R is for Red Hill Mining Town

My favorite U2 song that begins with R is Red Hill Mining Town. It used to be my second favorite U2 song, but over the past 25 years others have pushed it down a few spots. It is off of my favorite album The Joshua Tree. I love Red Hill Mining Town because it is one of the most passionate songs I have ever heard. I think it’s one of Bono’s most passionate performances. I love how he speaks part of the song – sort of like Elvis in Are You Lonesome Tonight? Maybe one day I will be fortunate enough to hear Red Hill Mining Town live in concert – but I’m not holding my breath.

From father to son
The blood runs thin
Ooh, see the faces frozen (still)
Against the wind.
The seam is split
The coal-face cracked
The lines are long
There’s no going back.
Through hands of steel
And heart of stone
Our labour day
Has come and gone.
They leave me holdin’ on
In Red Hill Town.
See the lights go down on …
Hangin’ on
You’re all that’s left to hold on to.
I’m still waiting
I’m hangin’ on
You’re all that’s left to hold on to.
The glass is cut
The bottle run dry.
Our love runs cold
In the caverns of the night.
We’re wounded by fear
Injured in doubt.
I can lose myself
You I can’t live without.
Yeah, you keep me holdin’ on
In Red Hill Town.
See the lights go down on
Hangin’ on
You’re all that’s left to hold on to.
I’m still waiting
I’m hangin’ on
You’re all that’s left to hold on to
On to.
We scorch the earth
Set fire to the sky
And we stooped so low
To reach so high.
A link is lost
The chain undone.
We wait all day
For night to come
And it comes like a hunter (child).
I’m hangin’ on
You’re all that’s left to hold on to.
I’m still waiting
I’m hangin’ on
You’re all that’s left to hold on to.
We see love, slowly stripped away
Our love has seen its better day.
Hangin’ on
Lights go down on Red Hill
The lights go down on Red Hill.
The lights go down on Red Hill.
The lights go down on Red Hill Town..

What is your favorite U2 song that begins with R?

This blog post is part of my A to Z April Challenge – my 26 favorite U2 songs. Thanks for stopping by. I am also blogging the A to Z Challenge on my other blog DeenasDays.

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About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (327 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90 and soon to be 100) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

2 Comments on R is for Red Hill Mining Town

  1. The Joshua Tree is my favorite U2 album, and this is one of my favorite songs from the album.

    Ellie

  2. I really like this song…good choice!!!!

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