jerusalem.

    Even Catholic rock n rollers are rebels...
  • Squid from Los Angeles, CaIn a biograpghy "Bono" By Michka Assayas, Bono is quoted many times that his songs durring that time are about his childhood in Dublin, history of Ireland, and his relationship with god and his dealing with alcoholism
  • Mike from Nashville, TnThe lead track on without a doubt my favorite U2 album. I know "The Joshua Tree" and HTDMTAB and AYCLB and Acthung Baby get most of the awards and airplay, but this album is solid from start to finish. The fact that the most played song (Pride) isn't even the best song on the album says something. (I like this one and Bad before Pride, although it too is a great song.)
  • Giulia from Padova, ItalyI love this song, every time I listen to it I can see the green irish lands, the cloudy sky, the cliffs...and Bono's voice is at his best, it enters in my veins, I can feel it in my stomach...and I can't think about anything else...it's the soundtrack of the most intense and breathtaking lovestory of my life, "A sort of homecoming" makes it special, thanks U2..
  • Lily from Godrics Hallow, Englandthis is my favorite song and one of their best!! it's to bad bono forgot the lyrics in one of their concerts! lol
  • J from Ny, NyIMHO the song is about returning to Ireland. 'Fields of morning clouds in the distance' always reminded me of the Dublin Galway road.
  • Jerrybear from Flint, Mithis song came out when I was in college and just getting into progressive politics...one of the big issues of the day was the nuclear weapons race and the superpower tension between the United States and Soviet Union...so my impression of this song was that it was someone going back to a home destroyed in a nuclear war...of course it could be about any number of other things, i suppose, but that was my take at the time and still pretty much is...
  • Ktisma from Glendora, CaThe song seems to be about more than orgasm references...
    It's about a war torn place (at least a terroized place) where an innocent victim (the "She" in the song) payed the ultimate price...
    The "coming home" is a classic Christian reference to heaven.
  • Robert from Norfolk, VaWow. I just found this site and I am instantly it new great proponent. Smart intellectual music lovers unite. tell your kids pop is crap. Bono has definately done his homework. One of the greatest feelings is recongizing hidden allusions in art. "And we live by the side of the road," seems certain to be an allusion to Sam Walter Foss' famous 1897 poem, "House By the Side of the Road." Considering that Bono says, "And WE live by the side of the road...," this is an important insight into the song because of the message of the inspiring poem by Foss. It aligns with and further illuminates the ever-deepening integrity (despite the silly "rock star" glitz necessary to get his/their point[s] across to the predominantly stupid masses) of Bono (Paul), Larry, Edge (Dave) and Adam.
  • Sean from Middlesex, EnglandI think the live version on the Wide Awake.. album, is much better than the album version.
  • Ash from Charleston, WvWhat a terrific song this is. One of their best.
  • Erik from Davis, CaThe lyric "She will die and live again tonight" is a reference to an orgasm
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