Poem of the Week: New York

The wonderful Irish band

By Roger Childs:

U2 (Credit The Los Angeles Times)

U2 was formed in 1976 in Dublin and they have been thrilling music lovers for the last 40 years.

Their music has a universal appeal and is destined to stand the test of time well into the future.

Their many hits have been played constantly over the years, and both the harmony and the evocative lyrics have huge appeal.

And there is a Kiwi connection: One Tree Hill was inspired by the hilltop in Auckland’s Cornwall Park.


Among many memorable songs are

  • In the Name of Love
  • New Year’s Day
  • With or Without You
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • I Will Follow
  • One Tree Hill

U2’s very sensitive song

One of their best had political significance in 2001.

New York was taken off the United States air waves after the destruction of the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.

It’s was considered to be too sensitive for American listeners.


New York

In New York freedom looks like
Too many choices
In New York I found a friend
To drown out the other voices

Voices on a cell phone
Voices from home
Voices of the hard sell
Voices down a stairwell
In New York

Just got a place in New York

In New York summers get hot
Well into the hundreds
You can’t walk around the block
Without a change of clothing

Hot as a hair dryer in your face
Hot as a handbag and a can of mace

New York
I just got a place in New York

New York New York

In New York you can forget
Forget how to sit still
Tell yourself you will stay in
But it’s down to Alphaville

New York
New York, New York

New York, New York
New York

The Irish been coming here for years
Feel like they own the place
They got the airport, city hall
Asphalt, asphalt
They even got the police

Irish, Italians, Jews and Hispanics
Religious nuts, political fanatics in the stew
Happily not like me and you

That’s where I lost you

New York
New York, New York
New York
New York, New York

New York
New York

In New York I lost it all
To you and your vices
Still I’m staying on to figure out
Midlife crisis

I hit an iceberg in my life
You know I’m still afloat
You lose your balance, lose your wife
In the queue for the lifeboat

You got to put the women and children first
But you’ve got an unquenchable thirst for New York

New York
New York
New York, New York

In the stillness of the evening
When the sun has had its day
I heard your voice whispering
Come away now

New, New York
New York
New York

Songwriters: Adam Clayton / Dave Evans / Larry Mullen / Paul Hewson


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