U2: Glastonbury lyrics

I updated this based on the live Turin videos. I may update again. This is still a work in progress!

Thanks to Steev for the recent update!

I’ve updated the video post for this song with a better version in HD and will update lyrics as I get to it.

Thanks to Richard for the echoless audio and updates!

Take me to the mountain green
You know at good I’ve never been
I was packaged as a temple made
A few distraction hits along the way

Pale as snow, a flowering rose, for a flowering rose I would bend my knee
I came to find the flowering rose, the flowering rose of Glastonbury

You. Are. A pocketful of sunshine
You. Are. The miracle I came here to find

Some things you just can`t control
Sometimes you just can’t let it go

You know that it was heaven-sent
Music is a sacrament
You took him to the mountain green
You know at good I’d never been

Pale as snow, the flowering rose, for the flowering rose I would bend my knee
I came to find the flowering rose, the flowering rose of Glastonbury

You. Are. A pocketful of sunshine
You. Are. The miracle I came here to find

All right, friend of Jimmy’s club

Down by the river where the pilgrims lay sleeping
Under the flower of the American dream
Set the scene like a thought worth keepin
Livin in a dream jeez you can’t be sleepin

You. Are. A pocketful of sunshine
You can’t let go
You are jumping all the time
You. Are. A pocketful of sunshine
You. Are. A miracle I came here to find
A miracle I came here to find
A miracle I came here to find

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21 Responses to U2: Glastonbury lyrics

  1. Philip Baker says:

    In Glastonbury there is a striking, conical hill called Glastonbury Tor. It is the scene of much history and many legends. The last abbot of Glastonbury Abbey was executed there at the time of King Henry VIII for not conforming to Henry’s ‘reformation’ of the church. The main legend of Glastonbury is that Joseph of Arimathea, supposedly the uncle of Jesus, brought his nephew there when he was a child. He is said to have planted his walking stick there, and it grew into the Christmas Rose (it is true that there is a rose growing in the grounds of the ruined Glastonbury Abbey that blooms around Christmas time). Glastonbury has been (and still is) a place of Christian pilgrimage for many centuries. It is said that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried on the site of the abbey.
    You can see references to these things in U2’s song. Have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury.

    • larrylootsteen says:

      That’s great information Philip!! Thanks so much for taking the time to post it here. You can certainly see the tie in with the song lyrics and the history quite clearly. Wonderful stuff!

      • Philip Baker says:

        Although I now live in France, I grew up near Glastonbury and so I got to know it quite well.

        In Glastonbury there is a striking, conical hill called Glastonbury Tor. It is the scene of much history and many legends. The last abbot of Glastonbury Abbey was executed there at the time of King Henry VIII for not conforming to Henry’s ‘reformation’ of the church. The main legend of Glastonbury is that Joseph of Arimathea, supposedly the uncle of Jesus, brought his nephew there when he was a child. He is said to have planted his walking stick there, and it grew into the Christmas Rose (it is true that there is a rose growing in the grounds of the ruined Glastonbury Abbey that blooms around Christmas time). Glastonbury has been (and still is) a place of Christian pilgrimage for many centuries. It is said that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried on the site of the abbey.
        You can see references to these things in U2’s song. Have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury.

    • larrylootsteen says:

      Even better you grew up there! See, i love this stuff. I love delving into the bits and understanding the background. I find myself focused on the religious side of Bono’s writing much of the time. This one has real history and I , and I assume many others, think it’s great to get some deeper meanings from it.

      Thanks for writing!

    • Cath says:

      Philip, you seem to know the Glastonbury site quite well, one of your remarks drew my intention. You said that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are thought to be burried there, could you tell me if there is some sort of memorial or even a kind of gravestone? I’m doing researches on the King Arthur legends and I would be happy to know a bit more about it!
      Thank you for your interresting history 🙂
      Cath

  2. Fabulous work…thanks for updating it…

  3. Richard says:

    BTW, don’t credit me for the echoless audio. You can credit me for the tip, but some guy ‘Orkion7’ did the audio 🙂

  4. Richard says:

    I like the first verse of the @U2 version, what do you think?

    Take me to the mountain green
    You know it but I’ve never been
    I was packing since the 10th of May
    A few distractions along the way

    Also it’s definitely NOT ‘Hey, let’s go’ and ‘end my need’.

    Yesterday I was at the concert in Frankfurt and for some reason I think you’re right with the ‘bend my knee’… I wachted his lips on the big screen and it really looks like he was singing that, but it makes no sense :p…

    And I give up about the bucket… it’s pocket, I hear it now 🙂

    Last thing: In the second verse, ‘You took him to the mountain green’, I can definitely hear something about pilgrims…

    cheers,
    Richard

    • larrylootsteen says:

      I posted a second entry called U2: Glastonbury lyrics – Frankfurt (https://larrylootsteen.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/u2-glastonbury-lyrics-frankfurt/) where I caught some of this and also the differences between the two shows.

      I’m pretty sure I’m right on the bended knee. If you look at my first description of the song from rehearsals (https://larrylootsteen.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/new-u2-the-flowering-rose-of-glastonbury/) I did some research into this and discovered Glastonbury is supposed to be a ‘portal to God’ and the flower is a representation of Mary Magdalene.

      I know much of the song relates to the festival but I think he layered in the history as well. I also wrote in my song review about how this is musically an homage to Led Zeppelin.

      Thanks to you and all for sharing your thoughts!! I love this!

      • ZooPony says:

        FYI @U2 now has that line as “Pale…knee” like yours. Which I like better, and is more like what you’d expect from Bono. On the same token, I can’t imagine Bono using a word like “jeez”. Also, I think you’re right about the “trees” and it goes with the gesture he made in Turin. Of course, it’s also likely that the lyrics will change from show to show…

        It’s just such a great song, I love that it’s simultaneously about going to a music festival, going on a religious pilgrimage, and a tribute to Led Zeppelin.

        Originally, I found this page just looking for words to sing along. Now that I know (or pretty close to) them, I like it that much better. Thanks!

      • ZooPony says:

        The miracle I came here to find! Hah! (sorry)

  5. ZooPony says:

    P.S. A green is a grassy field. I think “mountain green” is a reference to Glastonbury – where they’ve never performed.

  6. ZooPony says:

    @U2.com has their take on the lyrics:
    http://www.atu2.com/lyrics/songinfo.src?SID=1081

    I love this song. About a pilgrimage to somewhere between Lourdes and Woodstock…

  7. Richard says:

    I also hear ‘mountain green’, but does that actually mean something?
    ‘Babies know’ should be ‘Pale as snow’…
    I also think it’s ‘a bucket full of sunshine’.
    ‘Jumping on a dime’ is wrong, I think. Not sure what it’s supposed to be, but I think it ends with ‘another time’.

    Try this link:

    The echo is removed here, is you can hear it a lot better.

    This is what I understood so far:
    http://lyrics.wikia.com/U2:The_Flowering_Rose_of_Glastonbury

    Keep up the good work 🙂
    Cheers,
    Richard

    • larrylootsteen says:

      Thanks Richard! I made some changes. I still hear pocket instead of bucket though the last time he says it is hard to tell. That echoless version really helped! I also picked up the ‘All right, friend of Jimmy’s club’ before Edge’s solo. I wrote in my song analysis that I kept picking up a bit of a tribute to Whole Lotta Love. I’m guessing Bono refers to Jimmy Page here. Pretty cool! Nice catch on the ‘Pale as snow’.

      I always look for religious context and the to me the ‘mountain green’ is just a way of saying God or truth. To me this song is the search for that. There’s a few interesting bits in the analysis if you have a minute.

  8. Janine says:

    I think: kings and wine must be …… on fire

    And i think that Sometimes you’re just letting go must be sometimes you just let it go.

  9. Steev says:

    Good work. It’s hard to hear. I think it’s “The miracle I came here to find.” Cheers.

  10. Janine says:

    Very good!

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