Heartland (U2 song)

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Song by U2
from the album Rattle and Hum
Released 10 October 1988
Recorded 1986-1988
Genre Rock
Length 5:03
Label Island
Songwriter(s) U2 (music), Bono (lyrics)
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine

"Heartland" is a song by rock band U2. It is the thirteenth track on their 1988 album Rattle and Hum, and was included in the film of the same name. The band began writing "Heartland" in 1984 during The Unforgettable Fire sessions, and it was worked on again during The Joshua Tree sessions.[1]

It 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.

Inspiration, writing, and recording[edit]

"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.[2]


  1. ^ McGee, Matt (2008). U2: A Diary. Omnibus Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-84772-108-2. 
  2. ^ Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9.