One Tree Hill (5:23)

Cover of The New Year's Concert (disc 1)

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“One Tree Hill” is a song by Irish rock band U2 and the ninth track from their 1987 album,The Joshua Tree. The song was released as the album’s fifth and final single exclusively in New Zealand in March 1988, where it became the band’s first #1 single there. The song was written in memory of lead singer Bono’s personal assistant, Greg Carroll, a New Zealand native. The title of the song refers to One Tree Hill, a volcanic peak in Auckland, New Zealand. At the time of the song’s release, a single Monterey pine tree stood on the hill. The tree was removed in 2000, 6 years after being chainsawed by a Māori activist.

“One Tree Hill” was included as a bonus track on the Japan release of U2’s first compilation album, The Best of 1980-1990. The music video was also released on the video version of “The Best of 1980-1990”. The video was shot during the production of Rattle and Hum, and was part of an unreleased cut. The original CD pressings of The Joshua Tree incorrectly indexed the ending of “One Tree Hill” at 4:43 and the beginning of “Exit” at 4:53, although the track times were correctly noted on the back of the album. This error has been corrected on later editions.


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