"We didn’t want to leave, but followed through on a promise to return three weeks later… to do our best to raise people’s spirit in the city. But in truth, the spirit in the city of lights was sky high and lifted us up on one of the greatest nights ever."
- Bono on Paris 2015
did you know
Part of the inspiration for the lyrics of One reportedly grew out of a note Bono had sent to the Dalai Lama declining an invitation to a festival called Oneness. The note included, in part, the line, “one – but not the same,” a line which would later appear in the song’s lyrics. That idea of “oneness,” Bono would later say, was a key concept for the song.