a bit of the melody as well, I'd say. but I wouldn't have thought of it had I heard it without being pointed to that direction, tbh
Funny stuff. Mysterious Ways to me has always sounded different than any other song the band has done, that and the smoking live versions are probably why it is my favorite U2 song.
But recently i've noticed the begining of Kite sounds like the begining to Back In The High Life by Steve Winwood.
MW is surprisingly the very only song I skip most of the times I listen to Achtung Baby. I like it a lot, as the rest of the album, but it just.... it just bores me a bit, it's like SBS or NYD (in their own way of course), but I only find some fun in Mysterious Ways while playing it on the guitar.
I can't believe there's so many people who don't like MW!! It's the song that got me into U2.