The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day) Lyrics - U2

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There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Super Dome
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one


I cried to my daddy on the telephone, “how long now?”
“Until the clouds unroll and you come down,” the line went
But the shadows still remain since your descent, your descent

(Instrumental)

I cried to my daddy on the telephone “How long now?”
“Until the clouds unroll and you come home” the line went
But the shadows still remain since your descent, your descent, ho cha ha!

The saints are coming
The saints are coming
I say no matter how I try
I realize that there's no reply

The saints are coming
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The saints are coming
I say no matter how I try
I realize that there's no reply

Drowning sorrow floods the deepest grief, how long now
Until a weather change condemns belief, how long now
When the night watchman lets in the thief, what's wrong now

The saints are coming
The saints are coming
I say no matter how I try
I realize that there's no reply

The saints are coming
The saints are coming
I say no matter how I try
I realize that there's no reply
I say no matter how I try
I realize that there's no reply
I say no matter how I try
I realize that there's no reply...

Writer(s) : Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson
Producer : David Batchelor
Genre : Punk rock, Post-punk
Released : October 1978
Label : Virgin
Format : 7", 12"
Length : 2:37

"The Saints Are Coming" was the third single by the Scottish punk rock band Skids, featured on their 1979 debut album, Scared to Dance. The song became an international #1 hit when it was covered in 2006 by Green Day and U2. It was covered again in 2008 by Von Thronstahl. From Wikipedia





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meaning | Reviewer: grace | 2/7/13

There is a lot of religious imagery in the song, like the night watchman letting in the thief. It cant have been originally about Katrina because it was written before then but it fits the situation beautifully, flooding and grief and abandonment.

What the Song Means To Me | Reviewer: Sheri | 7/22/11

I think it's also about Hurricane Katrina and the effects it had on the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Also, I think it mentions how President Bush and Mayor Ray Nagin dropped the ball in getting aid to the city and those that suffered so terribly. The song was performed at the first Super Bowl following Katrina in the Superdome in New Orleans, which had just been renovated and reopened.

beep | Reviewer: Alex | 9/3/09

Why are there no comments on here? TNAW i'm the first.
well i think this song is about a boy who's father has died and he's praying for him to come back, but he's getting no reply.

Either that or the father has gone off to war and the child misses him and is waiting for him to come home. He tried ringing him dad but the line always gets cut off and he gets no reply. I guess it's about soldiers returnig after the war.

=D well done folks!
ROCK ON GREEN DAY WOOO!!
xx



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