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Poetry in Translation (LXXXVII): U2 – “Peace on Earth”

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments · International Media, Poetry, quotations, Translations

Heaven on Earth
we need it now
I’m sick of all of this
hanging around
Sick of sorrow
I’m sick of the pain
I’m sick of hearing
again and again
that there’s gonna be
peace on Earth


Tu, rai lumesc,
Te vreau acum
Sunt ostenit
S-astept in veci.
Etern ecou
Si-adanc suspin
Mereu s-aud
Un lung refren
De Rai lumesc
Pe-acest Pamant.

(Romanian version by Constantin ROMAN)
31 August 2011
“Peace on Earth” is a song by rock band U2 and the eighth track on their 2000 album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”. Its lyrics were inspired by the Real IRA Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland on 15 August 1998. The band has performed the song during the Elevation Tour in 2001, using it along with “Walk On” as an encore. On 21 September 2001 U2 performed a few verses of “Peace on Earth” along with “Walk On” in London, for the simulcast telethon “America: A Tribute to Heroes”. The telethon was produced to raise money for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. After the September 11 attacks, “Peace on Earth” gained widespread popularity in the United States: a Las Vegas radio station began playing the song immediately afterwards and it soon became one of their most requested songs on radio stations throughout America.

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