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U2 — I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Album: The Joshua Tree
Avg rating:
8

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Total ratings: 1111









Released: 1987
Length: 4:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I have climbed the highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

I have run I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
Only to be with you
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colours will bleed into one
But yes I'm still running
You broke the obnds
You loosed the chains
You carried the cross
And my shame
And my shame
You know I believe it
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
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Here's a U2 cut that WAS played a LOT back in the day, which seems to have been recognized by BillG since this one doesn't get much play (in fact I hadn't rated it yet) - and maybe it's because this was a great album (even if I'm not a huge U2 fan) this one just sounds like the 8 average it has and I went with an 8 too.  Long Live RP!!
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great song, hope I never hear it again.

 
Great song, hope I never hear from you again. {#Clap}
 fredriley wrote:
Whoah! Isn't that calling the kettle black? As it happens this gets 3 from the Nottingham jury (though St Bono himself gets a 1 ;-|).
 

A 3 is too low and unfair.  I give it a 10.  Overplayed? Yes.  Bad? No.
 fredriley wrote:

Nottingham's in the Midlands, unfortunately - true North in England would be Yorkshire and above, which are far more interesting and scenic places than the Midlands Sprawl.

 
Fred, everyone knows anything above Watford is the North.
I always thought he sounds kinda...constipated.
Cant abide Bono as a person but this track is a Classic and it never seems to age.


This song puts a spring in my step this summer day...

 
 gypsyman wrote:

know what you mean. maybe 10 years from now...
 
Came here to say the same thing. Not going to give the song a poor rating. It doesn't deserve it. But it's had its fair share of airplay. Time to make room for some new music?
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great song, hope I never hear it again.
 
know what you mean. maybe 10 years from now...


This song puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great song, hope I never hear it again.
 
Well put; I know the feeling. There are so many songs that we know are great, but we're just plain tired of hearing 'em. I'm a U2 fan but so many of their songs have just been beaten to death by constant overplay, although I must say this one holds up better than many.

Heard it too many times (sigh).


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song about a pilgrim on a quest for meaning...
 
 Byronape wrote:

You funny Europeans and your expressions...  Dog's bollox...  isn't that the dog's ass?  So saying something is like a dog's ass is a good thing.

If I ever told my wife that I thought she was the dog's bollox, she'd kick me in the nuggers.
 
No, bollox isn't the ass, it's a plural and I think you call them nuggers.
emperial {#Crown}impressions I had with them
Great song, hope I never hear it again.
 fredriley wrote:

Their work may be the dog's bollox to you and fair play to you, but it's not worthy of the moniker 'masterpiece'.
 
You funny Europeans and your expressions...  Dog's bollox...  isn't that the dog's ass?  So saying something is like a dog's ass is a good thing.

If I ever told my wife that I thought she was the dog's bollox, she'd kick me in the nuggers.




The Joshua tree is a plant in the southwestern United States, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers grouped in large panicles...

a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century named the plant the Joshua tree, after Joshua of the Old Testament— the forks of the tree reminded them of Joshua's hand raised as he prayed, and also the shape of the leaves reminded them of Joshua's spear...

the name of U2's album, The Joshua Tree, is complicated... first, the entire album has a religious theme... second, the title is a tribute to the global power of the United States... third, the album also shows U2's fascination with American culture, politics, and forms of music...

this song is gospel music...  a pilgrim on a quest for meaning...  love it...




 xkolibuul wrote:
I'm always amazed how many people insist on discounting brilliance once it becomes familiar.  I've listened Joshua Tree into the ground over the years.  It is still brilliant.
 
I agree 100%. One of the best albums of the past 30 years.


so so true! xkolibuul wrote:
I'm always amazed how many people insist on discounting brilliance once it becomes familiar.  I've listened Joshua Tree into the ground over the years.  It is still brilliant.
 


This song has a very zenlike feeling to it.

I'm always amazed how many people insist on discounting brilliance once it becomes familiar.  I've listened Joshua Tree into the ground over the years.  It is still brilliant.
 Stingray wrote:
PATHETIC!
 
You seem to have a problem with your caps lock Stingray?

 fredriley wrote:

Nottingham's in the Midlands, unfortunately - true North in England would be Yorkshire and above, which are far more interesting and scenic places than the Midlands Sprawl.

 
You need to get out of the sprawl. My bit of the Midlands is very scenic and it's but a stone's throw from Nottingham. And then what about Derbyshire?


 Stingray wrote:
Hahahaha...! Seems you Northern England dudes are quite funny!
 
Nottingham's in the Midlands, unfortunately - true North in England would be Yorkshire and above, which are far more interesting and scenic places than the Midlands Sprawl.

 fredriley wrote:
I've found what I'm looking for - the mute key. Ah, blissful peace from the warblings of St Bonio and the Tax Evaders.
 

Hahahaha...! Seems you Northern England dudes are quite funny!


I won't rate it as low as I want to b/c it's not technically a bad song, I'm just so &^%%$%^ sick of it!{#Beat}
PATHETIC!
Seminal album; overplayed single.
 SaintPeter wrote:
Bono!  Keep looking!  Keep singing the same tired tunes!!
 
Um, this is a recording.  He's not actually singing it over and over.  See, musicians sometimes record their performances, then they sell those recordings, and people...
Oh, nevermind.  I don't want to be like those kids that enjoy telling their classmates that Santa's not real.

That's right, SaintPeter, tell him what you think!  Maybe yell a little louder, it's hard for him to hear over The Edge.

 lemmoth wrote:
How could anyone lambaste this masterpiece. 

Oh yeah, its FredRiley and Keller ——- Nevermind/.
 
Mozart's Symphony 40 is a masterpiece. Beethoven's Pastoral is a masterpiece. U2 isn't in that category. Their work may be the dog's bollox to you and fair play to you, but it's not worthy of the moniker 'masterpiece'.


Bono!  Keep looking!  Keep singing the same tired tunes!!
How could anyone lambaste this masterpiece. 

Oh yeah, its FredRiley and Keller ——- Nevermind/.
It's 23 years old.  Amazing.
 keller1 wrote:

Agreed. 3.

 
I'll go out on a limb and assume you guys didn't buy the LP like some of us did when it came out?  Check the rating.  It's pretty accurate.

 fredriley wrote:
I've found what I'm looking for - the mute key. Ah, blissful peace from the warblings of St Bonio and the Tax Evaders.
 
Agreed. 3.

I've found what I'm looking for - the mute key. Ah, blissful peace from the warblings of St Bonio and the Tax Evaders.
The lyrics to this song are just beautiful.  I used to live in Joshua Tree and the park is definitely inspiring. The thing  that gets me is that I have felt exactly like this song what I am looking for and after all the years since this song first came out, it's still true for me.
U2..i dont know why, but i still don't understand their music, however i see it is pretty good rated


magnificent song...


Awesome album - but I have just kind of been totally let down since.  I know a lot of their fans feel differently, but from my vantage point, this was their peak performance, followed by a creative plummet.
One of those songs I can never quite play loud enough
 von_Hayek wrote:
 panlad wrote:
 Ok, so today I have a bit too much time on my hands.  But I've finally had enough and I prefer to use my powers for good and not for evil.

Letter to haters:
"Whaaaa!  I hate U2 and/or especially despise Bono."
 
If he personally "dissed" you my condolences. {#Cry}
But quite frankly I don't care and neither does anyone else- except for the hordes of people who also seem to think it's a good use of their time imposing their irrelevant opinions on us.  
Get a grip.  Your time is better spent doing community service or even work.(perish the thought!)

As you can see my ego likes to complain as much as yours does.  The main difference is I don't feel the need to inflict it on everyone ad nauseum. ad nauseam.

Best wishes for a more positive posting life,

The Tired Ones

Hey Bono Vox: Learn some latin.....

By the way, nice song: 7
  Thanks!
I had to laugh at that!
Better break out the big Oxford next time.


 panlad wrote:
 Ok, so today I have a bit too much time on my hands.  But I've finally had enough and I prefer to use my powers for good and not for evil.

Letter to haters:
"Whaaaa!  I hate U2 and/or especially despise Bono."
 
If he personally "dissed" you my condolences. {#Cry}
But quite frankly I don't care and neither does anyone else- except for the hordes of people who also seem to think it's a good use of their time imposing their irrelevant opinions on us.  
Get a grip.  Your time is better spent doing community service or even work.(perish the thought!)

As you can see my ego likes to complain as much as yours does.  The main difference is I don't feel the need to inflict it on everyone ad nauseum. ad nauseam.

Best wishes for a more positive posting life,

The Tired Ones

Hey Bono Vox: Learn some latin.....

By the way, nice song: 7



Great song from a great album...  love it...


 a_genuine_find wrote:



Essential ingredient in hair farming?
 

Just referencing a track from this Negativeland album. A 'cover' of ISHFWILF, where the vocal is a whiney, northern California dialect speaking the lyric with occasional improves about how hard IT is to find. When they do the song live the vocalist (not a performing member of the band) is presented on a video monitor (old tv) and at the end of the song he looks up towards the top of the screen and finally finds IT. A bottle of 409 sitting on top of the tv. You have to see it to really appreciate the humour, my description is minimal as it has been about 16 years since the show I saw.


U2 were pretty influential when the first hit the scene.  I remember thinking they were pretty damned hip.  I covered Sunday Bloody Sunday New Years Day in a garage band that did alot of progressive and other sorts of non-standard pieces.  I think the very lamest cover we did was an INXS tune (the one with the sax solo, since the lead singer played sax.  Note: Never Tear Us Apart).

As far as U2, I think the haters come in several camps, but in the end I suspect few of those camps are about the music (but this is just a theory).  Bono isn't mainly about music anymore... and he is capitalizing on his success to "branch out" into activism.  Some see this as pure ego.  It very well could be, but I'm not in his skull to see.  He ALSO could be genuinely idealistic and feel it'd be a waste to not use his influence.  I personally don't dig musicians becoming evangelists, but... I understand the impulse.  I'd very likely do the same thing (I have to be honest with myself here).  But at that point, I'm not what people fell in love with right?  Sort of a bait and switch.

But, as far as the music goes... any song that has had so much radio play seems a tad odd for RP, but then, alot of people still love love love the song so... who's to say it sucks?  I can see this being a huge nostalgia song for lots of people who did memorable things while listening to it ;)

IMHO U2 couldn't possibly suck... even if they are a bit big for their britches these days.

{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}
 Ok, so today I have a bit too much time on my hands.  But I've finally had enough and I prefer to use my powers for good and not for evil.

Letter to haters:
"Whaaaa!  I hate U2 and/or especially despise Bono."
 
If he personally "dissed" you my condolences. {#Cry}
But quite frankly I don't care and neither does anyone else- except for the hordes of people who also seem to think it's a good use of their time imposing their irrelevant opinions on us.  
Get a grip.  Your time is better spent doing community service or even work.(perish the thought!)

As you can see my ego likes to complain as much as yours does.  The main difference is I don't feel the need to inflict it on everyone ad nauseum.

Best wishes for a more positive posting life,

The Tired Ones 
Erin go bragh! Happy Autumn, everyone!{#Wave}
reply to: Posted: Aug 05, 2008 - 12:14:

Strange posts. If you don't care for RP's business model, go somewhere else...... {#Motor}

When you over-sing absolutely everything you leave no emotional range in the song.
Too much U2 and Bono for me.
  {#Good-vibes} a wonderful hymn
 ImFallingDown wrote:
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a)Gives you source material to re-broadcast free of charge,
thus making the contributions in 1. (above) go even farther.
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START TODAY!

 
6 years later, I wonder if they're still doing this RP thing just to get free records?
 Hairfarmer wrote:
Well, I'll be jiggered.





There it is...

 


Essential ingredient in hair farming?
I still haven't heard what I'm listening to
another moldy classic....beat to death.
throwback wrote:
You're not alone - never cared for them either...
Screamers. Nothing but crap.
Amazing song, weak video as I recall.
Tragically, some never will......
copymonkey wrote:
Who are the people giving this song a "1". Even in your most non-objective, hipper-than-thou, it's cool to bash old-stuff mode, you could NOT possibly listen to this song and give it a "1". Unless of course you were just a trolling jackass. Hmmmmmm.
Whoah! Isn't that calling the kettle black? As it happens this gets 3 from the Nottingham jury (though St Bono himself gets a 1 ;-|).
haters aside, i still like this song. must be that nostalgia thing showing my age
hiorgos wrote:
I do not like u2
You're not alone - never cared for them either...
Well, I'll be jiggered. There it is...
11:35 pm - U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 11:30 pm - Siouxsie & the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me 11:26 pm - Depeche Mode - Precious OMG and this just as I'm browsing my high school's alumni page! Yikes! Coincidences are spooky. They snuck Peter Gabriel's Red Rain in there too. Sends me right back. :cheers:
sdn wrote:
It is also clearly not a 9 or a 10: It is dreadfully repetitious, and the vocals drone on and on.
Aren't ALL songs dreadfully repetitious? I've found that to be so, anyway.
oh well, a really great song... It sounds quite old now, but anyway one of their best songs -
This song is clearly not a 1, nor even a 2. It's got some great guitar work, and a pleasant enough melody. It is also clearly not a 9 or a 10: It is dreadfully repetitious, and the vocals drone on and on. I can see enjoying the song if you like Bono and can get into a groove with it. But it'll never be higher than a 5 for me.
I'm interested to see such a high mark for this song. Many of my U2 fan friends got totally turned off to them by this album. I liked it, but they definitely didn't.
esotericderek wrote:
Yeah, they probably don't like breathing or eating, either. Go figure.
Well, breathing is pretty boring too, and just seems to go on forever and ever until you die. So there are similarities with this song. :wink:
I do not like u2
El_Penguino wrote:
Maybe some folks don't like it.
Yeah, they probably don't like breathing or eating, either. Go figure.
DoctorHooey wrote:
Have you looked under the couch? That's where everything ends up at my place. Damn puppy.
:roflol:
Have you looked under the couch? That's where everything ends up at my place. Damn puppy.
copymonkey wrote:
Who are the people giving this song a "1". Even in your most non-objective, hipper-than-thou, it's cool to bash old-stuff mode, you could NOT possibly listen to this song and give it a "1". Unless of course you were just a trolling jackass. Hmmmmmm.
Maybe some folks don't like it.
Who are the people giving this song a "1". Even in your most non-objective, hipper-than-thou, it's cool to bash old-stuff mode, you could NOT possibly listen to this song and give it a "1". Unless of course you were just a trolling jackass. Hmmmmmm.
rbigelo, Permit me to disclose that I am a self-proclaimed expert, and U2 is not my favourite group. Don't own any. With that out of the way.... The song writing is amazing. This song absolutely rocks.
Never mind the self-proclaimed experts and the self-appointed music critics, this is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums from one of my favorite groups. :music:
buckskin wrote:
To all U2 detractors AND fans - read the book 'WALK ON'. Note to ANY detractors of ANYTHING played on RP - if you can do better then do so. LEARN(likely a foreign concept to some)about the group/song. Search your soul & see if the music speaks to you
Searched high and low, found a lot of realy great music, U2 and Bono didn't even get a foot through the door. Now if it was fantastic marketing of a lackluster product, they are brilliant.
............................
timrd wrote:
I remember lighting a cigarette, drinking a beer, and yes, driving down Taconic State Parkway in my 1983 Topless CJ7 Jeep...
sweet!
buckskin wrote:
LEARN(likely a foreign concept to some)
Not gonna get a lot of converts that way :)
prickelpit96 wrote:
Live in Cologne/Germany 1988 (if I recall right)... They were supported by The Pretenders and Big Audio Dynamite. What a great concert.
Wow that sounds like an awesome concert! (jealous)
Live in Cologne/Germany 1988 (if I recall right)... They were supported by The Pretenders and Big Audio Dynamite. What a great concert. :bananajam: :dancingbanana_2: When I tried to buy a non-official t-shirt from the tour outside the area (a stadium) the police appeared and sentenced the dealer to follow them, so that I could sneak away with my shirt and my money. Memories.... *sigh*
...ah, brian eno and daniel lanois with U2 at their peak, glory age...nothing they've done since has touched it, although i gladly throw passengers in alongside the joshua tree and the unforgettable fire...
The live version on rattle and hum is so much better.
WOW, what a set! LF - LIR S&TB - KTFM U2 - ISHFWILF You GO Bill!
used to think this was one of their weaker songs, but after hearing some of their more recent stuff, this one's actually way more authentic and has a truer ring to it. guess everything's relative. :think: :cool:
everythingsatwo wrote:
This stuff is not a 3. Must be a 2. C'mon, its so 1990, man... get with it.
A 2? You're too kind.
This stuff is not a 3. Must be a 2. C'mon, its so 1990, man... get with it.
Almost a perfect song!
buckskin wrote:
To all U2 detractors AND fans - read the book 'WALK ON'. Note to ANY detractors of ANYTHING played on RP - if you can do better then do so. LEARN(likely a foreign concept to some)about the group/song. Search your soul & see if the music speaks to you
Searched my soul.......Hmmm......still can't stand 'em!
To all U2 detractors AND fans - read the book 'WALK ON'. Note to ANY detractors of ANYTHING played on RP - if you can do better then do so. LEARN(likely a foreign concept to some)about the group/song. Search your soul & see if the music speaks to you
I remember lighting a cigarette, drinking a beer, and yes, driving down Taconic State Parkway in my 1983 Topless CJ7 Jeep...
I actually remember being kind of put off the first time or two I heard the new Joshua Tree album. GOD made me listen to it again, I guess, and since then He hasn't stopped talking to me through their music yet!
meydele wrote:
I always find this song uplifting. It never fails to raise my spirits. Snark that if you will, but it still is as true for me today as it was when I first heard it lo these many years ago.
Amen.
bokey wrote:
Is this new?
Seriously, do I need to hear this again. Isn't there a cover that is more interesting
Is this new?
I always find this song uplifting. It never fails to raise my spirits. Snark that if you will, but it still is as true for me today as it was when I first heard it lo these many years ago.
My college roommate ruined U2 for me, just played it nonstop. Many years later, I can now listen to them again and find myself really finding a soft spot for The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. There is just some music that is absolutely, indisputably, great. This is a fine example of such.
I so hope I have found this, what I have been looking for.
Tux wrote:
Lack of emoticons only affects those that have no sense of humour. RP is not better off without me, neither off you or anybody else. You're on the edge of being offensive. Personal attacks have absolutely nothing to do with musical taste (or your obvious lack of it). You might be a good person, in some area, but I think with opinions like yours I rather not have you as an acquaintance. I utterly enjoy all comments, probably the negative more than the possitive, even if they are towards music I really like.
Oh dear - you don't like it when you're not giving it do you? LOL! As for the acquaintance thing - you have no worries whatsoever there.
Now,now,boys(tigger-tux)it's only rock n roll...but I like it! :dancingbanana_2: (Hows that emoticon?)
I'm here at my desk fighting back the urge to sing along like I always do when I hear this at home, in the car, out and about, etc. :shhh: How I love this song.
tiggers wrote:
LOL! Hypocrisy in action. Face it Tux RP, at least, would be better off without you. Note the lack of any emoticons here by the way!!!
Lack of emoticons only affects those that have no sense of humour. RP is not better off without me, neither off you or anybody else. You're on the edge of being offensive. Personal attacks have absolutely nothing to do with musical taste (or your obvious lack of it). You might be a good person, in some area, but I think with opinions like yours I rather not have you as an acquaintance. I utterly enjoy all comments, probably the negative more than the possitive, even if they are towards music I really like.
Tux wrote:
:) I really like original comments
LOL! Hypocrisy in action. Face it Tux RP, at least, would be better off without you. Note the lack of any emoticons here by the way!!!
tiggers wrote:
Pity
:) I really like original comments
Tux wrote:
Of course not. I'm not suicidal!
Pity
Note to Bono: try www.clusty.com That way you might find it. Google is rubbish. Ditch it. Now.
xsrossiter wrote:
This album is gold, but from the day of its release I can not embrace this as a great song; give me "Red Tree Hill."
One Tree Hill but Red Hill Mining Town is a great song too...
algrif wrote:
Oh NOOOOO! I must have tuned in to Kiss FM by mistake. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Siouxsie & the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me Depeche Mode - Precious :frustrated: :hand: :frustrated:
My thoughts exactly...
chlobug wrote:
Good call, Joslyn; for anyone who loves this song but is just burnt out, maybe a viewing of "Rattle and Hum" would allow you to appreciate this track again... worked for me.
So true, with the Gospel Choir simply amazing, if that dosen't give you chills then wake up Bruce your dead!
algrif wrote:
Oh NOOOOO! I must have tuned in to Kiss FM by mistake. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Siouxsie & the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me Depeche Mode - Precious
Same set today, but I'm digging the 80s at 8 (in Paradise at least).
roens wrote:
and, to anyone who can't stand U2: have you not experienced them live and in person?
Of course not. I'm not suicidal!
Best U2 from there best album... Everything els they done since falls short. And latly isnt even middle of the road.
The first album that my Dad listened to that I really liked also. Everytime I hear Joshua Tree it reminds me of him. Great album.
U2's highest point for me.... honest music, honest intentions.....heart and blood!
everytime I hear the first notes ring out on this song I hope and I wish and I pray that it is the pure genius of Negativland.... but alas it never is.... Unless of course Im in my car with the mp3 shuffle working its magic. curse U2 (the letter U and the numeral 2) curse Pepsi (dispepsi) you must respect copyright...
Love these guys - Fianlly got to see them after listening for 20 years.. now we enjoy them with our teenage daughter too.
This album is gold, but from the day of its release I can not embrace this as a great song; give me "Red Tree Hill."