Song of the Day #3,417: ‘The Wanderer’ – U2 feat. Johnny Cash

Today’s Random Weekend selection had twice the chance of showing up because I have it on two different albums. Originally released as the final track of U2’s 1993 album Zooropa, it was later selected for Johnny Cash’s compilation album The Legend of Johnny Cash.

It’s the Cash album version that popped up when I spun the old iTunes wheel, but the two are identical (save for a minute of silence tacked on to the end of the U2 track).

This is one of the few U2 songs on which Bono doesn’t sing lead vocals. He said that he heard it in Johnny Cash’s voice when writing it, so the band sought out Cash to perform it on their album. It’s an interesting blend of their styles, with Cash’s stately “voice of God” vocal performance sitting on top of a very U2 musical bed.

[Verse 1]
I went out walking through the streets paved with gold
Lifted some stones
Saw the skin and bones
Of a city without a soul
I went out walking under an atomic sky
Where the ground won’t turn
And the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye

[Chorus]
Yeah I went with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering
I went drifting through the capitals of tin
Where men can’t walk
Or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in

[Verse 2]
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit
They say they want the kingdom
But they don’t want God in it

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
I went out with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering
I went out walking
Down that winding road
Where no one’s trusting no one
And conscience a too heavy load
I went out riding, down that ol’eight lane
I passed by a thousand signs
Looking for my own name

[Chorus]

[Verse 4]
I went with nothing
But the thought you’d be there, too
Looking for you
I went out there in search of experience
To taste and to touch and to feel’s as much
As a man can before he repents
I went out searching, looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who could sit at his father’s right hand
I went out walking with a bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one
Now Jesus, don’t you wait up
Jesus, I’ll be home soon
Yea I went out for the papers
Told her I’d be back by noon
Yeah I left with nothing
But the thought you’d be there too
Looking for you
Yeah I left with nothing
Nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,417: ‘The Wanderer’ – U2 feat. Johnny Cash

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Interesting. Oddly, the keyboard sounds similar to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I love Johnny Cash’s Voice ! Time to watch Walk the Line again 😊

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