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U2 — The Unforgettable Fire
Album: The Unforgettable Fire
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:46
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Ice
Your only rivers run cold
These city lights
They shine as silver and gold
Dug from the night
Your eyes as black as coal

Walk on by, walk on through
Walk till you run and don't look back
For here I am

Carnival
The wheels fly and the colours spin
Through alcohol
Red wine that punctures the skin
Face to face
In a dry and waterless place

Walk on by, walk on through
So sad to besiege your love
Oh, hang on

Stay this time
Stay tonight in a lie
I'm only asking
But I, I think you know
Come on take me away
Come on take me away
Come on take me home
Home again

And if the mountains should crumble
Or disappear into the sea
Not a tear, no, not I

Stay this time
Stay tonight in a lie
Ever after is a long time
And if you save your love
Save it all, save it all
Don't push me too far
Don't push me too far
Tonight, tonight
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 philinnz wrote:
I don't know why but I have always disliked U2
 

Don't expect U2 fan to give you a clue. 
 Webfoot wrote:

I totally disagree. He's a human being in a very human profession speaking up. But, he's also just a musician, so you have the choice to not take him all that seriously.
 
Ha!...I love the ironic"just a musician..." part.  I take my musician friends more serious than my political friends...
 below72 wrote:
as always - listening to U2 or nailing my hands to my feet?
ummmmm...
Bring two hammers. 
 
How about neither? 
The lyrics seperate the two descriptives as if they are different, but they are the same. 

A dry and waterless place. 

A wet and moistened place. 
 phlattop wrote:

This is what I don't get. All these musicians, actors and other artists should shut up and not exercise their freedom of speech which is antithetical to the very core of creative EXPRESSION? So Picasso should have kept "Guernica" buried in his studio? Salman Rushdie should have written nice safe novels?  Musicians should have kept quiet about Vietnam?  Do I need to go on? Artists create art to express themselves and their feelings or ideas. Those will come out on the page, canvas, stage or in the vicinity of them. Tough luck if you don't like it.
 
problem is not with the artists, problem is that their fans value their opinions only because they like their art
 nickmetalx3317 wrote:
For all great musicians out there -- please stay out of politics
 Nick if you don’t  like their politics don’t listen to them, simple as that

 nickmetalx3317 wrote:
For all great musicians out there -- please stay out of politics
 
This is what I don't get. All these musicians, actors and other artists should shut up and not exercise their freedom of speech which is antithetical to the very core of creative EXPRESSION? So Picasso should have kept "Guernica" buried in his studio? Salman Rushdie should have written nice safe novels?  Musicians should have kept quiet about Vietnam?  Do I need to go on? Artists create art to express themselves and their feelings or ideas. Those will come out on the page, canvas, stage or in the vicinity of them. Tough luck if you don't like it.
Alwasy loved the Duran-Duranish "BLAM" in the middle of this song.  
 jlind wrote:
Wow listening to RP on a plane on low is like a DJ is live mixing this: go AI
 
low bit rate
Wow listening to RP on a plane on low is like a DJ is live mixing this: go AI
So this is where i was when NATO CYBERCOM became official
There are two bands that (for different reasons) i cannot stand, one is Jethro Tull which is purely a matter of taste on my part, i usually skip them or turn the volume down until the song is finished, they are a bunch of musicians whose music doesnt do anything for me. the other is U2. now, with U2, no matter how much i force myself, i always have a few colourful words to say while turning the volume down or skip their babbling of music. Bono is a joke and U2 is an example of a band who takes its fans for granted by releasing all kind of rubbish and call it music. to me, they are no musicians, just a bunch of ....!
For all great musicians out there -- please stay out of politics
The tedium of this band is nauseating. 
so many tracks now played every day.  Channel changed sadly
May be their best song?!
 vaiodon wrote:
1984, thirty five years.

Sounds as fresh, stirs the emotion yet.
 
Yikes, 35 years?  In some ways it doesn't seem like that long ago, in other ways, oh well...
 FatPants wrote:
While I don't listen to much U2 these days, and they seem to be the object of significant ridicule, when this album came out they were a terrific band with a great message, a deep appreciation for the artists that came before them, and performed with great emotion and clarity. I fondly remember this album (and Boy and War) as fantastic records that impacted me at an important time in my life. This song in particular will be etched in my soul.
 
100% agree with every word!
 mpbyfield wrote:
Shame Bono got into politics
 
I totally disagree. He's a human being in a very human profession speaking up. But, he's also just a musician, so you have the choice to not take him all that seriously.
While I don't listen to much U2 these days, and they seem to be the object of significant ridicule, when this album came out they were a terrific band with a great message, a deep appreciation for the artists that came before them, and performed with great emotion and clarity. I fondly remember this album (and Boy and War) as fantastic records that impacted me at an important time in my life. This song in particular will be etched in my soul.
 mpbyfield wrote:
Shame Bono got into politics
 
Really? There's a lot worse who have got right to the forefront of politics.
1984, thirty five years.

Sounds as fresh, stirs the emotion yet.
 mpbyfield wrote:
Shame Bono got into politics
 
I dislike when any band gets into politics. I'd like concerts to be a place where we can put our political differences aside for a couple hours.

There can be influences in the music/lyrics, sure, but a 5-minute speech or whatever in the middle of the concert can feel awkward.
Shame Bono got into politics
I love the blatant Duran Duran-y part in the middle. 
 Spud wrote:
My favourite of all of their stuff.



 
Agreed, Je suis d'accord
 kosta_n190 wrote:
Pure sonic magic by U2.
 
With a little help from Dan & Brian.
Pure sonic magic by U2.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Just a reality check here... these guys were in their early 20's when this album was recorded and while some may comment on what and who Bono is nowadays you must remember he was a very young man then in the 1980's and it is incredible to me how profound much of their early music was.

 
Great comment.  
 johnalexford wrote:
Ha - I love when U2 comes on so I can quickly peek at the comments hating the band. Haters gonna hate. Largely agree that this was their peak and it was more or less downhill after this (yes, including Joshua and Achtung, which were also solid albums). The Unforgettable Fire is my absolute favorite U2 song.

 

Maybe my third favorite album behind the two you mentioned. It strikes as the last work of their early phase.
Just a reality check here... these guys were in their early 20's when this album was recorded and while some may comment on what and who Bono is nowadays you must remember he was a very young man then in the 1980's and it is incredible to me how profound much of their early music was.

Just got served this by PSD. No complaints here.

If you don't like it, walk on by, walk on through.
 johnalexford wrote:
Ha - I love when U2 comes on so I can quickly peek at the comments hating the band. Haters gonna hate. Largely agree that this was their peak and it was more or less downhill after this (yes, including Joshua and Achtung, which were also solid albums). The Unforgettable Fire is my absolute favorite U2 song.

 
I disagree. Though this might be my favorite U2 song, I don't think this album (a great one,yes) is their peak. For me, that would be Achtung. Most people I know see the Joshua Tree as the peak. 

 

It's amazing how a single song can instantly transport you back in time, to a place where you first heard that particular song and it touched your heart/mind/soul.  This song has done that for me today.  Thank you, RP!


 Lyndont wrote:
I really don’t like U2, but RP is a radio station after all, and it has to play some things I don’t like! Doesn’t it? It gets amazingly close to being perfect for me.

We are so lucky to have radio as good as this and Tidal for streaming. Both well worth supporting. 

 
Here Here, to my like minded fellow from across the pond.  I live in the great american southwest, and for me, this band embodies much of the reverence that some of the ancient places on this planet exude.  I like U2, not everybody does, that is just how it is.
Ha - I love when U2 comes on so I can quickly peek at the comments hating the band. Haters gonna hate. Largely agree that this was their peak and it was more or less downhill after this (yes, including Joshua and Achtung, which were also solid albums). The Unforgettable Fire is my absolute favorite U2 song.
 newbolddrive wrote:
The intro sounds like "Girls of Summer".

 
And the end like Purple Rain
One of U2's best songs. That and Bullet and Blue Sky. They were best earlier on though.
I really don’t like U2, but RP is a radio station after all, and it has to play some things I don’t like! Doesn’t it? It gets amazingly close to being perfect for me.

We are so lucky to have radio as good as this and Tidal for streaming. Both well worth supporting. 
 fraserji wrote:
I really wish Radio Paradise could install a U2 filter. 
 
AbileneTexas wrote:

It’s called PSD. And I certainly don’t use it on this beautiful song. 

 
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't stop them from crying.
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SONGS, like Talk Talk's "Eden" or Beth Orton's "Stolen Car" that makes you crank it, feel it, and BE WITH IT

 
amen! {#Good-vibes}
 h8rhater wrote:

The hipster in this is strong...

 
I'm agree with that
{#Music}


They nailed this
 
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SONGS, like Talk Talk's "Eden" or Beth Orton's "Stolen Car" that makes you crank it, feel it, and BE WITH IT
 fraserji wrote:
I really wish Radio Paradise could install a U2 filter. 
 
It’s called PSD. And I certainly don’t use it on this beautiful song. 
I really wish Radio Paradise could install a U2 filter. 
The intro sounds like "Girls of Summer".
 jbunniii wrote:
I've tried for 30+ years to understand the appeal of these guys, but I just don't get it. Coincidentally, I happened to watch Bruno last night and noticed that Bono even managed to be boring in a song about anal bleaching! This song is better than average for U2, at least. 

 
Wait - is that what the Unforgettable Fire is about? {#Eek}
 h8rhater wrote:

The hipster in this is strong...

 
The opinion is the same as mine, and I'm no hipster. It's just the right call about this period. Unforgettable Fire was amazing, and then they started losing their drive - except to be the new Beatles, via coasting on their name. Mistake.
 joempie wrote:
The last U2 album that I loved. After this one, it felt like the success got to their heads, and the passionate singing by Bono started to sound like a repeated trick. But on this album, I still believed his pain...

 
The hipster in this is strong...
I remember loving this album.  Now......wow.....its just sounds so very dated.  I'll bet if they were to play this in concert today with guitars up front and a more mature Bono singing....it'd probably rock.
 douglazeric526 wrote:
Trivia for 1000: Which came first? The Unforgettable Fire or The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen

 
As I recall, Echo's "Ocean Rain" album came out in the sping of '84, while "The Unforgettable Fire" came out in the fall of that same year.  I was working in a music store in the Upper Midwest back then, and we probably sold 25 U2 albums for every Echo album.

The Bunnymen never really caught on with the masses in the U.S.
OMG, I just heard Don Henley's Boys of Summer in this song. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Absolutely amazing, this feeling, catching a transcendant buzz to this masterpiece, just blocks from where I saw them jam it back in '83

 
Eloquently stated!
This is such a powerful song - puts a lump in my throat.
 dmiklitz wrote:
Probably said it before...this is probably one of my favorite songs by anyone and particularly by U2. Before politics took over as muse. First heard it on now-defunct WHFS in Annapolis, Maryland...a high point during my college days.

 
And WHFS was the best.  I totally miss that station (and those youthful music-filled days).
A top 3 U2 song if not top 1.
My absolute favourite U2 song.
"And if the mountains should crumble
Or disappear into the sea
Not a tear, no not I..."
Some of the best lyrics ever... always gives me chills...

 

I used to absolutely love WHFS.  I also used to absolutely love U2. 

 

dmiklitz wrote:

Probably said it before...this is probably one of my favorite songs by anyone and particularly by U2. Before politics took over as muse. First heard it on now-defunct WHFS in Annapolis, Maryland...a high point during my college days.

 


Probably said it before...this is probably one of my favorite songs by anyone and particularly by U2. Before politics took over as muse. First heard it on now-defunct WHFS in Annapolis, Maryland...a high point during my college days.
 douglazeric526 wrote:
Trivia for 1000: Which came first? The Unforgettable Fire or The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen

 
Good question! I was surprised at the answer. {#Think}
Trivia for 1000: Which came first? The Unforgettable Fire or The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
Absolutely amazing, this feeling, catching a transcendant buzz to this masterpiece, just blocks from where I saw them jam it back in '83
 joempie wrote:
The last U2 album that I loved. After this one, it felt like the success got to their heads, and the passionate singing by Bono started to sound like a repeated trick. But on this album, I still believed his pain...

 
Absolutely agree with you there.
 JulesMoon wrote:
This song is epic.
A nice 80's dream 'dream away' song. 
 

 
exactly what I thought - Thank you {#Sunny}
 {#Cheesygrin}

Webfoot wrote:

One of my least favorite song comments by anyone ever. Horrible retort. Probably my least fave reply.

 


as always - listening to U2 or nailing my hands to my feet?
ummmmm...
Bring two hammers. 
The last U2 album that I loved. After this one, it felt like the success got to their heads, and the passionate singing by Bono started to sound like a repeated trick. But on this album, I still believed his pain...
 stalfnzo wrote:

One of my least favorite songs by anyone ever. Horrible sounds. Probably my least fave U2 album.

 
One of my least favorite song comments by anyone ever. Horrible retort. Probably my least fave reply.
 SeriousLee wrote:

I like U2 but I can't get into this album. Not yet,  anyways. 

 
To be fair it's only been 32 years. Give it some time; it might still grow on you...
 SeriousLee wrote:

I like U2 but I can't get into this album. Not yet,  anyways. 

 
I trust I am the exception with this comment but nothing they did surpassed the sheer passion of War for me...or perhaps I considered it their capstone.
This song is epic.
A nice 80's dream 'dream away' song. 
 
 stalfnzo wrote:

One of my least favorite songs by anyone ever. Horrible sounds. Probably my least fave U2 album.

 
I like U2 but I can't get into this album. Not yet,  anyways. 
With all my dislike with this band and its dreadful egoist singer, this song is a solid 10.
Wow, all the haters!

Have this rated 8.    
I've tried for 30+ years to understand the appeal of these guys, but I just don't get it. Coincidentally, I happened to watch Bruno last night and noticed that Bono even managed to be boring in a song about anal bleaching! This song is better than average for U2, at least. 
 dmiklitz wrote:
One of my favorite songs by anyone ever. Haunting sounds. Probably my fave U2 album. {#Music}

 
One of my least favorite songs by anyone ever. Horrible sounds. Probably my least fave U2 album.
 dmiklitz wrote:
One of my favorite songs by anyone ever. Haunting sounds. Probably my fave U2 album. {#Music}

 
Agreed!
 molson wrote:
After reading all the U2 haters comments, well...I just feel sorry for you folks, it must suck not liking music!{#Nyah}

 
Love music, actually. Just don't like their music
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
.... aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh please make it stop

 
Oh the suffering you are experiencing, on my sounds equipment I have a volume control and an on and off button, I suggest you replace what equipment you currently are using to one similar to mine. Or the other alternative of course is use what Bill has incorporated into this site for sufferers like you, its called the ' PSD ' button. Good luck Peter_Bradshaw.
One of my favorite songs by anyone ever. Haunting sounds. Probably my fave U2 album. {#Music}
I adore the coda at the end of this song. A most beautiful afterburn...  (Also, the bridge to a perfect segue in Bill's capable hands!) 
.... aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh please make it stop
U2 at the top of their game. Classic stuff. Started to tumble after this point for me. Gotta crank up the volume for this track. 😉
After reading all the U2 haters comments, well...I just feel sorry for you folks, it must suck not liking music!{#Nyah}
Outside of the whole album Boy, this is probably my most favorite song....something about spinning my volume knob all the way to the right when this one comes on!!{#Dancingbanana}
An Unforgettable Fire would be this disc in the hearth.
It may hurt to admit it sometimes, but this band have produced some great material with integrity IMO.

And (unfortunately) the other stuff of course... this track is of it's time though and is great for it. A solid 7 from me. 
 Ditto. Finally saw them live in Chicago last year. Wow.

raga wrote:


mine too

 


 wolverine wrote:
My most favorite song from these guys.IMHO{#Smile}
 

mine too
I remember an amusing Music Paper headline when Adam Clayton was busted for Mary J possession in 1984 and the courts asked him to pay 20,000 UK pounds for having less than enough dope for 2 joints. "The Unforgettable Fine."
Instantly transported back to high school and 1984 with this song. Huge component stereo a giant Klipsch speakers in my dorm room. Love it. 
In this multiverse there is certainly one universe which is right now at the time point in which a 22 yr old is a peer to this young Bono's voice. My time point slipped some 30 yrs ago but I am not sad. On the contrary.  
 easmann wrote:

The subconscious can be a treacherous thing.

 
I agree, easmann.  Very funny - their forgettable comment. 
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
Most overrated band ever.  Very Unforgettable
  
 
Proclivities wrote:
?
 
The subconscious can be a treacherous thing.
To much U2 in these days for my taste.
My U2 favorite as well, it just oozes atmosphere. 'Your Blue Room' from the 'Passengers' album would be my No. 1 if it had the U2 stamp on it.

wolverine wrote:
My most favorite song from these guys.IMHO{#Smile}
 


TUF marks the point where I started losing interest in U2. But the comments here about them being untalented are more political than anything else IMO.
My most favorite song from these guys.IMHO{#Smile}
Cut my "musical" teeth on this album in middle school/high school.  Listened to the cassette tape every day after school.  Still love it.   10.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
Most overrated band ever.  Very Unforgettable
 
?
 acampos wrote:
One of my favorites from U2, this album was great!!!

 
Agreed. Even the odd, half-baked stuff like "Elvis Presley & America" still worked as part of a greater whole. 

I haven't really liked much of what U2 has put out since "All That You Can't Behind."  The last free album feels so polite, earnest and forced. 
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:

And today the same sequence.{#Smile}

 
The station is programmed into thoughtful stretches of music by BillG, and he rotates those "programs." He can't be at the helm constantly, but he's always creating new material as well as replaying previous stuff.
PSD time I thinks
 glassbrain wrote:
Sorry. I don't do U2. I think I am allergic....PSD

 
It's probably more poisoning than allergy. US is so bad that it's actually toxic to the human body. 
 easmann wrote:
I LIKE it. Particularly and appropriately sandwiched between Younger Brother and Porcupine Tree. Nice.

 
And today the same sequence.{#Smile}
Sorry. I don't do U2. I think I am allergic....PSD
Truly a lasting testament to what they were up to at the time — pushing the boundaries and riding the edges. I love their new one, too! 
possibly my fave from all U2 stuff {#Daisy}
One of my favorites from U2, this album was great!!!
 alfissimo wrote:
Sorry, can you please limit the U2. They are just not a talented band IMO. Bono's voice is not the best. 

 
So I suppose you don't like Tom Waits, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen either.
Sorry, can you please limit the U2. They are just not a talented band IMO. Bono's voice is not the best. 
 veloman wrote:
U2 the only Muzak you have to pay not to have, to get it removed from your itunes

 
 

 stalfnzo wrote:
Crap. Just plain crap. Mediocre band, bad vocals.

 
Clueless......
 stunix wrote:
I have decided I'm giving all U2 a 1.   
 
How thoughtful...second grade a problem?  Should be easier the third year.
 MojoJojo wrote:
Back in the day, a guy gave me this CD. Said he didn't get it.  My gain.

 
Must have been me!
Timeless and amazing.
after all these years, they still make me stop and just enjoy. 
Back in the day, a guy gave me this CD. Said he didn't get it.  My gain.