Heartland (U2 song)

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Song by U2
from the album Rattle and Hum
Released10 October 1988
Songwriter(s)U2 (music), Bono (lyrics)
Producer(s)Jimmy Iovine

"Heartland" is a song by rock band U2. It is included on their 1988 album Rattle and Hum and in the film of the same name.


"Heartland" originated from a trip that bassist Adam Clayton and lead singer Bono made. Bono claimed the song is full of little bits of travelogue from his journal.[1]

The band began writing "Heartland" in 1984 during The Unforgettable Fire sessions, and it was worked on again during The Joshua Tree sessions.[2] However, the song did not make the cut for The Joshua Tree as it wasn't completed in time and it was considered "too laid-back" to play live, so they chose "Trip Through Your Wires" instead.[3]

It is the thirteenth track on their 1988 album Rattle and Hum, and was included in the film of the same name.

"Heartland" is the only track from the album not performed in concert on the Lovetown Tour, which began almost a year after Rattle and Hum's release.



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Brian Eno – keyboards


  1. ^ Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. (9 October 2007). U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ McGee, Matt (2008). U2: A Diary. Omnibus Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-84772-108-2.
  3. ^ Stokes, Niall (2005). U2: Into The Heart. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-56025-765-3.