"It's the story of the prodigal son but in it the prodigal son decides he doesn't want to return. It is about losing your faith."
- Bono on The First Time
did you know
In late 2004, "Mercy", an unreleased track taken from the How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb sessions, surfaced on the Internet through a fan who had been given a copy of the album containing the extra track. The track is of less than standard audio quality, but managed to become a favorite on fan websites.