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When Love Comes To Town Lyrics

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When Love Comes To Town (1989)


The Complete U2 (2004)

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"When Love Comes To Town" (Live From the Kingdom mix)

"I asked Bono if he would write a song for me and he said yes. About a year later, the group was touring in the US and asked if I would open the show, and I said gladly. Bono said, ' I have this song for you.' He brought it out and I thought it was a very deep song for him, being such a young man. But I liked it very much. The lyrics were very heavy... Blues is not prejudiced. You can be any colour to play the blues. Most people say it's a simple music, I won't argue that. I say everybody can play it, but that doesn't mean everybody's gonna like it. I think U2 did a very good job. I thought it was great and I still do." - BB King, Uncut

Don't you know love is the greatest thing that the world has ever known? Love is what everybody loves. We all need just a little love.

But I did what I did before love came to town

I was a sailor, I was lost at sea
I was under the waves before love rescued me
I was a fighter, I could turn on a thread
But I stand accused of the things I've said

When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town

I used to make love under a red sunset
I was making promises I was soon to forget
She was pale as the lace of her wedding gown
But I left her standing before love came to town
I ran into a juke joint when I heard a guitar scream
The notes were turning blue, I was dazing in a dream
As the music played I saw my life turn around
That was the day before love came to town

When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town
When love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town

I did what I did
I did what I did

I was there when they crucified my Lord
I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword
I threw the dice when they pierced his side
But I've seen love conquer the great divide

When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that train
When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame
Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
But I did what I did before love came to town

Thank you, my darling. I'm calling you to fire it up and telling everybody everywhere that love is in town and it's gonna stay around and you can always, love can always be found. You got to have it. Don't you need it? Everybody need it, everybody, everybody need it, everybody. I don't care how much money you got, I don't care how many mansions you live in on the hill, you need love. Gotta gotta gotta get it, gotta gotta gotta get it. We need love, we need love, we need peace, we need joy, we need hope, we need salvation. Hallelujah, hallelujah. And we got to catch the glory of our own tree. Do the best you can, God understands. He holds the world in the palm of his hands, and I want you to know that. No more fighting in the gangs, no more killing in the streets, no more fighting each other, no more hunger, no more homeless, no more helpless. It ain't the glory, what’s writ is the story.

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