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Red Hill Mining Town Lyrics

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The Joshua Tree (1987)


The Complete U2 (2004)


The Joshua Tree Live From Paris (2007)

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Handwritten Lyrics

"Red Hill Mining Town"

"I was interested in the miner's strike politically, but I wanted to write about it on a more personal level. The untold story of the coal strike is the number of family relationships that either broke down or were put under great strain. That was the final blow." - Bono, NME 1987

From father to son the blood runs thin
See faces frozen still against the wind
The seam is split, the coal face cracked
The lines are long, there's no going back
Through hands of steel and a heart of stone
Our labor day has come and gone

And you leave us holding on
In Red Hill Town, see the lights go down on
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to

The glass is cut, the bottle run dry
Our love runs cold in the caverns of the night
We're wounded by fear, injured in doubt
I can lose myself, you I can't live without

Yeah, you keep me holding on
In Red Hill Town, see the lights go down on
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
On to

We scorch the earth, set fire to the sky
We stoop so low to reach so high
A link is lost, the chain undone
We wait all day for the night to come
And it comes like a hunter, child

I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
Love slowly stripped away
Love has seen its better day
Hanging on
Lights go out on Red Hill
Lights go down on Red Hill
The lights go down on Red Hill Town
Lights go down on Red Hill

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October 25 2017

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Tonight in São Paulo

October 31 2017

Larry's Birthday

Our favorite drummer turns 56 today.

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