U2’s “In God’s Country” Lyrics Meaning
“God’s country”, as presented in U2’s “In God’s Country”, is actually a flattering appellation for the United States of America. And the primary sentiment expressed throughout is one where Bono is challenging its citizens – and you can say immigrants in particular – to fully capitalize on the American dream.
Or perhaps a simpler way of looking at it is that he felt that particularly ideology has been stagnated. So he is instructing those who are now coming to the States in name of “liberty” and new opportunity to work hard towards bringing about some type of positive change. And this is not meant to be interpreted as a call for social activism. Rather it’s more like a cry for entrepreneurship, where the desired result is indeed “gold”. Or another way of putting the whole idea is that he doesn’t want people like immigrants to forget why they came to the shores of America in the first place. For if they do, they will just end up amongst its masses of depressed people.
Release Date of “In God’s Country”
“In God’s Country” was released as the fourth single from U2’s 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” on 16 November of that same year. However, Island Records opted to release it as a single in North America (the United States and Canada) only. Other notable singles from “The Joshua Tree” include:
Did this song chart?
Yes, it did. It charted in both the United States and Canada, including peaking at number 6 on Billboard’s US Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Who wrote “In God’s Country”?
This song was written exclusively by Bono. And it was recorded in the Edge’s, (another member of U2), basement.
“In God’s Country” was produced by a pair of the band’s regular collaborators, Brian Eno alongside Daniel Lanois.