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Van Diemen's Land (3:36)

Van Diemen's Land is one of the four songs by U2 with The Edge on lead vocals. The song is based on a traditional Scottish folk song called "O Waly, Waly" or "The Water is Wide". The song is named after the original name for Tasmania, back in the time when the British used Australia as a penal colony.


Hold me now, oh hold me now
'Til this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's land

U2 - Van Diemen's Land Lyrics


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  • Edge isn't only my favorite guitar player, he has a great voice, too! This wonderful song is million times better than Numb!
  • EDGE
  • Edge, you rock!
  • I agree with petersmit2 and firstfooter that Edge should sing lead vocals more often. This is one of my favourite U2 songs.
  • I think it is as great as With or Without You!
  • Sends shivers down my spine
  • This song is beatiful,i love it
  • Sing it Edge!
  • oh man, i love this song. very beautiful.
  • Really great/underrated track!

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