The Joshua Tree by U2

The Joshua Tree by U2 from Apple Music

I'm working from home today. In between conference calls and answering emails, I am listening to some of my favourite albums from the 1980s.

The Joshua Tree by U2 from Apple Music

🎵 I discovered U2 during my sophomore year of college. With or Without You was trending on the radio and while on a phone call with my brother, he mentioned I should check out the album by the band U2 which, at the time, I had never heard off.

I quickly fell in love with this album to the annoyance of my floormates who had to listen to this album on what must have seemed like an endless loop. I bought The Joshua Tree album on cassette tape, then compact disc and the album was among the first I purchased on iTunes. I even have bootlegged concert cassette tape recordings of various U2 concerts from around Europe with varying interpretations of songs from the album. I think U2 is the greatest rock band in history.

I love each and every song on the Joshua Tree album but if I had to pick favourites, the songs that I connect with on a deep emotional level, they would have to be I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With or Without You and Where the Streets Have No Name. I would lie in bed, close my eyes, and take a mental trip, a sort of spiritual journey.

I should note that just before the album was released in 1987, I met Bhavna in and instantly fell in love. But my affection was unrequited.

Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait, without you

She is an Indian, who despite growing up in New Jersey, had a traditional Brahmin Hindu upbringing. Many friends warned me, "A Hindu won't be interested in dark-skinned Caribbean person". It took nearly 9 more years before she would fall in love with me, see past all that bullshit, and agree to be my wife. In 1996 we were married at a Hindu temple in Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey.

The city's a flood
And our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind

Trampled into dust
I'll show you a place
High on the desert plain
Where the streets have no name, oh oh

1987 was also the year I took a philosophy course which caused me to think about and question my Roman Catholic upbringing. I was christened at birth (Francis), had a godmother, studied catechism, and was confirmed into the church in 1981. But after taking this course, which left with a feeling that life wan empty and meaningless, I suffered a crisis of faith, gave up Christianity, and went on a search for something else.

I have run I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

I'm still looking.

Author: Khürt Williams

Gen X-er near Princeton University in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, with a passion for aquariums, terrariums, technology, and photography. I love hiking in the woods, and my eclectic musical tastes span soca, Afrobeat, calypso, 1990s rap, grunge rock, and alternative genres.

One thought on “The Joshua Tree by U2”

  1. kOoLiNuS says:

    This is also one of my favourites from my teen years!

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