Song of the Day #4,299: ‘Lights of Home’ – U2

The Random iTunes Fairy has a sense of humor.

In preparing my posts for the Decades 1983 series, I had just gone through a prolonged internal debate about whether to include U2’s album War. On the one hand, it was the band’s first Gold record, an important milestone for one of the greatest rock bands. On the other hand, the album isn’t very interesting (to me) beyond singles ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and ‘New Year’s Day.’

And then there’s the fact that I know my most frequent reader is not a fan of U2. Why torture poor Dana, I figured, and during a global pandemic, no less? So I passed.

And yet here we are, the Random iTunes Fairy apparently deciding Dana will take his U2 medicine one way or the other.

Today’s track is from U2’s most recent album, 2017’s Songs of Experience. This companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence fell pretty flat, though it did debut at #1, giving U2 the distinction of being the first band to have a #1 album in four consecutive decades.

‘Lights of Home’ was co-written by the Haim sisters (in that it is based on a bass segment of their ‘My Song 5’), and the trio sang backup vocals on the track.

[Verse 1]
I shouldn’t be here ’cause I should be dead
I can see the lights in front of me
I believe my best days are ahead
I can see the lights in front of me
Oh, Jesus, if I’m still your friend
What the hell
What the hell you got for me?
I gotta get out from under my bed
To see again the lights in front of me
Hey, I’ve been waiting to get home a long time

[Chorus]
Hey now, do you know my name?
Hey now, where I’m going
If I can’t get an answer
In your eyes, I see it
The lights of home
The lights of home

[Verse 2]
I was born from a screaming sound
I can see the lights in front of me
I thought my head was harder than ground
I can see the lights in front of me
One more push and I’ll be born again
One more road you can’t travel with a friend
Saw a statue of a gold guitar
Bright lights right in front of me
Hey, I’ve been waiting to get home a long time

[Chorus]
Hey now, do you know my name?
Hey now, where I’m going
If I can’t get an answer
In your eyes, I see it
The lights of home
In the lights of home

[Interlude]

[Chorus]
Hey now, do you know my name?
Hey now, where I’m going
If I can’t get an answer
In your eyes, I see it
In your eyes alone
I see the lights of home

[Outro]
Free yourself to be yourself
If only you could you see yourself
If only you could
Free yourself to be yourself
If only you could see yourself
If only you could
Free yourself to be yourself
If only you could see yourself
If only you could
Free yourself to be yourself
If only you could see yourself
If only you could see

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,299: ‘Lights of Home’ – U2

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol! Remember when I talked about the bands (Rush, Pink Floyd, etc) I was predisposed not to like because there became such a cult following by those in the know? Well U2 was one of those bands as well, and it started with War. I’ve basically carried that stigma and disdain with me for 37 years.😜 though, I must say, I kinda like today’s song….I’m sure the Haim influence helps.😊

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