"The song was really where I was at, at the time. That was one of the lower points of my spiritual faith, I would have to say. The 'wake up dead man' phrase was borrowed from a chain-gang song. I came up with first verse and chorus. Bono wrote the rest."
- The Edge on Wake Up Dead Man
did you know
Vertigo started out as a song called 'Native Son', which is featured on the iTunes Unreleased And Rare album and now on U2.com's Medium Rare And Remastered collection.