This song is widely regarded as one of the bests in The Joshua Tree album. It was a single only in NZ and hence its popularity there, but fans all around the world love this song. I myself love it, and I've found myself listening to the "Ooooh greeaaat oceaan" refrain in repeat mode more than one time.
Sad song that speaks about Greg Carrol (Bono's personal assistant and close friend) after he died in a motorbike crash, and about Victor Jara too. It has a great background music that, together with Bono's passionate vocals, make this song a true gem.
Speaking about Bono's vocals, I didn't know this was recorded in just one take, but it seems so according to Wikipedia (although there's no quote):
The song was written in memory of Bono's personal assistant and close friend, Greg Carroll (to whom The Joshua Tree was dedicated), a native of New Zealand, who died in a 1986 motorcycle crash in Dublin while delivering Bono's motorcycle in the rain.The lyrics also reference Chilean folk singer Victor Jara, a protest singer assassinated by orders of general Pinochet in the Chiles Stadium,after the military coup in 1973. Bono felt he could perform this only once, and did just one take in the studio.
Does anybody know if this is true? Makes the song even greater in my eyes, something like the story about the song "The Show Must Go On" by Queen...
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