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'I change the lyrics all the time. Not just because I don't remember the original ones [laughs], but because I felt the first ones were just sketches a lot of the time. I'm proud of the thoughts behind the material, but sometimes not the expression of the language. So I do change all the time...'
 
Bono and Edge have been speaking with NPR's Steve Inskeep about ‘the mythic America and the real America’  and about 'the mood The Joshua Tree was made to capture.’
 
Follow this link to read more of their conversation and hit the audio button below to hear the radio version.
 

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mrscarin
26 April, 2017
Thank U2
If I ever met any of you, I'd be so tongue tied I'd could probably barely mutter "Thank you". Thank you for making such special experiences for so many of us.
Tash2
21 April, 2017
U2
I just want to say that I fell in love with you guys when I was a teenager "30" years ago from this album. I still rock out to you all at work right today!! Everyone who knows me knows that you all are my all time favorite band.
Helbig
08 April, 2017
THE TWO AMERICANS
Bono. There isn't any thing wrong with the classic songs. They will always stay in your head. They are songs you always love to sing and listen to.The classic songs are the best. Songs like Where the Streets Have No Name,With Or Without You, Pride in the Name of Love and Bono, there was never angthing wrong with your mullet you look very sexy anyway and still do. Edge, good on you for getting Bono to do the classics, especially the Joshua Tree. It is truly something special and always will be. Good on you, Bono, Larry, Edge and Adam
musicabona
30 March, 2017
Tremendous album now and then
Great interview! Those words about the mythic and real America, the promised land and broken dreams are insightful. The violence and fear Bono experienced in El Salvador got reflected in Bullet The Blue Sky and its imagery in such an impressive way. It´s true that the feeling of unrest that was omnipresent back then returns in our times characterised by political changes and uncertainty. The Joshua Tree album is still remarkably fresh and I´m excited about the opportunity to hear it live in concert this summer.
michael_stewart
29 March, 2017
Americas
After 30 years listening to the band, it will be great to see them in Miami, FL on 06/11/2017. They have always been an inspiration, uplifting, encouraging and hopeful. It seems that they have been inspired by and contributors to the ideas of America. There are many Americas, from small to large communities, ideas that are not always achieved but are strived for by the country as a whole. When you guys are in town, hope you can see both sides, not just the glitz and glamor of South Beach, but the history http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miamis-most-historic-african-american-cemetery-is-neglected-and-forgotten-7845985 and caring http://www.handsonmiami.org/ that still make America a place worth believing in.
Cincotta
27 March, 2017
America
I'm just glad that U2 fell in love with America just enough to be inspired by her so that we could enjoy their music for all of these years. Thanks boys, keep it all up!!
GeorgeZambra
23 March, 2017
U2
,,.. great album .. I miss the real U2.. talking about u2.. I think in coldplay sometimes .. and who could take the place of u2 in these New days... coldplay can't they went for the money and really bad commercial music.. coldplay fall apart so quickly.. money first.. music at the end.. poor couldplay.. they lost their way very very quickly.. u2.. is a very different history.. now....let's hope U2 can really get back,, to where thet left in 1997.. POP.. such a great album.. very underrated.. I think that POP is fir the yeat.. 2200,, and so on.. so advanced.. waiting for Songs of Experience.. =) ..
lisamk3
22 March, 2017
original of the species
I love that song and hope that you will play it on your tour, though not a Joshua Album song and wondering too if you are speaking of the soul/spiritual evolution of mankind or the solely the scientific view or a combination? for me a combination is the only thing that makes sense...right?
EsmaCannon
20 March, 2017
Zabriskie Point ~ Widescreen.
That Anton Corbijn photograph is one of the most beautiful in the history of the naked eye. It deserves to be bigger!
PeterM1
20 March, 2017
Ronald Reagan mural
Love the interview but does anyone know where I can find a picture of the Ronald Reagan mural they say inspired Bullet the Blue Sky? Would love to see it!
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