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U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree': The Story Behind Every Song

Island Records
Island Records

We've compiled links to all of our stories about the 10 songs on U2's 1987 landmark album, 'The Joshua Tree.'

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U2 Honors the ‘Mothers of the Disappeared’: The Songs Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 Mothers of the Disappeared

After hearing the plight of the Mothers of the Disappeared (those who lost children to brutal regimes), Bono began to write the final song on 'The Joshua Tree.'

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U2 Plunge Into Darkness on ‘Exit’: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Bono's lyrics for 'Exit' were inspired by reading books about killers.

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U2 Plays the Blues on ‘Trip Through Your Wires’: The Story Behind Every ‘ Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 Trip Through Your Wires

The first 'Joshua Tree' song to be played live, "Trip Through Your Wires" took its cues from American blues music.

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‘In God’s Country’ Sends U2 to the Desert: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 In God's Country

'In God's Country' was the fourth, and final, single released from 'The Joshua Tree.' U2 were inspired by American politics in creating the rock tune.

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U2’s ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ Explores Personal Costs in an Economic Downturn: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

Larry Marano, Getty Images
Larry Marano, Getty Images

Both in scope and approach, U2's 'Red Hill Mining Town' was very much in keeping with the old American protest tunes which Bono had been delving into back then.

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U2’s ‘Running to Stand Still’ Explores the Dark Territory of Addiction: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

Island Records
Island Records

The lyrical approach on U2‘s “Running to Stand Still” was as meticulously particular as the music was extemporaneous.

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U2 Mixes Scripture, Politics on ‘Bullet the Blue Sky’: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 Bullet the Blue Sky

U2's propulsive song was inspired by Bono's visit to El Salvador in the midst of the country's civil war. He lashed out at the U.S.'s involvement in the lyrics.

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U2 Goes Minimalist on ‘With or Without You’: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

U2 With Or Without You

U2 almost got sick of 'With or Without You' before Bono helped rescue the slow-building song from the trash heap. It became the band's first No. 1 U.S. hit.

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U2 Updates the Gospel on ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’: The Story Behind Every ‘Joshua Tree’ Song

STILL2

How "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" became a key building block for U2's creative process.

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