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"A Sort of Homecoming" is the opening track on the 1984 U2 album The Unforgettable Fire. It immediately shows the change in U2's sound. Like much of the album, the hard-hitting martial drum sound of War is replaced with a subtler polyrhythmic shuffle, and the guitar is no longer as prominent in the mix. Bono had been reading the work of poet Paul Celan, whose line "poetry is a sort of homecoming" inspired the song's title. Celan's profound spiritual doubt… read more

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

And you hunger for the time

U2 - A Sort of Homecoming Lyrics


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