"I know some of the songs on War could be re-recorded and improved. With 'Drowning Man', it's perfection. It's one of the most successful pieces of recording we've ever done." - The Edge in 1985
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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.