4th of July
by U2

Album: The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
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Songfacts®:

  • This instrumental track has nothing to do with American Independence Day. "We called it '4th Of July' to commemorate the birth of my daughter, Hollie, Bono's godchild, who was born on that date, right in the middle of making the album," The Edge notes in the book U2 by U2. "Being at the birth was such a monumental and profound experience: seeing a new life, your own flesh and blood, entering the world. It was miraculous and terrifying all at the same time."
  • Producer Brian Eno recorded bass player Adam Clayton and guitarist The Edge playing during a break without them knowing it, which became the basic track for this song.

Comments: 4

  • Michael from Dallas, TxI daresay that the title has at least a little something to do with the American holiday. I mean, seriously, do you think the impetus to name the song after the date recorded would be as great for, say, March 23rd??
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaI love this song. No words, just music. And thoughtful. Very thoughtful.
  • Acrobat from Adelaide, AustraliaThey do that in Sunday Bloody Sunday too... I am not sure if it is always, but I have seen it.
  • Jay from Myrtle Beach, ScIn this song, the Edge is playing bass and Adam Clayton is playing the guitar.
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