U2 – Love Rescue Me

I bought the Rattle and Hum album when it came out in 1988. This song became my favourite of the album. It wasn’t a hit or even a single but the song stood out and Bono’s voice cut through with the lyrics.

The song was written by Bono and Bob Dylan.

This is Bono talking about the creation of the song to Rolling Stone magazine in 2010.

Bono wrote the song in the late Eighties while staying in the Beverly Hills mansion where, strangely, the Menendez brothers would later kill their parents. The song apparently came to him in a dream, with Bob Dylan singing it. When Bono met Dylan shortly afterward, he asked Dylan if it was one of his songs. “No,” Dylan said. “But maybe it could be.” They wound up finishing the track together, and Dylan even sang background vocals.



“Love Rescue Me”
Love rescue me
Come forth and speak to me
Raise me up and don’t let me fall
No man is my enemy
My own hands imprison me
Love rescue me

Many strangers have I met
On the road to my regret
Many lost who seek to find themselves in me
They ask me to reveal
The very thoughts they would conceal
Love rescue me

And the sun in the sky
Makes a shadow of you and I
Stretching out as the sun sinks in the sea
I’m here without a name
In the palace of my shame
Said, love rescue me

In the cold mirror of a glass
I see my reflection pass
See the dark shades of what I used to be
See the purple of her eyes
The scarlet of my lies
Love rescue me

Yea, though I walk
In the valley of shadow
Yea, I will fear no evil
I have cursed thy rod and staff
They no longer comfort me
Love rescue me

Sha la la…sha la la la
Sha la la la…ha la la…
Sha la la la…sha la la la
Sha la la la…sha la la
Sha la la la…sha la la la
Sha la la…
I said love, love rescue me

I said love
Climb up the mountains, said love
I said love, oh my love
On the hill of the son
I’m on the eve of a storm
And my word you must believe in
Oh, I said love, rescue me
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah…

Yeah I’m here without a name
In the palace of my shame
I said love rescue me

I’ve conquered my past
The future is here at last
I stand at the entrance
To a new world I can see
The ruins to the right of me
Will soon have lost sight of me
Love rescue me

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

8 thoughts on “U2 – Love Rescue Me”

  1. For a long time, I did not care for this band one bit. it was mostly because of their guitar sound. it’s the same effect in every song but when this album came out that changed for me. I loved Angel of Harlem and When Loves Come to Town with BB King. The movie was also really good. I was shocked when I learned BB King could not play chords. I remember this song but it’s been a long time since I’ve heard it and I remember liking it and still do.

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    1. You know this album really got me into them. I liked the hits Angel of Harlem and Desire but the other songs like this one are really good. They changed their sound on this album.


      1. This album is probably the only one of theirs I’d be interested in. I agree it seems to have a different sound and feel than their other works. It was recorded at Sun Studio, right? I remember that from touring the studio.

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      2. Yes, a lot of it was recorded there… The Edge started that guitar delay thing and everything they did until this album had that. It wasn’t bad but with this one, the sound changed…Their version of Helter Skelter isn’t bad either.

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  2. The movie has been poked at for the past thirty years- I liked it but it was the first move after they became the biggest band in the world- after The Joshua Tree and Bono at times was a little hard to take. I think the album holds up rather well. I haven’t watched the movie in years.

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    1. I haven’t seen the movie in years either…I really liked the album. I liked the sound of it. Angel of Harlem was an instant like… Love Rescue Me always stuck with me.

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