Joshua Tree 2020

The Yucca Brevifolia and the U2’s song With or Without You

Yucca Brevifolia, commonly known as Joshua tree, is a large, slow-growing tree belonging to the Yucca genus.  It grows only in the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.  The Joshua tree, which grows in fiercely adverse conditions, was seen by U2 as a symbol of faith and hope amid the dry and barren desert.  The tree was named, by early Mormon settlers, after the Old Testament prophet Joshua, as its branches reminded them of Joshua raising his arms to pray.

The song With or Without You from U2’s album The Joshua Tree brings forth spiritual longing, desire, soaring falsetto vocals, and ridiculous amounts of reverberating guitar effects.  The lyrics are simple but evocative.  Some considered it the bend’s most beautiful ballad. 

With or Without You

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails, she makes me wait
And I wait without you

With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm, we reach the shore
You give it all, but I want more
And I’m waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you, ah, ah
I can’t live
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she’s got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

With or without you
With or without you, oh
I can’t live
With or without you
Oh, oh
Oh, oh

With or without you
With or without you, oh
I can’t live
With or without you
With or without you