"Woman Fish" (1986)

Demo Song

Background Information

“Woman Fish” was a working title developed while recording The Joshua Tree.

Edge describes the song “Woman Fish” (yes spelled with a space in U2 by U2) as they started recording The Joshua Tree:

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.

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