"Rick Rubin has a larger looming presence on this album than his 'thank you' deserves. He asked 'Why can't more people cover U2 songs?' And it's because, with all the great sounds and arrangements, you can forget that there isn't a song there."
- Bono on Rubin's influence on Songs of Innocence
did you know
The original working title of "Exit" was "Executioner's Song" because U2 was using a lot of literature as their jumping off point for the songs in terms of just taking their work in a slightly different direction.