"The first verse is in London and the chorus is in New York," Bono explains in the book U2 by U2. "The thing I had in mind was my first trip to London with [wife] Ali when we were teenagers, on the ferry and the train, walking into Piccadilly Circus and up Wardour Street and just discovering what a big city could offer you and what it could take away. And then, of course, New York, the scene in Madison Square Garden during the Elevation tour, where the lights came on and eighteen thousand New Yorkers were in tears, jumping up and down, and I shouted out to them, 'Oh, you look so beautiful tonight.' It is such a naive and innocent line. That's what this song is about, remembering those times. I miss you when you're not around. It's not necessarily a curse, it's that part of us that is missing. It's about recapturing a sense of wonder, being in a city, and reminding yourself that you don't have to lose your soul to gain the world."