Release Date December 17, 2002
 Artist Various
 Record Label Interscope Records
 Singles With U2 None
 Promotional Releases Hands that Built America (Consideration Promo)
Hands that Built America (Radio Promo)
U2 contributes a different version of the song "The Hands that Built America" for this soundtrack..
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
  • Brooklyn Heights 1 - Howard Shore (2:16)
  • Dark Moon, High Tide - Afro Celt Sound System (4:06)
  • Gospel Train - Silver Leaf Quartet (2:30)
  • The Hands that Built America (Soundtrack Mix) - U2 (4:35)
  • Shimmy She Wobble - Othar Turner and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band (3:37)
  • Breakaway - Sidney Stripling (3:32)
  • Signal to Noise - Peter Gabriel (7:38)
  • New York Girls - Finbar Furey (4:03)
  • The Murderer's Home - Jimpson and Group (0:47)
  • Dionysus - Jocelyn Pook (4:52)
  • Brooklyn Heights 2 - Howard Shore (2:00)
  • Morrison's Jig / Liberty - Mariano De Simone (1:46)
  • Durgen Chugaa - Shu-De (0:53)
  • Unconstant Lover - Maura O'Connell (2:34)
  • Devil's Tapdance - Schboni / Giuntini / D'Erasmo / De Simone (1:47)
  • Beijing Opera Suite - Da-Can Chen and Anxi Jiang (3:27)
  • Paddy's Lamentation - Linda Thompson (2:53)
  • Brooklyn Heights 3 - Howard Shore (3:15)
The Hands that Built America (Theme from Gangs of New York): Written and performed by U2. Featuring Sharon Corr, Violin and Andrea Corr, Tin Whistle. Produced by the Edge. Engineered and mixed by Carl Glanville. Assisted by Chris Heaney. Live strings conducted by Daragh O'Toole. Violins by Katie O'Connor and Una O'Kane. Viola by Rosie Nic Athlaioch. Cello by Emer O'Grady.
The Hands that Built America is U2's contribution to the soundtrack for the Gangs of New York.  The song was written expressly for this movie, although the song saw light of day on both the Best of 1990 - 2000 album and DVD prior to the soundtrack and movie being released.  This was due to the movie being delayed several times.

The version featured on the soundtrack is more celtic sounding with the addition of the violin and tin whistle by two of the Corrs sisters.  This is the third version of the song, as the versions on the album, and on the DVD are both different in sound.

The song was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.  The song won the Golden Globe, but lost out on the Oscar to Eminem.

Bono also contributed another song to the soundtrack.  It is named "Báidín Fheidhlimí" in the credits to the movie.  It's a gaelic song and features briefly in the movie, but does not appear on the soundtrack album.  Bono had this to say about this added song "I sing actually in the middle of the picture, though you'd never know. There's a street scene, and I sing an ancient Gaelic melody -- he wanted me to do it so [that] when my voice came up at the end of the film, it wasn't strange. The Oscar nomination is a big deal for us."  The title translates to "Feilims Little Boat" in English.

  • Various mixes of "The Hands that Built America" featured on different U2 releases which can be found in the By Songs (H) page.
 5" CD:
 Canada Pressing, 069 493 565-2
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0 06949 35652 1
Package: Regular Jewel Case
Matix: L387 0694935652 #21126Y14
Catalog Information:
Australia, Interscope, 4935652 Japan, Interscope, UICS1054
Canada, Interscope, 069 493 565-2 USA, Interscope, 493 565-2
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
Similar covers on all international releases.
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