Where the Streets Have No Name
U2, from the album The Joshua Tree
According to wikipedia, Bono said of this song:
"Where the Streets Have No Name is more like the U2 of old than any of the other songs on the LP, because it’s a sketch - I was just trying to sketch a location, maybe a spiritual location, maybe a romantic location. I was trying to sketch a feeling. I often feel very claustrophobic in a city, a feeling of wanting to break out of that city and a feeling of wanting to go somewhere where the values of the city and the values of our society don’t hold you down. An interesting story that someone told me once is that in Belfast, by what street someone lives on you can tell not only their religion but tell how much money they’re making - literally by which side of the road they live on, because the further up the hill the more expensive the houses become. You can almost tell what the people are earning by the name of the street they live on and what side of that street they live on. That said something to me, and so I started writing about a place where the streets have no name."
And in this LA Times article he is quoted as saying:
"We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes," he says. "The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word. It's like God suddenly walks through the room. It's the point where craft ends and spirit begins. How else do you explain it?"
I love Bono's description of how the mood in the room changes...I've felt that change, that feeling of God walking through the room. Not in a concert, but in other places. Such as one morning at IAC when one of the other facilitators spoke to the youth about how, among the thousands of young people attending all the United Churches within Maritime Conference, they - this group of ninety kids - were the ones called to come to IAC, called to action. He talked about how they would probably go home, and hear others in their church speak of things that should be done, those "wouldn't it be nice if..." kind of projects that often don't get started because everyone waits for someone else to start them. He said to the gathered youth "you are the someone that everyone else is waiting for." I could feel the rapt attention of the youth as they listened to Paul's reflection and prayer. I could feel their hearts filling with inspiration, with confidence, with conviction...it did feel like God walked through the room. As we lifted our voices in song to end our worship service, the youth were on their feet, singing enthusiastically along with every word. The presence and power of the Spirit surrounded and gathered us together as one. It was a moving, inspiring and energizing experience, full of hope and joy. I'm so glad I was there to share it! ♥