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"It's a very special song, because it's the first time that we ever really made a statement."

-- Larry, on "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

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The Hands That Built America Lyrics

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The Best Of 1990-2000 (2002)

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"The Hands That Built America" (video version)

"'The Hands That Built America' was written to order for Martin Scorsese's film The Gangs Of New York. We have enormous respect for Scorsese, he has a genius for incorporating music in film, so when he calls, you pay attention. We worked with William Orbit, who's like another Brian Eno character, he loves textures and atmospheres, the spirit in the machine." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

Oh, my love, it's a long way we've come
These are the hands that reached across the sea
From the freckled hills to the steel and glass canyons
These are the hands that took
From the stony fields to hanging steel from sky
From digging in our pockets for a reason not to say goodbye

These are the hands that built America
Wishing and dreaming, wishing and dreaming
America

Last saw your face in a watercolor sky
These are the hands that
As sea birds argue, a long goodbye
These are the hands that
I took your kiss on the spray of the new land star
You gotta live with your dreams, don't make them so hard

And these are the hands that built America
Wishing and dreaming, wishing and dreaming
These are the hands that built America

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

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
Wishing and dreaming, wishing and dreaming
These are the hands that built America

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