“Womanfish” U2’s Worst Song Ever By Their Own Admission

In the book U2 by U2, The Edge talks about the early stages of writing the songs that would become “The Joshua Tree”.  In this passage he talks about a “dreadful” song that never saw the light of day called “Womanfish”.

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The Edge:

“There were some very rough versions of what became ‘With Or Without You,’ ‘Red Hill Mining Town‘; a song of Bono’s called ‘Trip Through Your Wires,’ and a song called ‘Woman Fish‘ that mercifully never saw the light of day, other than on an Irish TV show that we agreed to do in a moment of dementia. We hadn’t shot ourselves in the foot for a while, so with two songs half written we decided it was the perfect time to go to the nation to showcase our ‘new direction.’ It was dreadful, the worst in a long line of ropey TV appearances. The idea, if there was one, was to try out the new material in front of a live audience. We found out instantly that we had a long way to go. We tried later to bribe the staff of RTE to give us the tapes, but it turned out they had shared our opinion of the performance, and hadn’t thought it worth keeping.”

Here is the performance on TV Gaga on January 30, 1986

Womanfish
Hangman hang, hangman hang for me
Hangman hang, hang from your tree
Hangman, Hangman
Hangman hang, hangman hang for me

One horse town, one wind coming down
One horse town, the breeze will come and blow us down
One thin man, help me if you can
One thin man, the breeze will come and blow us down

Love is all you’re needing, Love is all
Love is all you’re needing, Love is all
Love is all you’re needing, Love is all
Love is all you’re needing, Love is all

Hangman hang, Hangman hang for me
Hangman hang, Hang from your tree
One horse town, breeze will blow us down
One horse town, the breeze will come and blow us down

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