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I've just given in to my obsessive-compulsive tendencies and organized all my U2 files on my PC. And it's partly because the phone lines are down (again!) and I've been restless.

And this is how I discovered that there were two A Sort of Homecomings in my PC. The first one, from The Unforgettable Fire, has already been discussed on SOTD before, so I'm going with the live version, from 15th November 1984 - Wide Awake in America (OT: I was born 34 days later).

The original (missing/changed) UF lyrics are in parentheses.



A Sort of Homecoming

And you know it's time to go
Through the sleet and driving snow
Across the fields of mourning
Lights in the distance

And you hunger for the time
Time to heal - desire time
And your earth moves beneath your own dream landscape

Oh, oh, oh - on borderland we run, mmm-mmmm...
I'll be there - I'll be there tonight
We'll build a bridge across the sea and land
(A high road, a high road out from here)

The city walls are all come down
The dust a smoke screen all around
See faces ploughed like fields that once gave no resistance

(And we live by the side of the road
On the side of a hill as the valley explode
Dislocated, suffocated
The land grows weary of its own)

(Oh come away, oh come away, oh come
Oh come away, say I... mmm-mmm
Oh come away, oh come away, oh come
Oh come away, say I)

Oh, oh - on borderland we run
And still we run - we run and don't look back
I'll be there - I'll be there
Tonight, tonight

I'll be there tonight
(I believe)
I'll be there tonight
(I'll be there somehow... I'll be there tonight, tonight)

Oh come away, oh come away, oh come
Oh come away, say I... ah
Oh come away, oh come away, oh come
Oh come away, say...

The wind will crack in wintertime
This bomb blast lightning waltz
No spoken words - just a scream

Ooo-oooh...

Tonight we'll a bridge across the sea and land

(See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again tonight)

I'll be there
I'll be there tonight

And your heart beats so slow
Through the sleet and driving snow
(Through the rain and fallen snow)
Across the fields of mourning
Lights in the distance

Oh, don't sorrow - no, don't weep
For tonight, at last, I am coming home
I am coming home

(My transcription; all faults mine)



I love Larry's drumming here. This was recorded at a soundcheck and the audience noises were edited in later - which explains why it sounds a bit too "clean". It may just be my imagination but the tempo's a bit faster than in the UF version.

The Edge's backing vocals doesn't show up on the first verse or "on borderland we run" like in UF (I miss the prolonged "ruuuun" here) or in "oh come away...", and Bono's voice sounds a little thinner. I miss a lot of things here, too, my favorite line: "See the sky, the burning rain / She will die and live again tonight".

That line just sends chills up my spine. It just hit me that U2 are sort of coming home for a while... listening to this song and thinking of - well - everything that's happened this week makes my heart break all over again. Anyway, for me this a song of hope and comfort and faith that things are going to be all right.

All my love and prayers.
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