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Where the Streets Have No Name Lyrics

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Duals (2010)

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Handwritten Lyrics

"Where the Streets Have No Name" (Soweto Gospel Choir version)

"We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes. The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word. It's like God suddenly walks through the room. It's the point where craft ends and spirit begins. How else do you explain it?" - Bono, Los Angeles Times 2004

Bunye ndawo
Bunye ndawo
Bunye ndawo
Bunye ndawo
Bunye ndawo

I want to run, I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
I want to reach out and touch the flame
Se iso zana kama mi
Se iso nika kama mi
Where the streets have no name
Ndawo, ndawo, danaye ndawo

I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear without a trace
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
Wanna take shelter from the hurricane
Se iso zana kama mi
Se iso nika kama mi
Where the streets have no name
Ndawo, ndawo, danaye ndawo

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Still building, then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there I go there with you
It's all I wanna do

The cities a flood
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
Our love turns to rust
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
Trampled in dust
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
I'll show you a place, it’s high, high
Where the streets have no name
Ndawo, ndawo, danaye ndawo

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Still we’re building, then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there I go there with you
It's all I wanna do

Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo
Love love love
Waya waya waya ndawo
Only love
Waya waya waya ndawo
Waya waya waya ndawo

Where the streets have no name
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
Where the streets have no name
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
Still building, then burning down love
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
Burning down love
Bunye ndawo , bunye ndawo
And when I go there I go there with you
Se iso zana kama mi
Se iso nika kama mi
It's all I wanna do

Bunye, bunye
Africa rising

Zulu Lyrics:
Bunye ndawo – Unity everywhere
Ndawo – Everywhere
Danaye - Water with her
Se iso zana kama mi - Now eyes see that it rained from my mother
Se iso nika kama mi - Now eyes get rain from my mother
Waya waya waya ndawo – you went, you went, you went everywhere

(This song features backing vocals by the Soweto Gospel Choir. I can't say if the Zulu lyrics are correct or not, but they are as near as I could get with just an online translator. If anyone can give me more accurate lyrics, it would be appreciated.)

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