Where The Streets Have No Name

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to break down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I want to feel
The sun on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear
Without a trace
I want to take shelter
From poisoned rain
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you
Where the streets have no name

I can’t take my eyes off of you
I love you baby
And if it’s quite all right
I need you baby
To warm my lonely nights
So let me love you baby
Let me love you

The city’s a flood
Our love turns to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled in dust
I’ll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
It’s all I can do
Where the streets have no name

I can’t take my eyes off of you
Love you baby
Let me love you
Where the streets have no name

Where The Streets Have No Name – U2

This song is from The Joshua Tree album released in 1987. I was 22 years old then, and I still remember the first time I heard this on the radio. I liked U2 before this album, and even though my favorite song is by another group, they became my favorite band from that point to date. I can’t think of one song by U2 I don’t like. I think this album planted the seeds of my dream, I just didn’t know it.

Years ago when I started driving, I went to a school in Tennessee to get my CDL license. I rode a Greyhound bus from Bangor Maine all the way to Memphis. Someday I’ll write a post about that adventure! After school I was trained further by a mentor in his truck for six weeks. He was from Joshua Tree California and we spent four days there at his house.

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Words cannot describe the unearthly scene to someone who grew up surrounded by trees. I had never been in a desert before and the majesty was not lost on me. This is the closest thing to walking on the moon that I could imagine. 90 degrees in the day, 35 degrees at night. I saw my life in that space, the stark contrast undeniable.

I lived my young life in a mental desert, a place where the streets had no name. Wandering from place to place in search of something I couldn’t quite see, an unconscious need yearning for the light of understanding to satiate it’s thirst. The burning sun of misdeeds and mistakes draining me of my will, emboldening the hold of what kept me down.

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Now I travel those same streets, but they have names after all. Endurance, willpower, trust, vision, truth, commitment. These are the names of the streets that are leading me to my future, the roads to a better way of life. Even though they have rough spots, I will continue to travel forward, the journey is not always easy. I may be tired, but the goal is coming closer every day.

You get out of this life what you put into it. You can’t control everything that happens, but you can control how you cope, what your response is to the struggles you endure. If you fail, if you give up, you have no one to blame but yourself. Whatever you can’t control, you must adapt to and face. You can’t cry for long because adversity will still be there waiting for you to finish. Life does not forgive quitters.

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I remember taking this picture in Colorado and thinking how hard it would be to climb this mountain. We are so small in the grand scheme of things, and life is this hill. It’s best not to look at the top, just focus on the next step. I’ve taken the biggest steps, and if I stay focused the rest will be easy.

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Where The Streets Have No Name

  1. I have seen U2 play live three times … the first time they were pretty well unknown outside of Ireland and I saw them play in a pub in North London, two years later I saw them at Hammersmith Palais (a decent concert hall in West London) and finally I saw them at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1985 (I think). They were sensational. And watching a band emerge as successful and then globally dominent is an amazing privilege. It also teaches you that effort, relentless effort, never giving up even when the hardest thing is to carry on and being true to yourself are the keys to success and longevity and that actually translates neatly to life for those of us not destined to be household names. One step at a time, dont take your eye off the goal and if you slip and fall, take a pause, take a breath and keep going. You are conquering that mountain and I know you will make the summit

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    1. I’m sooo jealous! Rub it in why don’t you! Oh well, at least I was able to see Stevie Ray Vaughn during his last tour. Even in the pouring rain it was an incredible experience. And yes, I will be entertaining you, HB2 and the dogs on my boat, enjoying a nice brandy in Penobscot Bay in Maine in a couple years.

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      1. Yes, you will! The thing is, the U2 thing – I really don;t think I appreciated it at the time … don’t we learn to appreciate with life throwing its stuff at us. This being my theory, I will be in fine fettle to appreciate that brandy in a couple of years!

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  2. Love U2. Never saw them live but always loved their energy, their music. Love your words here too, you’re so right, the roads are never easy or straight forward but you have the right attitude now to conquer any stretch or any mountain.

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  3. I LOVE that song. I saw U2 once a long time ago in Kansas City. They were amazing. She moves in mysterious ways… 😊😊

    Love how you described the desert. The moon is a great description. Love the Colorado mountain picture, too. Seems like life is an unending upward climb, but the great thing about that is, the views are so beautiful! 😊

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