"'Authentic' is a word that's often applied to rock 'n' roll, and 'authentic' is a word I don't give a fuck about. What's authentic? Soul is much more than just authentic."
- Bono, in 1992
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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.