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U2 — The Hands That Built America
Album: Best of 1990-2000
Avg rating:
4.5

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Total ratings: 81






Released: 2002
Length: 4:49
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Oh my love, it's a long way we've come
From the freckled hills to the steel glass canyons
From the stony fields, to hanging steel from the sky
From digging in our pockets for a reason not to say goodbye

These are the hands that built America
(Russian, Sioux, Dutch, Hindu)
Oh, oh oh, America
(Polish, Irish, German, Italian)

Last saw your face in a watercolour sky
As sea birds argue, a long goodbye
I took your kiss, on the spray of the Newline Star
You gotta live with your dreams, don't make them so hard

And these are the hands, that built America
(The Irish, the Blacks, the Chinese, the Jews)
Ah, ah ah, America / Hand
(Korean, Hispanic, Muslim, Indian)

Of all of the promises, is this one we could keep
Of all of the dreams, is this one still out of reach

Out ta outa reeeach
(Dream-oh-yeah)
(Oh oh-dream, oh love)

It's early fall, there's a cloud on the New York skyline
Innocence, dragged across a yellow line

These are the hands that built America
These are the hands that built America
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah America
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Hey, I liked the movie and think this song is ok. What we are all owed an apology for is the casting of Leonardo DiCaprio. Anytime you have to pause in a movie to explain why a character doesn't have the proper accent, well, it's telling you something.
Ew. This one's almost as bad as the terrible patriotic song Paul McCartney put out a few years ago (the name of which, thankfully, has escaped my memory).
mrselfdestruct wrote:
Love U2, but this one does absolutely nothing for me. edit: Hmm... the seamless transition into Bitter Sweet Symphony makes it worth playing though. Nice job, Bill.
That transition is definitely worth more than the U2 song. Take the money from U2 and give it to Radio Paradise!
serene23 wrote:
Hmm, I actually like it.
what i loved was The Edge on the xylo.thought it was a clever li'l piece o musical innovation on the band's part.i dont care much bout what it tries to say,politically,historically,or otherwise!!thats it!
Love U2, but this one does absolutely nothing for me. edit: Hmm... the seamless transition into Bitter Sweet Symphony makes it worth playing though. Nice job, Bill.
tomnam wrote:
I'd like to take this opportunity to express my outrage - not for this song which doesn't do any harm nor does it excite - but about the pile of bloated, self-important, violent piece of crap Scorcese passes off as a movie about the "real" history of New York. He has a right to make whatever movie he wants to and I exercised my right the leave the theatre...
The crazy part about "Gangs Of New York" is that it's based on true stories. Now, I'm sure many parts of the story line in the Scorcese movie are total fictions, but the the general storyline did play out basically as you see in the film: Gangs literally ruling parts of the city and seizing the opportunity of city-wide draft riots to plunder and burn the rest. And yes, the military was called in to "handle" the situation and ended up literally mowing people down in the streets. Either the History Channel or Discovery did a nice little special on the whole thing a short while after the movie was released. You can pick up a copy of the book that the film was based on; it's a vastly different style and much less "story" than non-fiction.
The song's OK, but the text makes me go :-&
Patethic and false, just like the Scorsese\'s film :frustrated:
I\'ll say this should stay on the soundtrack.
Originally Posted by Rousseau: enough U2 - may we have a U2 free week soon?
Nope.
i like this song though i\'m not from america :)
enough U2 - may we have a U2 free week soon?
I enjoyed the movie a lot. The song plays over the credits - it sounds bloated, unecessary and just plain sad when you think of classic U2. :(
Estoy hasta los cojones de oir esta cancion!!!! :evil:
I'd like to take this opportunity to express my outrage - not for this song which doesn't do any harm nor does it excite - but about the pile of bloated, self-important, violent piece of crap Scorcese passes off as a movie about the "real" history of New York. He has a right to make whatever movie he wants to and I exercised my right the leave the theatre...
Hmm, I actually like it.
Move along folks... Nothing to see here...
Nothing redeeming here.
Even with a song as blase\' as this, especially a tribute song, U2 makes it special. They are truly an incredible band. Springstein should take a lesson from Bono.
Originally Posted by tomnam: Doesn't suck, doesn't excite, doesn't do much...next time boys...
I agree.. nothing exciting here.
Doesn\'t suck, doesn\'t excite, doesn\'t do much...next time boys...
Can do without the whiny part.
Okay, maybe it\'s starting to grow on me after all... :roll:
I think this song *is* probably from a soundtrack. Likely the upcoming Scorcese film, \"Gangs of New York.\" Fits with the Irish immigrant theme.
Yeah, 5\'s about as high as I can go on this one--and I consider myself a pretty big fan of U2. I\'d never heard this song before--I guess I\'m not such a fan that I\'d bothered to buy the \'Best of...\' album--and while I could tell it was them right away, I could as quickly tell it was the kind of mediocrity they fall into once in awhile, usually when they\'re trying to explore some tangent of a sound they\'ve tried and liked--as, in this case, the kind of starkly melodic tone poem feel that runs through Joshua Tree especially, or, more recently, of \"Ground Beneath her Feet.\" As a first time commentoer and new listener, let me also give props to the RPeople--what you guys are doing us great, and I\'m grateful to have stumbled upon some spinners in the same groove I seem to be in. As soon as I have some $ to contribute, I\'ll send it your way. :D
Sure the music here is nothing special, but there\'s something spooky about how Bono pronounces \'America\'. Maybe it\'s just me :)
Not U2\'s best.... infact this is not even close.... kinda sucks actually
It\'s always nice to hear new releases but this one definately belongs on a soundtrack.I cannot give this one a 10. :roll: