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In the documentary From The Sky Down (also included in the super deluxe edition of the album reissue), The Edge speaks of this song being pivotal in the group finding their way towards the atmosphere and identity of Achtung Baby.
In this early version, the sound is dominated by acoustic guitar and Bono’s echo-laden voice; cut from the same cloth as John Lennon’s Stand By Me, while also referencing Roy Orbison’s melodramatic vocal style.
The Christmas-like chimes and full-blooded organ accompaniment would ultimately be jettisoned, but the specific inflections of the vocal suggest the same take was used for the final album version.