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Angel Of Harlem - Movie Version Lyrics

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Rattle And Hum (1987)

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"We landed in JFK, and we were picked up in a limousine. We had never been in a limousine before, and with the din of punk rock not yet faded from our ears, there was sort of guilty pleasure as we stepped into the limousine. Followed by a sly grin, as you admit to yourself this is fun. We crossed Triborough Bridge and saw the Manhattan skyline. The limo driver was black and he had the radio turned to WBLS, a black music station. Billie Holiday was singing. And there it was, city of blinding lights, neon hearts. They were advertising in the skies for people like us, as London had been the year before. And it was snowing." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

It was a cold a cold and wet December day
When we touched the ground at JFK
Sunset on the Uncle Sam
Charlie the Birdman
And an angel
New York like a Christmas tree
Tonight this city belongs to me
Angel

Soul Love, this love won't let me go
So long, Angel of Harlem

Moonlight on the avenue
God knows when they got to you
Strung out, you learned to sing
Eyes swollen like a bee sting
Birdland on 53, the street sounds like a symphony
We got Jon Coltrane and a love supreme
Miles and she's got to be an angel

Soul Love, this love won't let me go
So long, Angel of Harlem