What does Where the Streets Have No Name mean?

U2: Where the Streets Have No Name Meaning

Album cover for Where the Streets Have No Name album cover

Song Released: 1987


Where the Streets Have No Name Lyrics

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear
Without a trace
I...

  1. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2006 !⃝

    guys it about heaven there are gold plated streets but the have no name so where the streets have no name is heaven and if you look at the lyrics of the website the "You" is captilized and considering one of their songs is call yaweh it is the jewish name for god or jesus

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2006 !⃝

    I heard it was insipred by Nicaragua's capital city, Managua, where the streets have no names.

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  3. anonymous
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    Oct 29th 2006 !⃝

    Always thought it was about New York, the streets have numbers

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  4. anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2006 !⃝

    I love this song.

    A society in which there are no differences in social class. Where everyone is considered equil. Hopefully one day we can all realize the world like this. A world where material possessions don't mean anything. One day this can be, we just have to believe in it.

    A great message to the world!

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 17th 2006 !⃝

    I think the thing about segregation is closer to the point than the idea of changing street names.

    The song seems to me to be idealistic - I agree that the lyrics refer to northern ireland, but I think it's a dream of a future there in which streets have 'no names', where there is no distinction between catholic and protestant districts, where street names like garvaghy in portadown and ardoyne in belfast become meaningless, and lose all historical, sectarian significance

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  6. anonymous
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    May 30th 2006 !⃝

    Ahem.. excuse me, but...

    During the troubles in Northern Ireland, British troops were regularly 'rotated' in short tours of duty, each new battalion would take a while to get to know their 'patch'. To keep the troops confused and uncertain, the IRA used to remove street signs in Londonderry, Armagh and Belfast as so many of the 'back-to-backs' looked alike. Hence, 'Streets with no names' : Ulster.

    Sorry, I thought everyone knew...

  7. hewsonfan
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    Mar 12th 2006 !⃝

    Its about Ethiopia. Bono wrote it when he and his wife Ali were in ethiopia on some charity trip. He wrote it about the time they spent there..."and when I go there I go there with you".

  8. scottydfox
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    Mar 3rd 2006 !⃝

    Possibly the destruction of the world through WW3 and the collape of society.

  9. timojran
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    Mar 2nd 2006 !⃝

    Heaven

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