The Edge on When I Look at the World

…I see another ‘classic’ U2 song, says Edge: “When I look at the world is a tune that started off like a really heavy full on rock and roll arrangement, It sounded too easy in the end, too predictable for us so we stripped it down, we kind of rearranged it in a much more constrained way. It’s a classic U2 song but probably done in a slightly different way.”

All that you can obviously state

“I have this idea in my head, just to write as if you’re dead–because when you’re dead, you know, you don’t care what people think and just go and say what you have to say.” – Bono, MTV

Just trying to make sense of U2’s new album title ‘All that you can’t leave behind’. We usually talk about the things you can’t take with you, when you go. When you die. You can’t take it with you, but you don’t want to leave it behind either. The things that matter. Your partner, your kids, your parents, your friends. Which is what supposedly the songs on the album are about. See? It all makes sense.