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U2 — In God's Country
Album: The Joshua Tree
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 2533









Released: 1987
Length: 2:53
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Yeah
Desert sky, dream beneath the desert sky
The rivers run but soon run dry
We need new dreams tonight
Desert rose, dreamed I saw a desert rose
Dressed all in ribbons and bows
Like a siren she calls to me

Sleep comes like a drug in God's country
Sad eyes, crooked crosses, in God's country, yeah

Set me alight, we'll punch a hole right through the night
Every day the dreamers die to see what's on the other side
She is liberty, and she comes to rescue me
Hope, faith, her vanity
The greatest gift is gold

Sleep comes like a drug in God's country
Sad eyes, crooked crosses, in God's country, yeah

Naked flame, she stands with naked flame
I stand with sons of Cain
Burned by the fire of love
Burned by the fire of love
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Long Live  RP

Rating to me is  8 - Most Excellent
the artist from Mali who was pretty good followed by this...why oh why? still love RP.
Outstanding sub 3:00 song.
 {#Hearteyes}coloradojohn wrote:
There is something so incredible about the interplay between the band members and their instruments in this gem! I will always recall driving before dawn from San Luis Obispo and rolling in to Sequoia and then on to Yosemite N.P. with my brother in the early summer of '88 with some good psychedelics in our brainpans and this album jamming several times a day in the stereo. Within a month, I knew, I was bound for at least a year in Shizuoka, but I wanted to soak up all of God's Country that I could before then. For both of us, there could be no better soundtrack for such visual splendor! To this day, and for all eternity, this song touches my heart like a wild spirit.

 


 coloradojohn wrote:
There is something so incredible about the interplay between the band members and their instruments in this gem! I will always recall driving before dawn from San Luis Obispo and rolling in to Sequoia and then on to Yosemite N.P. with my brother in the early summer of '88 with some good psychedelics in our brainpans and this album jamming several times a day in the stereo. Within a month, I knew, I was bound for at least a year in Shizuoka, but I wanted to soak up all of God's Country that I could before then. For both of us, there could be no better soundtrack for such visual splendor! To this day, and for all eternity, this song touches my heart like a wild spirit.

 
My wife and I were living in Osaka Prefecture, on the border between Kyoto and Osaka, when her brother in law sent us this CD.  It compelled me to go to the electronics district in Osaka to buy something to play it on (this was the early days of CDs and I was a laggard). Due both to the brilliance of the music and the sense of isolation that was more than just a sense, this album plus Blood on the Tracks have the allure of another age that is called forth when I hear anything from this album.
 redmachine wrote:
Smug, patronising, pseudo-intellectual bulls**t.
 
But enough about your song comment.
Smug, patronising, pseudo-intellectual bulls**t.
Too much U2 on here, plus Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Cure, plus the other usual RP suspects - don't get me wrong, I have albums by them all, however, there is an undeniable saturation of these acts on RP.  I just don't think there's any excuse for it with all of the thousands of suggestions listeners make here, and the hundreds of artists that only get played every now and then; I think there could be a lot less of these aforementioned artists played on here, and a lot more of others. Yeah, granted, U2 have about a hundred albums to choose from, (joking of course) but isn't that a bit hypocritical of the "only 3 recommendations per artist" for listeners?   Just my thoughts, but I've been listening every day, day and night to RP, for many years now, and I'm a supporter, I personally would like to hear them less, and others a lot more.  
 Will62 wrote:
Just don't like U2

 
Not the biggest fan, either.  Although I do love the War album.  That is a terrific release.  
Just don't like U2
If you haven't seen this summers' Joshua Tree tour yet I strongly recommend  it; one of the best stadium visual and musical experiences I've seen. 
 Proclivities wrote:

No one likes quinoa - anyone who says they do is a filthy, patchouli-soaked, hula-hoopin', drum-circlin', Birkenstock-wearin' liar!  Well, I guess the only people who do like it are people who sell it at grossly inflated prices or folks who use the word when they're playing Scrabble, but no one likes eating quinoa.
This is quite an enjoyable tune to me.

 
Hilarious.  Something to think about next time quinoa is on the menu.  

As for Utah, the drives are indeed beautiful.  Better yet, hike the parks and canyons.  

Some folks like to dump on people in Utah, in particular Mormons.  From my perspective, any jurisdiction that takes a negative view of alcohol is an enlightened jurisdiction.

 max_p wrote:

Drive thru Utah and listen

 
Thanks, I'll put that on my bucket list.
There is something so incredible about the interplay between the band members and their instruments in this gem! I will always recall driving before dawn from San Luis Obispo and rolling in to Sequoia and then on to Yosemite N.P. with my brother in the early summer of '88 with some good psychedelics in our brainpans and this album jamming several times a day in the stereo. Within a month, I knew, I was bound for at least a year in Shizuoka, but I wanted to soak up all of God's Country that I could before then. For both of us, there could be no better soundtrack for such visual splendor! To this day, and for all eternity, this song touches my heart like a wild spirit.
 ian123running wrote:
Love RP,  but SO much U2, please cut it out! 

 
How about we just cut you out.
 1wolfy wrote:
'Naked Flame'  an interesting term {#Fire}  outstanding song

 
Burned by the fire of love
Love love. U2 suffers the fate of almost all musicians who hit the huge-time as they do any more - scorn and ridicule. Whatev. See you guys in Philly in June, playing this song and the whole album! Thanks for continuing to be a U2 fan Bill.
 {#Yes}On_The_Beach wrote:

Fair enough.
The endless U2/Bono/Edge bashing just gets tired after awhile.

 


 Sasha2001 wrote:

I was 22 when I first traveled through that magnificent state. I specifically queued this song to match my drive along the Colorado River during the stretch to Moab. There may have been an illicit substance involved. 
 
Camped on some BLM land near Moab last spring for the first time and I took that drive along the Colorado, killer. And this would've have been a great disc to listen to on that drive. 
Love RP,  but SO much U2, please cut it out! 
 zenhead wrote:
Yawn.

 
I'm sure the proprietors are glad to know that they have at least one teenager in the listening audience. 
Yawn.
 max_p wrote:

Agree, and not really a fan. Drive thru Utah and listen

 
I was 22 when I first traveled through that magnificent state. I specifically queued this song to match my drive along the Colorado River during the stretch to Moab. There may have been an illicit substance involved. 
 OHMish wrote:
U2's best album

 
Agree, and not really a fan. Drive thru Utah and listen
U2's best album
 h8rhater wrote:

Why doesn't everything go my way?  Boo-hoo!{#Beat}

 

{#High-five}


'Naked Flame'  an interesting term {#Fire}  outstanding song
Too much already - every morning, every day, every night U2U2U2U2- AAARRRGGHHH.
Bill, please stop the madness...YOU HAVE THE POWER - you can play this adult garage band music - just not so often - what gives?
The constant jangling of the same three fender stratocaster power chords over, and over, and over, and over, on EVERY SONG is akin to water-boarding, chinese water torture, or drowning{#Rolleyes}
 VH1 wrote:
There is much to much U2 being played here! I cant stand them! {#Stop}{#No}

 

I feel your pain.  U2 reached "auto-PSD status" for me a while ago.  It is also a good time to check out the LRC too~
 VH1 wrote:
There is much to much U2 being played here! I cant stand them! {#Stop}{#No}

 
Why doesn't everything go my way?  Boo-hoo!{#Beat}
There is much to much U2 being played here! I cant stand them! {#Stop}{#No}
Death Valley music.

one of their half dozen or so good songs.


yup, Outstanding   : )
Looking at these evocative mountains, this high sky, with the smell of red pines thrilled to ecstatic with snowmelt, I'm IN God's Country!
very 1st cd I ever owned. very 1st cd player I ever owned.
 easmann wrote:
Despite the incessant wailing and gnashing of teeth by a vocal minority I find I enjoy them as much as I ever did: greatly. : )

 
Yeah, this is fanTASTIC!!
Despite the incessant wailing and gnashing of teeth by a vocal minority I find I enjoy them as much as I ever did: greatly. : )
Usual sound all the same dross.
 torino390 wrote:
The Joshua Tree for me is their finest hour. Great album.

 
take a drive thru the southwest US, with this as a soundtrack,  so well done
we nearly got away with it!!!!!!
The Joshua Tree for me is their finest hour. Great album.
{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
Yawn. How much u2 can you two take?
 bill-1956 wrote:
The Joshua Tree - an excellent album.

 
Agreed, last really good one in my book.

I'm really hoping they don't figure they need another Irish SIr. 
The Joshua Tree - an excellent album.
My fave tune from U2- brilliant
Edge and his guitar.....
Perfect song to stoke up & toke to, here on 4-20! Can never forget arriving at my bro's place out in Redondo Beach and putting this on!
 jmkate wrote:
Nice, thanks!

 
 

YEAH!!!

 

If I weren't at work I'd be singing along at the top of my lungs.


Nice, thanks!
 stalfnzo wrote:
Mediocre band, lousy vocals. Still, my ears aren't bleeding, so I give it a 2.

 
Idiot lmao just look at average rating! and your observation is pathetic, use PSD or spare us your drivel.
Nothing beats THE BASS on this CRANKED! and, THE GUITAR! Oh, and Edge wasn't about to give anything away on that dippy little ego-orgy where Jack White and Jimmy P. played hot-shot virtuosos and Edge was supposedly "like a 5 year-old..."  Who got played?!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Fair enough.
The endless U2/Bono/Edge bashing just gets tired after awhile.

 
I agree, that can get a little tiresome.
 Proclivities wrote:
No, that's not really what he said.
 
Fair enough.
The endless U2/Bono/Edge bashing just gets tired after awhile.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

So Jack White is the guitar equivalent of Rembrandt?
Please.

 
No, that's not really what he said.


Mediocre band, lousy vocals. Still, my ears aren't bleeding, so I give it a 2.
 Slipstream wrote:
Watch Jack White's movie 'It Might Get Loud', where Jack has Jimmy Page & U2's 'The Edge' (for some unknown reason) as his guests to highlight his love of rock & roll/blues guitar artistry.
Throughout the documentary, 'The Edge' looks like a 5 year-old finger painter who's been invited to a gathering of painting giants like Rembrandt and Dürer.  Totally out of his element.  Without his technical effects, he's completely lost.
 
So Jack White is the guitar equivalent of Rembrandt?
Please.
 hoppin_bob wrote:
I have been tired of this band for decades.  You are entitled to feel differently, but I do wish they would develop a little more guitar skill.  No one else can make Sting appear so deeply talented IMHO.

 
THIS.

Watch Jack White's movie 'It Might Get Loud', where Jack has Jimmy Page & U2's 'The Edge' (for some unknown reason) as his guests to highlight his love of rock & roll/blues guitar artistry.

Throughout the documentary, 'The Edge' looks like a 5 year-old finger painter who's been invited to a gathering of painting giants like Rembrandt and Dürer.  Totally out of his element.  Without his technical effects, he's completely lost.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Wow, surprised at how many people insist that i know how much they don't like U2. To those people I'm going to insist that they know how much i don't like quinoa.
 
No one likes quinoa - anyone who says they do is a filthy, patchouli-soaked, hula-hoopin', drum-circlin', Birkenstock-wearin' liar!  Well, I guess the only people who do like it are people who sell it at grossly inflated prices or folks who use the word when they're playing Scrabble, but no one likes eating quinoa.
This is quite an enjoyable tune to me.
 fredriley wrote:
I lived in Yorkshire, West and East, for nigh-on 20 years, 'appen, and folk oop there call it God's Own County...
 
"She comes like a drug in god's country."

I love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song, and this seminal album...

hope you have a marvelous weekend this Friday night, fredriley...  keep on rocking in the free world...
Reminds me to watch this movie again.{#Bananajam}
So tired of the haters and folks that just have to tell us why they dislike U2 and blah blah blah. Proof is in the overall rating .get over it. Period. Why they have psd tab lol
I have been tired of this band for decades.  You are entitled to feel differently, but I do wish they would develop a little more guitar skill.  No one else can make Sting appear so deeply talented IMHO.
Two "10"-rated songs within a 10 minute window (this one, obviously, and Love Reign O'er Me)? Wow.

RP you are making my Friday morning a breeze!
Wow, surprised at how many people insist that i know how much they don't like U2. To those people I'm going to insist that they know how much i don't like quinoa.
 Jim_Highfield wrote:
Every song sounds just like all the others. 

 
{#Sleep}
Every song sounds just like all the others. 
U2 - what happened man?!
People say I have a problem since I do not really like U2 and The Who. Can't help it (The exception is "One" with U2). This one is just ho-hum to me, sorry! :)
Really too bad this and so many songs from this album got so over-played.  I remember listening in awe when it first came out, and now it falls flat from so much over-play.  And - it is still a brilliant album.  Wish I could "disown" all my musical memory for the likes of Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, U2, and many more. Imagine hearing all that great stuff fresh again?!  {#Think} 
I lived in Yorkshire, West and East, for nigh-on 20 years, 'appen, and folk oop there call it God's Own County...
 bam23 wrote:

As the universally acknowledged arbitrator of all that is holy and just, your judgment is unparalleled. Strange thing is, a surprising number of people actually like this. Many of these individuals pay no attention to this thing you refer to as "rated", which appears to be some sort of assessment delivered from Olympian heights. I suppose this phenomenon represents some sort of collective delusion, in which varied humans from varied walks of life enjoy this particular piece of musical composition and its performance. Fancy that!

 
LOL.  Good point.  Take that haters!  
when U2 were good.... {#Sunny}
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Eek} Soooooooooooooooooooo very overrated. 1
 
As the universally acknowledged arbitrator of all that is holy and just, your judgment is unparalleled. Strange thing is, a surprising number of people actually like this. Many of these individuals pay no attention to this thing you refer to as "rated", which appears to be some sort of assessment delivered from Olympian heights. I suppose this phenomenon represents some sort of collective delusion, in which varied humans from varied walks of life enjoy this particular piece of musical composition and its performance. Fancy that!
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Eek} Soooooooooooooooooooo very overrated. 1
 
According to Wikipedia (and U2's site confirms it), the running order for this album was set by the late singer Kirsty MacColl. Wikipedia used to say that she just listed the songs in the order she liked most to least, and the band used that as the track sequence. Not sure if that's true, but if I had chosen the track order for The Joshua Tree, this song would be first or second.

So there! {#Nyah}
 
Clearly a 10

I'll never tire of this song.


Great track off a great album.

"She comes like a drug in god's country..."

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  it tweaks our nipples...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
Something needs to be done about Bono...anyone got a haddock? 

Joshua Tree National Park
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:

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 is a great song...

Bono has stated that he originally didn't know whether the song was about Ireland or America, but eventually dedicated it to the Statue of Liberty. The song characterises the United States as a desert rose, a siren whose dress is torn in "ribbons and bows". The lyric speaks of a lack of political ideas in The West which Bono later contrasted to the revolution in Nicaragua where he had travelled during the recording of The Joshua Tree...

 
Everybody in my church loves this song...


3times in 24 hours? U2 is Bills new favorite?!
 Toke wrote:
I have just read that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28.So a replacemt will be required... any suggestions follks ??

 
Sure, how about this guy?
 
He'd get my vote before St Boneface

     
 I like this {#Daisy}neuticle wrote:
taped this off of my folks' LP, listening to it in my Walkman in the back of the van, driving down 395 back to LA, glorious...
 


 ckcotton wrote:
I have the opening guitar riff s a ring tone for one of my best buddies.... Thought he was callin.
 
Did you say hello to no one in particular? 
I have the opening guitar riff s a ring tone for one of my best buddies.... Thought he was callin.
 Toke wrote:
I have just read that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28.So a replacemt will be required... any suggestions follks ??
 

This post apparently contained an image that was dragged into the post editor. Sorry, but any text contained in the post after this point has been lost.
 Toke wrote:
I have just read that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28.So a replacemt will be required... any suggestions follks ??
 
A wild guess.... some Argy called Francis?
  incredible... love it...
 
while this is not my favourite U2 song.... I can guarantee I'd take this over opera...
I have just read that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28.So a replacemt will be required... any suggestions follks ??

Desert works here...  rivers run dry at a desert...  the elemental imagery works...


this song rocks...  it is from one of the best albums in infinity...

 AndyJ wrote:
U2 = PSD... Then Neil Young = PSD
First time ever two PSDs back-to-back... I am shocked at my actions...
My brain shrivels at the combination of U2 and Neil Young.... without pause...

I have operas on CD... I am not afraid to play them... Otherwise, carry on in the RadioParadise.com fashion we all love and enjoy...
I know where the Rossini is stored... I can lay hands on Massenet right away... and I know the secret hiding place of -both- copies of Rusalka by Dvorak... And I will play them -all- before I will sit thru 5 minutes of politically correct  valium...     
   
           
 



Wanker
Still top o' the pops!  
My hand down, favorite U2 song. But ive never seen them play it live. I dont know what i'do if they ripped into this number and I was at the show. Probably get naked and just lose it.
 AndyJ wrote:
U2 = PSD... Then Neil Young = PSD
First time ever two PSDs back-to-back... I am shocked at my actions...
My brain shrivels at the combination of U2 and Neil Young.... without pause...

I have operas on CD... I am not afraid to play them... Otherwise, carry on in the RadioParadise.com fashion we all love and enjoy...
I know where the Rossini is stored... I can lay hands on Massenet right away... and I know the secret hiding place of -both- copies of Rusalka by Dvorak... And I will play them -all- before I will sit thru 5 minutes of politically correct  valium...     
   
           
 
Let the record show, your honor, that the views of this obviously misguided soul do not reflect the views of all Oregonians.
It's obviously a God Like song.. and sorry but just too over-played for my taste....  
i love the 'yea ah' he starts off with and riffs all thru the song
Gee AndyJ, why don't you enlighten the rest of us unworthies and submit 48 hours of music that you think we should be listening to. Pretentious ass.  Judging by the rest of the comments, you are quite alone. Very alone.
 AndyJ wrote:
U2 = PSD... Then Neil Young = PSD
First time ever two PSDs back-to-back... I am shocked at my actions...
My brain shrivels at the combination of U2 and Neil Young.... without pause...

I have operas on CD... I am not afraid to play them... Otherwise, carry on in the RadioParadise.com fashion we all love and enjoy...
I know where the Rossini is stored... I can lay hands on Massenet right away... and I know the secret hiding place of -both- copies of Rusalka by Dvorak... And I will play them -all- before I will sit thru 5 minutes of politically correct  valium...
 
Get over yourself, opera boy. ("Rusalka, Massenet" . . . ooooooh, we're so impressed.)
 AndyJ wrote:
U2 = PSD... Then Neil Young = PSD
First time ever two PSDs back-to-back... I am shocked at my actions...
My brain shrivels at the combination of U2 and Neil Young.... without pause...

I have operas on CD... I am not afraid to play them... Otherwise, carry on in the RadioParadise.com fashion we all love and enjoy...
I know where the Rossini is stored... I can lay hands on Massenet right away... and I know the secret hiding place of -both- copies of Rusalka by Dvorak... And I will play them -all- before I will sit thru 5 minutes of politically correct  valium...     
   
           
 

lighten up, for real.  should have stopped at "My brain shrivels " because apparently it has.
U2 = PSD... Then Neil Young = PSD
First time ever two PSDs back-to-back... I am shocked at my actions...
My brain shrivels at the combination of U2 and Neil Young.... without pause...

I have operas on CD... I am not afraid to play them... Otherwise, carry on in the RadioParadise.com fashion we all love and enjoy...
I know where the Rossini is stored... I can lay hands on Massenet right away... and I know the secret hiding place of -both- copies of Rusalka by Dvorak... And I will play them -all- before I will sit thru 5 minutes of politically correct  valium...     
   
           
Good song for Sunday! No guilt for missing church. :-)
 sandpebble wrote:


Indeed it does!!!!
 
Yes!  Hope you are having a great time right this minute...

 
instant PSD. 
 romeotuma wrote:


THIS SONG ROCKS!

 
 

Indeed it does!!!!
For me, the one song I increase the volume for of U2's output. Great tune.

sublime...  love it...
 
 westslope wrote:

It does!  Indeed, it does!!!!

 

So I never had any desire to visit Nevada other than to go hiking in the mountains and desert.   But romeo, now I want a ticket to your hotel room.   :-)  

 
You are welcome anytime!  Everybody in my hotel room really loves this song...

 
 romeotuma wrote:


THIS SONG ROCKS!

 
 

It does!  Indeed, it does!!!!

 

So I never had any desire to visit Nevada other than to go hiking in the mountains and desert.   But romeo, now I want a ticket to your hotel room.   :-)  




THIS SONG ROCKS!

 
taped this off of my folks' LP, listening to it in my Walkman in the back of the van, driving down 395 back to LA, glorious...
One of the best transitions I've ever heard... from Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn, to this... Brilliant. Just brilliant.
While U2's overall allure has faded I still remember buying this CD when it came out my freshman year in college and this song still plays strong.


brilliant song from a truly great album...

 
To be there, at least once in life:

Naked flame
She stands with a naked flame
I stand with the sons of Cain
Burned by the fire of love
Burned by the fire of love
 Poacher wrote:

Yep - the Irish marching dwarf is rather good if one can turn off his bombastic attitude. While watching him playing Glastonbury this year I remarked to Mrs Poacher that if he had some Humility about him they would have been much bigger. . . 
 

Yea I think they are quite big enough, thank you. So big they lost me long ago.

Playing this directly following Porcupine Tree's "Trains" clearly illustrates how pedestrian this music is.

I reached impulsively for the volume and turn it way down.